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TRAILS CLOSED

Well, that was short lived… Sorry! Due to the heavy rains last night and the steady showers through the day, we’ve had to CLOSE the trails. As a reminder, regardless of what the website says, please do not use the off-road trails when it is raining.

We will continue to check conditions through the week, but it looks like the April showers may be approaching, and it could be wet for a while, therefore this might be a great time to prepare for a lot of Greenway runs/rides or getting out on the roads.

Thanks for your respect of the trails, and as always, for helping us spread the word.

TRAILS OPEN

We’re glad to report that the trails have dried out enough for us to open them for at least a couple days, until the rains come back. So for now, get out there and enjoy! Please keep your eyes peeled for trash and small limbs that can be cleared. And report back any major erosion issues or trees down. Thanks for your patience, and as always, for helping us spread the word.

Trails Closed

Due to the warming temperatures, and today’s rain, sleet, snow we are closing the trails.

As always, thanks for your patience and assistance in helping spread the word. We will continue to check conditions throughout the weekend and will open them as soon as they are in better condition.

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN (with precautions)

Thanks to the warmer temperatures and high winds, we’ve dried out nicely and therefore are opening the trails.

On that note, this is our forewarning: PLEASE USE TRAILS (and the Greenway, for that matter) AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WITH CAUTION TODAY DUE TO HIGH WINDS. Please report or post any photos and locations of trees down.

TRAILS OPEN

Good news friends, we’re opening the trails for the weekend. Conditions have improved tremendously in the last 24 hours, and thus we’re able to open them up.

Please be aware of a few things; we still have some soft and greasy spots – do not ride around those spots and widen the trail, as it is easier to fix the ruts, than narrow a widened trail. There are lots of small sticks and limb debris on the trails due to the heavy winds earlier this week – please pitch in and move any larger sticks off the trail for other users. And last, but not least, please note that there are a couple trees down we’re aware of and will be getting as soon as possible – if there are others down, please report it on the website or Facebook page with a photo and/or at least a description of the area/nearest mile marker.

Thanks for your patience and respect. Get out and enjoy them the next few days before the rain returns next week.

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to significant rainfall, rapidly cooling temperatures, and very soft conditions we are closing the trails.

As always, thanks for your patience and assistance in helping spread the word. We will continue to check conditions throughout the day and weekend and will open them as soon as they are in better condition.

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN

Hey friends, we’re so excited to report that we’re opening the trails for the next few days. The slow warm up, steady breeze, and dry conditions this week allowed us to thaw much better than expected. With that said, there are still some soft spots – especially in our newer trail sections and rerouted areas where there has been less compaction over the years. So, when you get to the soft stuff, please do NOT ride or walk around those – go through them, to prevent widening the trail.

Second, with the weather expected to be wonderful, we’re predicting large crowds over the weekend. Therefore, here’s a couple reminders regarding trail usage rules and best practices…

  1. The trails are directional to prevent collisions – meaning riders follow the green & black arrows, while hikers and runners travel against bike traffic, so we can see each other. When coming upon another user, announce yourself politely. Riders are going faster, thus have the right of way. Hikers and runners are more nimble and can step off the trail quicker. And especially on busy weekends, please limit audio usage – you need to be able to hear other users around you.
  2. Protect the trails – clean up trash, move sticks, report trees down or trail damage (through the website) and be courteous to other users.
  3. Watch for trail crews that may be working this weekend to get a head start on clean up, and maintenance. Slow down for them, and an intentional thank you goes a long way to encourage the many volunteers that give hours and hours of their time to keep our trails in stellar shape.

Enjoy the weekend and the beautiful trails we’ve been blessed with.

 

TRAILS CLOSED

With the severe rutting that took place later yesterday, combined with the overnight freeze, and the rapid thawing during the day – we are CLOSING the trails until conditions improve.

This is the harshest affect of the FREEZE/THAW cycle we’ve seen thus far this year. Since these conditions are expected to continue through the week, with rain added in, we really need your help in protecting the trails and doing what we can to keep them in good shape.

