Just a heads up that the Rut Rogue 40 running event will be held on Saturday, February 3rd. This hearty group of runners will be running up to 40 miles! The trails they will be on are Modoc, Turkey and Wine.
Best plan your ride at any of the other awesome trails we have in the area for that day if you can. This event attracts a large number of runners so there is a potential you will be pulling over a lot!
I rode the Wine Creek bike trail on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Whew!! I put in at the Key Road bridge and found the trail to be OK, however, at miles: .5, .75, .88, and 1.88, there were huge Stihl-ready trees across the path. Then I found the new transition track leading off to the west. This new track was very interesting and fun to ride. There is some neat, strategically placed armour in the ditches and the path is pretty much debris free. At about the 3 mile point, mass confusion set in, as the new track transitioned back to the old. I could not detect the old path at first and spent 30 minutes or so chasing ghost tracks going over, under, and around fallen trees and brush, etc. There is some old double track right there that also led to the confusion. My GPS came in very handy leading me out and back from these excursions. I was just about to turn around and go back the way I came, when, like out of nowhere, the old north track just appeared...don't know how I missed it. So, I headed north up the path toward the trailhead at Hwy 283. I might just as well have gone back the way I came, because this last 3 miles was exasperating; much debris all over and big trees across the path. When I finally made it up to 283, and after some rest, I decided to take the highway 2 miles up to Turkey Road, then a right turn down the gravel road, passing the shooting gallery on the left and reaching Key Road; to the bridge and the truck...about 13 miles all total. All things considered, Wine creek is an outstanding little trail; if cleared and cleaned up a bit; probably a couple of days for a couple of souls with big saws, etc.
Thanks for the Wine update, wgp. Sounds like it turned into quite an adventure and I'm glad you made it out safely. That is a lot of mileage after doing trail work on Turkey! Nevin and I will try to get out there and cut sometime in the next month or so. Riding Turkey and Wine in the fall and winter is particularly awesome.
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." ~Cree Nation quote