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    Today the trails were dry and fast at 95-100 degrees. I rode most of the loops within WC and MR. A little overgrown bush here and there but generally quite awesome. In the shade of the trees the air was tolerable, out in the open fields or low brush it was like breathing hot fire. I went through about 4 liters of water in 2 hours and was still in need of liquid on the drive home.

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    yeah yesterday was awesome. Trails were empty, because of the heat. I picked up a few stray branches from the storm, but thats it.

    Nice and fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue42blue42 View Post
    yeah yesterday was awesome. Trails were empty, because of the heat. I picked up a few stray branches from the storm, but thats it.

    Nice and fast.

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    I havent been on the trails in quite some time Any changes or mods ?? Anything new planned ??

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    When was the last time you were there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vyper005 View Post
    I havent been on the trails in quite some time Any changes or mods ?? Anything new planned ??
    There is trail reroute off of the 9 foot road/Deerfield parking lot section of Whitely Farm.
    There's also a new large log-over on that section once you enter the woods.
    The northernmost section of the Tri-Valley trail was redone a couple years ago as well as the addition of a connector trail between the Tri-Valley and Paper Mill Park (free parking).
    Those are the only major changes done over the past few seasons.
    Overall, it's still as fun and flowing as ever.
    Just rode some of it tonight before the heavy rains came and chased us home.
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    how much rain did you get in DE?

    enough to keep the dust down
    just right to get it tacky
    too much, so it is better to stay off the trails

    I know it drains well, but my commute is 40 mins, so any insight is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue42blue42 View Post
    how much rain did you get in DE?

    enough to keep the dust down
    just right to get it tacky
    too much, so it is better to stay off the trails

    I know it drains well, but my commute is 40 mins, so any insight is appreciated.
    Trails are fine.

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    trails were great! Nice to get a little rain to make the dust go away. Couple of trees down, and spent a little time moving branches, but it was great.

    No on was out there..

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    White clay is probably my favorite set of trails to hit.
    Wish it was a bit closer ( no less than 1 hour ride)
    I noticed you can ride there shortly after a rainstorm since it is nice hard pack trail that drains fast.
    My tires are more for soft trail surfaces and so they take a beating on these trails.
    I hope to be there next week with my nephew on my specialized fsr's

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoobieNeil View Post
    When was the last time you were there?
    Probably in about 4-5 months....My GF hurt her shoulder so we havent been on the trails just riding in the neighborhood

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    Is it easy to get lost here (WC/MR)? I was thinking about trying the trails for the first time but scared i might get lost lol.

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    Get a map.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16k-rpm View Post
    Is it easy to get lost here (WC/MR)? I was thinking about trying the trails for the first time but scared i might get lost lol.
    kencox.net

    Ken's site has a map of the entire WC/MR area.
    In addition to that, signage throughout WC/MR is pretty decent, so you shouldn't get lost without trying really hard.
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    With it raining the last 4 days do you think the trails will be rideable this sat and sun?

    Also what is the fee for parking in the lot off polly drummond hill rd?
    Thanks

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    White clay creek park is mostly hard pack and so it dries up pretty fast.
    There will be a handful of small puddles though by Saturday and Sunday
    if I was less than 70 minutes away from getting there, I would definitely be there this weekend.
    I either go to. The pay parking lot trailhead at 9 ft road (0ff rt 72 across from golf course)
    Or if I want to hit the southern group of trails (also off rt 72. But just 1/2 mile SOUTH of 9 ft road entrance). this is called possum park rd? And you go about a mile or just under and make a left turn in to a free parking lot Make sure you don't go too far down this road to dead end where the bird sanctuary or whatever is. After that left just follow a gravel windy road for a bit and you're there.

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    BTW the fee is 3 bucks for del plates and 6 for out of state plated vehicles per day

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16k-rpm View Post
    With it raining the last 4 days do you think the trails will be rideable this sat and sun?

    Also what is the fee for parking in the lot off polly drummond hill rd?
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    It's possible as the trails drain fairly quickly. That said, we have gotten a LOT of rain lately, including today, so it's always best to check here or on the various Facebook groups (Trailspinners, Newark Riders, etc...) to see if they're ridable.

    Parking at Judge Morris is $3 for in-state, $6 for out of state. There is also free parking at either of the county parks (Paper Mill Park or Middle Run County Park), both with easy access to the trails.
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    bunch of close LBS to check as well. Henrys bikes, Wooden Wheels, Bike line Newark. These guys are plugged in so call them on trail conditions.

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    Rode there for the first time. It was fun, flowy, and fast. Was almost like riding a pump track with a ton of small jumps. Def better maintained than brandywine. Parking is alittle steep for out of staters lol. Defenitley worth the 30 minute drive just wish it was closer.


    This time I parked at the judge morris estate and got lost however I found out that the Tri-valley trail (easy to find) leads right back to that lot.

    Next time I think I am going to park at the Middle run lot (near bird sanctuary). If I get lost is there a trail I can easily focus on to bring me back to the lot?

