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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Eric C » February 20th, 2013, 4:06 pm

Thanks for the info! I'll get out soon!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SAVO » March 21st, 2013, 12:57 pm

I'm looking to hit Yank on Saturday and am looking for some input on trail-conditions w this recent snowfall and the slightly warmer temperature slated for this weekend; will they be conducive for riding and not making ruts out there? I know Yankee is good for absorbing water being there is much sand in the area but I'd like to get some thoughts in case it's a wasted trip. I ride 26 inch mountainkings if that's of any help.

Any input is appreciated. Peace::
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » March 22nd, 2013, 8:18 am

SAVO wrote:I'm looking to hit Yank on Saturday and am looking for some input on trail-conditions w this recent snowfall and the slightly warmer temperature slated for this weekend; will they be conducive for riding and not making ruts out there? I know Yankee is good for absorbing water being there is much sand in the area but I'd like to get some thoughts in case it's a wasted trip. I ride 26 inch mountainkings if that's of any help.

Any input is appreciated. Peace::


I live 2 miles away....

We got hit with some snow for the last 3 days. The wind has helped "burn" quite a bit of it off...but safe to say that due to the canopy that hangs over Yankee, it's very much snow covered, although it isn't crazy deep.

There have been a number of Fatty's packin' down the trail....so if you hit it early, like before 10 a.m., you'll have the best possible conditions for your 26'r.
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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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