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Anyone (and by "anyone", of course I mean Ron ) know if the Hess Rd exit is still under water? And whether we should skip the North Loop connector for East? (As in, should we just ride the road to get to the East Loop?)
<> Chris <> I live in Holly & ride my '02 FSR 26'er at Holdridge.
West was in pretty good shape. The "usual" wet area just after the first bridge was still a bit sloppy (heck, sometimes it's even wet in July!) but the rest was 98% dry. Tree still down just before (bottom of) the Wall.
Rode West and first seven of East. Few minor soft spots as mentioned on West are no big deal. The trail is running great otherwise. The low branch over the trail over the little dirt ramp makes me want to cry. I want to hit the jump, but don't want to lose my head doing so.
East was great through seven. Downed trees are rideable, and I wouldn't mind if they stayed. Matches the rugged, technically challenging character of the trail. One big puddle on the return through the woods. I walked it to keep the bike clean, but otherwise the last two miles are running great.
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Chainsawed the trees off the West including the return by the wall. Rode the East minus Orchard. Three places on Meadows have over a foot of water on them but the trail was firm, just the lake is over flowed. One tree is down and about 18 inches above the trail tread, some where around the 6 I think.
Rode West loop and all was good. Tree was gone near the Wall. Also rode the North loop (was aprehensive about it at first). It was actually not too bad! All of the mud holes were firmed up and drying quickly. And they all had ridable routes through (or around the edges) that were dry and hard. Avoid the soft areas and your fine. A lot of the pizza slices were starting to get smoothed out nicely. Came across a few dog walkers on the West loop.