Trail Conditions for Calgarians

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Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 15:49 Quote
Last night Jean Guy was SLICK Wow! River crossing was not even knee deep. 727 was pretty torn up from lots of people riding, but overall not bad.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 19:14 Quote
Couple of sprinkles tonight but the trails are dry. As long as too much rain doesn't fall, tomorrow should be just fine.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 19:31 Quote
Moosepackers clear and good to go this afternoon, with a few small easily rideable snow patches. Did not do the fire road (looked ok from top of Packers), or upper Pneuma, as I had ridden up Packers directly from WBC, with the aim of clearing two downed trees, only to find that someone had beat me to it. Kudos! Did a bit of pruning instead, until dark clouds began looming, then hightailed it back down Packers and home via Ridgeback, Ladders and Snakes, and Ranger, barely beating the light rain which started about 5. The dry conditions (other than some wet spots on Packers) should soak up the forecast amount of rain pretty decently. I hope.
First time descending Ranger, other than once when retreating in a pounding hailstorm. Won't do that again- Ranger was fun enough, but I encountered about 20 uphill riders, which shows just how busy these trails are, something you don't really notice when always using it as an uptrack.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 19:35 Quote
Steve, we did almost the same ride except for start/finish locations, and I was riding Ridgeback 4 and wondering who cleaned up the blowdowns.

It's pretty far back there ...

Who ever is cleaning this stuff up deserves a gold star or something.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 20:34 Quote
husstler wrote:
Steve, we did almost the same ride except for start/finish locations, and I was riding Ridgeback 4 and wondering who cleaned up the blowdowns.

It's pretty far back there ...

Who ever is cleaning this stuff up deserves a gold star or something.

It's been a bunch of people, including at least one former poster here. I cleared the blowdowns on Ladders last week, and took down some leaners on Snakes today. A Silky folding saw with a 24 cm blade fits easily in a Camelback pack, and is very quick cutting and capable.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 20:39 Quote
An interesting tidbit from a trip report this week on a local outdoor club's website:

"it seemed as if all the mountain bikers were on the same trail as our group. On the way up we had several, somewhat dangerous encounters when cyclists came down fast on the steep hill towards the lunch spot on the Merlin Loop portion. 154 cyclists were counted on the way down, so we estimate to have encountered about 300 bikes."

Eek

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 at 23:42 Quote
aka-bigsteve wrote:
An interesting tidbit from a trip report this week on a local outdoor club's website:

"it seemed as if all the mountain bikers were on the same trail as our group. On the way up we had several, somewhat dangerous encounters when cyclists came down fast on the steep hill towards the lunch spot on the Merlin Loop portion. 154 cyclists were counted on the way down, so we estimate to have encountered about 300 bikes."

Eek

Hopefully everyone was breathing moistly.....

CM!

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 6:51 Quote
aka-bigsteve wrote:
An interesting tidbit from a trip report this week on a local outdoor club's website:

"it seemed as if all the mountain bikers were on the same trail as our group. On the way up we had several, somewhat dangerous encounters when cyclists came down fast on the steep hill towards the lunch spot on the Merlin Loop portion. 154 cyclists were counted on the way down, so we estimate to have encountered about 300 bikes."

Eek

Everyone was riding two bikes....

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 7:50 Quote
billbek wrote:
aka-bigsteve wrote:
An interesting tidbit from a trip report this week on a local outdoor club's website:

"it seemed as if all the mountain bikers were on the same trail as our group. On the way up we had several, somewhat dangerous encounters when cyclists came down fast on the steep hill towards the lunch spot on the Merlin Loop portion. 154 cyclists were counted on the way down, so we estimate to have encountered about 300 bikes."

Eek

Everyone was riding two bikes....
New outdoor club called Karen's counting bikes...

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 8:00 Quote
d-man wrote:
billbek wrote:
aka-bigsteve wrote:
An interesting tidbit from a trip report this week on a local outdoor club's website:

"it seemed as if all the mountain bikers were on the same trail as our group. On the way up we had several, somewhat dangerous encounters when cyclists came down fast on the steep hill towards the lunch spot on the Merlin Loop portion. 154 cyclists were counted on the way down, so we estimate to have encountered about 300 bikes."

Eek

Everyone was riding two bikes....
New outdoor club called Karen's counting bikes...

Lol...

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 9:48 Quote
We'll just have to stop riding popular hiking trails, like Merlin View, and find more appropriate places to ride. Speaking of which, does anyone know if Johnston Canyon is dry? Wink

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 13:45 Quote
aka-bigsteve wrote:
An interesting tidbit from a trip report this week on a local outdoor club's website:

"it seemed as if all the mountain bikers were on the same trail as our group. On the way up we had several, somewhat dangerous encounters when cyclists came down fast on the steep hill towards the lunch spot on the Merlin Loop portion. 154 cyclists were counted on the way down, so we estimate to have encountered about 300 bikes."

Eek

The opposite was true this morning at Prairie veiw/Jewel. I have't rode there since 2018 as the parking lot construction last year. we got there at 9:30 and got one of the last parking spots. Just loads of weekend warrior hikers (if thats at thing). We after the summit we thought it would clear out, but it didn't. Jammed with meat pylons all the way around. Either go super early or late evening.

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 14:01 Quote
Ran into two hikers walking up a trail called ‘loamazella’. One said she’s never seen bikers on there, but we (bikers?) are all unemployed now, so she expects to see more. This was a real event.

Trail was good to go!

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 16:25 Quote
Rmcfarland wrote:
Ran into two hikers walking up a trail called ‘loamazella’. One said she’s never seen bikers on there, but we (bikers?) are all unemployed now, so she expects to see more. This was a real event.

Trail was good to go!

Hah!

Was she trolling you?

Did you ask what she did for work?

Was she a real life Calgary Herald comments section?!

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 at 16:35 Quote
That's why I never ride PVJ on a weekend- it's always very busy then, other than at first light or sunset. Same goes for Baldy Pass, and Powderface Ridge.
Paskapoo today was in good shape, with some short slick bits, and a few slippery roots, plus the ongoing bogs in two spots on Ridge Run. Pissed off though to see the continued dumbing down of trails there. Latest thing is the removal of the small root step at the bottom entry to Turtle Soup. Getting over it in the uphill direction was easy enough as it was only 15 cm high- requiring basic mtb skills that everyone needs. Or maybe not, if this trend continues.


 
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