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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

TRAILS CLOSED

img_3535Due to increasingly wet conditions from the snow, and unfrozen ground, the trails are becoming very sloppy and rutted. Thus, we are closing the trails until they dry out or the ground freezes. Please spread the word, and thanks for your patience. We’ll open them back up as soon as it’s best for the health of the trails.

TRAILS CLOSED

With the steady rains and increasing winds, the trails are closed and will remain so on Tuesday, November 29 to allow for proper drying, and evaluation of wind damage. We will reassess on Wednesday in hopes the trails are dry and we can get them cleared as well. As always, thanks for your patience and helping us spread the word.

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN, BUT USE CAUTION…

We’re happy to report the trails are open again. Know that some spots might still be soft where the leaves are no longer providing coverage. Please do not go around soft spots and widen the trail. Also, watch for any downed trees from recent wind and storms. Enjoy the trails and get outside while the temperatures are still moderate. Thanks for your patience and respect!

Trails are Closed

Well, we hate to do it but we must.  We have to close the trails down due to all of the rain we got today.  We know many of you were planning an early calorie burn on the trails before you enjoy giving thanks with family and friends tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN, BUT USE CAUTION

Woo Hoo! We’re officially opening the trails, however, please note that due to the storms, there is some brush and trees down, and there may be some slick spots still lingering until the sun finally comes out. Use caution, and watch for other users. Thanks for your patience and respect of the trails.

Enjoy the weather this week, and get outside!

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: CLOSED

Due to recent rain and continued rain in the forecast, we’ve CLOSED the trails to help protect them. We will continue to monitor conditions and hope to open them again this weekend – weather permitting.

Thanks for your patience, and as always, please spread the word.

TRAIL UPDATE: VOLKSFEST TODAY

PLEASE NOTE: The Winona Lake Off road Trails will be hosting the annual Hash Ride & Run TODAY – Saturday, September 24, 2016. The trails will still remain open to the public, but we request that you not tear any tape down that has been set up for the course on the front half of the trails. The trails will be taped off, starting at 2pm, with riders and runners using the trails from 5-6pm.

Join us at the Cerulean Garden at 4:30pm (registration and opening comments) with the ride starting at 5pm. Runners and riders will have one hour to complete as many laps of the approximately 5k course as they’d like, returning to the Garden after each lap to receive a complementary beer. Both off-road and on-road loops available.

The evening concludes with great food and live music by DJ Chuck Fry, with Dos Hermanos at 7pm, Space Ships at 8pm, and James and the Drifters at 9pm.

All proceeds benefit the Winona Lake Trails and the community’s Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiatives.

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Beautiful Sunday – Trails Are Open

Trails are open today so get out there and enjoy some single track goodness.  However, the trails will be closed for the 4th and final KCV Mountain Bike Time Trial.  This race against yourself is free to ride.  Come on out and see how your summer training stacks up against the best in the county.

The time trail starts at 1pm and goes through 3pm.