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    Where do I find DIRT ???

    Help....I'm looking to Ride Dirt......Hoping for NON-Snow covered trails.....The goal is to get my tires onto real dirt....A little mud wouldn't scare me off.....Don't wanna damage trails, but a little wetness never bothers me.......Does anyone know of any cleared up trails within a 2 hour drive of Allentown PA?....NJ, DE, MD??.....Anywhere??.....Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Funny I came on here to start a thread of a similar nature.

    Assuming Trexler isn't rideable right now?

    I can tell you that Mt. Gretna and Camp Mack are still not ideal. Rocky Ridge is closed due to mud.

    Not to thread jack, anyone wanna chime in on this question but from Lancaster that would be awesome too. I don't mind a little snow...

    Swatara? Brandywine? White Clay (probably WAY muddy)?

    I am going crazy here.

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    I doubt you'd find dirt within a 2 hours plane flight of Allentown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    I doubt you'd find dirt within a 2 hours plane flight of Allentown.


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    How about Wharton State Park in NJ. Ive been asking around for the same coveted dirt

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    Yeah....Thanks everyone for the info.....Looks like a long Road ride tomorrow.....Gonna try for some real dirt next weekend....Thanks again.
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    Where do I find DIRT ???

    Ugh. So sick of running. I am going to take the bike and the snowshoes somewhere today. That way I can at least get in the woods.

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    X2 on that. I still bring the mtb in the back of the car to work every day just in case but thurs was the first time I've been able to hit a trail in Lancaster in a long time. Plain powder was fine but enough joggers and snowmobile tracks ice in to ruin it.

    At least the temps are coming up. BTW, I feel your pain on the Allentown thing. I used to go to college up there and it was forever snow in the winter making a person go through trail withdraw ;( A little melt off is a good thing...
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    Once you find dirt, bring a chainsaw. This winter has been hell on the trails. Down trees everywhere.

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    Wharton was good until last snow,as was Elk Neck and Batsco,been mixing it up with some dirt and CX all winter several times a week,plus BC skiing was an is a very good winter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldberm View Post
    Once you find dirt, bring a chainsaw. This winter has been hell on the trails. Down trees everywhere.
    That reminds me, I need a new folding saw for my camelback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bear View Post
    That reminds me, I need a new folding saw for my camelback.
    Let me know where you score a good one. Everything I seen so far doesn't look like it will hold up.

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    Even the pedestrian grade Longs Park in Lancaster has some major uprooted trees in the paths. Like a root base laying vertical almost 14 ft. Who knows what Rocky Ridge or Central Park look like.
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    we're all feeling your pain, i did ride on some "wood" with the kids last week...
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    We went to Cranx in NY. Was more BMX but man it was good to rip it up a bit..
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    I drove up to Cranx a few weeks ago with some friends. Neat place, but too BMX-ish for me- not that that is a bad thing, I just absolutely suck at anything where I am in the air for more than a split second, haha.

    I spent the first few hours just getting used to riding on wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbxcrider View Post
    Help....I'm looking to Ride Dirt......Hoping for NON-Snow covered trails.....The goal is to get my tires onto real dirt....A little mud wouldn't scare me off.....Don't wanna damage trails, but a little wetness never bothers me.......Does anyone know of any cleared up trails within a 2 hour drive of Allentown PA?....NJ, DE, MD??.....Anywhere??.....Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Im in the downingtown area, near marsh creek (unrideable), harmony hill may be a bit better. Some friends are saying that Brandywine is rideable as is Elk Neck in MD. Forget about Fair Hills & White Clay for sometime (unless it freezes over)
    I was hoping Trexler was cleared enough for riding but a report from 2 days ago indicates it isnt. Damn snow.
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    Wharton/Batsto is rideable now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jongalt26 View Post
    I was hoping Trexler was cleared enough for riding but a report from 2 days ago indicates it isnt. Damn snow.
    Man, I was thinking Trexler wouldn't be a bad bet. These warmer temps are killing me! It feels plenty nice to ride, but still snow everywhere.

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    Lancaster Central park is off too. Tried yesterday and could barely walk off the pavement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaPanthers View Post
    Man, I was thinking Trexler wouldn't be a bad bet. These warmer temps are killing me! It feels plenty nice to ride, but still snow everywhere.
    I bet Trexler is ready to go this weekend. I'll email some friends that live there and will report back.
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    True...
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    I bet loads of stuff will be good this weekend. Sunny and windy today, sunny tomorrow should help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jongalt26 View Post
    I bet Trexler is ready to go this weekend. I'll email some friends that live there and will report back.
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    That would be great...very much appreciated. If I don't ride this weekend, I'm going to lose my mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jongalt26 View Post
    I bet Trexler is ready to go this weekend. I'll email some friends that live there and will report back.
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    I wouldn't waste your time. I hiked it today and was sliding on ice the whole time. Some places are rideable but the ways to them and out of them are not.
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    Aside from a patch of hard ice(which I wiped out on sideways), I had a nice ride in Dorwart park outside Lancaster. Gravel trails but enough rollers and a couple wood bridges to make it feel like something. Not to mention the soft surface of the thawed ground added some resistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Btownrider View Post
    I wouldn't waste your time. I hiked it today and was sliding on ice the whole time. Some places are rideable but the ways to them and out of them are not.
    That picture is 100% accurate. I live 10 miles from Trexler. I rode there today... good news is that the fire roads are almost "kinda" clear, but I have to agree....forget Trex trails this weekend. Just not quite ready yet.

    I think hitting the trails at Trex would just ruin them. So, hit the fire roads wherever you are...At least they're Not paved!!!! Gotta admit...felt good to have "semi-dirt" under my tires.
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    I live a few minutes from Trexler. The ground here is so wet its not funny. Not worth the damage your going to do trying to ride trails that arent ready. I ride there alot and that place drains well but the ground is so saturated with water now it almost doesnt matter. Give a week or so with some good sun and no rain and it might be good. Riding it now is just going to mess it up. We are all trying to hit dirt but I'd rather wait a week than do a bunch of damage.

    Anyone check out the places that are fairly rocky like SME and Sal's?
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    Any info on Rattling Creek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    Any info on Rattling Creek?
    Significant snow with ice per a friend of mine. They bailed after 100 yards on Doc Smith. They spot checked a few others while riding the roads around and they were the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider76 View Post
    I live a few minutes from Trexler. The ground here is so wet its not funny. Not worth the damage your going to do trying to ride trails that arent ready. I ride there alot and that place drains well but the ground is so saturated with water now it almost doesnt matter. Give a week or so with some good sun and no rain and it might be good. Riding it now is just going to mess it up. We are all trying to hit dirt but I'd rather wait a week than do a bunch of damage.

    Anyone check out the places that are fairly rocky like SME and Sal's?
    Good info. A bummer, but good to know.

    Can't comment on SME and no first hand experience at Sals, but I talked to Lisa at Cutters and Sals, for the most part is decent. Still a little mushy, still needs some TLC. Lower Orange, however, is a different story. There was a water main break and the lower part of the Orange trail is basically gone. There is a little write-up on the Cutters site: Sals Trail Condition « Cutters Bike Shop

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    I went all the way to Allaire to ride yesterday. The conditions were ideal; it was worth the drive.
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    I might have to make a trip. I'm going crazy out here in PA (school) but I live in Jersey. Might be worth making it a long weekend...

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