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HMBA Trail Information => Fort Harrison State Park => Topic started by: jasonhilt on January 07, 2017, 06:19:21 PM

Title: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on January 07, 2017, 06:19:21 PM
Please keep posts relevant to trail conditions.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: SurlyWill on January 29, 2017, 04:37:32 PM
I went riding yesterday and the trails were in decent conditions.  The usual areas were retaining water and in some areas you could see evidence of hiker/bike poaching from wetter weather.

I few of the areas in Lawrence Creek that are staying wet could definitely use a flat-rock treatment.  A few with gullies could use a drainage culvert with trail built on top.

I'm eager to help armor some of these areas in 2017.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: ATimman on January 31, 2017, 04:59:48 PM
Attempted to ride Lawrence creek trail today with no success. Didn't get far and had to turn back.
Due to the above freezing temps the trail is very wet, muddy, and sloppy.
Should not be ridden till dried out or frozen.
Trails should be turned back to RED status.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: David Kuehnen on February 04, 2017, 11:58:22 AM
Tree down right before top of last climb before the flow down hill at NW portion of Lawrence Creek. 




Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Willyjaybob on February 04, 2017, 02:34:35 PM
Tree down right before top of last climb before the flow down hill at NW portion of Lawrence Creek.

Otherwise rideable?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: David Kuehnen on February 04, 2017, 02:49:53 PM
It was this morning.  Now that the temp is over 30, I would say NO duee to FREEZE/THAW
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Jeff Blum on February 04, 2017, 06:52:07 PM
Tree down right before top of last climb before the flow down hill at NW portion of Lawrence Creek.

So before the big log pile jump?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on February 04, 2017, 08:20:29 PM
There are a couple trees down from when I walked the trail a couple weeks ago.  Being that the trail has been unrideable, I haven't been in any hurry to cut them out.
It irritates me to see the trail all tore up like it is.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: David Kuehnen on February 04, 2017, 11:17:54 PM
So before the big log pile jump?
yes
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: SurlyWill on February 05, 2017, 08:37:40 AM
yes

Everytime I go by that I want to cut 3 foot sections and build a log pile ;-)

If the responsible parties don't mind .... I could flag the sections that are muddy while everything else is frozen. Each of those areas likely need a unique remediation plan be it armoring, culvert and bridge, French drain, guttering.... etc....

Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: mtbspec on February 06, 2017, 07:51:58 AM
Any planned work days to fix the trail before spring?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: MikeHufhand on February 06, 2017, 08:06:32 AM
Everytime I go by that I want to cut 3 foot sections and build a log pile ;-)

If the responsible parties don't mind .... I could flag the sections that are muddy while everything else is frozen. Each of those areas likely need a unique remediation plan be it armoring, culvert and bridge, French drain, guttering.... etc....
You're welcome to put a flag near trouble spots. We look forward to you joining our trail care team.  However we do need to wait until we're out of "freeze-thaw" to really assess the trails well. Thanks for your interest.


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: goatbike on February 14, 2017, 09:00:07 AM
      Guys,
 
I attempted to add a link to the top of the forums to point to the new trail status page. The forums are picky about additional code so I will post to all the trail groups instead and focus on improving the Trails Overview page until I find a good method of modifying the forums template.
 
In the meantime the HMBA trail status information is now here. http://www.hmba.org/trails-overview/
 
Thank you for you patients.
 
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: David Kuehnen on February 18, 2017, 10:22:32 PM
The Fort is Hero Dirt!  Go get you some!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on March 04, 2017, 05:23:00 PM
LC was in good shape on Saturday, 3/4.  Get out and ride on Sunday.  Rain moving in on Monday and Tuesday.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on March 09, 2017, 07:32:59 PM
Cleared tree at bottom of LC downhill and 2 trees at foxholes on LC.

Wish we were getting more snow!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Jeff Blum on March 11, 2017, 07:34:20 PM
Trails were great this morning, with some soft spots starting around 11 or so.  Afternoon was probably a little squishier, but not bad.  I'd expect the same for tomorrow, judging by the temps.  Get out and ride.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Adim_x on March 21, 2017, 12:55:25 PM
Is the trail really yellow?  Was there rain in the area yesterday?.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Garrett4800 on March 21, 2017, 03:57:09 PM
I just finished riding it... Way too muddy. I just changed it to red.

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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Jeff Blum on March 22, 2017, 08:01:35 PM
What a difference a day can make.  Lawrence Creek is GREEN, just one or two spots to be on the look out for.

Schoen Creek is mostly GREEN as well, but there are at least 3 spots around that loop that you should probably carry over.  The most obvious one is on the entry trail just below the log skinny.  That mystery drainage just started this spring and we haven't done anything to it yet.  Once you're past that, though, you're clear pretty much to the upper parking lot.