As a reminder, please remember to stay off the trails if the dirt path is not frozen or dry. Rutting by both foot and bike traffic causes damage to the center of the trail, leading to puddling and eventually erosion. Even with hours of work and rebuilding, in some cases, the damage is irreparable.

We will continue to monitor trail conditions and open them when they are ready. As always, please spread the word, and if you see folks using the trails (not those working on them:) when they are closed, please help us out and kindly let them know, and please pass on the website and Facebook page so they are aware that the trail status is posted.

Thanks for your respect and patience!

Stay tuned for some future work days, as we will need some assistance in getting all the ruts repaired over the next couple weeks before the spring thaw sets in.

TRAILS OPEN

With a refreeze of the ground, winter conditions, and a lack of rain in the forecast, we’re opening the trails. Please remember, regardless of what the website or social media pages say (sometimes it takes us a bit to check the conditions and get back to a computer – and despite popular belief, we’re not on the trails 24/7), use common sense when on the trails…

  • If they are frozen hard, they’re usable (open)
  • If they are tacky, with minimal movement and disruption of soil, they are usable (open)
  • If they are soft or “shifting” – leaving visible shoe or tire treads beyond a .25 inch, they are not usable (closed)

With that said, go out and enjoy the trails! Be cautious with the high winds we had the other day, and watch for downed trees, limbs, and sticks on the trail – move what you can, and report what you can’t. As the seasons start to change, and we get closer to the end of February/early March, stay tuned for announcements on trail work days. Spring is a vital time to get the trails cleared, cleaned up, and ready for the busy summer months. We will have several projects we can use assistance on.

As always, thanks for your patience and respect! Spread the word.

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to the rain, more coming, and thawing conditions the trails are now closed. Please spread the word.

We will continue to assess conditions, but with expected rain off-and-on this week, as well as temperatures fluctuating above and below freezing, we will probably be closed for a good portion of the week. Stay tuned. And as always, thanks for sharing, and respecting trail conditions.

TRAILS STATUS: OPEN WITH CONDITIONS

With the below freezing temps, we’re opening the trails. As the temperatures start to rise above freezing over the next couple days, and thawing starts to take place, please be mindful of conditions, and leave the trails if they become too soft. Remember, despite what the website and social media pages say about trail conditions (it may take us a few hours to catch up to conditions and update the pages), be a good steward and be courteous based on the conditions – that is a common sense decision. 

In our assessment of conditions last night and this morning, we’ve discovered several spots with visible foot ruts throughout the trails where people ran when the trails were closed or too soft. We now have over fifty (we stopped counting at that point) 3-4″ deep foot ruts right down the center line of the trail tread that will have to be repaired when the ground fully thaws.

Let’s protect the trails, it takes all of us playing our part. Management and maintenance is all done by volunteers – and they want to spend their time using the trails as well, not just fixing ruts.

Thank you to everyone that helps share a post, reminds people of proper use, and especially to our volunteers who keep our trails in tip-top-shape. Enjoy the outdoors – responsibly!

TRAILS OPEN: USE WITH CARE

Due to the 10 Day Forecast and the Freeze/Thaw Cycle now in swing, we’re going to open the trails. Please use them earlier in the morning and later in the day when they are still solid. Using the trails when the sun is out or the temperatures creep above freezing can damage the top layer of soil, causing erosion and future drainage issues that require several hours of volunteer work. As riders and runners ourselves, we would prefer to be using the trails or taking care of larger projects, rather than repairing sections due to misuse and a lack of courtesy. Remember, this is private property, and it’s a privilege to be able to use them. That privilege can be revoked due to damage, misuse, and disregard for following the trail status. Please don’t be the persons that ruin this for everyone else.

Below, you’ll find some photos we took of sections that show the transition the trails will go through during the freeze/thaw cycle and the damage that continued use will create. So, help us keep the trails open for all users for many years to come by following the rules, pitching in, and spreading the word. Thanks for your caring and consideration!

— Winona Trail Force & Maintain A Mile volunteers