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    Edmonton - Spring 2013

    I guess someone has to start a spring topic so here it is. Haven't been into the river valley at all yet this spring to see what thins look like.

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    Hooray for spring!

    I went through yesterday, and it's still very snowy out there. It's packed and rideable in some places, but a lot of trails have just a few footprints and nothing more. And with a chilly forecast for the next week, I'm not sure when things will clear up.

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    Got out last weekend for mostly single track and multi trails. Soft was brutally soft and it was a frustrating endevour, but well worth it at the end of the ride! No pics.

    Things sure are changing down by the Kinsmen area for the new bridge. Going to be interesting to see how the construction unfolds over the course of the summer.

    Planning on going out tomorrow, regardless of weather. Will take some pics and post back.

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    been riding last 9 weeks. Some Sundays better than others.

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    I actually saw some mud on the trails on my way home today. It wasn't very much, and it was only in sunny sections, but it was a nice surprise.

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    Hey ChainReactionCycles, no rush on those parts I order for my bike....Oh and F*U Mother Nature!!!!

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    Yeah, this spring has pretty much sucked. First group ride with Hardcore is tonight, so I'm hoping to make it out depending on work. Due to the weather, it'll be mostly paved trails tonight. Wasn't it last year that were pretty much snow-free at this time? It's been a very long snow season this year!

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    This was mid-March last year:



    But we did happen to get a snowstorm this week last year (I was moving, so I will always remember that surprise blizzard).

    Took the studs off my cruiser-bike on the weekend, so today was my first ride on naked rubber in ~5.5 months. Studs are staying on my 29er for another week or two, though.

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    Hopefully the lasting snow makes for a snow-free November and December. Autumn > spring for riding as far as I'm concerned, so I'd be happy with the trade-off.

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    I looked through some other old pictures for comparison:

    April 19, 2010


    April 12, 2011


    April 9, 2012


    So this year we're probably a little behind, but not too far.

    But I'm definitely a fan of long autumns too. As soon as the snow does melt we'll probably get weeks of rain, followed by bugs. It's been a few years since the last time the neon green worms took over, so I'm always wondering when we're due for that horror again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Hopefully the lasting snow makes for a snow-free November and December. Autumn > spring for riding as far as I'm concerned, so I'd be happy with the trade-off.
    This is true, my only preference for more riding at this time of year is the extra hours of sunlight as I'm usually out riding after work on weekdays...

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    riding today from leva at 11am

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    Got out last night with Hardcore. Based on the amount of snow, it's going to be a good 2-3 weeks before all the snow is gone. There is still a LOT of snow around.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    To ride with Hardcore you need to be in the club?

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    Yes, but it's the same with any club. I think all the clubs charge a nominal membership fee, nothing too outrageous. I use to ride with RVC, but when the store folded, I just went to Hardcore as I had previously bought a bike from there.

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    Got out for a bit. Too many off leash dogs and too many four people wide groups. This is the worst part of the year - waiting for the snow to melt and having to dodge unaware walkers. Still lots of snow on the south side of the river.

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    Blame the nice weather Jason. With the late Spring that doesn't seem to want to arrive show its face for a bit, the people will come out in droves. It was a beautiful night and I can only imagine the valley traffic tonight.

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    I hope to ride tomorrow during the day.

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    The new ride is a noble steed! I've got some work to do on the shifting, and the brakes are kind of such, but it flies!

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    Another goo option for a group ride is,Pedalhead on Calgary trail has Wednesday evening rides, no members ship needed.

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    Went to Chickakoo Lake (north of Stony Plain) today to see what kind of shape it was in. The trails are mainly deep slush and show still. I spent probably 1/3 of my time pushing. Not quite ready yet, but fun none the less.

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    Great to know. It has been on my radar the last two months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zappa View Post
    Another goo option for a group ride is,Pedalhead on Calgary trail has Wednesday evening rides, no members ship needed.
    I hope to check them in a couple Wednesdays.

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    Got out yesterday. Mill Creek is maybe 30% ready? The single track above the multi use trail just before the paved hill to the pedestrian overpass is all dry and good to go. Hit the ladder bridge on the way back and proceeded to go over my bars at the peak of the bridge! Guess it's to be expected, first time on a cross bike and single track and all. Thankfully, the mud and water softened the landing and all I have to show for it is a bruised knee and elbow.

    Multi on the north side of the river is all dry from Muttart to Capilano. Lots of ice blocks flowing on the river.

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    Was out this morning, and did Downtown to Goldbar and back.

    Like everyone is saying, the northside is completely clear.

    On the south I popped in for a look at the trail below Roland Road, but it looked like pretty solid ice so I skipped it. The gravel mup around Riverside golfcourse is mostly clear, with one or two sections of snow. Middle Ewok was clear and dry. I rode a bit of lower ewok and it was slick, but fairly clear of snow. The CC trails by the Old Timers' Cabin and the Kinsmen are in great shape, with the rare surprise patch of snow. Around the university is all snow and ice, and is not worth it.

