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    Hopefully the trails will be ready soon. Can't wait to start riding on dirt again and in warmer weather.

    Fat biking is ok but riding in Edmonton's cold weather honestly sucks.

    Looks like there are many trail disruptions this season due to construction. Looks like there will be a need to carve out new single track to replace ones that were lost or going to be lost.

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    Excellent. Good to see a spring/summer thread up. I've only been on my fatbike once in the past couple of weeks as I really hate riding in the mud. Road bike ride planned for this weekend out in the country. Hopefully the warming trend that we'll see this week will continue and we can get some of the packed snow melting. I'm pretty anxious for the snow to be gone seeing as how we've had for so long this past season.

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    We've had some pretty big melting spells already. If we're lucky the North side of the river should clear up soon.
    Gave the cross bike a spin to work this morning, nice to be out after a winter of skiing!

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    The cold spell of the last two weeks has actually been okay, since it's meant two weeks of firm trails and not much mud. Next week we're supposed to get rain and temperatures in the teens, which will hopefully clear things up.

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    I hope it melts quick and dries out for you. I always found Spring hard on my patience.
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    I should mention that Victoria Secret probably won't be affected by the bridge contstruction, since the second entrance is well south of the area they've cleared. And I assume the Groat Rollercoaster will probably be fine too - won't really know until they put the fences up, but I figure it will just have an extra steep drop/hike at the south end.

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    Is Victoria Secret any good? I think I've rode that trail once, based on directions I found on the Edmonton threads, but the trail wasn't very fun, and I think I ran over at least 2 homeless camps.
    Perhaps I had the wrong trail? It comes out of groat ravine on the east side and wraps around below the victoria promenade?

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    It's a pretty good trail for our river valley. Drop in / exit just south of the 102 ave / Grout road bridge. It rolls a tad on the steep side relative to the rest of the river valley trails, rooty and off camber. You will find the odd homeless camp up there, but no different than anywhere else. You've got a fair number of route choices in the middle.

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    Hey Newfangled, do you know when and where the new southside bikeworks shop will open?

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    ^ It's just a block away from the old location, in what used to be the Videodrome on 102st and 80ave. https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll...,47.31,,0,3.99



    Orientation for returning volunteers is next week, and the opening may be on Saturday April 12? But they're apparently still waiting for a permit or something from the city, so it might be delayed another week or two? If they make the official announcment I'll try to remember to repost it here. I'm eager to get back at it.

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    Excellent! Thanks for the update. I've got some miscellaneous part donations I've been accumulating and the south location is super convenient for me for drop off.

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    Took my "summer" bike out today for the first time this year, and got filthy. So much mud at the seatstay bridge that I locked up the rear wheel. Blah.

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    ^ Ya, I took my "summer" bike out a few weeks ago for a ride (the last nice spell before the latest cool/snow). Big Mistake. I probably spent more time getting mud out of/off my bike then I did riding it, and I've already put the fat bike away for the season. It's official the off season for me for the next week or two.

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    If I had looked on here before going out today, I might have stuck to a road ride. At least when things were cold, everything was relatively solid, I guess it comes with the changing of seasons. Been road ridding my new bike, thought I'd get off the concrete path a little today. Big Mistake. Slush, water and gobs and gobs of mud. This was just on the multi use gravel paths. I didn't even attempt any of the single track. Washed the new bike up and I think I'll stick to the old beater for the next couple weeks. It sure does feel good to ride in the nice weather though.

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    Not sure what to expect for the weekend, but right now things are pretty gross. Today the river suddenly has no ice left on it, though.

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    Another weekend, another road bike ride for myself. I think we're another good couple of weeks away from any good riding in the river valley.

    Saw that the river was almost ice-free this morning while crossing the low level bridge. Weird how it seems to happen all of a sudden.

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    Depends on the location though. There was still plenty of ice on the river by the zoo last night. From below, it looked like Victoria's Secret might be drying up, but I wouldn't count on anywhere else for a while yet.

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    Yeah, I walked the dog on Victoria secret this morning, and it's half dry/half mud. The couple of other northbank trails are probably similar.

