Author Topic: Wapehani Trail Conditions  (Read 28276 times)

Kevin M

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Wapehani Trail Conditions
« on: June 14, 2009, 01:50:22 PM »
I went out yesterday for a bit but didn't stay.  Much of the trail was pretty soft.  Since we got even more rain overnight, I'd imagine we should leave the park alone for a few days.  If any of the storms forecast for the beginning of the week materialize, I'd say leave it alone until next weekend.
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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2014, 09:10:52 AM »
The blue status light means that we're entering freeze-thaw conditions. The trails are most vulnerable to long-term damage this time of year and then again during the spring thaw. See this post for more information.


Please: only use the trails when they are frozen over the winter. If you ride, run, or hike when the tread is thawed you will create ruts and mudholes.


This weekend, for example, would be a very bad time to ride. Yes, it will be warmer, but that means the tread that has been frozen all week will turn to peanut butter. Get your ride on this morning while it's still cold.




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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2015, 09:48:33 AM »
I spent some time this past week clearing duff from the trail and nicking drains. The tread was in pretty good shape for the most part. There are a couple of seasonal springs running on the south side. Their impact was exacerbated by ruts. I armored a small diagonal channel for one of them and enlarged a drainage dip for the other. I'm also enlarging/improving the switchberm with the cedar cribbing about halfway up that slope. Just be aware of the potential for soft spots over there.


Thanks to everyone who stayed off the trails during the worst of the freeze-thaw cycle. We're not out of it entirely, so please continue to be mindful of conditions.


Hoosier Energy is going to begin building a small shelter on the south side soon, just west of the spillway crossing. I don't have an exact date but I'll keep you informed. Hopefully they will keep their impact to a minimum and it won't disrupt the trail system too much, but they will be running a Bobcat back and forth from their gate to stage materials.

 

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