    The city has just started work on stony plain road bridge, so they've blocked the north entry to the Groat Road Rollercoaster with fencing. You can still get in a little further south, though. The trail is about 50% clear and dry, and 50% snow. Victoria Secret has a bit of snow at the north end, but other than that it's all clear. And I walked up bobsled with my dog on friday, and it was very mushy.

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    Super nice picture!

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    I went west today through to terwillegar . Mostly dry. Enough mud to make things messy. Some snow still out there.

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    Love that picture Newfangled... Wow!
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    Ewok was great last night.

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    Ride report: Mill Creek is 95% good. Some brown ice patches on the trail above the creek bank just north of the pool, and some mud, but other than that, all is good. Mid Ewok is all dry, as confirmed previously. Upper Rowland Trail is good to go. Gord962 and I cleared four trees off the path, but the remaining two trees will need a chain saw. These two trees are over the path just after the steep switchback if you're riding the trail eastbound.

    Saw a group of kids with some adult leaders on the single track in Mill Creek. All kids had a number plate and they were riding EVERYTHING! They looked to be 8-10 years old with kid appropriate bikes and they weren't taking the easy path on anything. Kudos to them!

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    Went to Terwillegar park today. Mostly dry. Crazy busy, barely found parking.

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    Reading good stuff on here regarding trails being ready. I've been extremely busy helping in laws move off a farm they have been on for over 60 years. Needless to say it's a lot of work! I hope to get out later this week if time and schedule permits.

    Has anyone been out to Fort Saskatchewan yet this year? if so how are things looking? I would think with this current weather we are having everything will be 100% by tomorrow.

    I could not imagine how busy the river valley was this weekend considering it was snowing last weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    Reading good stuff on here regarding trails being ready. I've been extremely busy helping in laws move off a farm they have been on for over 60 years. Needless to say it's a lot of work! I hope to get out later this week if time and schedule permits.

    Has anyone been out to Fort Saskatchewan yet this year? if so how are things looking? I would think with this current weather we are having everything will be 100% by tomorrow.

    I could not imagine how busy the river valley was this weekend considering it was snowing last weekend!
    Where's the best location to access the trails in Fort Saskatchewan? This is one the only areas around Edmonton that I still haven't checked out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HankMcCoy View Post
    Where's the best location to access the trails in Fort Saskatchewan? This is one the only areas around Edmonton that I still haven't checked out...
    Turner Park. Park by the tennis courts. Trail head is just off the paved trail. Can't miss it. Trail heads back towards and under the 94 street bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Turner Park. Park by the tennis courts. Trail head is just off the paved trail. Can't miss it. Trail heads back towards and under the 94 street bridge.

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    Awesome, thanks for this!

    I was out last night and rode from the rooty trail in MacKinnon to Ewok to Queen E to the Kinsman portion of the Canada Cup and back. Great conditions on all trails...

    The trail from Queen E to the river has been altered somewhat as many trees have been cut and piles of sawdust on the trail including the nice bank turn before the straight-away to the river. Not sure if this is for the Walterdale bridge construction?
    Thankfully the best part of the CC trail was spared and only half of it was eliminated due to bridge construction.

    Anybody else use Strava to track rides? I've noticed that there aren't a huge amount of segments posted for areas that I figured would get heavy use.

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    Lost my post so a quick summary.

    Got out yesterday for a good long ride. Mill Creek, Kinsmen, over to Keillor Road, back through McKinnon ravine, back to Old Timer's Cabin, and back home. All trails are dusty. Lower Keillor road trail is all good, until you get to the mud flat area. Still muddy over there.

    The tree that was over the path just past the orange fence on the lower Keillor Road trail now has an up and over on it. Kudos to whomever built it.

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    I was in BC for a week, but while I was gone it's like someone flicked the switch from Winter>Summer. I got out for a quick ride last night, and I couldn't believe how leafed-out everything was.

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    Got out for a Terwilliger to Strathcona Science Park ride on Sunday, and out again for a bit yesterday. That white aspen fluff, or whatever it is, is starting up. Expect to see some "snow" on the trails in a few weeks. Lots of pockets of those little bugs that get in your nose, mouth, ears, etc throughout Mill Creek Ravine.

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    Got out today in the afternoon. Mill Creek, Canada Cup/Old Timer's area, Kinsmen, and Whitemud Equine Centre all good. Some slick muck in Mill Creek in very few spots, all else is in great shape. Most of the rainfall on Saturday was sucked right up given that the trails were so dry.

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    Thunder and rain keeps the walkers away!








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    Lets see...

    Before the rain I rode Treasure Island for the first time in forever, and it was actually dry. There's been a major slide in the middle (like I said, I hadn't ridden it in forever) that really messes things up.

    I finally rode the trail that was mentioned here last year that goes east from the top of the hill east of the dawson bridge. It was pretty fun, and it worked well in both directions.

    I can't believe how much dirt someone has moved to create a new jumpline on upper ewok. That seems like a crazy amount of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I can't believe how much dirt someone has moved to create a new jumpline on upper ewok. That seems like a crazy amount of work.
    I was thinking that myself, I keep riding around it on the now older trail. It looks like a fun little section. Once it dries and I'm heading west I'll hit it. Or East if I'm feeling manly!
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    Got out for a good romp this morning. Hero dirt everywhere. Mill Creek, Canada Cup, Old Timers, Kinsmen, Victoria Secret, Whitemud Equine Centre, Patricia Ravine, the whole works is good to go. Very few mud spots, most mud is at the Equine Centre, some on Victoria Secret close to the bridge drop in point..

