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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SAVO » March 22nd, 2013, 2:11 pm

Right on, I like the word dirtjunkie - thank you thank you. I'm lookin to hit it early AM.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SAVO » March 26th, 2013, 7:35 am

So I did hit the trail this past Saturday morning. Got a start around 10 am and it was an excellent ride. The snow on the trail is good packing snow and the wheel and foot tracks before me "paved" the way. Yankee is gorgeous. Just hitting some of the dry dirt ground on some turns was magnificent and a beautiful foretaste of what's comin with the Spring. I how I love thee Yankee..
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby purple helmet » March 28th, 2013, 10:17 am

Anyone have an idea of how our favorite spring trail will be Saturday??
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby giantone » March 28th, 2013, 4:14 pm

purple helmet wrote:Anyone have an idea of how our favorite spring trail will be Saturday??

Seconded. I want to get out there as well

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby bil » March 28th, 2013, 5:40 pm

purple helmet wrote:Anyone have an idea of how our favorite spring trail will be Saturday??



I want to know also
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby thud » March 29th, 2013, 7:54 am

Anyone know if the trail is good to go? I know the sand at Yankee makes it one of the first to open, just need to know for this afternoon, if possible.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Cefai » March 29th, 2013, 7:57 am

Rode the trail yesterday evening. About 15-20% of it is still snow & ice, and about half of that is unrideable (the snow was about 3" to 4" deep in spots). The rest was in good shape - hardly any mud, nothing blocking the trail, etc. I haven't ridden Yankee much, but if the rest of the trail was any indication, it should be fine when everything melts. I was hesitant to ride yesterday because I didn't want to mess it up (the guys I was riding with reassured me that it'd be fine), but there were really no sections where you could cause any damage.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » March 29th, 2013, 10:53 am

I'm doing some recon out there this weekend, starting tonight (hiking a section with my son tonight), looking to clean stuff up and do some work. I'll post on conditions after....but Cefai's assesment is spot on. There are still a good number of sections with 3-4 inches of snow....the "mashed-potatoes" type stuff. Early morning would be the best time to ride there to avoid any chance of mud....but mud is a rare sight at Yankee anyways. I think by mid/late next week it should be good to go.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby thud » March 29th, 2013, 1:15 pm

Don't recommend riding right now. Too sloppy. 75% is ideal, the rest needs another 2 weeks more than likely. You could try to hike around the trouble spots like I did, but just too much to avoid altogether. Ended up cutting it short and hitting the road.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby purple helmet » March 30th, 2013, 11:03 am

Yankee is perfect right now. Some ice in spots..

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bmod530 » March 30th, 2013, 9:23 pm

Rode/hiked this afternoon. Definitely not perfect, or even ideal. Lots of slush, ice, and mud. Needs a little more time.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » March 31st, 2013, 7:13 am

Did anybody see any worms while out on the trail yesterday? :wink:
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Sortaslow » March 31st, 2013, 8:05 am

mntn-biker wrote:Did anybody see any worms while out on the trail yesterday? :wink:

I ran over a python!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SAVO » April 2nd, 2013, 7:34 am

I hit the trail - along with many others on Saturday morning - and it was stellar. There was a small section with mud (it was about 11am at this time) but avoidable. The trail is still in good condition to ride especially hitting it early AM. If you hit the trail at 8 am you'll have a great ride no doubt. There was a nice stretch of ice that swiped on...that felt great. I may be hitting it again this Saturday morning. I think it's fairly easy to avoid goin through mud. If you're mountain biking then you can go around it. These bikes are for going anywhere. Keep your eyes up ahead and plan your line. Ride.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SteveF » April 2nd, 2013, 10:10 am

It's not really about can you ride, it's about should you. Riding during spring thaw conditions does excessive damage to the trail...
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