As a reminder, FATS is still under official USFS closure. This closure applies to all users not just mountain bikers. A trail assessment was conducted prior to this last round of rain and due to the high water table, there were still active seeps along the trails. Please respect this closure and help protect this resource. Thank you!
FATS is still under official closure, please respect the closure and help protect our trials.
FATS was officially closed by the USFS on December 8th. This was due to the excessive amount of rain we had received prior. Continued rain on and off throughout December and January have kept the seeps active and as a whole the trails too wet to ride.
Although the USFS is currently on furlough due to the government shutdown, we reached out and were given permission to access the trails on Friday for a check on trail conditions. Lower Skinny and Deep Step were still too wet to ride (and that was prior to the front that rolled through last night).
The issue this time of year is not primarily because of the rain directly from the rainfall. The main issue is accumulation of ground water that results in persistent seeps along the trail. That coupled with trail soil composition and number of users creates more impact on the trails at FATS. The ground water stays high because foliage is not absorbing the water and colder temps impacts the rate at which things will dry out.
Everyone is anxious to get back out on the trails but in order to protect the trails users need to respect the closures. There are other trails in the area that are okay to ride a couple of days to a few days after rain.