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Rode and walked a shortcut Poto. Each section of the trail was different. Some snow shoe, some XC ski, some snow machine and some foot traffic but no tire tracks. I rolled Bud and HD with a few wrinkles in the sidewall.
The ticket booth loop (post 5 to 6 to 4) and after Blind Lk (after 12) to where the Poto joins the Crooked Lk trail (post 9) required a fair bit of bike pushing. Other than that, it was foot packed and slightly bumpy. If under 3 mph avg for a loop is your thing, then have at it. I would think a skinny MTB would be much worse, unless you have advanced skillz.
Yestrrday, I rode the same loop as I did last week. About the same conditions. My average speed was still under 3 mph. If you keep to Crooked/Silver Lk trails it should be much easier, as they see way more traffic. It did seem like someone groomed the trail after Hankerd until the Waterloo split or there abouts. It likely was a camper's sled. Some of the sections are not even seeing foot traffic. The section near Blind Lk has only seen snowshoes. Lots of core work trying to keep on the narrow path.
With a little more fat traffic, the shortcut Poto could be awesome.
I attempted Gosling, then went back and made a left on Patterson. Re-entering the trail there I found it hasn't been touched since the last snowfall. I walked the uphills and rode the downhills there, and eventually encountered some out-and-back hiker tracks I could ride. Once I got to where the shortcut was, the trail was rideable again.
Rode the groomed Crooked Lake loop again tonight on fat bike. It is AWESOME! Get your fatties out there and ride it. This weather can't last too much longer- we are likely to see a prolonged period of crappy trails with all the snow that needs to go. Thanks to Jason and crew for all your efforts ... my only question is who do I pay for this great service?