The hikers have packed the snow down into a bumpy slick ice layer, some of which is covered with a thin layer of snow. Its hard riding up for sure but with good technical skills it can be done. I wouldn't suggest riding down it in such slippery conditions.
I rode after work today from The Lake trail up to the top of Kerry'd Away. Just want to say thanks to those of you who have been getting out repairing damage, clearing trees etc.. Much appreciated. Someone did some great work today fixing a drainage problem and several other problem sections on Kerry’d away. I think we all know who that may have been.
I found it particularly interesting and cool to see how relatively newly built trails are reacting to the weather over their 1st few years. Trails like Sunnyside and Kerry'd Away are gaining character that can only be brought about my time and the seasons. Trails start out fairly uniform with soil smoothing out the irregularities because that's really the only way to form a trail or bench in the 1st place. Overtime, and particularly due to our recent heavy rain, we are seeing much of that superficial layer being washed away exposing gravel, small and even some larger rocks as well as roots. The exposure of these small features doesn't necessarily make the trail more difficult or technical but they sure do make it more enjoyable. It also seems to make the trail more resilient to rainfall as it drains better and keeps your wheels out the wet dirt. Just my observations that may already be obvious to some but thought I’d share.
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