A strong thunderstorm came barreling through this evening dropping a lot of rain on top of the app 2.5 inches from Thursday. Trails at FATS will need 24 to 48 hours to dry out. Other outlying trails will be ready to ride much more quickly
FATS is under official closure by the US Forest Service. The trails have received between 3 and 4 inches of rain over the past 24+ hours and need time to dry out. Please respect the closure and do not use the trails. Stay tuned for updates.
Trails are wet in the usual places. Heads up, the areas that were checked revealed some serious erosion from that deluge of rain, unlike we’ve seen before on these trails.
One area of particular note is in the first quarter mile of lower Skinny (the fun downhill) before the first power line crossing. A very long and in some places a foot deep crevice was formed by the rushing water.
Lower Skinny is back open and needs wheels and feet to solidify the work that was done! Two badly eroded areas on Skinny were dealt with but there are still some lesser eroded areas on the rest of the south loops so heads up!
There are a couple of seriously eroded spots on Tower so ride carefully until those can be addressed.
We still need 10 volunteers for this Saturday’s work party on Big Rock (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) If we can’t get enough volunteers to do the work on Saturday we’ll have to cancel and try again another day.
We still have Skinny, Brown Wave and Great Wall on the south side, we need every day we can work utilized to finish up the annual maintenance on these trails!
FATS did get rain last night but not as heavily as the area just west of FATS. As is usual after rain in the summer months best to wait a few hours to utilize the trail. We will be doing a trail check this morning, stay tuned!
Trail tread is damp but firm and there are the usual mucky spots. Trail is good to go from a trail perspective will be a better ride later today and even better over the weekend (unless we get more rain).
Deep Step and Big Rock have been mowed, string trimmed, lopped now to continue>
We need at least 10 volunteers to work on Tower Trail at FATS on Saturday morning, August 1st. If you can join us or need info please e-mail email@example.com. If you can’t please share info with other trail users who might can help.
We will be working with DR mowers and string trimmers.
Deep Step, Big Rock and Tower have all been mowed, trimmed and lopped so in great riding condition, go check them out. Up next will be the work parties on Skinny, Great Wall and Brown Wave over the next three weekends. Stay tuned for details!
Next work party> The 5th Annual Sherri West Memorial Work Party on the Skinny Trail at FATS. Saturday, August 8th email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help! If not please help spread the word!
Sherri loved our local trails, was a great supporter of SORBAcsra and a solid trail advocate who signed up for nearly every regular work party. Since COVID19 has altered the way we are handling our work parties this year we picked the Skinny Trail work party to honor her since it was one of her favorites!
Between an inch and an inch and a half of rain hit FATS between 7 and 9 this evening. It’s been dry out there so it should be absorbed pretty quickly, please give the trails 24 hours to dry out. Thank you!
FATS needs another day to dry out. Out at FATS last night cutting trees off the trail and doing prep for Saturday’s work party (we still need a few more volunteers) it was apparent that FATS received more rain than anticipated in areas from Wednesday night’s storms.
As we were leaving a thunderstorm was headed our way. It appears, given the radar and assuming no middle of the night showers that FATS dodged additional heavy rain. Will do a trail check later today.
FATS is going to be sloppy from those rounds of thunderstorms so it’s a great day for riding one of our outlying trails. The Keg Creek Selfie Contest runs through Aug 31st. All trees are off that trail and the tread is great. Your selfie with the 23 mile marker = a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from AJBW! Submit your selfie to email@example.com