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    Has anyone been out to Hinton to ride before?

    I was there on Saturday, and I'm pretty impressed. I could spend all day just in the Bike Park alone, but also managed to check out a lot of the Happy Creek Trail system.

    The bike park has a drop zone, some dirt jumps, a few flow/berm trails, a skills area.
    The happy creek trail system has some really good XC single track(s) with good climbs and descents, and even a touch of more downhill like riding.

    I will definitely be heading back for another adventure soon. I'm also looking to head to Moose Mountain around Calgary... (actually looking for someone to go there with to ride together)

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    I went two weeks ago. A waste compared to Edmonton. The happy creek trails were good. Unfortunately I got lost through jack's trail system for the first couple hours. Totally overgrown. Total ride was 3.5hrs.

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    Got out last night. Same trail report as most of this summer - humid, wet, muddy, overgrown, ****ty. Mid Ewok east entrance was muddy, so I didn't even try it. Mill Creek muddy. Some leaves are starting to turn, hopefully the weather turns for the better too this autumn. Our summer riding has been so ****ty, it didn't even deserve it's own thread LOL!

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    Heh, I was just thinking how nice it was that summer had finally arrived.

    I dunno, the trails have been pretty fantastic the last two weekends, and during the week has been pretty good too. Monday was definitely gross after the storm, and I didn't hit the trails yesterday, but at lunch the stuff around belgravia and keillor was in pretty good shape. I'm planning on a canadacup loop after work.

    Does anyone ride belgarvia? There's always a crazy amount of trail work going on in there, but most of it is way beyond my abilities (and possibly my bikes).

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    Checking on Belgravia this afternoon. The drops from the residential to the lower trails are always in good shape due to the trails being steep and not allowing the water to pool.

    The best riding this year, I think, has been late April and early May. Back then, the trails were a bit too dry, but I'll take dry over wet.

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    The thing about Belgravia is that there are a few trails that are easy; a couple more are as steep as anything else in town (I'm thinking here and here); and then there are a whole bunch more that are insane. And have no run-outs. Between that and all the gap jumps I bet I ride less than half of what's in there. I'm just a chicken (although I'll blame the wet conditions and my crappy tires too)

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    Belgravia was all good last night. All the super steep drops (including the links in Newfangled's post above) are in good shape. Lots of mud puddles down by the equine centre, and a few along the river's edge. Trail that runs from the Heritage pedistrian bridge to Keillor Road is getting in rough shape. Where the trail meets the two chain link fences has seen significant erosion. McKinnon Ravine was all good, no mud spots. Mill Creek still a bit greasy in sections.

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    I was slipping all over the roots around the old timers' cabin yesterday, and the mudholes are back. Blah. Whenever I need new tires again, I'm going to have to seriously consider putting decent mud tires on one of my bikes.

    But honestly, the trails were terrific for the last two weekends.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Lots of puddles yesterday going east from Saskatchewan drive off Calgary trail. The new trail east of Wayne Gretzky bridge is very soft but should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhtopilko View Post
    Lots of puddles yesterday going east from Saskatchewan drive off Calgary trail. The new trail east of Wayne Gretzky bridge is very soft but should be good.

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    Any info on this new trail? North or south side of river? I can only picture the multi-use trail that takes you from the bridge over to Goldbar park area and on the south side of the river, there's only the multi on the lower side of the golf course. If there's a new trail, I'd like to figure out where it is. Thanks!

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    South side. Under Wayne Gretzky then turn east onto gravel, then follow hard pack up a short hill. Turn into bush/obvious new trail at the plateau of the short hill.

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    excellent, will check out this weekend

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    Was out ridding Devon tonight, Trails were pretty good out there, wet in places but generally dry and fast. I was trying to pre-ride the course prior to the race that's out there next weekend. I've never ridden Devon before. Most of what I was riding seemed like it was fairly wide open flowing trails, not a lot of single track or technical stuff, but still lots of fun. I'll have to go out next Saturday to actually ride the course as marked, maybe I missed something.

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    Got out last night after the rain shower. Everything wet east of White mud and everything dry west. Almost like an on/off switch. Patricia Ravine was all good, a couple of touchy spots, but nothing major.

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    Finally got out to ride the fort saskatchewan trail....

    That's some nice trail out there. Good flow. all very rideable and enjoyable. Nice long stretch of uninterrupted trailage.

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    ^ is the main ladder bridge fixed near the beginning of the trail from the tennis parking lot?

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    Yes. According to the guy I was riding with, all wood work has been repaired, and even some new stuff is up. He said the trail is in some of the best conditions he's ever seen it in.

    (was all new trail to me)

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    Hey guys I am a fairly new rider and I will be traveling up to Edmonton tomorrow night (from Calgary) and will be there till the 22. I was planning on going out riding with my brother but something came up and now it looks like it won't be happening. So I was wondering where I should head to for some biking in Edmonton. I will be staying in Sherwood Park... so around there would be a little better but not necessary.

    Not familiar at all with the city, but I have heard that there are some great trails around there.

    Oh and I am not interested in pathways more dirt single track type trails. If you have ever been in Calgary and gone to Nosehill Park that is where I usually ride. Looking for a new adventure, but nothing too crazy as in a week I plan on heading to my first venture in the mountains.
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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Head to Strathcona science park for Cambodia, then keep going west on the south side of the river for a couple hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhtopilko View Post
    Head to Strathcona science park for Cambodia, then keep going west on the south side of the river for a couple hours.
    Is Cambodia the name of the trail? Thanks for the quick reply!
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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Yes. Park as far south as you can at Strathcona science park. Then you are looking for a trail to the south east that starts with a quick descent like dropping into a valley, it will come up right away and lead into the bush.

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    Conditions as of yesterday afternoon - all trails west of Mill Creek are good. Cambodia and Science Park, Rowland area trails, and Ewok all ridden and all good. Lower Ewok along the river is mud and water and not really rideable. Rowland has some mud spots, but nothing serious other than the east trail entrance point. Mill Creek is starting to dry up pretty good, still some mud spots here and there. Given the weather forecast, trails should be primo until it rains again.

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    Ride report: exact same route as yesterday except all trails dry with some tacky mud, but no slimy mud like yesterday . Lower Ewok still all mud and water bogged, though.

    Ride past a bunch of 9-12 year olds in mid Ewok with some adults (nature walk?). Riding partner heard the kids say, "so that's how they do it!". Mind of neat as they all parted to either side of the trail to watch us ride by. There must have been fifteen kids. Kind of cool I thought.

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    Just a head's up. There is a nut ball on the loose. Rides a bike and assaults women.Police ask for help in identifying bike trail assault suspect - Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

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    Some friends and I are going to be headed to Hinton in a couple of weeks to do a day of riding and I figured I'd find out what other people thought of the trails there.

    Is there enough time in a day to do both the Happy Creek and Jack's trail systems? Would you recommend one over the other?

    Thanks!

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    I would start at the Happy Creek trails and ride them as you can stage at the bike park and have some fun there too. If you still have gas in the tank, then head to Jack's. I spent 6 hours there last time I rode Hinton. Was a good time.
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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Jack's was garbage 6 weeks ago.

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    We (Hardcore) did some trail maintenance last night. Area worked on was the Old Timer Cabin trails/Canada Cup west area, plus Skyline Trail. New ladder bridges added, mud holes maintained, and general clearing.

    Skyline Trail has a new cut in it to diverge around the tree right on the edge of the trail. If you look at the tree from the east side, you can see that the tree is going to fall probably next spring (and possibly take a rider with it). The new cut diverges back into the bank quite a bit and follows a natural crevice. Looking from the west side, the tree and trail look fine so if you're wondering why the new cut, just look at the trail and tree from the east side looking west!

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Great job yesterday, I was riding with united last night.

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    You probably passed Brian and I when we were cutting the new trail on Skyline, then. It should be good. Couple of group rides through the new cut and it'll settle in pretty quick.

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    As a non-group rider, which one is skyline? The one right below sask drive, or the one right on the edge?

    I've got tomorrow and all of next week off, so I hope to get in a couple of 4 hour rides instead of my typical 1-1/2 hour loops.

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    The multi-use path that runs over by the Old Timer's Cabin - take it east and you'll see a sign on a single track that bears left off the MUT. On this sign (it says trail closed or something) there's an actual written/scratched "Skyline Trail" on the bottom. This is it. It takes you towards the bank of the river, above the new drainage that the City did work on a couple of years ago, and hooks up back to the paved path that you'd be on as you head towards the Queen Elizabeth loading dock area.

    Google map area, hopefully it shows up okay. Entrance is approximately where I put the red diamond. You can actually see the trail a bit if you go to Google maps.


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    Skyline is along the edge of the river. The drop in at the corner of sask drive and scona is Dirty Mattress. (Named for the dirty mattress that you can see down in the ravine, north of the rollers)

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    We took skyline at the end of our group ride. My first time in memory taking that trail. It has been a decade since I last rode with regularity.

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    So it turns out that I hadn't actually ridden skyline before. I feel kindof dumb since I've ridden next to and past its north entrance a million times, and knew exactly where the sign was. It's one of those trails that I'd looked down once several years ago, thought "no trail here", and never gave it another thought.

    Got to cambodia today for the first time this year, and of course everything was slimy and greasy. Blah.

    Coming back I rode a loamy and presumably newish trail east of the capilano bridge. I'm not sure if it was the one that jhtopilko was mentioning a few posts ago? But this one connects (and basically completes) a trail that is uphill from the mup. It used to come to an abrupt end midway between the two bridges, but now it continues most of the way to the capilano.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    The one by capilano is nicer going down instead of up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So it turns out that I hadn't actually ridden skyline before. I feel kindof dumb since I've ridden next to and past its north entrance a million times, and knew exactly where the sign was. It's one of those trails that I'd looked down once several years ago, thought "no trail here", and never gave it another thought.

    Got to cambodia today for the first time this year, and of course everything was slimy and greasy. Blah.

    Coming back I rode a loamy and presumably newish trail east of the capilano bridge. I'm not sure if it was the one that jhtopilko was mentioning a few posts ago? But this one connects (and basically completes) a trail that is uphill from the mup. It used to come to an abrupt end midway between the two bridges, but now it continues most of the way to the capilano.
    That's the trail that Jhtopilko was referring to. I hadn't ridden it in years because as you said, it was a trail that just sort of ended in the middle of nowhere. With the bush cleared back to the MUT, I'm sure it'll get more use now.

    Cambodia Tuesday night was slick, and that was less rain Monday night than what we got last night. It's a great trail, but only when dry (IMO). Hopefully the rain stops or lessens significantly as riding on crackling leaves in the autumn is way better than riding on mushy slimy leaves.

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    Amazing conditions out there right now - definitely the best so far this year. Hopefully everyone is getting a chance to get out there and take advantage... It definitely seems like fall is the most consistent time of year for trails - too bad the sun sets so early.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Good to know. I was in fernie, kimberley, Golden and canmore during the week and it was wetter than I liked except for kimberley.

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