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    Trail conditions from Hardcore group ride last night. Most trails are still greasy and muddy. North side of the river is okay, but still some mud/water holes. Science Park is okay and good without too much mud.

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    Everybody knows the tree that fell over the path on the north side of the river that we have to go over. It's on the property that is owned by the lady who has been widely discussed in the forums before.

    Last Monday when our group ride went through, there were posts installed for a future fence.

    Looks like the fence is going ahead. Edmonton Journal story here:

    Fenced piece of paradise causes frustration in Riverdale

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    It's really too bad that it's come to this... The only good thing is that it wasn't mountain bikers that got blamed for causing this and get a bad rap as a result.

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    I agree, but I wonder how long until somebody vandalizes her property in retaliation?

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    Yeah, nice to see that the offleash dogs called out as the problem. And yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if we see another story in a month or two about how the fence didn't work.

    I've been riding through there for 5 years, and I don't remember the flowers that needed to be tip-toed through?

    I find myself sticking to the south bank nowadays though - I feel I get more bang for the buck in terms of riding time.
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    Got a nice ride in on the southside from the U to Capilano and back. Everything was nice and dry, including lower ewok. Although the dark clouds are gathering as I type this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    I agree, but I wonder how long until somebody vandalizes her property in retaliation?
    It's almost inevitable. She's opening herself up to get attacked. I even mentioned that when I talked to her when she was telling me about the fence and she disregarded it and said the police would just get involved.
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    Rode the trails between science park and goldbar again. I always find more stuff when I go through here. I found Wally, Pot Luck, Pokey, Bed Bug trail... can't believe I never knew about this stuff before. Anyone else familiar with it? I extends off what I've always considered "cambodia trail" that goes from these trails west to goldbar.
    Some of the best technical riding I've seen in the city. And some of the funniest. Stellar trails.

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    Where did you find the names on these?

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    someone has put signs at the entrances to each of them. Three of the trails have the same start point, and branch out

    here's a link to where they are in google maps Google Maps

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    Got out today this morning. Had some rain, some mist, and a bit of sun. Cambodia and area all good! Old Timers and area all good!

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    Ah, lovely June. And we're supposed to get at least another week of this.

    Took my road~ish bike out for a 40km rainy pavement cruise today. Anyone else having fun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Ah, lovely June. And we're supposed to get at least another week of this.

    Took my road~ish bike out for a 40km rainy pavement cruise today. Anyone else having fun?
    Does staring out the window longingly count as fun?

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    I hit my usual trails on the way home tonight - keillor, laurier, mckinnon, groat & victoria - and they were all nice and dry. A mud hole here and there, but totally rideable.

    The north end(s) of Victoria secret are getting threatened for some condo construction that might be happening in the area. They've moved in some barricades and fencing, and the end right by the bridge is clear (for now), but the other one is sortof blocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Ah, lovely June. And we're supposed to get at least another week of this.

    Took my road~ish bike out for a 40km rainy pavement cruise today. Anyone else having fun?
    Got out Sunday for a good ride. Mostly multi, a little bit of snotty single track, and the rest paved. Was covered in mud right away, but all in all, it was a good ride.

    Did some trail work with Hardcore tonight in the old Queen Elizabeth park. Many trees were removed and bush cut back. The trail along the old brewery is much better now. Trails were a bit greasy in spots, but other than that, all appeared to be pretty good.

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    A bunch of the low-lying stuff like lower ewok and the university are underwater. As of saturday afternoon the river is still probably 1/2m below where it was in 2011.

    Rode some singletrack too, and it was in good shape except for the old timers' cabin which was slimy and gross.

    I was saying the north end of Victoria Secret was getting some condo construction, but I think it's actually storm sewer or possibly bridge prep instead.

    And the neon green worms of doom have returned as well.

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    Got out with Gord962 for a good romp. Like Newfangled, said, lots of trails are underwater. Emily Murphy Park to Kinsmen - under water, Fort Edmonton multi use trail - under water.

    Wolf Willow Creek/Patricia Ravine are in great shape! Old Timer's a bit slimy as mentioned already. Downhill trails from the residential neighborhood to multi use trail just west of Hawerlak Park are good.

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    So were you guys between Keillor and Hawrelak? Those banks took a beating in 2011 and since then seemed to be barely hanging on.

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    Yep. The embankment has been cut away even more. The actual trails were dry, surprisingly

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    Trails are getting better daily. Rode University, Mackinnon, Groat Rd, Old Timers and Mill Creek yesterday. All were as muddy as you would expect, with Old Timers being the worst (as mentioned above).

    Rode quickly through Old Timers and Mill Creek tonight - still muddy but a noticeable improvement from yesterday, even with the rain overnight and this afternoon.

