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Why trails get closed
« on: February 24, 2008, 05:49:28 PM »
Just found this on another forum - what we do as trail users effects the availability of trails we ride.
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FYI
In Augusta, Ga., FATS trail system is closed until further notice. Closed in January due to excessive erosion from people riding in muddy conditions.
Killer3 is the best alternative to FATS in that area.
Harbison state park in Columbia, S.C. is open and in great shape. Many new sections to ride.
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When we hit the rainy season some of our trails get closed temporarily to avoid this kind of trail destruction. Please honor the TRAIL CLOSED signs when you see them put up.  It is done for the sustained quality and longevity of the trails. And it means less work on the volunteers who have to go in and spend their day off fixing it.

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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 06:07:00 PM »
Ahem.

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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 06:26:11 PM »
After my skills class at Alafia yesterday, I wanted to go for a ride. It had started sprinkling but wasn't bad, so I headed out. Within 5 minutes it was raining buckets. The trails were a mess. Riding would have just done damage to the trails and my bike, so I bailed and did a road ride later that day after it cleared.

As I was leaving, there were people waiting for it to stop raining so they could ride again and people pulling into the park. It just got over 1 inch of rain in less than an hour.

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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008, 06:58:42 PM »
When I was still up in Maryland, one of my favorite trail http://www.more-mtb.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1205 would be close for the whole season and the one close to my house http://www.singletracks.com/php/trail.php?id=949 will have sections closed. I will spend the night looking at weather websites checking for expected precipitation and if it looks bad, just end up jogging in the am.

We are lucky that most of our trail system dries up fast and even then people still complains if you close a section to minimize trail damage ??? ??? ???.

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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 07:50:53 PM »
I cringe when I see that happen. I'd imagine that if riders stopped riding when the trails are soaked it would cut a lot of time from the work all the volunteers do. I would think that they could concentrate on cutting more trail or just improving what's already there instead of fixing ruts.
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2008, 12:01:13 AM »
You are absolutely RIGHT Firebiker. Thats one of the reasons Gatorback was closed for so long.

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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 10:11:39 AM »
When it rains come to Croom!
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 04:03:43 PM »
Yeah, Croom is nicest a day or so after a decent rain.
When it rained in california they would close of any trail with elevation change for atleast several days.
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008, 08:14:54 AM »
Does it make sense to put up some sort of flyer on our various parks' bulletin boards with a short couple of sentences letting people know that riding on wet trails can damage them? It wasn't until I joined the SWAMP (about 6 months ago) that I learned this. Maybe I'm naive, but maybe if people are informed, it might cut down the number of riders in these conditions... Of course, I'm sure there will be those who would completely ignore the signs.
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008, 02:24:05 PM »
There are "No Skidding" signs that are unfortunately ignored by many riders. There are just some people who don't think rules apply to them.

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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2008, 02:32:30 PM »
Maybe they thought it meant their underwear Gregg. You know that sharting thing. ;)
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2008, 05:39:54 PM »
Yeah I hit a big tree the other day because I didn't want to skid on the trails--my mind quickly raced, "slam on brakes and skid avoiding crash but hurt trail or just smash into tree hurting me?" Being the ever trail conscience person that I am I opted to not skid.

Then I picked up my arm and went home.
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2008, 07:09:42 PM »
Very funny! Priorities are very important, Bike, Tree and Trail, and then body. Makes sense to the guy with titanium in his leg! ;D



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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2008, 09:41:42 PM »
You kidding--I am a power-slidin' Huffy fool!
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Re: Why trails get closed
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2008, 06:52:50 AM »
The skidding would go away if people would learn to use there front brake more.

 

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