KonaGirl wrote:I'm aware of the thaw rule and the worm rule and the mud rule, but I was just anxious about the official opening date. I've considered hiking the trail a few times before it opens to check out how well (or how poorly) the woods survived the winter thus far. And if it is too bad, I might not ride there this year.
And unfortunately, I think you are right. Even if the mmba were to not promote the trail for a summer I'm not sure it would do much good. I wonder if the DNR were to get involved and if we had the ability to "officially" close the trail for a summer it would help though? The thought of the trail closing some day breaks my heart, but it has gotten much worse in the past few years. Is it beyond repair or is still repairable? I worry about some of the spots that have widen so much? We don't want the DNR upset with us because the trail has gotten so bad?
The trail is definately repairable, it's questionable in my mind whether the DNR would let us repair it the correct way with some anti-erosion techniques but I'm no expert in this field. This would be a good question to pose to the trail coordinator or John Haffenden or Dennis Murphy here on the forum. I know for a fact that there was at least 1 trail day last year and I had to miss it due to a sick child. Didn't sound like it was a great turnout but there were some areas that were improved tremendously but there still are a lot more areas that need improving. I was out to CSGA about a month ago (hiking) and there were a lot of trees down across the trail.