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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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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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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 03:54:10 PM »
Anyone have a ground report---frozen/rideable???
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2014, 01:38:07 PM »
I'm heading over later today to run and can give an update on the conditions.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014, 12:22:30 PM »
Unfortunately the inconsiderate have struck again.  Under the recent snow there is a lot of churned up trail frifoot trafic on thawing trails.  They are frozen enough to ride, but bumpy as hell.

Also a 24" tree down on the climb into snake creek.
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 09:46:18 AM »
Question about good trail conditions for snow riding.... Saturday was my first snow ride ever and I ended up pushing about 60% of the time and it was slow going when I was riding. When is this the best time relative to when we recieve the snow to ride? Does it need more time pack down? Best with fresh powder? Do I need to get some 2.5" downhill tires for my bike? It was very tedious and I was wondering if that is as good as it gets or those were very poor snow conditions. Thanks

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 10:35:52 AM »
Question about good trail conditions for snow riding.... Saturday was my first snow ride ever and I ended up pushing about 60% of the time and it was slow going when I was riding. When is this the best time relative to when we recieve the snow to ride? Does it need more time pack down? Best with fresh powder? Do I need to get some 2.5" downhill tires for my bike? It was very tedious and I was wondering if that is as good as it gets or those were very poor snow conditions. Thanks


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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 01:00:44 PM »
With the high temps today, status should be red.
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2014, 10:17:30 AM »
Any early reports from the trail this morning? A quick lap around the block left me thinking the snow was deeper than I expected.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2014, 01:01:27 PM »
Any early reports from the trail this morning? A quick lap around the block left me thinking the snow was deeper than I expected.


With the blistering wind, I'm seeing huge inconsistency in snow depth around my place.  In some places, I've got nearly bare ground.  In others, I've got 2+ ft drifts.
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2014, 02:37:13 PM »
Camp Glen is Packed down from skiers. I rode Lawrence Creek from the east trailhead to Camp Glen. It was pretty deep most of the way and even with my fat bike involved a lot of hike-a-bike. But man, it was beautiful.

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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2014, 03:41:30 PM »
I was thinking of taking my fresh ss build out there tomorrow.


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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 03:05:35 PM »
Went today in the AM.  Schoen is pretty decent.  The skiers helped pack it down.  Unrideable from the Schoen TH to back in the woods.  The drifts were 2-3' deep.  Just needs to get packed in.  LC needs some love.  There are two trees down just past the connector.  One small, one big, needs a chainsaw for sure.  That was all the down fall.  50/50 riding until Camp Glenn, then it's pretty much all rideable from there on. 
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Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2014
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2014, 01:07:49 PM »
Just want to highlight to the chainsaw-er's that there are two tree's down just past the LC connector.  One is smallish and could be dispatched by hand, but the other one is just a little further down the trail is about 2' across.  People were going around the little one and over the big one.  Thanks. 
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