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    Trial Conditions.

    I guess everyone is so busy riding there is no time to let us working folk in on trail conditions. It should be pretty dry out there by now. I'm thinking about checking out TR after work. Might squeeze one ride in before it gets wet again. If its still muddy I can head up to Lucky Peak on the the GB and come back to Columbia Village via Bonneville Point.
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    Based on what I saw this weekend, the trails between 8th Street and Mountain Cove road (i.e., the connector, freeway, Hulls Gulch, Sidewinder, Red Sands, etc...) are the driest I've ever seen them in mid-winter. The Reserve trails are also mostly dry, but I would still avoid the shady sections of, say, Cottonwood Creek, Mtn Cove trail, Shane's loop, as those are still sort of mucky. Bucktail has some impressive ruts from people riding it when it was really muddy, but it was pretty dry on Sunday.

    I have no idea of the condition of the TR trails - I haven't been out on those in a couple of weeks, and not when it's been above freezing yet. My guess, based on past experience, is that you'll find assorted patches of mud on TR still, since it's the last to dry out usually.

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    I went yesterday morning and it is starting to get soft. I did crestline sidewinder up to bobs. The connector from the motorcycle to bobs is probably a mess right now. It was getting soft and my guess is its totally thawed by now. Bobs was good except for the creek was high and resembled a glacier. Everywhere else was ok, a couple of mucky spots but nothing to bad.

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    i'm not going back out until we get some rain. i love mudd ridin'

    so do my dogs and my group of 15 riders that i meet up with.

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    I took my dog for a walk on the Castle Rock trails this morning. Trails were soft, but not gooey at 6:30 AM. I got the impression that they would be a bit slimy once the sun came up.

    Rode Three Bears to Shane's on Saturday around noon. Most parts were dry. One section of lower Shane's still had snow on it. That 75-yard section is probably pretty ugly now that the temps are up, but the rest should be great.

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    6:45 PM Tuesday trail report: slop. I take back what I said above. I don't know what happened out there since Sunday mid-day, but it was downright soggy tonight where it had been hardpacked and barely damp on Sunday. I think the warmer temp and lack of freezing nights have allowed deeper layers of soil to thaw. All I can say is it's back to the running shoes and road bike for me.

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    Ditto! Just when I was starting to think a month without precip would make for better riding. Shamefully sloppy out there. The best I could do in spots was try to ride down some of the higher ridges on the ruts...

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    Slop

    Did not even make it to TR. It is so sloppy around my hood I just came home and rinsed the bike off then hung it in the garage. The Owyhees are the only unfrozen rides I'll do til spring.
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    You'll hate me for this...

    but it's 85 and dry here... Perfect SS weather...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    but it's 85 and dry here... Perfect SS weather...
    Turkey!

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    what's the latest time I can ride solid ground?
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    Geoff & Chris --- what'd you guys try to ride tonight?
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    No Solid Ground

    Quote Originally Posted by DelTaco
    what's the latest time I can ride solid ground?
    Looks like we need to stay off the foothills trails for awhile. I think Rocky Canyon Rd. will also be sloppy and very hard on the drive train for a few weeks. Need to find a couch to surf in AZ.

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    My route

    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Geoff & Chris --- what'd you guys try to ride tonight?
    Chickadee - very sloppy on the steep section closest to 8th street.
    Hulls Gulch - wet sand, a few dry & hardpacked sections, and some mud.
    Hulls Ridge to the Moto Parking lot - mostly dry down low, wet closer to the parking lot.
    Corrals to the top of Bob's: soft closer to 8th street, wet sand/dirt closer to Bobs.
    Bob's: Drier up top, REALLY muddy with wide, half-frozen stream crossings at the bottom.

    I didn't have much mud on my tires or bike when I was done, but more than I would prefer. I'm sure the difference between last week, when the trails were great, and last night (when it sucked) was that the temps staying over freezing the last few nights has let the lower soil levels of the trails thaw, releasing their moisture into the upper levels that were drying last week, once again turning the trails to muck. Goes to show you never know. Dry winter weather doesn't really dry the trails - only warm, dry weather does.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Geoff & Chris --- what'd you guys try to ride tonight?
    EP covered it all, but I'll add that even Crestline, that was rideable last week, was too muddy to ride in places last night. Kestrel wasn't bad until the last 40yds, surprise, surprise... but I think it's time to wait, pray for wind, sun and more wind... that seems to be what it takes to dry the trails out. Even Hulls that used to be quite rideable when temps were in the 30's was a sloppy mudfest about 1/4 of the way in the middle.

