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    Dr.C
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    Walked today on Catalyst, Rim Job, PA (down to where the short lived “Trump Jump” was) and then back south along Beaver Flats. Lots of small limbs down and were removed. The trails are clear now although there is a low hanging tree near the start of PA which is rideable if you remember to duck. Small washout on Beaver Flats but you can get around it. If you plan to fat bike be aware that the bridges on Catalyst were extremely slippery.

    Will continue north tomorrow from where I left off.

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    #819579

    Dr.C
    Participant

    Continuing with trail clearing, I did a 5 hour walk in the west Don. Starting from Catalyst, the following trails are clear:
    Catalyst, Rim Job, Beaver Flats, Climbmax (although I didn’t do the additional loop starting at the Celestica circle), Swamp, Woods Gundy, SHT, Asylum, G-Spot and Rehab. There are issues on the following:
    PA: just the overhead tree near the start which you should be able to duck under
    BOT: the half-cut downed tree at the start is still there requiring a walk-around
    Smith’s Edge/Roller Flowster: two additional trees down to go along with the previous large tree. One is a tree across the trail not too far past the large tree which can be stepped over and the other further along (but before the rollers) is blocking a high line but there is a low line that is not blocked
    Fore-play: just the blocked regular exit due to trees down
    5-Play: one large tree down about a third of the way in and then a couple of areas where the trail has been undermined as the slope has partially washed away (at the top fence parallel to the dog park road)

    That’s it for Don play for now. Tomorrow is a ski day!

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    #819585

    mcbain
    Participant

    @drc – that was a seriously long walk and excellent work done – many thanks! On foot this morning and tidied up a few things on BOT, Beaver Flats, and Boo (although some remain on the latter). Slides on Beaver Flats are realigning the portion beneath the Doobatorium on a daily basis. Paved paths were humming with all kinds of activity but thankfully no wheels on trails. Tomorrow will be no better.

    This whole week will be critical for the trails to dry out and, in a perfect world. users would stay off completely. With overnight temperatures above freezing there is no safe time to ride. If you’re spinning wheels, no amount of karma will offset the damage you’re doing. Please don’t bust out that 90% rideable argument – of course you’ll find sections of trail that are good to go, but that remaining 10% of each trail represents the low points of trail tread that drain water. Bugger those up with ruts (or worse, piling them full of sticks) and you’ve handed the trail fairies a full season of drainage tuning. Just sayin’.

    Fingers crossed for next weekend!

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    #819586

    Slabs
    Participant

    Hi Everyone, I’m new to this forum, but I’m not new to the Don. Thx @mcbain for letting me know about this forum (I think it was you I met a couple weeks back on the flats).
    Walked Roller Flowster with a friend and a chainsaw this morning. Someone beat us to half the trees but there was still plenty to do. As things stand right now Roller Flowster and 4 play is all clear. Where there were established alternatives we didn’t clear the trees. Where the big ash tree laid along the length of the trail the ground got pretty chewed up from the tree and our work. Tried to work it a bit with a shovel but the ground is just too loose. We would have done 5 play too but I broke the saw on that ash (that’s what you get for bringing a 16” saw to a 20” party).
    In regard to the ground conditions, there is still lots of snow in that valley. And where there is no snow it’s really sloppy. It’s definitely important to just stay away. I’ll walk it again later in the week and post the conditions.
    Looking forward to 4/20 next week. Hope the trails are ready. Cheers!

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    #819587

    frappuccinopete
    Participant

    If anyone knows people from the Darkhorseflyers riding club, can you tell them to not do group CX rides through the muddy DVP trails – like they did yesterday when they rode through the muddy Taylor creek/Massey creek trails .

    http://www.darkhorseflyers.ca/

    #819588

    alen_z
    Participant

    Hey @frappuccinopete, are you sure it was the Dark Horse Flyers ride? Do you remember what time of the day it was and where exactly did you see them?

    EDIT: I quickly checked Dark Horse Flyers club’s Strava account and it doesn’t look like their Saturday group ride went anywhere near Taylor Creek. I’m sure they respect and appreciate the trails like everyone else here.