    For southbank though, I was on Keillor yesterday and it's all ice and mud. And it's probably one of the sunniest of the southbank trails.

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    Millcreek = mud
    Also whatever the city is doing down there ain't helping either as they have some single track blocked off and a huge mud fest where they are driving in the HD equipment.

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    The Mill Creek work is related to drainage. Last year (or was it two years ago?), there were a bunch of sinkholes by the big culverts and the City is fixing them, albeit at the expense of some trail carnage.

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    I actually did end up going for a ride today, and things weren't bad. I took lower ewok, which was a mistake - the northeast 3/4 was good, but the last quarter was terrible. Dirty mattress has some weird frozen ponds in the middle of it, but a lot of stuff was pretty rideable.

    And it turns out I was wrong about the groat rollercoaster. The city has put their staging area at the southend, so they've blocked off a really big area. So maybe it will be out of commission until fall 2015?

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    Did another road ride yesterday. With the cool temperatures and wind, my toes were frozen by the end of the ride. Worse than winter riding.

    First Hardcore group ride goes tonight. Will report back on the trails. I suspect we will be on the north side of the river, MUT and paved for the most part.

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    ^ I hear you on the cold toes. I wore my summer socks yesterday, and was hurting by the time I got home.

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    Has anyone been to Terwilliger? I was thinking of checking it out tonight, would it be worth a look?

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    I'd pass. Terwilliger has a lot of clay, so any moisture in the ground can clog up your drivetrain right away. The open area would be fine, but any treed areas (i.e. the good parts) are likely to be wet and sticky still.

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    Ok thanks for the update.

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    North side multis and single track pretty good. Some mud and water holes here and there in the single track on the north side trails from the Queen E to Gold Park. South side of the river has snow and lots of mud, so all paved paths taken on the loop back.

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    I was at Terwilleger on the Weekend, and It was pretty bad. Most of the large open walking paths are rid-able, but any of the single track is just muck.

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    Went out at lunch hoping to try Keillor and the equine centre, but I gave up pretty quickly. There wasn't enough mud to lock my wheel up or anything, but things were already pretty badly rutted. Stuck to the pavement instead.

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    Has anyone found any trails in SW Edmonton other than those at Terwilleger? Not sure what's in the south whitemud ravine. I know the blackmud creek is a nature centre (23 ave bottom of the hill) with tones of no bike signs but I'm not sure about whitemud ravine.

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    There's a trail south of Henday bridge on along west river bank called "breathless" was good few seasons back but from what I've heard from others last season was that it was all grown in and difficult to ride without bush wacking. Probably cause no trail maintenance done. Also the fact that the trail ends on private property and sometimes met with unfriendly farmer with a sickle isn't to welcoming for fellow mtb ers.

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    Breathless was cleaned out a fair ways last summer. Last I rode it (Early November) it did end earlier than it originally did in a pile of downed trees, but it's still worth the trip from Terwillegar.

    I'm not sure if there's anything in Whitemud south of 23rd ave, or whether that's closed to biking too, but everything north of 23rd ave is closed to bikes.

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    So do you cross the Terwillegar bridge onto the Cameron Heights side to access Breathless or is the trail on the west side of the bridge still south of the river?

    This forum post is awesome. Got out on Monday and got a bit muddy but it was awesome.

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    You cross over the foot bridge underneath to the west side of the river. There's a retaining box around the pad on the west side of the bridge, and you should be able to see the trail heading south directly from the retaining box.

    Shows up pretty clearly here, and continues south along the west side of the river.

    https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/53.46...!1m0!1m0?hl=en

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    Trails were great in the river valley for my fat bike today. No mud but it's going to get worse with the warmer temps. I took my studded Dillingers off earlier in the week and put on the Bud and Lou for the first time and it was a blast. I can't believe how big those tires are.

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    Did anyone get any rides in edmonton today? Looking at driving in for a ride tomorrow night. Rode in Fort Sask red carpet trail is clear.

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    I got out today. North side of river from muttart to science Park was good. South side was decent. All of this is MUTs. Probably another two weeks for the south side ST to dry out. Group ride tomorrow night and I'm sure they'll be more exploring then. I'll post back with trail conditions.