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    Interesting weekend, with government house park, mckinney park, the Edmonton queen dock, the walterdale construction, and the kinsmen cc trail underwater on sunday:






    You know the water is high when the lower part of the LRT bridge's piers disappear


    The Keillor trails were still there on monday (this one is normally 20' up from the water):

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    That section of keillor>hawrelak that is always collapsing has collapsed quite a bit more. And the rest of that trail has gotten a lot narrower - the trail is basically still there, but the "extra" stuff is all in the river.

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    Took the gravel MUP in cloverdale that had been underwater, and I got so clogged that my cranks completely locked up. I was glad to be on the singlespeeed because at least it was fairly easy to clean out.

    I avoided low stuff like lower ewok, but everything higher up was in pretty good shape. The kinsmen cc had been underwater, and was pretty messy and rutted but rideable.

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    With the forecast, hopefully a bunch of trails dry out this weekend. That's nasty!

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    Hey campers... it has been too long.

    Rode through Millcreek the other night and it was not too bad and I broght my mud friendly bike, yesterday I went out to Pigeon Lake and rode on the much diminished beaches and along the lake trail.

    I ride with 65'er...he's a mountain goat....But then again, we need to throw him in the mud and pack his pockets with lead shot before a scale will read him. - Psycho Mike

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    That's a pretty clean mud bike. I can't remember what's going on with the drivetrain - is it a 3spd with the barend shifter for the front derailleur?

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    Any trail reports? Was gone this past weekend and looking to go out tonight. Old Timer's, Kinsmen, Mill Creek, Ewok areas. Just figuring out what bike to take out.

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    Well if it helps I rode my fair-weather hardtail today, for the first time since May.

    I think things should be good. Yesterday everything was nice and dry, except for a few permanent mudholes. It sounds like the northside got quite a storm last night, but centrally there was barely any rain.

    I think lower ewok is probably a no-go, but the kinsmen stuff that had been underwater was basically fine on the weekend.

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    Great, thanks for the update!

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    Oh and the little pump-track trail in cloverdale might also be iffy, since the mup along there is where I picked up all the mud in the photo.

    And, while the trails might be in good shape the neon green worms have returned with a vengeance. I think the worst place I saw them was the trail east of the old QE pool, but they were all over the southside. So if you're in a group, make sure you're not first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    That's a pretty clean mud bike. I can't remember what's going on with the drivetrain - is it a 3spd with the barend shifter for the front derailleur?
    It is a 3 by 1 now... installed both bar ends so I am ready to drop in the 8 speed wheel.

    I washed off all the previous day's mud in the lake...

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    Got out last night. Mill Creek is all good, Rolling Through Rowland has a new ladder bridge right after/before to the existing skinny bridge and the trail is in great shape. Cadillac has a big ass tree over the trail. Mid Ewok is all good, but again, a big ass tree over the trail right at the apex of the short power rooty climb area. Capilano boat launch under water still and the multi from Gold Bar over to the Rundle Park pedistrian bridge is sand/silt from the flooding.

    Cambodia is good. Some slippery spots, but no greasy mud all in all. Second major bridge over by the pedestrian bridge/Capilano Park area is still washed out, but you can still access the rest of the trails by taking the old Camobia line up by the pump station. Lots of mosquitos in Cambodia, lots of dragon flys by the radio controlled helicopter/plane area in the Strathcona Science Park.

    Quite a bit of tree branches down on the multis. The multi from Rolling through Rowland to the Dawson Bridge has a pretty good wash out area where the multi path only has about a foot and half of trail with the rest of the trail in the river.

    With the wind/rain/hail storm we had Tuesday night, I saw hardly no green worms anywhere!

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    Great reports, thanks!

    Has anyone checked out Ft. Saskatchewan since all the flooding? I'd like to check it out this weekend but won't waste the gas if it's really damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blofeld View Post
    Great reports, thanks!

    Has anyone checked out Ft. Saskatchewan since all the flooding? I'd like to check it out this weekend but won't waste the gas if it's really damaged.
    I've been wondering the same. Planning to head out there tomorrow to test it out, I can update tomorrow night if I end up making it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WayneGretzky View Post
    I've been wondering the same. Planning to head out there tomorrow to test it out, I can update tomorrow night if I end up making it!
    I'm actually downing a Starbucks and getting ready to head down there for a scouting mission. I'm very curious myself. I'm just getting over a real bad allergy episode so it will be the perfect place to ride today!

    There will be pics up on my blog later today... Yes, I'm now officially one of "those" guys trying to promote "his" blog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    I'm actually downing a Starbucks and getting ready to head down there for a scouting mission. I'm very curious myself. I'm just getting over a real bad allergy episode so it will be the perfect place to ride today!

    There will be pics up on my blog later today... Yes, I'm now officially one of "those" guys trying to promote "his" blog.
    I was thinking of doing some recon today as well... planning to head out to Pigeon Lake for the weekend for some camping, fishing, and cycling and need to make sure the Blizzard is ready to go.

    Figure that since we will be riding some longer distance XC that this is the right tool for the job and who knows what we will find out there.

    Only been out on the old beater once this year since I have been struggling with health issues but if I take it slow and easy I should be fine.

    Those 2.3's will get my skinny ass over and through almost anything.

