Finally able to get a ride in a scout or trails out. For the most part its in good shape. Little to no traffic since the rain. Draining multiple known low spots really did our trail some good in preparation for the winter months. It could still take a few more days of blue sky's and high winds. Still plenty of soft spots but overall I was pretty surprised.
Our trails are done for awhile now. They had barely soaked up the last front that came thru. If we don't get some blue bird sky's and high winds soon in the next week or so the trails will be in bad shape for some time. Please stay off them. Ill post an update soon as the weather breaks after a scouting ride.
The inner loop was pretty good today. Out to metal bridge was good except for a few drainages that are holding water and need to be pulled off. The horses have really done some damage over the weekend and today. It will be sometime before our small number of riders smooth the trail back out.
Now follow LCHT on FB. I started a page to also update the current status of the trail system. Just search Long Cane Horse Trails and like so others will see or share it. We have tons of new riders in the area and I'm constantly seeing muddy bike after a heavy rain. So hopefully with FB it will kinda be a "call before you haul "scenario.
Went up on Saturday to check out all the work that has been done on the Long Cane Horse Trails in the past month or so and promptly wondered why we don't get up there to ride this great trail system more often. Whether you have ridden this trail in the past or not get up there as soon as you are able.
We did the majority of the outer loop (bypassing the portion down to Parson's Mountain Lake - we will definitely hit that too next time) with a couple of sidetracks and logged over 23 miles. You can do more and pick up over 30 miles or can take the in-out trail down to Big Rock and just do 15 (or less if needed). Lots of combinations to get in any length of ride that suits you.
The forest up there is beautiful and the terrain very diverse. Often the trail runs right along a stream sometimes crossing it. Lots of great downhill where the trail stretches out for a long way in front of you with great sight lines (I personally like that since you don't have to be as vigilant about other riders coming towards you around a turn so can go wide open).
Here are a couple of pics from our trip. This is a multi-use trail but on Saturday afternoon we only encountered one trail runner along the trail. This is a great time of year to head up for a ride. Be sure and take a map and I will post some additional notes later to keep you on the trail at road crossings. Enjoy!
That bottom picture is metal bridge - totally solid and very unique with expanded metal in the trough to provide a great riding surface.