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    Edmonton, Summer 2012

    I think it's officially summer now, so here goes.

    Temperature right around 30 Celcius, 48km, 3.5 hours, and hot! Headed east of Mill Creek and ended up past the Yellowhead bridge by the Strathcona Science Park. All single track is good, and the ST in the Science Park is super nice.

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    Nice photos^

    Was out yesterday too. Started downtown (in Oliver) hit up the path between Groat road and Connaught drive (I think you all refer to this as the Connaught drive roller coaster). Then the trail down the hill on Government house park, up the ravine (Ramsey?) back down through the bobsled/pinball alley... up Mackinnion, and back down the rooty trail, on to riverside drive and down the trail that connects to laurier park (does this trail have a name?). Stopped to check out the car show going on by the zoo, and then up the paved path along the whitemud into rio terrace, down patricia ravine (there's suppose to be some good single track in here, but I can never find it...)... played around a bit on the trail end where the trick descent is right to the river, the followed the single track to the fort Edmonton foot bridge, and road up into Terwilligar from a few rounds on the various single track there.... and then back home to downtown

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    Here's some markers that should hopefully help you find the good stuff around Pat. Heights (or atleast the ones that I have managed to find). The only thing is that the trails tend to get overgrown, so it can be easy to miss an opening.

    If you are coming from the Fort Ed. Footbridge, take a right to the steep set of stairs. By the river bank, there should be a trail (sometimes it gets washed out) that leads too a clay bank. If you hang a left before the clay bank, you'll find some single track leading you up the hill and onto a gravel path. Follow the gravel path up and it should take you to a short staircase. Prior to the staircase, you should be able to find some more single track leading up the hill. Follow that and you'll be on some good continuous single track for a while.

    If you can't find that or are coming from the other way, there is another entrance by the top of the short staircase that should be easy to find.

    Eventually you'll come to a drop out (shortly after a small wooden bridge). Take that drop out onto the paved trail. Follow the paved trail on the way to westridge, close to a garbage can there should be another rooty trail to your right. Keep taking this one and you'll eventually get to an area with staircases leading out either way connected by a short amount of concrete. Cross the concrete and there should be some more singletrack ahead.

    Rinse and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plastictrees View Post
    ...If you are coming from the Fort Ed. Footbridge, take a right to the steep set of stairs. By the river bank, there should be a trail (sometimes it gets washed out) that leads too a clay bank. If you hang a left before the clay bank, you'll find some single track leading you up the hill and onto a gravel path. Follow the gravel path up and it should take you to a short staircase. Prior to the staircase, you should be able to find some more single track leading up the hill. Follow that and you'll be on some good continuous single track for a while.
    Thanks for the tip. I took the single track from the river bank to the gravel path, but couldn't remember where to go from there. The single track that continues up the hill was the path I was looking for, now I know where to look.

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    Just a few shots i took while riding the other day with my phone!

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    I see that section of the lower former CC trail has finally slid down the bank.

    I don't know how much rain fell last night but we needed it. Those trails are extremely dry!
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    ^ the slide is on the section that's west of the walterdale by the kinsmen?

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    Heading east from Walterdale, on the lower trail. After you cross that water run off thing? I'm assuming that's what that thing is. Anyone?
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    Gotcha. I think of the section west of the walterdale as being the "CC trail", since it was made for that, but since it's a pretty stable location I figured that I was confused. The east stuff is (or was) treasure island...I think?

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    I think that's Treasure Island? I only know of Ewok and maybe a couple others though as far as names go. The club riders seem to know the names of everything down there.
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    tried to hit that trail yesterday but it was just waaaaaay to wet even to walk! lol bad idea...

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    That last one must look familiar to at least some of ya. I had never gone on that side of the river yet, so i thought id see what was over there. Went down two different pathways and didn't see a way across this stream! I aware i would have jumped in if need be lol but BAM i decided to explore a lil more and that is what i found There is some rather cool stuff built up over in there. 50% of it i had to walk my bike through... but i am curious who is it that builds of this stuff? Obviously someone has to be in there building these trails and ramp and bridges. Id love to help out and learn how they do it if anyone can let me know? thanks

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    ^ are you talking about the trails behind the esso refinery? I recently re-explored this area and found some trails that I've never seen before. Very fun to ride through... but very easy to miss the entrance.

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    Yes that's precisely where I'm talking about, it's pretty awesome back there! Yes it took me a few trys to find the entrance into that area as well. Very fun to ride and explore, once it dries up a lil I'm going to head back in

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    The trails back there have recently seen significant repair this year. Much better condition than previous years.
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    I finally got the video together from this year's RtCC...