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    sixty-fiver, there was a Cannondale frankenbike at bikeworks south the other week with those swanky, raceface cranks. Always amazes me what people donate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    sixty-fiver, there was a Cannondale frankenbike at bikeworks south the other week with those swanky, raceface cranks. Always amazes me what people donate.
    Those were the orange cranks yes ?

    My neighbour designed those swanky Race Face SL cranks... he still has the prototypes.

    Not a bad ride today... rode the low side of Ewok along the river and see that sink hole is still there and now it just full of mud. After that I went up to Forest Heights and then went down to Whtye via Millcreek ravine, ran a few errands and then came back through the ravine and came up 105 St for kicks.

    All I can say is thank god for little grannies as climbing hills on one good leg is already hard enough and must say the Blizzard just makes me suck a little less.

    Obligatory ride shot...

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    Fort Saskatchewan is a mess. If you plan on going, don't bother. unless you are bringing a chain saw and a bobcat.

    Sixty Fiver. I love your Blizzard! Those things are full of Canadian awesomeness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    Fort Saskatchewan is a mess. If you plan on going, don't bother. unless you are bringing a chain saw and a bobcat.

    Sixty Fiver. I love your Blizzard! Those things are full of Canadian awesomeness.
    Good to know, thanks for the heads up! Guess I will steer clear tomorrow. It's unfortunate though, that has to be my favourite trail in the area

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    Trails as of last night were all good from Mill Creek to Strathcona Science Park. Have to say that Cambodia is probably my favorite place to ride now, especially going east to west (mostly downhill going this way).

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    I finally rode the trail by the equine centre today, and was surprised that it was all still in one piece after the flooding. And I think some of the keillor slide connections are still underwater? Other than that, trails were really nice on the way home tonight - a lot nicer than they were on thursday. Not sure about Sunday, but Saturday should be a really good day for a ride.

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    I Love Ridding in Edmonton! So much to ride.

    Was out through a few places on the weekend. Some may have actual names that I'm not aware of. I was in Europe for the last 2 weeks so I left when everything was still underwater. There's still lots of closed signs up around the goldbar / capilano area, but everything is slowly getting cleaned up and very rideable. The gravel path on the north side of riverside golf course is still closed as the river bank is pretty badly eroded.

    Was out riding around Sunridge on Saturday, the trails were nice and dry, very fast. I really enjoy ridding out there. I can imagine it gets pretty slick when it's wet out though.

    The single track that runs along the bottom of the hill north of the concrete path around Dawson park is nice and dry, but the grass has gotten very long. I was actually considering walking though this area with a gas powered trimmer, just to knock the grass back enough that you can see the trail. Would this be frowned upon?

    Has anyone been on the sigle track along the river between riverside golf course and 98th Ave (ish), the path that bypasses the climb on the concrete path up to McNally? This is a great trail, but I wonder if it's still underwater or in really bad shape.

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    The riverside trail got hit pretty badly in 2011, which is why it's now partly rerouted into the golf course. I was around there on saturday, and at the east end there was a lot of snow fencing. I'd say that it looked closed, but I also didn't look too closely since I was heading from Rowland up the hill to Cadillac.

    And yeah, a lot of the trails are getting crazily overgrown. The way that the rains have eroded new washouts onto some trails I'm a little paranoid about cruising along but not being able to actually see my front wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    The riverside trail got hit pretty badly in 2011, which is why it's now partly rerouted into the golf course. I was around there on saturday, and at the east end there was a lot of snow fencing. I'd say that it looked closed, but I also didn't look too closely since I was heading from Rowland up the hill to Cadillac.

    And yeah, a lot of the trails are getting crazily overgrown. The way that the rains have eroded new washouts onto some trails I'm a little paranoid about cruising along but not being able to actually see my front wheel.
    There's two wash out sections on the multi beside the golf course. The one wash out gives you about 2.5 feet of trail before the bank's edge and the other one is about a foot and a half? I'm just guessing, but the bank edge is close enough that you need to pay attention on those spots. I imagine that the City will clear the trail back a bit and have it reopened at some point.

    I was lucky enough to find time to ride the 24 Hour course at the Nordic Centre on Sunday. Wow, those trails are spectacular! It was nice to ride without tree branches slapping my face, or grass/weeds whacking my shins. Can't wait for the race this weekend!!

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    Keillor>Hawrelak has shifted a whole bunch more since last week. It's all still hanging on, but if we get some more heavy rain I wouldn't be surprised if a really long stretch of it lets go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper View Post
    Fort Saskatchewan is a mess. If you plan on going, don't bother. unless you are bringing a chain saw and a bobcat.

    Sixty Fiver. I love your Blizzard! Those things are full of Canadian awesomeness.
    Thanks... it got some new boots today in the form of some Schwalbe Rocket Rons and all I can say is great googly moogly these tyres are awesome and dropping a pound off the wheels never hurts.

    Looking forward to seeing if this helps me get my busted ass up and down things any faster... they are markedly faster on the road that those Nevegals which have their own virtues in that they are so sticky when it's wet.

    But when it is wet I ride da Pug... it will barely leave a track in the mud.
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    Put a foot down in the middle of Lower Ewok today, and sank down past my knee. Came very close to losing my shoe, which would have made for an awkward ride home.

