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    Am I being too cautious about the trails, due to all the rain we've had?

    First off, I'm in DFW. I almost feel like I'm going a little overboard about riding since we've had so much rain off and on the last month or so. I've ridden 3 times in the last month, and it sucks. I really want to ride more, but I'm scared I'm going to damage the trails. I do trail work here, so I completely understand what happens when people ride after it's rained. All the hard work that goes back into repairing ruts and building corners back up, not only for me but everyone else who helps out, is what is holding me back. Am I being too cautious about it, or should I try to ride more and just take it easy on sections I see that are wet?

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    You're better off being over cautious. However, check with the locals regarding which trails shed water the best and which ones need more time. When it is wet like this spring has been I spend more time on certain trails and leave others alone.
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    Am I being too cautious about the trails, due to all the rain we've had?

    There's probably some kind of group for local trail conditions (forum, Facebook, dedicated site, etc). Check there and see what others are doing. If it's not ok to ride based on local conditions or practices, then don't.


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    Quote Originally Posted by brucevilanch View Post
    First off, I'm in DFW. I almost feel like I'm going a little overboard about riding since we've had so much rain off and on the last month or so. I've ridden 3 times in the last month, and it sucks. I really want to ride more, but I'm scared I'm going to damage the trails. I do trail work here, so I completely understand what happens when people ride after it's rained. All the hard work that goes back into repairing ruts and building corners back up, not only for me but everyone else who helps out, is what is holding me back. Am I being too cautious about it, or should I try to ride more and just take it easy on sections I see that are wet?
    It's been my observation that no one wants to ride more than the people that maintain the trails. Stick to the trail open/closed status posted on Dorba and on FWMBA. We'll be begging for any kind of rain come June/July, so best to let the trail get a break now since there will be plenty of riding during the summer.

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    Same here, venture out a little further, Solavaca dries quickly and it's an hour away but only 3 bucks to ride and a hell of a trail. Cleburne state park is similar, just call ahead and make sure they're open. Dinosaur Valley as well.

    I live in Ft Worth and not being able to run up and hit Sansum or Gateway for a quick evening ride sucks but the trails in the hill country are more rock than dirt by far and are usually open.

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    I feel BV's pain, but the rain down there is what kept me from coming down there in March (never stopped raining for 2 days), and it's what drove me to Canyon (Palo Duro) over Easter.

    I check DORBA, and respect it when it says 'CLOSED'. It's rough, but I'll wait 'til June if I have to.

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    Keep up to date by checking on DORBA.org. If you have an Android phone, you can download a North Texas MTB app that feeds off the DORBA trail status page.

    Trust me... as one of the assistant stewards in DFW, nobody wants to ride more than those working on the trails..... the rain is great since we have been so bad for several years, but some open dirt would be nice every couple of weeks.
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