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    Thanks for the update! We're probably 2 weeks for the rest of the singletrack in the fort.

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    I was out of town on the weekend, but got out for a ride on Monday morning. I did almost all of my usual summer loop - down to Goldbar, and then west through mckinnon.

    I skipped rowland because it looked too snowy, but everything else was pretty good. Mostly snow-free, pretty dry, no big ruts or mudholes, and generally nicely rideable. The trail in the worst shape was the natural pumptrack by the mickinney bridge, and even it was in decent shape. I took the ss and stayed pretty clean, but it was first thing in the morning, so things were still chilly.

    I wonder what's with the homeless camps this year? There are a lot of them which isn't unusual, but so many of them have garbage strewn for 100' in every direction. It's not just the dirty mattress guy, because I saw 3 others that were comparable to that. The amount of filth this year is really depressing.

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    So were you on the south side of the river?

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    Yeah, the 2-part goldbar trail, cadillac, upper ewok, birdhouse, the pumptrack, oldtimers, dirtymattress, that trail off 90ave below QE hill, kinsmen, and around the uofa. I skipped Rowland and completely forgot about skyline.

    I started around 8:30 and finished by 11, so things were warming up by the time I got home. I didn't really have any issues, beyond the fact that I was trying a bigger gear on my singlespeed this year, and it turns out it's too big for a couple of those trails.

    There's one big puddle in the middle of dirty mattress, random snow here and there, a couple of greasy sections, and lots of downed trees.

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    Cool I think we'll head that way tonight then. Thanks again.

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    I hear you on the homeless camps. Dawson area is pretty bad, so bad that the Edmonton Sun has a couple of write ups on it. Our group ride last Monday ended up going through an abandoned homeless camp that had garbage everywhere.

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    ^ I started at dawson today, and that's what blew me away. Dropping in at Alex Taylor road it's pretty much solid garbage for the next km.

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    I did a loop around some of the single track out at sunridge this afternoon. With how open it is out there things are nice and dry. You still have to avoid some of the wetter low lying areas, but was quite impressed with the conditions overall. Still a few water holes along the multi-use south of the river in Goldbar. It's nice to see things drying up.

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    Trails were all good yesterday. Stuck to the north side of the river between Queen E and Goldbar Park and all ST was good. South side of the river on the way back was pretty good as well. Old Timer's Cabin area is not too bad, but still some snow/ice sections in some of the ST areas. Mill Creek on the upper east bank is all good, but the trail is very soft. Mill Creek trails down by the pool are a bit muddy still.

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    Southside of the river from Goldstick to QE Park was ridable. We needed to be mindful of some of the lower covered trails as they were still greasy. I don't know the trail names but did check a few singletacks and they were in good shape. Needs a few weeks to dry out completely (especially after the rain tomorrow) and most of EDM trails will be good.

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    Rode from Leg to Henrietta Louise Park and found that conditions were pretty solid on Monday, better on the N side of the river than S in my opinion. First time I had been though so please correct me if I am wrong.

    As I am a newbie, I was trying to figure out something: someone built a table top ramp over a tree on the trail at Irene Parlby Park (Rossdale) just before the 98 ave bridge. I really like that trail as I am a novice rider, but how to do I navigate the ramp? It looks too steep to simply jump, and I tore my shins up good and proper making a few passes at it Monday.

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    Rode the southside from Capilano to downtown, and everything was in great shape. Birdhouse was pretty slimy, and a couple of climbs were a little slippy, but hey, that's Edmonton.