    Even with the rain on saturday the trails are in generally good shape...except for all the mudholes everywhere.

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    24 Hours of Adrenaline, a nice change of pace from Edmonton's monsoon summer

    With the crappy weather we've had, here's some random Friday night and Saturday morning shots from the 24 Hours this past weekend in Canmore. The course was fantastic, fast, but a bit dusty. We got some rain Friday night, but not enough to settle the dust. Night laps were under a full moon, with a bit of a breeze coming in around 3am.

    Friday night, pretty calm. View from the over/under bridge, an "obstacle" that claimed its fair share of unprepared riders. Chicken wire fence and bare skin don't mix well together! Lots of Anthem 29ers, Specialized Stumpjumpers, and Rocky Mountain Altitudes at the race.

















    Saturday morning:








    Fours to go until the start:




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    Looks like fun, jkirkpatri.

    So...I've got to say that the trails are getting pretty dry. There are still mudholes, but they're filled with actual mud and not 4" of standing water. And of course the long range forecast is full of rain, but for right now conditions are as good as they've been since probably May.

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    Not a trail report, but I did manage to get a nice close up view of the river valley's resident bald eagle yesterday. Was on the north side of the river straight across from the sewage treatment plant. Thought it was a freaking huge crow until it turned and I could see it's white head and yellow beak. Cool! Two sightings in three years for me now.

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    I know a bunch of raptors hang out by Goldbar and the science park, but I swear I saw an eagle first thing this morning around 116st. It was just hanging way up high and surveying, and it definitely had a different coloured head. So either an eagle, or a vulture.

    My bike got supremely muddy yesterday. I had to stop and clean off my seatstays because the tire was rubbing so badly. But the trails are fun-muddy, and not the greasy, slippery, crappy muddy they've been. So of course the forecast calls for 3 days of rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkirkpatri View Post
    Not a trail report, but I did manage to get a nice close up view of the river valley's resident bald eagle yesterday. Was on the north side of the river straight across from the sewage treatment plant. Thought it was a freaking huge crow until it turned and I could see it's white head and yellow beak. Cool! Two sightings in three years for me now.
    My resident Merlins have been busy as their babies have fledged... the birds in the neighbourhood are keeping things quiet and I have a flock of Magpies hiding out under my trees to avoid becoming dinner for these feisty little falcons.

    The Peregrine falcons that live downtown have stopped on my roof to devour the pigeons they catch and think they like to cruise the mall where the squab have no cover to use.
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    Damn rain is gonna make everything all muddy again... guess I will be forced to ride the Pug when I was really looking forward to testing the new Schwalbes on the Bliz.

    Life is tough.

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    At lunch today I decided to check out the trail closure by the Ft. Ed footbridge that the city still has listed on its website:



    I've sworn to myself that I'm going to ride the Patricia/WolfWillow trails sometime this summer. What's the best way to get to them - from those big stairs by the pedestrian bridge, or from around Patricia Heights school, or from Westridge Community League?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    At lunch today I decided to check out the trail closure by the Ft. Ed footbridge that the city still has listed on its website:



    I've sworn to myself that I'm going to ride the Patricia/WolfWillow trails sometime this summer. What's the best way to get to them - from those big stairs by the pedestrian bridge, or from around Patricia Heights school, or from Westridge Community League?
    if you go to OpenStreetMap, change the layer to cycle map, and look at this area, the trail in red is my preferred way to go, versus climbing up and down the stairs...

    Also, that closed part (you've pictured) can be passed with out much concern, I've done it myself several times, and see people walking/jogging over it all the time...

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    Last year I posted some pics of my backpacking trip up Mount Robson. Here's some pics from my Skyline Trail trip I did last week (Jasper).

    The Notch, top part where the snow is, way off in the distance:



    Quarter way up, looking down:



    Shit gets steep and loose:



    Arrival:



    Some views from up top:











    Mount Robson, waaaaaay off in the distance:







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    For Sherijumper, looking down at Palisades lookout. Yep, looking DOWN:



    Now back to our eternal spring/rain thread.

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    Wow! Looks like you could see the fire road winding it's way up. You guys are on top of the world!
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    Has anyone been out to Hinton to ride before?

    I was there on Saturday, and I'm pretty impressed. I could spend all day just in the Bike Park alone, but also managed to check out a lot of the Happy Creek Trail system.

    The bike park has a drop zone, some dirt jumps, a few flow/berm trails, a skills area.
    The happy creek trail system has some really good XC single track(s) with good climbs and descents, and even a touch of more downhill like riding.

    I will definitely be heading back for another adventure soon. I'm also looking to head to Moose Mountain around Calgary... (actually looking for someone to go there with to ride together)

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    I went two weeks ago. A waste compared to Edmonton. The happy creek trails were good. Unfortunately I got lost through jack's trail system for the first couple hours. Totally overgrown. Total ride was 3.5hrs.

