Heads up! Received a report of a tangle of trees down on the Skinny Trail. A tornado moved across Columbia County and into South Carolina a couple of days ago. It appears to moved across just above the FATS but the winds might have impacted trees along the trail.
We have had several questions about riding the FATS tomorrow. The trail on Saturday was lightly tacky at FATS but there were still areas with mud and water from the rain that came through Thursday through Saturday morning a week ago.
About 3:30 a front moved in and it rained for the next 4 hours.
Stay tuned for updates but at this point it looks like the trails will need 24 to 48 hours to dry out. Please do not use wet trails.
A large system rolled through our area beginning yesterday afternoon through the early morning hours bringing steady rain for several hours.. Please give the trails time to dry out before using them! Thank you
Scout check of the trails at FATS revealed water table is still high with active seeps. The roughly 4 inches of rain that fell over the past week is not getting being absorbed at a fast rate by the trees since growing season is over.
Thank you for protecting these trails by staying off them while they dry out. This is a great time to select some of the other trails that are in this area for a ride/run!
FATS is still under official USFS closure. A trail check on Friday (Dec 20th) early evening revealed active seeps still on the trails. Just after midnight on Sat (Dec 21st) a system rolled through lasting over 24hrs dumping approximately 2 more inches of rain and causing flooding in the area. Stay tuned for updates.
FATS is still under official USFS closure. Trails are still wet with active seeps. Hopefully the water table will drop in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for updates.
Please don’t use these trails when they are closed (and help spread the word). Most important is to protect the trails but secondarily users accessing the trails when they are under official closure will be ticketed and fined.
The bad news is that the trails were a couple of days away from being dried out enough to work with the USFS to potentially reopen when we had additional rain (yesterday). The good news is by the time the front reached our area it had dissipated some and less than 1/2 inch fell. Stay tuned for updates and please stay off the trails until they are reopened by the USFS.