Education is certainly the first step, letting people know it is destructive to the trail. Honestly people do things without knowing or thinking about it and if they get the message in the right way some of them become great trail stewards!
Trails in great shape today ....there were a few damp spots and a little water here and there from Wednesday's rain but all minimal. Escape from your holidays duties and get a quick ride in before that approaching front gets here!
With hours of rain on the trails yesterday and more bearing down on us right now these trails will be too wet to ride for AT LEAST 48 hours - unfortunately they are predicting more rain on Thusday. Please do not ride the trails when they are wet and muddy it ruins the tread and contributes to erosion.
24 hours is waiting time during the late spring, summer and early fall when the foliage is still growing and temperatures are higher and the trails dry out more quickly.
A trail crew was out on Deep Step this morning working on the drains and the trail still was wet in the lower areas and still had water in some of the dips. Last rain was on Tuesday so trails are staying wet longer. After today's rain which should be over in the next half hour, some of the trails MIGHT be ready to ride by Sunday afternoon at the earliest out at FATS.
Their assessment (they also did some work on Bartram) was that Bartram was drier than FATS. Our other outlying legacy trails should also be ready to ride much faster than FATS. Plenty of great trails that don't get the wheels FATS does!
Please don't ride these trails wet, the trail crew saw 10 to 12 vehicles in the parking lot on Wednesday and again on Thursday. Please spread the word and help educate our fellow mountain bikers. Thank you!
All that wind yesterday would have helped dry the trails up more quickly if anyone has been out there and taken a look would be great to have an update firstname.lastname@example.org - remember the two that remain wet the longest tend to be lower Skinny and Great Wall.
Rode Deep Step today. The connector from the parking lot is dry. Couple (maybe 3-5, all on the southern half of the trail) of wet spots w/ standing water, most of which are armored, some damp spots, but overall, the tread is tacky to dry. Very ridable.