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    I rode this morning at 8. Not a soul in sight. The temps were so nice, and the ground was firm. I spent just over an hour in the military reserve and the only thing that sucked was all the ruts. I just did my part to smooth them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollbarbie
    I rode this morning at 8. Not a soul in sight. The temps were so nice, and the ground was firm. I spent just over an hour in the military reserve and the only thing that sucked was all the ruts. I just did my part to smooth them out.
    I rode this morning at 8 too, on my 7 inch travel rig. Ground was very firm. A few crumbs, but no ruts or mud to speak of. Temps hovered around a comfy 68 degrees and no wind. Way too many people, though.

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    You've got wood-grained furniture, a chair with wheels and arm rests and my god is that a window? WTF are you compaining about?
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    Why are there bars on the window?????????????? Where are you riding that single chamber 7 in. shock?
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    Trail squish factor is high this AM. It didn't get cold enough last night.
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    The rain isnt going to help. Im heading out right now for a run. I will check the trails and if its too muddy its the pavement for me.
    Whenever I haul a$$ I have to take two trips.

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    The sinking feeling.

    What dirt I hit at 5:45 was soft. (I have a couple indicator sections of dirt which always mirror conditions in the footies.) None of those sections were firm enough, and I could feel Kharma tapping me on the shoulder, and the voices of my trail building friends chastizing me for even trying...

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    ..., a dark cube, fish tank, and an espresso machine is what I got...besides some saddle sores from ridin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    (I have a couple indicator sections of dirt which always mirror conditions in the footies.)
    What are they?

    Looks like Greenbelt running, REI Greeting Shifts, and 2C roads for me!!!

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    Taking the house apes to the Y and play on goofy machines, shaving the legs for the roadie, or lacing up the running shoes... what's a guy to do?????

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    Greenbelting with the hot and sexy tonight.
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    FWIW....out in western 2C, it seemed much drier (relatively speaking) than 1A....so I'm guessing Wilson Creek will be doable this weekend. The forecast for Marsing according to Weather.com is calling for cloudy skies this weekend with temps in the low 30s to low 50s. Head out there if you need a trail fix, give the Footies a rest and don't make more work for R2R and trail volunteers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    FWIW....out in western 2C, it seemed much drier (relatively speaking) than 1A....so I'm guessing Wilson Creek will be doable this weekend. The forecast for Marsing according to Weather.com is calling for cloudy skies this weekend with temps in the low 30s to low 50s. Head out there if you need a trail fix, give the Footies a rest and don't make more work for R2R and trail volunteers.
    Nick, are you riding Wilson Creek on Sunday? I may head that way if the weather is nicer than in town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Nick, are you riding Wilson Creek on Sunday? I may head that way if the weather is nicer than in town.
    Unfortunately no. I'm working all day Sunday. Saturday OTOH is still up in the air.....

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    Trial conditions you will have to ask Chris or Hans about, but trail conditions were excellent in the Owyhees yesterday (except for a few short but very slippery mud sections)

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    i ran up hulls/down hulls last night at about 5:45 and it was really pretty good. only 2 spots with squishy mud (about 2 yards each in length), otherwise just wet sand. absolutely lovely with a warm-ish breeze. did see 3 riders come off the freeway with lots of mud on their tires...but hulls was not bad.
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    Anyone been out today or yesterday? Tomorrow the weather is suppose to be decent and then Thursday there is rain/snow showers forecasted. Soooooo...I'd like to get in a ride tomorrow evening. I'll stick to the Greenbelt or Rocky Canyon if worse comes to worse, but if some of the trails are rideable...I'd like to hit those.

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    8th St...

    last nt, (Tues) I did a SS spin up 8th to the parking lot and back down, the human yo-yo, and even my favorite fall-back ride was a little damp, and from the gate to the parking lot, was downright sloppy.

    Buy some beer, a bag of chips and find a couch....

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    Wed AM

    I rode a nice loop through the Reserve and over to Hull's and back this AM at about sun up (8:00-10:00). Trails were very nice, still frozen. You cold tell that if it were a few degrees warmer that they would be complete slop in many places.
    It was around 28-30 degrees on my ride. If it were above freezing you may as well go to the gym and jump on the treadmill.
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    I went running at Military Reserve earlier tonight. Part of the reason was cuz I didn't want to run on the Greenbelt again and another reason was to check out the trail conditions up on the ridge.

    And yes....I did turn around once I hit soft/muddy conditions.





    Saw one rider coming down the road from the radio tower that had mud caked on his tires pretty good. Also saw two runners that ran on the side of the trail right where the trail goes behind the subdivision up there.

    Oh well.

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    The trails were great in Sedona on Saturday!!!!!

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    Trials were a little snowy in Draper, UT Sat.
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