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    Current Black Hills Trail conditions (March 13-20)...

    I'm thinking about coming out this week, but was curious if anything is dry enough to ride (Storm Mtn., M Hill, etc...). Weather forecast looks good for the week, but I don't want to make the drive if things are still wet and muddy on the trails.

    Any recent reports?

    Thanks in advance...

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    if things keep going the way they are, trails should be pretty good toward the end of the week.
    May still be some soft spots, but drying out quickly
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    Quote Originally Posted by gomer hardtale
    if things keep going the way they are, trails should be pretty good toward the end of the week.
    May still be some soft spots, but drying out quickly
    Thanks, Gomer. I was out there last year this time and had to get up early to ride M Hill to play the freeze/thaw cycle. Storm Mtn. was too muddy. End of the week may be best for me anyway considering the drive from Des Moines out and back.

    Do you think Storm Mountain by Friday would be okay to ride? I'm sure M Hill will be fine, but I have no idea what kind of snowfall was received this year at Storm and how much melt there is/was to work off.

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    M-Hill might be iffy at best by the end of the week. Last night's report on it was the west side was doable with some soft spots, but the east side was still a mess. Unless we get some wind from the east, riding M might be limited to the west facing slopes.

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    I ran out at storm on Sunday, the 13th. The advanced loop had maybe 3-4 inches of snow still, but the rest of the trails were about 50/50 snow and dry. The coon hollow (creek area along the road) is pretty snowed in still. A hand full of trees down, but I will get them cleaned up this week. I would say alot of it will be rideable later this week with the knowledge that it won't be 100% dry and clear. Victoria creek lollipop loop should also be riding great this weekend.

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    Rode M hill yesterday, almost completely dry, few wet spots in heavily shaded areas. Drove through the Black Hills this morning, still a lot of snow up here, Mickelson trail is rideable if you're so inclined.

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    Just got home from riding HLMP (M-Hill). Mostly dry, but the new loop out on the Far East trail, northwest of the Anamosa Node is soft. It was firm this morning, but as the day gets warmer it will be soft at best and probably pretty sloppy.

    The Sun Climb, Sunset N, Sunset S, M West, M East to Hobo Node, B Link and Upper Rock Garden are all in good shape, with a few wet spots here and there. Part of Upper Wild Turkey into the saddle are wet as well and will probably be sloppy later in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Fubar Rider
    Just got home from riding HLMP (M-Hill). Mostly dry, but the new loop out on the Far East trail, northwest of the Anamosa Node is soft. It was firm this morning, but as the day gets warmer it will be soft at best and probably pretty sloppy.

    The Sun Climb, Sunset N, Sunset S, M West, M East to Hobo Node, B Link and Upper Rock Garden are all in good shape, with a few wet spots here and there. Part of Upper Wild Turkey into the saddle are wet as well and will probably be sloppy later in the day.
    Thanks, everybody. I decided to stay in Iowa. Very strong dry winds and warm temperatures dried out our trails allowing me to ride dirt the past 4 days and save on travel expenses.

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    Does anyone have pictures of the Black Hills S/T
    What type of riding is it? Dirt Roadie, XC, AM, DH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcupach
    Does anyone have pictures of the Black Hills S/T
    What type of riding is it? Dirt Roadie, XC, AM, DH?
    They have a really nice mix. No shortage of AM stuff, lots of XC, and even roadie approved "trails" like the Mickelson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenspokes
    They have a really nice mix. No shortage of AM stuff, lots of XC, and even roadie approved "trails" like the Mickelson.

    Any Pictures or Videos available?

    One mans XC is anothers AM followed by anothers DH...of course who cares what the dirt roadie thinks...lol

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    does this help?
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    Trust me. We have every type of riding in the black hills. From 50 mile epic rides of rocky single track, to downhill riding at Terry Peak, to buff, flowy single track, the black hills have it.
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