Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wadsworth Falls SP

Date: January 5, 2013
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: Wadsworth Falls SP
Town: Middletown
Trail Conditions: Snow, packed to unpacked
Observations/Information: My brother and I rode Wadsworth Falls Saturday afternoon. My brother was sporting his new winter booties (two Subway bags). The main carriage roads were well-packed by foot trafic and rideable. By noon some of the sunny areas out of the woods were getting soft, but in the shade of the woods the snow was stil pretty hard. Our singlespeed 29ers performed well- big wheels for floatation and no derailleurs to freeze up. Even our clipless pedals worked alright.

We also rode the Laurel Brook (yellow) trail and found it to be about 50% rideable, with the off-camber sections a little too slick. We also managed to ride the blue trail down to the little falls and back out. None of the other singletrack was rideable with about five inches of medium density snow.

Riding in snow takes skill. You need to allow the bike to float, go where it wants, and when you do steer you need to do it gently. Pedaling must also be done gently and deliberately to avoid spinning. Once you develop these skills you'll be surprised how far you can go.

If you're aching to ride you can come to Wadsworth and get some relief. Although it's mostly carriage road right now it's fun enough, builds your skill, and beats watching football (at least until playoffs). I'd come early, though, before the afternoon thaw.

Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes

Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Pink, yellow, red, white, blue
Time of day: Afternoon
Time/Duration (hours): 2
Approximate Distance (Miles): About 9 miles
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