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    Got out last night. Same trail report as most of this summer - humid, wet, muddy, overgrown, shitty. Mid Ewok east entrance was muddy, so I didn't even try it. Mill Creek muddy. Some leaves are starting to turn, hopefully the weather turns for the better too this autumn. Our summer riding has been so shitty, it didn't even deserve it's own thread LOL!

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    Heh, I was just thinking how nice it was that summer had finally arrived.

    I dunno, the trails have been pretty fantastic the last two weekends, and during the week has been pretty good too. Monday was definitely gross after the storm, and I didn't hit the trails yesterday, but at lunch the stuff around belgravia and keillor was in pretty good shape. I'm planning on a canadacup loop after work.

    Does anyone ride belgarvia? There's always a crazy amount of trail work going on in there, but most of it is way beyond my abilities (and possibly my bikes).

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    Checking on Belgravia this afternoon. The drops from the residential to the lower trails are always in good shape due to the trails being steep and not allowing the water to pool.

    The best riding this year, I think, has been late April and early May. Back then, the trails were a bit too dry, but I'll take dry over wet.

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    The thing about Belgravia is that there are a few trails that are easy; a couple more are as steep as anything else in town (I'm thinking here and here); and then there are a whole bunch more that are insane. And have no run-outs. Between that and all the gap jumps I bet I ride less than half of what's in there. I'm just a chicken (although I'll blame the wet conditions and my crappy tires too)

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    Belgravia was all good last night. All the super steep drops (including the links in Newfangled's post above) are in good shape. Lots of mud puddles down by the equine centre, and a few along the river's edge. Trail that runs from the Heritage pedistrian bridge to Keillor Road is getting in rough shape. Where the trail meets the two chain link fences has seen significant erosion. McKinnon Ravine was all good, no mud spots. Mill Creek still a bit greasy in sections.

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    I was slipping all over the roots around the old timers' cabin yesterday, and the mudholes are back. Blah. Whenever I need new tires again, I'm going to have to seriously consider putting decent mud tires on one of my bikes.

    But honestly, the trails were terrific for the last two weekends.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Lots of puddles yesterday going east from Saskatchewan drive off Calgary trail. The new trail east of Wayne Gretzky bridge is very soft but should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhtopilko View Post
    Lots of puddles yesterday going east from Saskatchewan drive off Calgary trail. The new trail east of Wayne Gretzky bridge is very soft but should be good.

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    Any info on this new trail? North or south side of river? I can only picture the multi-use trail that takes you from the bridge over to Goldbar park area and on the south side of the river, there's only the multi on the lower side of the golf course. If there's a new trail, I'd like to figure out where it is. Thanks!

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    South side. Under Wayne Gretzky then turn east onto gravel, then follow hard pack up a short hill. Turn into bush/obvious new trail at the plateau of the short hill.

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    excellent, will check out this weekend

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    Was out ridding Devon tonight, Trails were pretty good out there, wet in places but generally dry and fast. I was trying to pre-ride the course prior to the race that's out there next weekend. I've never ridden Devon before. Most of what I was riding seemed like it was fairly wide open flowing trails, not a lot of single track or technical stuff, but still lots of fun. I'll have to go out next Saturday to actually ride the course as marked, maybe I missed something.

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    Got out last night after the rain shower. Everything wet east of White mud and everything dry west. Almost like an on/off switch. Patricia Ravine was all good, a couple of touchy spots, but nothing major.

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    Finally got out to ride the fort saskatchewan trail....

    That's some nice trail out there. Good flow. all very rideable and enjoyable. Nice long stretch of uninterrupted trailage.

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    ^ is the main ladder bridge fixed near the beginning of the trail from the tennis parking lot?

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    Yes. According to the guy I was riding with, all wood work has been repaired, and even some new stuff is up. He said the trail is in some of the best conditions he's ever seen it in.

    (was all new trail to me)

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    Hey guys I am a fairly new rider and I will be traveling up to Edmonton tomorrow night (from Calgary) and will be there till the 22. I was planning on going out riding with my brother but something came up and now it looks like it won't be happening. So I was wondering where I should head to for some biking in Edmonton. I will be staying in Sherwood Park... so around there would be a little better but not necessary.

    Not familiar at all with the city, but I have heard that there are some great trails around there.

    Oh and I am not interested in pathways more dirt single track type trails. If you have ever been in Calgary and gone to Nosehill Park that is where I usually ride. Looking for a new adventure, but nothing too crazy as in a week I plan on heading to my first venture in the mountains.
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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Head to Strathcona science park for Cambodia, then keep going west on the south side of the river for a couple hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhtopilko View Post
    Head to Strathcona science park for Cambodia, then keep going west on the south side of the river for a couple hours.
    Is Cambodia the name of the trail? Thanks for the quick reply!
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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Yes. Park as far south as you can at Strathcona science park. Then you are looking for a trail to the south east that starts with a quick descent like dropping into a valley, it will come up right away and lead into the bush.

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    Conditions as of yesterday afternoon - all trails west of Mill Creek are good. Cambodia and Science Park, Rowland area trails, and Ewok all ridden and all good. Lower Ewok along the river is mud and water and not really rideable. Rowland has some mud spots, but nothing serious other than the east trail entrance point. Mill Creek is starting to dry up pretty good, still some mud spots here and there. Given the weather forecast, trails should be primo until it rains again.

