Trail Conditions for Calgarians

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Posted: Nov 13, 2020 at 12:44 Quote
BigSteve where are you ? What's 12mile and bowmont looking like for stud conditions?

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 at 21:10 Quote
No studs needed today in 12 mile or Bowmont on the fattie and would have been fun on a mountain bike as well

Posted: Nov 14, 2020 at 17:47 Quote
Rode Pneuma from the bottom of Moose Mountain Road up to Race of Spades, then down to station flats and back along part of Elbow Valley. Conditions were good up to 7-27, less traffic after that so some drifted/wind slab snow near the road that was tough riding, some sugary snow that didn't give much traction. Race of Spades had a 3-4" of snow, but it was unpacked and sugary so very slippery up top. Once you climbed up to the ridge from the power line crossing the trail was packed with foot and snowshoe traffic, so easy going at that point.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 at 5:59 Quote
Trail report for November 18th at Moose. There was very little snow at the bottom of Jean Guy however there was fallen trees and branches so please be careful as I imagine there will be other trees and branches down on the rest of the mountain. Temperature was 6 degrees during the day but dropped to minus 7 by 7pm and no snow up to then. the trail had dried up somewhat from the strong wind on Tuesday so it is fairly grippy. There was a track that came out of Toothless and it looked like regular non studded tires.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 at 19:16 Quote
Rode 7-27 last night - lots of tricky ice along the trail (sheets of it in places), the rest of the trail was about half snow pack and half clear. Pneuma was similar, with half snow pack and half clear (vs. all snow pack, even if thin in spots, on Sunday).

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 at 22:19 Quote
jerome wrote:
Trail report for November 18th at Moose. There was very little snow at the bottom of Jean Guy however there was fallen trees and branches so please be careful as I imagine there will be other trees and branches down on the rest of the mountain. Temperature was 6 degrees during the day but dropped to minus 7 by 7pm and no snow up to then. the trail had dried up somewhat from the strong wind on Tuesday so it is fairly grippy. There was a track that came out of Toothless and it looked like regular non studded tires.

Sounds like a trail plan and an arborist will have to be hired to come take care of those trees and branches.....don't get at them.....

CM

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 at 8:57 Quote
Yah and it seems they've started logged too which sucks

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 at 12:17 Quote
Rode Crystal and Snowy Owl and it was nice! Barely any ice, I think you would be ok with no studs.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 at 17:26 Quote
Rode Loamzilla and Shoulda on rubber. Sketchy but doable and fun.

I hope whoever was bleeding all over the Elbow Valley trail between AF and the end of Ushoulda is ok.

Posted: Nov 23, 2020 at 7:14 Quote
Jumping Pound and Cox Hill

Drove to the Summit hiking trail, road is in good condition. Summit hiking trail was in awesome fat biking conditions - well packed, grippy, easy climbing.

Where the JP Ridge trail peeled off there was little traffic. In the trees lots of snow and lots of pushing. In the open areas riding was a mix of mostly bare ground with some wind swept snow, you can easily ride these parts and you can probably ride around the first two tree sections on the barren areas. Our tracks might make the tree sections more rideable but expect to push.

The Cox Hill climb was probably half rideable, half pushable. In the trees there was lots of pushing with the unpacked snow, up high there was also lots of pushing with the grades at the top.

Downhill was all packed and mostly rideable (top switchbacks had some weird wind packing) with lots of hikers. Not enough snow to pack it smooth yet so pretty rough for a fully ridgid fat bike.

Still another week before they close the winter gates to ride this from the south end.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 at 6:49 Quote
leftypumpkin wrote:
Jumping Pound and Cox Hill

Drove to the Summit hiking trail, road is in good condition. Summit hiking trail was in awesome fat biking conditions - well packed, grippy, easy climbing.

Where the JP Ridge trail peeled off there was little traffic. In the trees lots of snow and lots of pushing. In the open areas riding was a mix of mostly bare ground with some wind swept snow, you can easily ride these parts and you can probably ride around the first two tree sections on the barren areas. Our tracks might make the tree sections more rideable but expect to push.

The Cox Hill climb was probably half rideable, half pushable. In the trees there was lots of pushing with the unpacked snow, up high there was also lots of pushing with the grades at the top.

Downhill was all packed and mostly rideable (top switchbacks had some weird wind packing) with lots of hikers. Not enough snow to pack it smooth yet so pretty rough for a fully ridgid fat bike.

Still another week before they close the winter gates to ride this from the south end.

Thanks for the update. I was just thinking about trying that. We need to send a school of snowshoers out for some loops tup

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 at 8:53 Quote
kenny99 wrote:
Thanks for the update. I was just thinking about trying that. We need to send a school of snowshoers out for some loops tup

Too bad most snowshoers don't like breaking trail. Give them a nice skin track, though...
Rode an 18 km'ish loop south of the WB lot yesterday. Great riding on the whole gamut of trail surfaces. Good for all tire widths, studs highly recommended.

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 13:55 Quote
aka-bigsteve wrote:
kenny99 wrote:
Thanks for the update. I was just thinking about trying that. We need to send a school of snowshoers out for some loops tup

Too bad most snowshoers don't like breaking trail. Give them a nice skin track, though...
Rode an 18 km'ish loop south of the WB lot yesterday. Great riding on the whole gamut of trail surfaces. Good for all tire widths, studs highly recommended.

Yes some areas are approaching dirt season again...

Any intel on prairie view, praire link, high rockies, etc. ?

or chester - I know its a no bike trail "during the day" Wink

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 13:57 Quote
kenny99 wrote:
Yes some areas are approaching dirt season again...

Go on ...

Posted: Nov 25, 2020 at 16:21 Quote
R-M-R wrote:
kenny99 wrote:
Yes some areas are approaching dirt season again...

Go on ...

Plenty of (frozen) dirt Monday on Boundary-Snag-Daddy-Strange-Snowy-West Crystal, along with packed snow. But- also a fair bit of ice. Excellent riding on studded skinnies!
Same mix of conditions on Jumpingpound Loop.
In the city- superb riding was had yesterday in 12 Mile Coulee ( a few icy patches) and this afternoon in Paskapoo (packed snow, no need for studs)


 
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