I wanted to ride RHP today, but didn't get my butt moving until ~12:30 PM so I decided to run instead of bike. I made a good choice as the trail was mush in a few of the normal low-lying and south-facing places. There didn't appear to be much evidence of riders attempting the trail in warm or wet conditions.
The sun is getting higher, warmer and rising earlier these days. Assuming it's been a cold night, you can certainly ride RHP as it usually drains pretty well except for a few spots. I recommend that you get OFF the trail by 11-11:30 AM when it starts to thaw. In a few weeks, you might need to finish riding by ~10 AM or so. After any wet or warm night, please stay off the trail with a MTB until maybe April 1 when the permafrost is melted out and there is a full thaw. If you want to ride at night, please wait until 9-10 PM when the trail refreezes. In a few weeks, it might not be possible to ride at night until midnight or not at all.
I cleared some deadfall, but there was one widow-maker at ~2.5 miles in the disc golf sections. I broke off most of the small branches and you should be able to ride under it for now. It's ~3" in diameter and fairly green wood. I didn't want to try and drag it out or break it without succeeding and making a total mess out of the trail. So it's still there. If anyone plans to ride RHP this week, please bring a small saw to cut out the branch as I won't get a chance to return to RHP until next weekend. Let me know in this forum if you cleared the trail.
Also, there's 6-8" standing water on the trail at the beginning of the disc golf section after you cross the paved path at ~2.25ish miles. PLEASE DON'T RIDE THROUGH THE WATER. I recommend that you veer right on the paved path ~50 yards until you pass the water on your left in the trees and then hop back on the the MTB trail after the water.
Finally, you should DEFINITELY stay clear of the west fence line section after the disc golf sections if there is ANY chance of thaw on the surface. The S-climb up to the fence, the sharp down/up S-bend section (where the large deadfall was last year), the area right before the large log pile and the beginning of the section built last year were all a complete mess. ONLY RIDE THIS SECTION IF EVERYTHING IS FROZEN.
RHP Trail Coordinator