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VSP Trail Conditions
« on: May 24, 2006, 05:51:59 AM »
Post trail conditions here.
« Last Edit: October 05, 2009, 09:42:09 AM by Alex »

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 06:10:00 AM »
Freeze/Thaw....Freeze/Thaw........Freeze/Thaw

Well, it's that time of year again. When the temperature dips below freezing at night, and goes above it during the day.
Try to ride early in the morning while the ground is still frozen. Once it thaws out, the trail will be very slick, (greasy), on top from the moisture that has been forced upward during the night. As the day warms up, the trail can become soft down several inches. Which is when riders can do some serious damage, leaving ruts that stick around for a long time.

Sometimes late in the evening also works for a ride after a freeze/thaw cycle, especially if it has been a sunny, warm day.

Late morning, when most bikers are used to rolling into the trailhead parking lot, can be the WORST time to start a ride in the winter. Midday doesn't work during freeze/thaw!

Some other winter riding tips;
Try to find out beforehand if the day is going to be sunny or not before riding. Cloudy days can increase your riding time by an hour or so, even if the temp goes above freezing.

If it is going to be a sunny day, try to ride the sunny side trails early in the day while they are still frozen. South facing trails can turn soupy even at below freezing temps, once the sun hits them full-on.

Leaf cover can also make a difference. Well covered trails might not freeze at all, and if they do, they thaw out slower.

Try to be closer to the trailhead as the temps warm up. Conditions can change rapidly, and pushing a bike with two inches of peanut butter mud on the tires back four miles to the truck is pretty frustrating...... Been there, done that! >:(


Winter riding can be a challenge, but also a rewarding experience if you plan ahead....... (And you don't feel as guilty about watching football the rest of the day.  ;D)

Don't be a Smuck, and ride trails when they're Muck.

« Last Edit: December 03, 2009, 05:13:49 PM by Guyfry »

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 11:19:35 PM »
What are those new dining options?  I'll be camping there Oct 25-28 and might like to go out for a meal or two.

There's a new Gold Star Chili on Hwy 50 and there's also Crossroads restaurant on the west end of town. The Mexican place got closed recently by the law, for questionable accounting practices.
Ernies Pizza, on Hwy 421 south is good. And I believe that The Yellow Dog Tavern is still open on the downtown square.

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 04:05:56 PM »
Crossroads is a good choice as is Gold Star. Yellow Dog keeps erratic hours and has been closed every time we've gone by. I think Hong Kong Dragon has closed. Super Val is gone and the grocery store that will replace it is not yet open. CVS has their typical assortment of food items.

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2012, 10:01:11 PM »
I'll throw a vote in for Ernie's pretty good and cheap a great pizza combination and there is a booze shop right on the way.
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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014, 06:20:39 AM »
...so when every thing else drys out. shadow is still closed till the fence comes down.

Just curious if Shadow Run just takes longer to dry or if there are other factors/unique work to be done on that trail in particular.



~Yet another Dave

Yes. the Shadow Run trail generally takes much longer to dry out than the other trails @ VSP. Especially in the cooler months. I'm no geologist, but it appears that certain areas store up water over the winter and release it in the spring. It's like a giant sponge that someone is stepping on. About the only thing you can do with the trails in those locations is be patient and wait for the water to quits seeping out of the ground.....And keep people off of them.... Unfortunately somebody rode Shadow earlier this year and make many deep ruts, slowing the drying process, and creating more work for the few volunteers there are here.
Thanks for the offer to help down here. I'm sure Mike can find something for you to do.
BTW, the official Faceboook page is called; Versailles State Park Mountain Bikers.

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2014, 05:18:17 PM »
Me and a buddy just did 2 loops of everything and  had a blast. Trails were in great shape.


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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2014, 09:57:55 PM »
Trails are Green.
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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2014, 06:49:58 AM »
It looks like almost all the rain missed us, as of Sat morning. Trail conditions were fantastic Thurs eve.....The spring wildflowers are really spectacular at VSP right now. I never realized how many there are here compared to other places, until I rode at another big trail system recently.

There is an Adventure Race going on Sat. I don't think the traffic will be that heavy on the trails at any one time.

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 07:16:00 AM »
Covered everything except Shadow yesterday evening.  Based on how dry everything else was, its likely fine up there.  Throw the switch, its green.

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014, 10:20:09 PM »
What are the chances that VSP will be rideable by tomorrow at 11 am?

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2014, 05:29:15 AM »
The trails should be OK to ride by Saturday. There will be a hikers group on Grandview that morning.

We've been working on clearing the weeds from the trails.

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2014, 07:01:17 AM »
VSP only got a sprinkle of rain Sat night. And it's only looking like scattered light rain for Sun. Ride On!

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2014, 11:34:29 AM »
At VSP parking lot now.  Drove through light rain for the last 45 minutes and there are large puddles of standing water everywhere.  I didn't walk very far in, but what I saw was definitely RED.  It's still sprinkling as I type.

The radar lied - it showed hardly anything hitting the park.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2014, 11:36:45 AM by Draggon »

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Re: VSP Trail Conditions
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2014, 06:22:56 PM »
What's the chances that vsp will be rideable sat am.
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