Date: November 15, 2012
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Trail Conditions: Good, dry, twiggy
Observations/Information: Took a quick spin at River Highlands Thursday afternoon. Trails were to coin a phrase "twiggy". I spent a lot of time off the bike picking them up, and the park is certainly a better place to ride because of it. This park is hard hit by severe weather events. It gets a lot of wind, as the knickname "Blow Hole" would suggest. Also the preponerance of oaks, and the fact that many trees have been weakened by recent severe weather events. Look off the trail and you'll see almost an many trees on the ground as still standing.
One interesting observation is that a log I cleared on my last ride there had been moved back into the trail. I thought I was doing mountain bikers a favor by moving it, because it was no challenge to ride over but forced you to slow down in a place where you really wanted to keep your speed- just before a fun, twisty half pipe-type section (not the sidewinder). If people want logs I'll leave them- I don't want to get a reputation for being a trail sanitizer. If you're a good bunnyhopper you can hop right over it without losing any speed.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Green, yellow, white, black, blue
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 1 1/4
Approximate Distance (Miles): 6 miles