Saturday, January 25, 2014
River Highlands State Park
Report Type: TA Report:
Trail Name: River Highlands State Park
Trail Conditions: Good, 2" powder snow
Observations/Information: Brother and I rode River Highlands Saturday morning. There was about two inches of powder snow. There had been a few people in before us. Someone had ridden a fat bike on the singletrack trails, and there were snowmobile tracks on the dirt roads. here were also unfortunately footprints on some of the trails, roughing up the surface. It was cold, grey, and windy and really felt like winter. The river was mostly frozen and loud pops and bangs issued from the ice.
Powder snow on top of dry leaves makes for slippery going. Finding traction was tough both in climbing and turning. Some of the sharp, rooty, off camber, precipice-hugging corners on the green trail were tough. Once we got used to the conditions we did alright, and were able to ride the yellow trail down and up, bridges and all, without dabbing. Our chubby tire 29ers performed well but I was wishing I had a rear tire with bigger knobs.
Riding in light snow is fun and a great way to develop low-traction riding skills.
Trail Ambassador Name: Glenn Vernes
Trail Ambassador E-mail: glennvernesatgeemaildotcom
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Red, yellow, green, white, blue.
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 1.75 hours
Approximate Distance (Miles): 9 miles
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