Sunday, October 7, 2012

TA Report: River Highlands State Park

Date: October 5, 2012
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Town: Cromwell
Trail Conditions: Good, dry

Observations/Information: I did a quick ride at River Highlands Friday afternoon. I only had about an hour of daylight, so no stopping for pictures. I chose River Highlands because I knew it would be dry, and it was. No puddles and no mud anywhere. The roots, logs, and bridges were wet though, and that made them more challenging, particularly the bridges on the yellow trail. You had to negotiate them very carefully, no sudden turning, braking, or accelerating. I even decided to walk one of them, and walking it was hard enough.

I rode the green, yellow, blue, white, and black trails. All were dry and in good shape. The Sidewinder reroute is riding real well. Take the turns wide and you won't need to scrub much speed. This park runs out of light a little early, since it slopes to the East. You need to factor that into your riding plans.

One of the cool things about River Highlands is that there are a lot of logs to hop over, and some of them are pretty big. There's one on the green trail, just below the Sidewinder, one on the white trail up on the ridge, one on the blue trail leading up to the white, and now one on the yellow trail. It's a good place to develop your log- hopping skills. There's a huge log on the green trail, right by the parking lot. I haven't made it over that one yet.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Yellow, green, red, blue, white, black
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1.0
Approximate Distance (Miles): 7 miles

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