Temps below freezing again tonight, so there will probably be some frost and greasiness in the morning, but you should be fine by tomorrow afternoon, especially with highs in the 50s.

Go Ride!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: ssjeff on March 29, 2017, 11:55:35 AM
Any updates on trail conditions?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Jeff Blum on April 01, 2017, 07:26:35 PM
Hiked LC today, still awful greasy in spots.  Trails are RED.  I'll try to check them again tomorrow morning, but it's doubtful.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on April 08, 2017, 04:09:56 PM
Did a "fallen tree" lap today.  Only have 2 trees down.  1 at beginning of LC off Camp Glenn.  Other one about halfway to connector.  Overall ok shape.  Mostly dry, but with quite a few wet areas from seeps and drain crossings.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: MikeHufhand on April 08, 2017, 07:14:31 PM
99% good with just a few slow drainage spots. YELLOW!! Go ride!


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on April 17, 2017, 05:49:08 PM
Get out and ride.  Trail is good.  Just the normal wet spots we've had.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: tomc on April 23, 2017, 12:01:29 AM
Tree down on Schoen. Can't find the name of the area but from the bridge connector, you climb up and go past that flagstone "bridge" near the road up top. It's just beyond that. Will need chainsaw. Otherwise trails aren't bad. Little wet in places.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on May 22, 2017, 09:11:58 PM
Trails are ok to ride until the rain moves in tomorrow or Wednesday.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: trek1969 on May 31, 2017, 07:12:00 AM
Anyone been out?
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on June 01, 2017, 09:03:03 PM
Trails are good to ride.  Still have a few bad spots, LC downhill towards Camp Glenn is one of them.  All the other areas are drying out pretty good.  Get out and ride before it rains again...hopefully not for at least 3 more days!!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Steve King on June 08, 2017, 04:47:37 PM
Due to the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, the Mountain Bike trails will be closed on Saturday 6/10/2017 and Sunday 6/11/2017. Consider coming out to volunteer.   See below link for details.

http://www.hmba.org/smf/index.php?topic=15116.0
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on June 20, 2017, 10:30:04 PM
Some rain Tuesday night.  Should be ok Wednesday afternoon.  Please give the trail time to dry a little before riding.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: David Kuehnen on June 25, 2017, 03:35:30 PM
Trails are dry and dusty which, considering all the rain we had on Friday, is a testimony to the efforts and skills of all those who maintain these trails.
Much thanks to all the trail workers!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on June 26, 2017, 09:36:13 PM
Rain was light tonight.  Barring any other pop up down pours, trails will be good to ride tomorrow.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Clay on July 04, 2017, 08:16:57 AM
Conditions yesterday were nice with just a few wet spots. This was my first ride here. Trail was a lot of fun. I will have to get back soon.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: chmaeet on July 30, 2017, 07:54:03 AM
Anyone checked the trail lately? MTB project says red. I don't get out there much and I was gone last week when it rained. Is it worth a look today or is it known that it would be too muddy with all the rain lately?

Thanks,
Chris
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on July 30, 2017, 09:46:31 AM
It should be ok.  Might have some soft spots. 
Post up what you find.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: chmaeet on July 30, 2017, 02:41:59 PM
Just finished all three trails. 99% of the trail surface is dry and in many spots dusty. There are quite a few small soft spots and a couple are still muddy. Camp Glenn has a huge mud spot rather deep. I would avoid that trail or walk around. Maybe 10 or so riders out and loads of hikers.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: ATimman on July 30, 2017, 09:58:07 PM
Trails are good rode Lawrence and shoen creek today shoen more wet spots than Lawrence but both rideable and yellow to green status


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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: David Kuehnen on August 05, 2017, 06:04:46 PM
Trails are in GREAT Shape!
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Jeff Blum on August 06, 2017, 06:11:47 PM
Rain missed the park today, trails are pretty much perfect.  Most of the spots that still look wet actually NEED wheels on the to get them recompacted
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: djkouza on September 17, 2017, 10:58:42 AM
There's a tree down at the beginning of LC probably less than quarter mile.

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Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: jasonhilt on September 17, 2017, 05:34:10 PM
I'll get it tomorrow after work if no one else gets it.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Jeff Blum on October 12, 2017, 07:19:49 PM
Trails are in great shape. Some slick leaves in spots, but very few puddles.  Tree down on Camp Glenn.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Steve King on November 27, 2017, 12:48:20 PM
Fort Harrison is closed on 11/27/17 & 11/28/17 for Deer Reduction.
Title: Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions 2017
Post by: Willyjaybob on November 27, 2017, 09:22:51 PM
Fort Harrison is closed on 11/27/17 & 11/28/17 for Deer Reduction.

THANK YOU! It's 9:22 pm and I was just packing up to ride tomorrow after work...that wouldn't been a bummer.