    First real ride on the summerbike, and it came home pretty clean which is nice. Now that everyone is on fatbikes in the winter, does anyone else find it weird to go back to suspension? I ride my rigid bikes all winter, and in the spring it usually takes me quite awhile - like a couple of weeks - to really get the hang of my hardtail again.

    bodmanza, I'd like to help, and I know what trail you're talking about, but I don't know the tabletop. You say you're a newbie, but how much of a newbie are you? If you're completely new to this, there's some simple stuff like standing up, leveling your pedals, leaning your butt back, popping up the front and unweighting the rear...but if you already know all that I'm not sure what to say.
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    There were lots of people out on the trails today. Rode through all the single track just east of Walterdale. I don't know what this area is called (the singletrack that runs between the multi-Use gravel and the paved path?) No kidding about the homeless camps. There has to be 3 or 4 of them in this area. Then I swung over and did what I think everyone calls canada cup? (the singletrack loops between Emily Murphy park kinsmen. A little slippery, but not a lot of deep much. Good day for a ride

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    Has anyone been on the trail along the West side of Groat Rd up the ravine (roller coaster)? I was there today on my road bike and the south end is pretty much completely inaccessible without trespassing. I was hoping we could still drop in up there, but doesn't look good. From the bridge I could see orange fencing blocking off sections of the trail further north.

    I'm sure access is still good at the north end, but haven't tried it yet. Also, anyone know what the city's plans are for the rehab of this area? Will they incorporate the trail into their bridge/landscape design?

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    ^ at the northend of it the city has actually stuck a sign in the singletrack saying the trail is closed, but I haven't had a chance to ride it yet. Since the bridge is going to take 2 years I'm sure eventually someone (maybe just a dogwalker) will cut a new south entrance, but it'll be tricky since so much of it is blocked off at 102ave.

    Speaking of dogwalking, I walked Victoria Secret today and it's in good shape. Not sure how many riders it will see while the bridge is closed, since it doesn't really connect to anything anymore.

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    Upper and mid Ewok are all good. TNT is good. All trails on the north side of the river were good last night. All trails on the south side were good too. Went up to the pump house from Gold Bar park towards Cambodia and all was good. Pump house area was wet, so turned around as it'll just get worse the further you go in.

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    How do you know trail names? Is there a map of this somewhere?

    Rode north side of river from Leg to Rowland Road, then a bit on the north side. All seemed fairly dry save for a few minor muddy depressions.

    Haven't found any really interesting terrain outside of the little 100 m stretch next to Irene Parlby Park in Rossdale.

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    The easiest way to learn the trails (and trail names) is to join a bike club. The clubs have different names for different trails, but EMBA is working with the clubs to get signs up on the trails.

    Victoria's secret is still a great way to get into (or out of) McKinnon, just drop in behind the museum.

    We hit Old timers, the east Canada cup loop, Victoria's Secret, Root Canal and the top half of back breaker, and a bunch of the new fat bike trails in the dog parks. Everything was in great shape. The only place we found mud was Emily Murphy. The single track in there was still pretty wet, so we stuck to the multi use, which still has some snow.

    I've been itching to go check out Cambodia (and tea cup etc). Good to know it's still wet. Hopefully it'll clear up this weekend.

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    Did a quick ride around the equine centre at lunch. The area above it in the trees is in pretty good shape, and there's a bridge gap jump that I've never noticed before and will never, ever ride.

    The riverside trail along the equine centre is in the worst conditions of anything I've ridden recently - really badly rutted in spots, and still really muddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavtor View Post
    ...and a bunch of the new fat bike trails in the dog parks.
    I'd been meaning to ask about this. Are "official" group rides using Buena Vista now? As far as I know this is still the city's stance.

    My dog doesn't like bikes, so I take her there specifically because the area between the zoo and the pedestrian bridge is the only offleash park where it should be possible to avoid bikes. But I've been seeing plenty of groups of 3 or 5 riders going through the west side of the park.

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    One of our riders called the city for clarification, and it's multi-use. The city has been planning to renovate / remove the old signs for a while.

    http://www.edmonton.ca/transportatio...y_13092013.pdf shows the trails as multi-use.

    Obviously it's still a dog park, so riders should be respectful of the dog walkers.

    That bridge gap has been there for a while and is pretty dilapidated.

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    ^ thanks, but that map still only shows the gravel freeway that's in the middleish of the park, and which is easy enough to avoid with a dog. It doesn't show anything on the west side of the park, even though there is singletrack there. And that's where I've been frequently seeing groups of bikes.

