Date: January 1, 2011
Location: Bluff Point & Haley Farm State Parks
Condition of Trails: Wet & slushy
Observations: Paula and I rode Bluff Point & Haley Farm on Saturday the first. Conditions could have been better, but they were good enough to make riding worthwhile. Trails were wet but not muddy, slushy but not icy- our bikes stayed clean until we got back to the sandy parking lot. There were a lot of other riders on the trails as well.
I find that the best strategy to employ in these marginal conditions is to stick to the rideable trails. On this particular occasion I stuck to climbing on the south-facing hillsides, because they had less snow, and descending on the north facing ones. I spent most of my time on the singletrack trails near the railroad tracks. Some of the trails in the interior of the park were only marginally rideable and not much fun. All in all a worthwhile ride and a good way to start the year.
Trail Ambassador Name: Paula Burton, Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador Email: glennvernes33athotmail.com
Trails Ridden: Various unmarked
How Did You Use The Trail? Mountain Bike
Time of Day: Late morning
Duration: 2.0 hrs
Distance: About 8 miles.