Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Trail Conditions: Hardpack bumpy snow
Observations/Information: Brother and I rode River Highlands Tuesday morning. The main roads had been packed by snowmobile. Unfortunately they also got a lot of hiker traffic over the warm weekend and were pockmarked with boot and paw prints, roughing them up. Also a lot of dog doo to avoid, although the brown-on-white contrast made it easy to see. Our chubby tire 29ers rolled right over the hard snow, although we would spin out on the steeper climbs.
We followed the packed trail all the way out to the RR tracks and then up to the sand pit north of the golf course. The trail was hard to follow in the sand pit because it was nothing but white in every direction. The red trail on the south side of the park had also been packed, and snow shoers had packed the yellow trail into the blow hole (the only packed singletrack). We were able to ride it down and back up with minimal dabbing.
It was nice to get out on the bike again, but conditions were pretty bleak though rideable. It was more of a "can I handle these conditions?" than a "how fast and far can I go?" type of ride. There are probably better places to ride in the state right now.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes