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    Recommendations for the weekend that aren't too muddy

    A couple buddies and I are hoping to get a ride in on Saturday but with the weather turning wetter we're looking for a couple recommendations. We were going to ride Stevens but you're pretty exposed there with the rain and not many trees. Does anyone know how Galbraith is right now? Any trails to avoid because they're too muddy?

    Any other suggestions that won't be a totally muddy mess?

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    Tokul East and the Black Diamond trails are my usual go to trails when things are wet, they seem to drain well.
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    I 2nd Tokul East when it is wet! That place drains really well. Black Diamond drains well too, but the original trail construction didnt really think about drainage (they are working on it though), so you do get a lot of big puddles in places.
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    I can't speak to Tokul East conditions, but in the Black Diamond area, both Henry's Ridge and the Real Life property have seen a lot of work this past year. There are some dedicated souls who have poured much effort into improving drainage and over-all trail quality. More work to come over the winter!
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    There's a difference in riding "after" it's rained a lot and "when". If we get what all the forecasts are expecting, no place on the "wet" side will be fun no matter the tread work done. The only good thing is that the soil is still not saturated yet at all. I was finding dusty conditions 2-3 down out on GS across upper Tokul yesterday afternoon while clearing drains and patching low spots.

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    Hey BBQ, thanks for the trail maintenance--I assume you worked on Steakhouse and perhaps The Middle this week too? I noticed some holes filled (backside of roots mostly) and drains cleared out on Tuesday. If you want some help brushing on Beaver Pond, let me know. It really needs it--knuckle bruising is happening from alder and other heavy weeds at the trail edge.

    Edit: Sorry for the thread-jack. Back to the issue at hand with some pertinent info.

    Remember last summer/fall? It took about four weeks of continuous rain (12-14") before Soaring Eagle, Tolt, and Tokul became fully saturated with all the streams running and the trail tread getting too soft to ride in the rain. It was pretty amazing while it was happening. Every day that was sort of not raining was a good riding day, right up to the point when everything was simply "wet all the way down".
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    Yep, on SH and BH only though. Rode down the Middle yesterday afternoonafter a GS lap and work feeling really slow behind some guy in a Rocky Mountain kit and a gal as well but didn't notice anything new out there. I did do some patching on it a couple months ago.Slop or I will start posting some WPs out there. It all needs some fall whack and drain and blow. Went down Steakhouse though and it was bone dry.

    But, also back on thread. Yeah, most of the good draining stuff should be good for another couple weeks or so but to actually ride dry, one will have to go east for sure this weekend. And, definately not ride the Skokomish. Even if the trail drains well...

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    Yeah, not Middle, don't know what I was thinking. I didn't even ride Middle on Tuesday. SH for sure. Someone cut out the awkward and off-putting gate log at the top of Middle though. The trail is much improved by having it gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    Someone cut out the awkward and off-putting gate log at the top of Middle though. The trail is much improved by having it gone.
    I liked that spot. See - you can't please everyone, can you? Also that low overhanging branch at the bottom of Middle is gone. It was just high enough I knew it wouldn't be a problem, but I always kept a wary eye on it anyway.

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    Horsey peoples I think. Fresh poop there. Glad the overhanging maple in the middle of Middle is still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freakybro View Post
    I liked that spot. See - you can't please everyone, can you? Also that low overhanging branch at the bottom of Middle is gone. It was just high enough I knew it wouldn't be a problem, but I always kept a wary eye on it anyway.
    Coming north on The Middle, that log was not so bad. But most of the folks I ride with loath it like I did heading south. It just was so awkward and out of balance with the rest of the trail.
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    Ebey (Whidbey Island) is about as dry as you will find on the west side.
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    That log served its purpose. Originally, we used it to hide the trail as we built it. The thing was just about rotted out anyway. freaky B, you're welcome to talk to me about adding an alternate "Lloyd's' trail in if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slop View Post
    That log served its purpose. Originally, we used it to hide the trail as we built it. The thing was just about rotted out anyway. freaky B, you're welcome to talk to me about adding an alternate "Lloyd's' trail in if you want.
    I always thought of it as a gate to the trail anyway, but once the trail was on the books and the upper, not-so-buffed-in part was ridden into shape, it needed to go.
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