    #819590

    rkent
    Participant

    @frappuccinopete I was the ride leader for that ride and will take responsibility for it. We did venture onto the trails after seeing some others on them, but when discovering how wet and muddy they still were I stopped and directed everyone off of them (and altered our route for the rest of the day). The last thing I want to do is be the reason the trails we love get destroyed. Sorry about that.

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    #819593

    frappuccinopete
    Participant

    @rkent Thanks, Appreciate it and your post. I think your response speaks highly of your club. See ya on the trails.

    #819594

    Mr.Smith
    Blocked

    Redug the tree downage on the edge and errosion. First piece. Walked it to see what you guys had done, and it just looked awful. Cheers for the chainsaw work tho.

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    #819597

    Slabs
    Participant

    Yeah, sorry about that. Felt bad leaving it like that. Was hoping to come back after things dried out a bit and address it.

    #819598

    Mr.Smith
    Blocked

    Yeah, sorry about that. Felt bad leaving it like that. Was hoping to come back after things dried out a bit and address it.

    If your looking for more chainsaw/trailwork, theres a bunch on up up and away and Everlast if your interested.. id have to show you the starts tho, still a wip
    Cheers.

    #819634

    Neville Park
    Participant

    Was in for first dirt sample yesterday late aft.
    Rode: climb – bunny – bunny drop – topo – cat – rim – pa – bot

    What an amazing mix bag of fun

    Dry and dusty on the first three with only a few soft spots from drainage / leaves.
    Topo I encountered snow pack and some of the usual soft spots you would expect.

    all in all great short strike in the Don.

    next week looking prime!

    #819644

    Dr.C
    Participant

    Removed the overhead tree near the start of PA. Someone had already removed the tree at the start of BOT. Headed east and cleaned up Fruitloop and Boomerang so these are now clear. Noticed that the city has removed all the downed trees from the washout on Razor’s Edge. They have put up black fencing to block access on the trail while they shore up the top of the washout. May be rideable once they are finished. Hydro has given the Hydroline trail a brush cut- most of the trees have been removed and the bullrushes cut down. Perhaps this trail will end up being drier this year.
    Trail surfaces were still too wet in many places after yesterday’s rain but were drying out. I’ll give them a ride tomorrow.

    #819655

    Dr.C
    Participant

    Good riding in there today. Flats, Ridge, south part of Catalyst, south part of Beaver Flats, Boo and Bunny were mostly dry with a few wet/muddy spots in the usual low lying areas. Met a rider who said that Roller Flowster was dry. Oh, and the exit of Foreplay is now wide open.

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    #819658

    mcbain
    Participant

    Thanks again @drc and @slabs for moving those big sticks out of the way. No small feat!

    Took advantage of the sunny weather to do a little west side recon. Tonight’s forecasted showers/drizzle may set things back but I’ll echo the last post:

    Green light:
    – Crothers, Ridge, Flats, Catalyst, RJ, PA, BOT. Further north all the Rehab trails, Roller Flowster, 4play (tricky exit) also good to go. On the return trip Climbmax (just one super soft spot in the middle where you come in hot), Boo, Bunny Run, Dirt Farm all good.

    Amber alert:
    – the Swamp and SHT have their usual poopy issues but nothing they won’t bounce back from if you STAY ON THE ROCKS! Your call. As a late bloomer the Swamp will get way worse before it gets better. Please do not be tempted to throw sticks at the problem. Short term gain, long term PITA.

    Red light:
    Beaver Flats beneath the Doobatorium is a NO GO until things dry up. You can in/out from both the south and north ends but please stay off this middle section.
    Woods Gundy has significant water issues on the rooty climb and later in the fast down/up. Best to cut across the field and paved path for another week. The north end fun line is, however, lap-able via the paved path!!!

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow’s ride, but next week should be spring good and proper. Little blue flowers in full effect, trout lilies not far off, and random bouquets of ramps/wild leeks all around. Ah, nature.

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