    There's also this map which shows the trail heading north towards mckinnon as being no-bikes, but that can't be right since it's not even in the dogpark anymore.

    Since the city has tried to pawn everything off on google their mapping has gone downhill.

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    So the north end of the Groat Rollercoaster is blocked with a sign and snowfence, although there is the second entry just a little further down.

    At the south end there's a series of snowfences. They start about 150' from the bridge, and then there's another just north of the ladderbridge, and another just south of it, and another one south of that. A new entry will be tough, because once you're north of the ladderbridge the trail and road are pretty far apart. Best bet will probably just be to drop down to the groat road mup since it's right there, or just skip it for a few years.

    Only one homeless guy in there today, who was nice enough to tell me the trail was closed.

    They were also doing some bobcat work right at the backup entry to Victoria Secret, but hopefully they're not making a mess of it.

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    ^ The Groat Road path next to the road is now closed until August. There are a series of signs in Glenora directing people to take Ramsay ravine trail (paved) or the "natural" trail that drops down on the east side of the museum to get down to the river valley.

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    Duh, I should have figured that would happen. I must have even seen one of those big signs in govt house park, but turned up Ramsay ravine before I could read it.

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    Im living in sherwood park right now and wondering if there are any good cross country trails around. preferably singletrack.
    thanks

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    Your best bet is Sunridge. I haven't been out there yet to see how it's drying out.

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    I really hope they take the Groat Rollercoaster trail into consideration when replanting the bridge area. That entry by the bridge on the south end was super fun to drop into, and a nice final push at the end of an already awesome trail. Kinda sucks that it's unrideable for the foreseeable future, but hopefully the fact that they are well aware of it means they'll restore it.

    I always thought Victoria's Secret was the trail that started on the southeast side of that bridge (across from Original Joes) and curved back east along the victoria golf course? It is actually the one that heads west under the museum into Mackinnon?

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    The city seriously has to clean up the squatters setting up camp in the river valley trail system. It's become rampant and the trash is spilling out all over the place. If the city has already committed to dumping loads of money into the beautifying the river valley w building bridges etc I don't think enforcing some no camp laws would be to much to ask.
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    I was wondering if anyone around here has reported the dirtymattress guy to the city? The garbage is bad enough, but the number of bikeparts in that area has exploded since he moved in. Just down from the camp there's a pile of wheels, and some niceish folding tires. EBC was saying that they've been hearing that bike thefts are up around the university, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's got something to to with it. I've never done that before, but am thinking it might be time.

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    I know there have been some complaints made to the city and the police. I don't know if there have been enough. I don't think they can just kick them out with out a pretty good reason, although it looks horrific. I can kind of understand the dirty matress one, as it's a bit out of the way, but the camp above the Glenora club is a little mind boggling. It seems to grow every week, again with bike parts all over the place right in the middle of a fairly high traffic area. It's too bad they're down on their luck, and there isn't a better system to help them out, or cleaner place for them to go.

    Also, word is Cambodia is open now!

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    Got out for my first real extended ride of the season last night. Conditions were great overall, ran into quite a few groups out riding.
    What's the name of the trail on the south side of the river between Capilano bridge west to Riverside golf course? I've only been on it a half-dozen times but it's one of my new favourites. It was the only trail with any significant amount of mud.

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    I think that's Cadillac, but it could be Rolling through Rowland. I always get the two mixed up. The skinny bridge that goes up and over the small chasm is the definite highlight of that trail! I prefer riding it east to west, but west to east is fun too.

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    Cadillac is the west trail, north of the MUP. Once you drop in at the top of the Rowland bridge heading east, there's a bit of a bump up after the first descent. There's an old Cadillac rim on the tree there. It isn't really in your natural eye line riding the trail, but easy to see if you look for it.

    The east trail, south of the MUP with the bridge has too many names, we've been calling it A-bomb. We'll see what EMBA calls it when the trail signs go up.

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    I had today off, and went for a nice ride down to Cadillac and Rowland/A-bomb/etc. I'd actually only intended to go to skyline and back, but it was so nice that I just kept going. It seemed like everyone else had the day off too, because I saw a tonne of other bikes.

