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    Where to ride today? (Boulder area)

    I just moved to Boulder from Seattle. My wife & I got a babysitter from 11-3 today to go mountain biking, but I'm worried about the trail conditions given the snow earlier this week.

    I was originally planning on Hall Ranch, either Antelope or Bitterbrush up to Nelson, but I don't know how quickly those trails dry out (latest report I saw was that Nelson was still pretty wet).

    Anyone have suggestions for a good 10-ish mile ride today that won't hurt the trails? How quickly do the trails dry out -- I mean, if Nelson was wet yesterday, given the wind & low humidity, are the chances high it'll be dry today?

    Weird and awesome to be someplace where you don't ride in the rain every damn day between October and June... (not that I don't love the PNW, but I won't miss the soaking-wet and muddy pile of clothes in the garage after every ride)

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    Hall- Bitterbrush is dry to the bench. Not sure about the loop.
    Heil- Picture Rock is reportedly greasy in areas but fine.

    These are all 2nd and 3rd hand from when I was in Redstone yesterday.

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    Get used to trails drying up pretty darn quick for the exact reasons you mention..!

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    Does anybody have current status for Walker? I want to hit Walker today.

    BMA hasn't been updated for 5days for Walker. Thanks
    http://bouldermountainbike.org/conte...ils/conditions

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    How is the wind??? It is blasting in Estes. Heading down later to hit Hall.

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    Hall is probably fine. I was thinking of Walker myself but as it's a little higher there may be some mud and snow still. Spring Brook was mostly dry yesterday.
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    Very little wind right now.
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    Yeah, it was really Calm early this a.m. I was just outside in Boulder and it's pretty windy. Going to see what it's like at 2pm. Last few times I road Walker it was windy but once on the trail I couldn't even tell.

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    We went and rode Antelope -> Upper Bitterbrush -> Nelson Loop at Hall. It was great. A couple of small puddles, easily ridden through. It was windy though.

    That downhill is ridiculously fun.

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    Just got done with my usual CCW Ride at Walker. Went CCW to the stairs and turned around. It was pretty nice but it was a little sloppy and muddy/wet on some of the single track that was in the trees/shade leading down to the stairs on the backside.

    The wind was gusting pretty bad but once again it wasn't really a factor except for climbing back from the stairs on the singletrack in the meadow area. That kinda sucked. But it was good sloppy fun for sure! Had riding in the blood today and I'm usually a kinda fair weather rider.

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    Hall is in great shape. Wind sucked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moishel
    We went and rode Antelope -> Upper Bitterbrush -> Nelson Loop at Hall. It was great. A couple of small puddles, easily ridden through. It was windy though.

    That downhill is ridiculously fun.
    Hope you yielded to uphill riders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryn
    Hope you yielded to uphill riders!
    Yeah, we did

    We're both longtime riders and know that yielding is the obvious/right thing to do. I saw that other thread and agree that there were some idiots out there, but whatever. Given the sheer number of riders, the percentage of people being cool was pretty high.

    That said, I've never ridden such crowded trails before except in Moab. It's a very different experience. The trails close to town are fantastic, but I can't WAIT for the high country to open up!

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