As of last week, Tipsaw is clear and in pretty good condition. It is due for a mowing, but it is still pretty decent. I would say as good as Tipsaw gets. It is fast, and challenging when ridden hard. I am now riding a 29er, and can ride all the rock gardens and rock crossings without problem. My take, come down and ride it! Our group travel to French Lick and Ben Hawes often, but still enjoy doing a lap at Tipsaw. You should know that I live only a few blocks from the Ranger station In Tell City, and anytime I ride Tipsaw, and find problems, I am in their office letting them know. As you say, I pay for the privilege of riding National Forest trails, they need to know when there are issues. Believe me, they know me when I come in the door. By the same token, when the trail is in good shape, I try to stop by and let them know that as well. I think I mentioned this before, but will repeat. You DO NOT have to pay the gate fee to ride the trails at Tipsaw. There are two options. If you enter the main entrance, there is a trail head parking area to the left just before you go through the pay gate. No payment required. If you are coming from the south, you can turn left at the flashing light at French Ridge road, follow to Limestone road and turn right, follow that until you come to a small parking area we call Stonehenge. Park there, and hit the trail, again no gate fee required. Check it out on Google maps.