The trail surface was pretty greasy throughout when I rode on Tuesday 12/22. With the expected wet weather in the next few days, it will only get worse. RHP generally holds up pretty well in the wet. However, since the trees and grasses are dormant, there's nothing to pump the water out of the soil. So, please stay off the wooded trail sections at RHP until things dry up or freeze up. That being said, I encourage you to ride the North Meadow Loop from the kettle pond in the West Meadows up to Wiards/Merritt Road and back including the N-S and initial part of the E-W treeline near the soccer fields. The ground in this area is usually pretty baked out in the sun making it hard to "ride in" to tear up the grass and smooth out the bumps.
And that goes double for the SE Meadow loop. I intend to get some signs out in the next week or so to mark it better since the ground is not yet frozen. To ride the SE Meadow, turn L to head to the Bemis Connector at ~0.5 miles from the trial head just after passing a grass lane. Then once the trail reaches the meadow, bend left and wind up the hill, L around the corner of the field and then loop N to the large flag pole and then diagonally across the field towards Stony Creek Road and then its intersection with Bemis. The SE Meadow is quite bumpy at the moment since it is brand new. The bigger issue is the grass cover and uncompacted soil in the meadow, making it very slow to ride. Unfortunately, this meadow was mowed very short in the fall so the trail tread is not entirely clear yet. I will aim to mark it with paint or flags to clarify the trail line. It doesn't look like much right now, but I promise it will be worthwhile as the wildflowers are spectacular in this meadow in the late spring and early summer. And, once ridden in, you speed demons out there will love this section.
REMINDER: If you are riding at RHP or ANY trail and you come upon standing water in the trail track, PLEASE ride straight through the water and not around it. Doing so only leads to trail widening and even greater issues with standing water. There are some spots in the West Meadows where the trail tread has worn through the grass and created a channel where there is standing water. Go through it, not around it.
RHP Trail Coordinator