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    White Clay trail conditions

    Anyone ride WC in the past week? I want to head there tomorrow, but wonder if the trails are dry from all the rain last week.

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    Well I realize I am late but I rode middle run yesterday and found it mostly dry but soupy at spots. Watch out for them because they will surprise you when you hit one. Almost fell twice within the first minute of my ride.

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    Any beginners ride during the week?

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    If it keeps raining on the weekends I may need to ditch work to get a weekday ride in. It's going on 4 weeks ffs! More rain forecast for this weekend too.

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    I'm down from Tuesdays-Thursdays. I work weekends

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    Riding during the week is better I think cuz of less people walking the trails.

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    A couple night of freeze/thaw created some slick trails over the weekend, but according to what I'm hearing trails are ok now.

    Official, organized rides are pretty much over for the season. Wooden Wheels has a Wednesday Night ride out of the Pike Creek Shopping Center lot, call them for more info.

    Henry's Bikes is located right at the trailhead, so they're usually a good source of info for current trail conditions.

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    anybody ride there recently? I am just wondering if the snow that hit us up in Pennsylvania made it down that way either in the form of rain or snow, we are looking to ride somewhere near Philly on Sunday and figured if we head south from up in northeastern PA we might be OK
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    I live 15 miles south of white clay and we have about 4inches of snow laying on the ground atm. Haven't hit any trails since the snow so don't know what the trails look like.

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    Gah. Ok, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    anybody ride there recently? I am just wondering if the snow that hit us up in Pennsylvania made it down that way either in the form of rain or snow, we are looking to ride somewhere near Philly on Sunday and figured if we head south from up in northeastern PA we might be OK
    Newark got the most snow in the region last sunday. 12"

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    I've ran Middle Run three times this week since the snow. I don't know how it would translate into the 2-wheeled world since I'm a trail runner, but as of tonight, the trails have some sections of ice, some powder, some packed snow, and a few areas of exposed trail. It's a good technical run, so I'm assuming it would be the same for a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailrunner33 View Post
    I've ran Middle Run three times this week since the snow. I don't know how it would translate into the 2-wheeled world since I'm a trail runner, but as of tonight, the trails have some sections of ice, some powder, some packed snow, and a few areas of exposed trail. It's a good technical run, so I'm assuming it would be the same for a bike.
    Thanks for the post! We are getting a good amount of snow up here so we are hitting up a cx race and going sledding with the kiddos tomorrow instead of heading south.
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    Rode middle run today. 90% of the trails are clear. Other 10% being ice/snow in frequent 10ft patches. Did see a handful of mtb tracks as well In the snow. Only muddy in a few spots.

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    I'm heading out tomorrow night(Thursday) late at middle run. I'll post an update.

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    Anyone else planning on riding on Saturday? Weather is looking like it's going to cooperate.

    If anyone rides today or tomorrow I'd love to know if things are slick out there. Need to decide on the 29er or fat bike for this weekend.

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    Rode white clay David English trail (personal favorite downhill) was pretty muddy. When it wasn't muddy it was snow covered. Defiantly made the ride more technical. Was happy with my goblins ability to climb on snow though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlava View Post
    I'm heading out tomorrow night(Thursday) late at middle run. I'll post an update.
    Schlava - Did you ride Middle Run last night? If so, how were the trail conditions?
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    I rode Middle Run this morning. I did a loop of basically the outer limits of MR including Possum Hollow, Snow Goose, and Lenape. Rode it counter clockwise. I'd say it's 50/50. There were good spots and bad spots. However, as the temperatures rise, some of the spots I considered good today will no longer be that way. The snow covered parts of the trail that were good today are gonna be messy once it melts. I think the next few days will allow things to dry out more, but I will not be back this weekend based on what I saw today. I'm gonna wait until the middle of next week when things get cold again so the trail can freeze up. Hopefully someone else can give us an update by then. If you do ride, be careful because there are some fairly slick spots. Also be preparted to get dirty. Happy Holidays!

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    Can't believe people are trying to ride there the last few days. Guess I shouldn't be surprised by anything at this point.

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    No I never made it out. Based upon ebay riders report I may stay off and just try brandywine tomorrow. Bwine seems to have a harder base and may be in slightly better shape. But I do agree that I bet the warmth and thawing may just bring up to much moisture over the next couple days.