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    Ride report: exact same route as yesterday except all trails dry with some tacky mud, but no slimy mud like yesterday . Lower Ewok still all mud and water bogged, though.

    Ride past a bunch of 9-12 year olds in mid Ewok with some adults (nature walk?). Riding partner heard the kids say, "so that's how they do it!". Mind of neat as they all parted to either side of the trail to watch us ride by. There must have been fifteen kids. Kind of cool I thought.

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    Just a head's up. There is a nut ball on the loose. Rides a bike and assaults women.Police ask for help in identifying bike trail assault suspect - Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

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    Some friends and I are going to be headed to Hinton in a couple of weeks to do a day of riding and I figured I'd find out what other people thought of the trails there.

    Is there enough time in a day to do both the Happy Creek and Jack's trail systems? Would you recommend one over the other?

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    I would start at the Happy Creek trails and ride them as you can stage at the bike park and have some fun there too. If you still have gas in the tank, then head to Jack's. I spent 6 hours there last time I rode Hinton. Was a good time.
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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Jack's was garbage 6 weeks ago.

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    We (Hardcore) did some trail maintenance last night. Area worked on was the Old Timer Cabin trails/Canada Cup west area, plus Skyline Trail. New ladder bridges added, mud holes maintained, and general clearing.

    Skyline Trail has a new cut in it to diverge around the tree right on the edge of the trail. If you look at the tree from the east side, you can see that the tree is going to fall probably next spring (and possibly take a rider with it). The new cut diverges back into the bank quite a bit and follows a natural crevice. Looking from the west side, the tree and trail look fine so if you're wondering why the new cut, just look at the trail and tree from the east side looking west!

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Great job yesterday, I was riding with united last night.

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    You probably passed Brian and I when we were cutting the new trail on Skyline, then. It should be good. Couple of group rides through the new cut and it'll settle in pretty quick.

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    As a non-group rider, which one is skyline? The one right below sask drive, or the one right on the edge?

    I've got tomorrow and all of next week off, so I hope to get in a couple of 4 hour rides instead of my typical 1-1/2 hour loops.

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    The multi-use path that runs over by the Old Timer's Cabin - take it east and you'll see a sign on a single track that bears left off the MUT. On this sign (it says trail closed or something) there's an actual written/scratched "Skyline Trail" on the bottom. This is it. It takes you towards the bank of the river, above the new drainage that the City did work on a couple of years ago, and hooks up back to the paved path that you'd be on as you head towards the Queen Elizabeth loading dock area.

    Google map area, hopefully it shows up okay. Entrance is approximately where I put the red diamond. You can actually see the trail a bit if you go to Google maps.


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    Skyline is along the edge of the river. The drop in at the corner of sask drive and scona is Dirty Mattress. (Named for the dirty mattress that you can see down in the ravine, north of the rollers)

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    We took skyline at the end of our group ride. My first time in memory taking that trail. It has been a decade since I last rode with regularity.

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    So it turns out that I hadn't actually ridden skyline before. I feel kindof dumb since I've ridden next to and past its north entrance a million times, and knew exactly where the sign was. It's one of those trails that I'd looked down once several years ago, thought "no trail here", and never gave it another thought.

    Got to cambodia today for the first time this year, and of course everything was slimy and greasy. Blah.

    Coming back I rode a loamy and presumably newish trail east of the capilano bridge. I'm not sure if it was the one that jhtopilko was mentioning a few posts ago? But this one connects (and basically completes) a trail that is uphill from the mup. It used to come to an abrupt end midway between the two bridges, but now it continues most of the way to the capilano.

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    The one by capilano is nicer going down instead of up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So it turns out that I hadn't actually ridden skyline before. I feel kindof dumb since I've ridden next to and past its north entrance a million times, and knew exactly where the sign was. It's one of those trails that I'd looked down once several years ago, thought "no trail here", and never gave it another thought.

    Got to cambodia today for the first time this year, and of course everything was slimy and greasy. Blah.

    Coming back I rode a loamy and presumably newish trail east of the capilano bridge. I'm not sure if it was the one that jhtopilko was mentioning a few posts ago? But this one connects (and basically completes) a trail that is uphill from the mup. It used to come to an abrupt end midway between the two bridges, but now it continues most of the way to the capilano.
    That's the trail that Jhtopilko was referring to. I hadn't ridden it in years because as you said, it was a trail that just sort of ended in the middle of nowhere. With the bush cleared back to the MUT, I'm sure it'll get more use now.

    Cambodia Tuesday night was slick, and that was less rain Monday night than what we got last night. It's a great trail, but only when dry (IMO). Hopefully the rain stops or lessens significantly as riding on crackling leaves in the autumn is way better than riding on mushy slimy leaves.

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    Amazing conditions out there right now - definitely the best so far this year. Hopefully everyone is getting a chance to get out there and take advantage... It definitely seems like fall is the most consistent time of year for trails - too bad the sun sets so early.

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    Re: Edmonton - Spring 2013

    Good to know. I was in fernie, kimberley, Golden and canmore during the week and it was wetter than I liked except for kimberley.

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