Ridgeline and SWAMP Thing are seasonal trails that we enjoy for the greater part of the year round riding season we have here in Florida.
We have gotten reports that they are in bad condition because of the rains of late. Deep ruts in the clay base, from cyclists who don't police themselves from riding a trail that suffers badly when ridden in wet conditions, means a lot of work and a longer closed period in order to restore it to maintain it's fun, rolling condition which is what attracts everyone to that trail in the first place.
CLAY BASED TRAILS are a lot of FUN in GOOD CONDITIONS, but the price we pay is STAY OFF WHEN WET conditions.
With more rain on it's way today, and the next several days, it is just better to NOT RIDE IT until we can fix the present damage AND see what we can do to help armor certain soft spots to try and keep it open longer in the future.
We are still in the middle of building an extension to Sidewinder that we feel will be a fun alternative trail, (that will have built into it mitigation designed to sustain it in the wet season), while SWAMP Thing and Ridgeline are CLOSED in our seasonal rainy season.
Thank you for taking the time to read and understand this long winded reason for our need to close these two trails at this time.
If it helps, we have found that closing these trails BEFORE the damage of ruts is done means far less repair and a SHORTER closed period.
Spread the word.