    Not much footage survived the rain, but her's some of what I was able to save (yeah, roadie mtb content).

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    Any recent updates on trail conditions after all the rain in the last couple of weeks? I was out at Strathcona Science Park and conditions were good; only a couple of muddy areas in the entire loop.

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    Finally got out for a weekend ride today. The east section of the old Canada Cup Course - the stuff between the old timers' cabin and 91ave - was fairly slick with a bunch of mudholes. I saw two different families riding through there (struggling through there) with trail-a-bikes and everything. The western section of the course was all dry.

    The west end of lower ewok was muddy and rutted, but generally okay. A little further on it was completely underwater so I turned around. Mid and upper ewok were both fine.

    We're not supposed to get much rain this week, so things could be pretty good.
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    Tried out Patricia Ravine today, I couldn't find the singletrack near the stairs leading to the footbridge but found an entrance near the paved hill further west.

    It's still pretty slick until you get to the double set of stairs leading to Westridge and Rio Terrace? (I was hoping a day and a half of sun would do the trick). Past the stairs there are a few muddy areas but otherwise was pretty good.

    Worse than the muddiness is the Mosquitoes. They're back, and they're angry .

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    Will be in Edmonton thru sunday. Planning to rent a mtb at River Valley Adventure. Rocky Mountain hardtail, i believe is what the girl on the phone said. Any group rides going on this week? Better yet, anyone willing to give me a tour of River Valley. I'll buy the beer. PM if you are open to showing intermediate rider around the cool lookin single track there.

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    Are you here now? There are a few group rides on Wednesday, including Hardcore which leaves from the shop (100st and Whyte Ave) at 6:30.
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    Thanks gord. Yes i am in town now. Will look this place up. What about thurs group rides?

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    Rented a bike at River Valley Adventure on Saturday. Weather was nice and sunny. Did an 8 mile loop. Mostly paved but Took some detour on the dirt trails adjacent to paved. Nice change of pace. The view of the river is wonderful.

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    Does anyone know how I can get involved in maintaining trails in the river valley? I've noticed Patricial ravine is pretty well maintained and wanted to know how I could lend a hand.

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    ^ get on the local club mailing lists - Hardcore, Pedalhead, etc. Hardcore next one is coming up this autumn - I'll PM you with some details when I find out.

    Edit: I think Pedalhead just did a trail maintenace day in Patricia ravine, so that could be why it looks so good right now.

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    I think Dirt Girls did Patricia, Pedalhead did Mill Creek, IIRC.

    Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance(EMBA) does all the work organizing the trail days and has some fantastic people involved with the trail maintenance. It is unfortunate that they don't have a web presence to raise more awareness. EMBA does have a Facebook fan page that sees some action, however it definitely isn't comprehensive.
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    Awesome, thanks so much for your answers. I'll look up EMBA and get involved in some local trail days.

    I actually (and embarassingly) never realized people actually take the time to maintain the trails until I saw how nice patricia looks. I figure after a summer of abusing the trails I should lend a hand.

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    Mill Creek to Gretzky is all in primo shape. Significant trail errosion in Mill Creek this year adds a bit of pucker un sections, but still all ridable All trails that still exist are in great shape. The connecting trail from the top of McNally hill, just under the pedistrian bridge to Roland Trail is packed down super nice and is definately best ridden west to east.

    Couple of trees down in Mill Creek, one right across the trail just past the frog sanctuary. Need a buch of guys to move that tree out of the way. You can ride over it, but it totally kills the flow of the trail.

    Lots of leaves down on the ground in Mill Creek with bucket loads to fall in another of couple of weeks. You'd have to be blind to not notice the change from even two weeks ago.

    Mid and lower Ewok all in great shape. Lower Ewok still has too many encroaching bushes on the west end of the trail. Mostly mud free with only one real puddle left. The rock bridgeson the lower trail sections helped out a bit this year and are a nice change to ladder bridges.

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    Got out today with two fellow MTBR members. Great ride, trails are in super condition and overall pace was just right. Came across a kid taking a saw to aforeposted log, with the four of us, easily cleared it out of the way, so that trail is clear again. Lower Ewok is in the best shape it's been in for a long time.

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    Busy night on the trails. Highlight, other than the developing dead leaf buildup under the tires, is the ladder bridge up-across-down the fallen log just off the paved path on the west end of the Canada Cup course. Once I saw that I was immediately smiling. Props to whomever or the club who built it!

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