Website says this. "FATS is too wet to ride. Please ride one of our old school trails - such as Keg Creek, Mistletoe, or Modoc. "
I drove past FATS yesterday and you literally couldn't get another car in the parking lot. It was like opening day.
We're working to improve the "call before you haul" line to include, in addition to "officially open" or "officially closed" messages, an intermediate message something like "trails are too wet to ride - go somewhere else". I wish I could blame all the traffic on out-of-towners, but have heard of many locals riding at FATS lately.
Do you enjoy our trails?
If so, can you volunteer 5 hours for trail work in 2015 or, if you're too busy, donate $50 to SORBAcsra?
In supporting the need for a gate at both of the FATS trailheads we let the USFS know that social media alone would not be enough to keep the riders off the trails (and we have Twittered, posted on the forum, posted on Facebook, posted on the Homepage repeatedly)and we were right, it's not enough. The "call before you haul" line only reiterates what the riders discover once they get to the trailheads, that the trail is not closed therefore they ride. Might be time to get the USFS to close those gates even if they end up closed longer than needed. Seems like that would be better than potentially having to do extensive trail repair as some riders obviously do not know and others do not care if riding wet trails is causing damage. Just my personal opinion.
When we are in alot of traffic, it would be fine if all the other cars simply were not around. It is difficult to see yourself as part of the problem because you are one car and the problem is so many cars.
FATS is the same.
If only a few riders showed up on less than ideal days, there would be no problems. But FATS is so popular that riders show up thinking it is just me and I don't do that much damage.
Same as the driver sitting in traffic.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2015 22:04:27 GMT -5 by seenvic