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Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:33:17 AM »
All in all, the trail system is in great shape. Where it's bad (on LC), however, it's really bad. This is the first real Indiana winter that Lawrence Creek has encountered, so it's really no surprise there are trouble spots. All in all though, it's held up very well.

NOTE: Please be mindful in the boggy areas. Either ride through them, or walk around them. Please DO NOT start cheater lines. This will just make more work for the trail maintenance gang.

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« Last Edit: January 12, 2014, 04:30:50 PM by jasonhilt »

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 08:44:28 AM »
To add to Dean's post:


The time that the trail builders spend closing off cheater lines is time that they DON'T spend on maintaining the trail.  IN less than a mile we found three spots where less informed trail users had thought it was better to ride around a wet spot and make it bigger.   There is still a LOT of work that will be needed this spring on both LC and Schoen so if you like riding these trails, consider helping out at a maintenance session.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2013, 12:41:07 PM by jasonhilt »
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 04:32:37 PM »
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Please stay on topic - trail conditions.  Off topic posts may be deleted.
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 07:39:36 AM »
Heres some pictures of the worst spots that need attention.

http://s243.photobucket.com/user/redmancsxt/embed/slideshow/Fort%20Ben%20Trail%20Damage
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 10:57:40 AM »
This one on FC Huf and I had opened up to get it draining through the center better, but like a lot of our problem spots the rock just wasn't dug in far enough and ended up creating a dam that the water then flowed around.  More rock there to make the armor wider would help as well, but mostly it just needs to be dropped down.


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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2014, 10:02:16 PM »
Both trails are in pretty good shape and almost all the slick spots are avoidable. The thing with LC that surprised me was that nearly the entire trail was littered with debris, .. sticks and branches of all sizes. The kind that will jump up and break a spoke or even grab your derailler. I didn't have time today but I imagine the way to remedy this is to just walk the trail and move stuff out of the way. Some places even seemed like they needed raked there was so much stuff. Schoen, for whatever reason, was not nearly as bad in this regard as LC was.

I was riding LC Monday night as the storm rolled in. The high wind had branches falling on my head and I heard large trees crashing all around me.  I probably had a PR, but I don't measure my rides.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2014, 01:54:21 PM »
Has anyone taken a look at the trail at all today?  Decent rainfall yesterday, but it was pretty dry out there.  Might be yellow for an evening ride?

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2014, 06:02:19 PM »
Just finished a lap.  Trail is yellow.  A few small puddles but nothing I'm worrying about.  Watch cornering due to the silt deposits.  One small slick spot on the LC connector downhill and a big puddle at the end of LC at the creek crossing.
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2014, 06:36:59 PM »
Sweet!! Should be awesome by tomorrow night


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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2014, 07:16:23 AM »
I cleaned up that slick spot on the connector last night, and a couple other spots as well.  I'd actually consider the trail Green.  Go ride!

*edit* Oh, and there is one bad spot on Schoen just past pipe dream, but I think it's due to someone building a berm there, and having bad soil to work with.  It's torn up bad already, but we'll fix it.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2014, 07:19:24 AM by Jeff Blum »

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2014, 10:04:59 AM »
Does anyone know if the recent rain storm hit the east side?  It came through Nora so that may mean it hit TRTP.  Trying to get my son out on the trails today.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2014, 10:52:00 AM »
I was out on the beginning of LC when the storm passed through this AM about 8:30 or so. It didn't last long but it was heavy. Lots of puddles and really wet. Took beginner trail out. About 10:00am I checked the connector to LC and it was muddy. So was the bridge entrance to Schoen. That told me enough. I'd advise against riding right now.


.... meanwhile people were unloading mountain bikes and coming into the park with bikes. I'm sure the trail will be a mess after all the riders today.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2014, 11:06:29 AM »
Thanks Tomc.  Unfortunately to many people don't care.  It may just be a Monon day for us.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2014, 09:19:44 AM »
Has anybody been out there? Not sure how much rain we received. Does anyone think it could be worth a check for a ride tonight?

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2014, 04:55:00 PM »
Heading up there now to check the trail.
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