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    I rode Brandywine yesterday and its predominantly snow and iced covered. Slick bud definitely doable. Just be careful on the steep declines. After today though it probably all melted and will be pretty greasy.

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    Rode middle run about mid day today. Middle run seems much better then white clay right now. Was maybe 30% muddy with other stuff just damp. Ima ride again tomorrow hoping it dried even more.

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    Tried getting in Brandywine before the rain sunday. Total soup. Turned around went home. After today's rain it's gonna be a while. Need freezing temps.

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    Going to be mud for the next week or so with the freeze/thaw happening. Might want to ride Fair Hill instead.

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    I heard iron hill is supposed to have good drainage.

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    I rode brandywine yesterday. The field trails that were in sunlight were sloppy the trails were perfect. It's pretty frozen out there. The eariler in the day you can go the better it will be.

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    Gonna try to ride fair hill or white clay tomorrow looks like that's gonna be the best time weather wise for awhile. Never been to white clay,but I will post a report either way.

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    You figure it will be rideable after that huge dump of rain sunday and temps above freezing?

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    I rode below the dam Saturday. It was very mushy and I had to walk climbs that are normally doable on my SS. No traction. I would love to get back to WC but I think its best to stay off the trails in the freeze/melt days until we either get cold enough to freeze up completely or dry enough to not damage the trails.

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    Rode iron hill today. Was actually pretty pleased with how dry it was. Rode about 3 miles and only hit maybe 6 short mud spots the whole time. 95 percent was pretty dry/moist.

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    Rode WC for the first time today,awesome place can't wait to hit all the trails. There was a lot of bikers ,as well hikers there today. The trails started getting muddy later in the day. I wiped out pretty good today shootting down through one of the fields the bike just washed right out from under me,had a blast though.

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    Any updates to the conditions after the snow and frozen rain lately? Wondering if DE fared better than the trails up near Philly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshhan View Post
    Any updates to the conditions after the snow and frozen rain lately? Wondering if DE fared better than the trails up near Philly.
    Well the trails were almost clear of snow until yesterday we got another 2 inches. We are supposed to get weather into the 40s In a few days so hopefully that knocks the snow away off the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sti2.5ldohc View Post
    Well the trails were almost clear of snow until yesterday we got another 2 inches. We are supposed to get weather into the 40s In a few days so hopefully that knocks the snow away off the trails.
    Latest forecast is for heavy snow on Wed night into Thursday.

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    My weather report is just saying snow, sleet, rain. I don't think it will amount to much.

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    I hope not. I'm as sick of this crap as anyone but...
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    Agreed. I've done enough snow riding to last me awhile. I miss clear trails.

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    I'm assuming everything is still a sloppy mess? Rain forecasted this weekend on top of the melting/melted snow. Is this accurate?
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    Well right now everything is probably frozen. Tonight it's supposed to snow but then warm up for like 5 days straight which will hopefully take out the snow. If the temp drops after that it will be rideable but if it doesn't freeze it's gonna be a mess for awhile.

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    Can anybody provide current conditions? Thanks in advance.

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    Wouldn't expect to ride white clay for awhile. Once the snow starts melting it will be a mud pit for awhile.

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    Yea, with the snow we got Monday and the highs in the 40s I'd imagine White Clay is a slushy/muddy mess. Wouldn't be surprised if we have to wait a couple weeks, the weather just isn't looking very promising.

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    Thanks. I'll check back in a couple weeks. I won't be passing down that way until the week of the March 24th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    Thanks. I'll check back in a couple weeks. I won't be passing down that way until the week of the March 24th.
    If WCC isn't ready by then just ride Brandywine instead. It seems to drain better from what I've seen. I think the trails there are more fun anyways.

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    ^OK, good option. I've found the map at: http://www.destateparks.com/download...wine-Creek.pdf

    Any recommendations on a good route that might be ~10-12 miles?

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    ^^^ not too familiar to recommend a course but here's a more detailed map. Brandywine Creek State Park | Park Trail Maps | Mountain Biking | Hiking | GpsTrailSource

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    Please report back if the conditions at Brandywine are good. I'm so done with the double track gravel trails at Fair Hill...

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    I was at brandywine the other day on the rocky run portion and that was good to go.

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    Huh... I've never used a map there at all, so I couldn't really recommend a route. We usually park at the Jewish center and keep banging rights for a while, then down and back up a few times on different routes. When we're done we just head back up to the top and follow the trail back. Would love to see if there's a good route though!

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