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    Not a trail update, but a weather update so that when we're looking back on this year next year, or in 2016, we'll have a record. Saturday May 3rd, cold (near zero degrees for most of the day, but dry). Light snow on the ground Sunday am with light snow and sleet falling all day. Wet and crappy. Light snow on ground Monday am as well with heavy fog and drizzle in spots. Another wet and cold day.

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    More fun with the Walterdale Bridge.
    http://www.edmonton.ca/transportatio...p_10042014.pdf

    They've got the MUP on the South East side of Queen Elizabeth closed, which means in order to cross East / West you've got to use the new sidewalk running along Queen Elizabeth, then zig zagging along onto the multi use.

    The best way across is the old Brewery Trail, but that that's been slashed in preparation for a new MUP there, so you're zig zagging a bit between the slashed trail and the old trail. And I'll assume soon enough that'll be closed to construct that trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavtor View Post
    More fun with the Walterdale Bridge.
    http://www.edmonton.ca/transportatio...p_10042014.pdf

    They've got the MUP on the South East side of Queen Elizabeth closed, which means in order to cross East / West you've got to use the new sidewalk running along Queen Elizabeth, then zig zagging along onto the multi use.

    The best way across is the old Brewery Trail, but that that's been slashed in preparation for a new MUP there, so you're zig zagging a bit between the slashed trail and the old trail. And I'll assume soon enough that'll be closed to construct that trail.
    haven't been on here in a while.

    But went for my first mtb ride in a while on saturday and did a few laps of the canada cup course (from a few years back) and the trails were in great shape. But ya it was tricky crossing. I was able to stay on the east side of the road and then cross over to the city of edmonton building and cut underneath it and get over to the east. But they may close that off too.

    And ya, I looped all through the trails around old timers cabin and saw at least 6 different tent cities some of which had insane amounts of garbage.

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    Yeah the garbage in the river valley associated with the homeless camps is ridiculous this year, no idea why.

    Best idea is to call 311 with the location of the camps. Not sure if anything will get done but I would like to hope so. Kind of hard for volunteers to go in there to clean up when they might be faced with an angry resident.

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    Peace Officers or EPS handing out citations and repeat offenders get brought to remand centre is a start - besides the new remand is huge there's no need to set up camp in river valley when remand has nice cozy beds and hot showers.

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    Ride report from last night's group ride: Old Timers, Kinsmen, Kiellor Road area, McKinnon ravine are all good. Hardly any mud and no standing water puddles that I saw. Trails were in great shape, weather, not so much

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    ya i got rained on pretty good last night. But trails were in pretty good condition.

    The gravel train between emily murphy and kinsmen on the south side still has patches of snow/ice.

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    I just signed up so I could post especially in this thread!

    I've been riding Cambodia since last Tuesday, it's in pretty good shape with a couple inundated low spots (I've just been picking my bike up and walking around them to avoid rutting the place up). The trail between Cambodia and the Rundle Park bridge is pretty iffy though. Cadillac and A-Bomb(?) have been great and there's some single track that runs in between Goldbar and Wayne Gretzky drive that was a little rutted but generally in pretty good condition. On the north side of the river the single track in Kinnaird Park is dry and suuuuper fast.

    2014 is shaping up to be pretty great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeyd View Post
    ...and there's some single track that runs in between Goldbar and Wayne Gretzky drive that was a little rutted but generally in pretty good condition.
    Oh wise group riders, does that 2-part trail have an "official" name?

    This morning I saw the new Victoria Secret sign that's up at the east end of the trail near the stairs. Nicely done, EMBA (presumably?)

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    I'm not sure if that one has a name.
    The Dirt Girls have all their signs up, they look pretty awesome! They're usually up moderately high and a few yards into the trail.

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    I saw the sign for Bobsled and then proceeded to get totally hammered as I tried to keep up with the Revo guys on their group ride. It was my first time riding the McKinnon ravine trails. I had no idea how intense some of them would be. I definitely bottomed out my fork for the first time (and second and third...).

