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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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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2015, 07:04:18 PM »
Just got back from a few laps - conditions are perfect. Better get in some riding while it's dry - probably won't last long :P

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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2015, 11:15:25 AM »
Agreed--conditions are excellent. Green light for sure. Should be a great weekend for riding. As far as I know, we're caught up on chainsawing. Please post if you know of any significant downed trees or limbs.


Hoosier Energy has completed construction of a shelter house near the spillway. While they had their employees in mind, this is a public amenity and you are free to use it. Please do not shortcut up and down the corridor that they opened up during construction. It is covered in erosion control blanket and we've done some transplanting to help close it and restore it.


On a related note, you may notice two new paths up near the Hoosier Energy fence. You're welcome to check them out, but these are just short connectors for their employees. They lead to gates, which are closed to the general public. We're working on signage.


There is still I-69 related trail relocation/mitigation work to be done on the the southwest side. That's all flagged and partially constructed and you are welcome to ride it. Keep an eye out for a volunteer day sometime before summer. Post up if you have any questions about I-69 stuff.

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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2015, 07:23:25 PM »
The rain seems to have completely missed Bloomington today.  I did a couple of laps after work and the trails are still in great shape.

I rode everything and there are no trees down, other than one small, hoppable pine tree over on the PIC side.  I'll try to get out one evening this week and do some trimming. 

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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2015, 10:31:01 AM »
Any opinions on whether conditions will improve later today? Going to be in Bloomington for a meeting a 2 and was thinking of swinging by Wapahani afterwards, sometime around 3:30 or so.

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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2015, 01:51:14 PM »
I just got back from the park so I can say first hand that the trails are good to go.  You might encounter some slop on the PIC side but the rest of the trail is definitely rideable. 

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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2015, 05:41:07 PM »
Thanks for your help re-decking that rotted out bridge today, Allen. Trails were definitely in good shape.


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Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2015, 07:01:13 PM »
Trails were great today. It has been about 4 years since I last rode Wapehani and it is still a blast. The rock features in the expert section were very cool!

 

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