FATS getting some additional rain and things had not dried out from the over an inch and a half of rain that fell last Friday. It will be at least 48 to 72 hours before the trails are dry enough to ride.
Great Wall had 3 non-riders. One near the bridge, one somewhere near marker 2.5 and the other is between the rock bridge and great wall proper. With the burn and winds there are quite a few small riders. Looked like the control burn was hot in spots, many trees shedding most if not all their needles.
Last week I noticed a few down on Skinny but was caught in a down pour and was just trying to ride out.
Rain began 3am on Thursday, May 15th and continued until nearly 5pm. Do not know how many inches fell yet but the trails are definitely too wet to ride on Friday. Stay tuned for updates. It has been a month since the last significant rain and the plants are full of their natural foliage. These two factors should make the trail ready to ride more quickly!
Angela, sounds like you got about the same amount of rain as we did in greenwood. I was thinking of heading down saturday, but it may be too wet. I will check back later to see if anyone has an update. Lots of wind here.
Augusta received about 3 inches but our rain gauge guru in Evans which is much closer to FATS only reported 2.2 inches. Had a scout on the trail last night and it looked pretty good. Only a splash of rain over the past month and foliage fully on the plants and trees likely soaked the rainwater up pretty quickly. Should be good to go today, might be damp or wet spots in the dips. If you aren't signed up to get our tweets (FATSUpdate on Twitter), check our website homepage for the Twitter feed if you don't see a posting here since that will give the most up to date information!
The trails are in great shape right now. The rain/sun/foliage are at that perfect balance. There was some rain on Friday and Saturday but a trail check on Sunday revealed about half a dozen dips with water in them on lower Skinny. Brown Wave, Tower and Big Rock were all great so all the trails should be fine. There were random mushrooms around on the trail so it is getting rain (which is a good) but it is soaking in quickly.
There has been a four wheeler out on the Brown Wave. Fortunately it was there in dry conditions so the damage to the edges of the trail will hopefully harden up before the next rain comes. There are trails that allow motorized vehicles and horses.....FATS does not.
Storm came through last night with thunder, lightning, wind and rain. It moved through quickly fortunately and report from person who keeps an eye on a rain gauge not too far from FATS reported less than a half inch of rain this morning. Trails will be fine as far as the amount of rain received but it looks like the afternoon pop-up thunderstorms are already beginning to build up.
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This is the time of year that pop-up showers roll thru the area. One place may get hit hard while a few miles away get nothing. An example of this was last weekend my place (off of Hardy McManus) got 4" of rain in just over an hour while a few miles away a friend was playing golf at Jone's Creek and they had about 10 minutes worth of light rain.
That being said, if you show up at a FATS or another trailhead, look around to see if the trails are to wet to ride.
edit: I once was out at the far end of Brown Wave when the skies opened up and the trail turned into a kayak course. By the time i was half way back on the top of Skinny the trails were completely dry.
True story to Brian's point. A few summers ago I was meeting a friend at FATS. I couldn't recall which lot we were meeting in. So I waited in the main lot, and it started pouring rain, and in a few minutes the temperature dropped 25 degrees.
I drove over to the North lot, no rain, still in the high 90's, and waited there. I waited around, he texted and said rained out. I went on home thinking sooner or later the whole area would get wet. I still lived near FATS, and it had stopped raining by the time I got home.
At this point in the weekend the trails should be great, there is a chance of pop-up isolated thunderstorms for both Saturday and Sunday so keep an eye out, high should be 90 both days (and contrary to some folks' thinking on that, the high temperature is usually hit sometime in mid-afternoon or slightly later).