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    I wish I was only 30 minutes from there!
    There are free parking lots in the southern side trails of white clay.
    I use middle run free lot and I get there by taking route 72 north and turn right on possum park road and then after about 1/2 mile I turn right onto a gravel road that takes me to the free parking trailhead.

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    Any new trails or a new skills trail? that are now on the newest map? I think I heard about a new skills part

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    There are close to 40 mi of trails and the skills section is at Bryan's field.
    I don't think there atre any newer skills sections

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    Not so fast Marco. Trail spinners have been busy. There is a rock garden in redd park and within the last month, they added some new elevated plank rides that will be the death of a lot of derailers. The planks are down by the creek. Thanks trail spinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue42blue42 View Post
    Not so fast Marco. Trail spinners have been busy. There is a rock garden in redd park and within the last month, they added some new elevated plank rides that will be the death of a lot of derailers. The planks are down by the creek. Thanks trail spinners.
    Those guys are awesome

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    The new creek side features are great, I've been able to clear all but the one with the step ups. Kudos the gang from TS that put them in!!! I'll go finish pulling my pricker bush thorns out now.

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    The prickers have been trimmed. And I have trouble with the step ups, "Bottom Bracket Monster".
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    1st Trip to White Clay Creek, Newark, DE-img_0739.jpg


    dam you bottom bracket monster...

    I found a couple guys on the trail last Saturday, and brought them by your new park. When I got there , 8 bikers were hanging around the feature.

    I thought I was cool... and after I cleared all but the last plank, a guy at the beginning of the feature told me I dropped this...

    Good times. Soon as my new parts come in, Im gonna clear it from the other direction.

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    geez! That is why the gt gets feature duty and not the flash.
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    Started regularly riding wcc and mr the last couple of months after a 2 year absence. I now ask my self why i ever stopped riding. The place is just awsome. Love all the new obstacles. I wad recently riding back from white clay a litte last the tunnel an thought it would be cool if there was a trail that went down one of the far down hill are as where the creek is at the bottom ( where the over look bench thing is). Any one else thought of this?

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    Played hooky this morning decided to ride wcc. Anyways I was surprised to see the trails were completed closed off to anyone but hunters Mon-Sat just north of papermill rd. Anyone know when this ends?

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    shotguns go until the 17th, then again on Dec 13-15. There are still some trails open. Check out Redd Park, and all of the chunk. I think this one is called the waterfall. It has a few different lines, with the more difficult on to be to drop off the ledge.
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    Ive never noticed that spot

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    Was here yesterday for the 3rd time since I started MTB. Don't get too many high 60's days in December so I took a half day off work in New Castle and headed over.

    Love the rolling hill section out in the open farm on Bryan's field.

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    Reminder - Deer hunting tomorrow

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    Dear Hunting where ? White Clay ?

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    WOW sorry about the typos.....
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    DE State Parks Hunting Schedule

    Middle Run is still open. So is Iron Hill. Woodlawn is having or has had a hunting session but I don't remember the dates.
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    I've never been there before,
    Coming from Delaware county pa, would it be worth it on a day like today.
    Is the technical area open?

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    The "Skills Trail" is in Bryant's Field which is in White Clay, so no. Not until tomorrow.

    The Creekside trail plank rides are in Middle Run. Those are accessible today.

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    Anything new at WCC ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by vyper005 View Post
    Anything new at WCC ??
    New: Active deer hunting with shotguns in White Clay (ends Jan 26)
    New: It's cold.

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    Is there hunting on Sundays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelsolias View Post
    Is there hunting on Sundays?
    Let me check the regulations and get back to you on that.

    Ok, I'm back.

    No.


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    Absolutely perfect dirt right now.

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    Re: 1st Trip to White Clay Creek, Newark, DE

    Coming down tomorrow morning with a friend for the first time, any tips? Trail conditions?

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    Re: 1st Trip to White Clay Creek, Newark, DE

    Rode about 9 miles this evening. Dirt was perfect not wet and not dry, just right! Made a new loop, that's always something to look forward too!

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    Re: 1st Trip to White Clay Creek, Newark, DE

    Have yet to be to wissahicon in pa, but coming from Camden county cherry hill, NJ, wcc is the best park I know of! Ceres is great in mantua NJ, but the size in no way compares! I have heard Wiss is very technical, but haven't been there yet. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobboNJ View Post
    Have yet to be to wissahicon in pa, but coming from Camden county cherry hill, NJ, wcc is the best park I know of! Ceres is great in mantua NJ, but the size in no way compares! I have heard Wiss is very technical, but haven't been there yet. Any thoughts?

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    The Wiss is not that technical - mostly double track with rocks. However, WCC is as non technical as it gets. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most technical, I would say that WCC is a 1 and the Wiss is a 5.
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    Wiss and parts of Brandywine are similarly technical and hilly, more so than most all of WCC/MR.
    Middle Run and White Clay trails are designed to be flowing and fast. There are technical features to ride if someone chooses and there are a few minor technical sections, but the trail design is per instructions from the higher ups. White Clay Creek is a state park, after all, and trails must meet certain DNREC standards and be accessible to all riders and hikers that wish to use them.
    It is what it is.
    I'm just thankful to have such a nice trail system in my backyard.
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