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    I was out for a short ride today, and I have to say that those signs are a great addition. They've even put them on trails I'd never have thought of naming - purple haze and wonder woman by the museum, and crazy maria and coaster in mckinnon?

    It means I'm going to have to ride millcreek again. Whenever I go exploring in there it seems like 3/4 of the singletrack deadends, and it gets worse every year. So it'll be nice to have a way to know what other people are actually riding.

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    I agree. Millcreek does definitely need some work as lots of trails that use to be awesome kinda eroded away especially trails near 76 ave there's a single track that's become impassable.

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    Purple Haze? I saw that tonight. Kind of funny. I appreciate all the work that is being put into the signs. Who is doing that?

    BTW which one is Wonder Woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by canbmw View Post
    BTW which one is Wonder Woman?
    Just west of the museum parking lot there's a drop in, and a short, twisty trail that leads down to the mup. It's short enough that I'd barely consider it a trail, but having those little trails signed is nice because at least it lets people know that "yes, this actually goes somewhere."

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    Hopefully with the new signage of trails it will lead to development of more single track trails so the entire river valley becomes a maze of trails .

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    The city doesn't like us building new trails. So it'll be interesting to see what happens with the plans for a new single track to replace the golf course trail. (I guess we can't call it roller coaster anymore, since that's the east bobsled drop in!)

    Some kind soul took out most of the trees on back breaker. There's just one left at the end.

    EMBA is spear heading the trail signage, along with the club who's responsible for each area. The Dirt Girls got all the McKinnon / Victoria's Secret signs up. I -think- they're the only club with signs up so far, although the crews that do Cambodia and the Refinery trails have had signs up out there for a while.

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    Rode many of the trails in the west end yesterday. Trails are in excellent shape. The roller coaster in Terwillegar is as a good as it was last fall, no muddy bottoms at all. Some of the best spring riding I've seen in years.

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    The top of Victoria's secret is completely fenced off now, no way to get out with out some serious bush whacking. So you've got to commit to the museum trails for their own sake now.

    There were 25 people doing laps of Pogey / Pot luck on Saturday afternoon, a mix of small groups, the largest being maybe 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavtor View Post
    There were 25 people doing laps of Pogey / Pot luck on Saturday afternoon, a mix of small groups, the largest being maybe 8.
    Which trails are these?

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    The green trails in the image in this post.
    Edmonton, Fall, Winter 13

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    Ah yes. Forgot those had signs up. Thanks!

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    Well Congrats to any of you locals and non locals that raced out at Terwilligar this weekend. The lack of rain lately kept the trails in nice shape for sure.

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    Race today was great! We (sport class) got some rain that turned the course pretty slick in spots. Legs covered in mud at the end of the race. Course was very good and flowed really well.

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    I raced sport as well. The rain did slick up the course a little during the second lap, but I did appreciated the cool off it brought. I had no idea that Terwilligar had such great trails. I'll definitely be ridding there more in the future. I was talking with a couple from Calgary in the parking lot after the race. They were also quite impressed that we have such great trails right within Edmonton. It doesn't sound like they have similar down south.

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    ^Riding Terwilliger at night in the autumn is pretty nice. Cool temperatures, no dog walkers, lots of rabbits.

    Agreed on the cooler temperatures with the rain. That was a god send. The only sections I found slick were the first half of the loop. Some of the sections down in the trees were clay and were pretty slick. The trails on the second half of the loop up in the trees and on the hillside were sheltered pretty good, so they didn't seem as slick.

    All the results here if anybody is interested: Alberta Bicycle Association | Registration

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    I was out of town for the last week and a bit, but managed to get one good ride in yesterday before what is apparently going to be a week of rain. It was so nice to see that the garbage has been cleaned up - I don't know if that was the volunteers from River Valley Cleanup, or if the city crews had to step in, but the dirty mattress and royal glenora camps are gone basically without a trace.

    Saw this the strava heatmap on another thread: Strava Global Heatmap

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    Early am ride from Mill Creek to science park. Surprisingly, ST in mid ewok and all of science park is good! Mill Creek ST greasy, and Pot Luck section greasy and a bit nerve wracking. Did not do Cambodia as likely greasy as well.

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