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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby c0nsumer » December 6th, 2009, 4:31 pm

Steve_Kinley wrote:The north unit has a tree down on the long downhill from Lake George Rd, shortly before the last corners near the bridge. The lake is up even higher now and I couldn't make it to the bridge; turned around and rode back to the trail that comes in from Predmore. I stopped by the ranger station but no one was in.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » December 27th, 2009, 3:50 pm

Rode most of the north and south units today. Watch out for the ice under the snow but overall a pretty easy ride. LOHS trails are also slick in spots but fun to ride, especially the sledding hill. :shock: Too bad the winter race wasn't this weekend.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » December 31st, 2009, 2:10 pm

The south unit and LOHS were great this afternoon. The additional overnight snow and rising temperatures made the snow pack under the tires and helped to provide traction. I don't think the studded tires came into play too much.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 2nd, 2010, 12:33 pm

The south unit is getting packed down by hikers. Great riding this morning. The school is seeing its share of hikers as well. The winter course is 100% ridable and we could even use some of the singletrack right now.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 10th, 2010, 11:56 am

The south unit was ridable this morning. The snowmobiles have packed it to where it was firm enough to ride. But the wider the tire the better to avoid digging in. I think over the course of this week it will get better as the temperatures rise and maybe melt the surface enough to where it will refreeze.

I was also able to ride most of the LOHS winter course since a majority of it is plowed. But it has also exposed some icy areas so keep an eye out.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 17th, 2010, 12:05 pm

The south unit is about as good as it gets for winter riding. The main trails have been packed by snowmobiles and the thaw/freeze has made them almost like riding on dirt. Studded tires are not necessary. Early riding before it thaws is recommended. The LOHS course is also 100% ridable, see the map in the thread in the race forum.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 21st, 2010, 5:27 pm

The south unit is still very ridable but starting to show the effects of the daily thaws. Foot prints are deeper in some spots and the trails are almost smooth from melting and refreezing. In fact so smooth that they can be slick due to being glazed over.

LOHS has some exposed sections that are very soft in the sun. I would avoid the school unless it is below freezing.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 26th, 2010, 5:47 pm

The south unit and LOHS is 100% solid and ridable. While there are sections of crunchy snow and bare frozen ground, there are also lots of sections that are pretty icy. Studded tires are recommended.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » January 30th, 2010, 4:30 pm

Rode the south unit and LOHS without studded tires today. I was able to ride a section of singletrack at the school with no problem. The small amount of snow we got during the week provided some traction over the ice. Just be careful in some of the corners.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » February 7th, 2010, 12:01 pm

Stellar riding in the south unit, especially west of the creek. Ride it before the snow comes later in the week. Connect in to the LOHS course for more packed/plowed trail including some singletrack.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby flamingo » February 21st, 2010, 8:03 pm

Rode the north section yesterday. It was my first time riding in the snow. I guess I can not wait for the spring. The conditions were quite good. The snow was packed on most of the trail by the cross country skiers. Only on few sections it started to melt and the wheels would sink into it. It took me over twice as long as in the summer time to do both loops, but it was well worth it. After 3 months of not riding I realized how much out of shape I was. Of course I had to go slow on the downs, and the steeper climbs I had to push my bike because the tires were slipping. Although I have to say that my Kenda Navegals did quite well for tires not designed for snow. The temperature was about 34 deg, there were quite few people walking and cross country skiing, but no other bikers. One positive thing about riding this trail in winter is that the muddy area around 19 marker was completely frozen and covered with snow.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby flamingo » March 9th, 2010, 12:18 pm

For the fourth time this year did the north loop yesterday. It was nice and warm and I rode at night. The tracks were still 99% covered with snow so did not damage the trail. The melting snow however made for a lousy ride. It was hard to control the bike and the tires would slip on the slight uphills so I had to push the bike. I guess the riding is over until the snow melts and the ground thaws. :(
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » March 17th, 2010, 5:09 pm

The LOHS trails are just about ready. I have ridden them the past two days and there is only one really muddy spot for about 30 feet on a section we finished just before the snow last fall. I figure I will be back later in the spring to fix the area. There are a few other spots that are a little soft but not enough to leave ruts. The new trails finished at the end of last year are a little rough and need ridden in. Some of the grassy areas are still soft and wet as well. By Friday many of these areas may be dry.

We roughed in a section of singletrack last fall that shouldn't take too long to finish and on Monday I marked another section. Hopefully I can get that done in a few weeks.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby stealthfish » March 22nd, 2010, 7:17 am

Just a heads up. I took a buddy out to the north unit yesterday (sunday) to break in his new SS 29'er. The west loop is perfect except a couple downed trees (you will need a chainsaw) and your typical spring leaves. The section east of Harmon road is good till you get close to the lake (it's under water) and in terrible shape. The lake level must be up more than a foot. There was also a large dead tree that had fallen over the trail on the first real big blind downhill. My buddy and I stopped and fought with it for a few but managed to moved it off the trail. If you going to ride here I would recommend staying away from the 2nd half.

Before the hounds scrutinize me for riding this early I am pleased to say we left no damage to the trail.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » March 22nd, 2010, 5:40 pm

We pretty much completed a new section of singletrack over the weekend that extends the trail by .75 miles. It needs a final weed whip and raking but can be ridden as is. The last section to be completed will be a .4 mile section that is about done but needs logs cut out. It may get done later this week. I rode the entire loop this afternoon, starting with the exit from Bald Mountain around to the entrance. The course on school property now stretches about 6.5 miles if ridden in the correct sequence of trail sections and contains close to 700 feet of climbing. Not exactly your typical school yard. :D
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