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TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: OPEN

The clear weather and sunshine today has allowed the trails to dry out enough to open them up. There are a few slick spots still out there, so please go through them, not around them – it’s worse to widen the trail. Also, please note that there may be more trees/limbs down out on the trail. Help us out by taking a photo and posting on Facebook or through the site where the trees/limbs are down so we can get out and clear them.

Also, know that the trails will probably be closed again tomorrow with cooler temperatures continuing and incoming rain. Keep in mind that if the trail entrances are not taped, that doesn’t mean they are open. Please always refer to the website and Facebook for the latest trail status.

Enjoy them, while you can. Thanks for your patience!

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: CLOSED

Due to some recent downpours and current rain continuing through Thursday, please refrain from using the off-road trails. We will post when they are dry enough to use again.

Remember that the trails should not be used during rain, regardless of what the status bar says (it may take us a little time to get it updated – we’re all volunteers here). If you’re out when it begins to rain, please exit the trails immediately to prevent causing damage.

Thanks for your patience! Spread the word.

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: CLOSED

Due to the steady rains, we are closing the trails for today to give them time to dry. We want to keep them protected. If the rain stays minimal today and temperatures remain above freezing tonight, we hope to be able to open again for Friday. Stay tuned, but for now, the Winona Lake Trails are closed for Thursday, March 10 and until further notice.

And on behalf of KCV Cycling Club and the trail volunteers that maintain them, thank you to so many of you that have respected the closings and helped spread the word. Our due diligence and patience has payed off. Some of the volunteer team went out yesterday to check overall trail conditions before the trail work day this weekend, and outside of a few spots that were rutted and disheveled from use when it was wet, the trails were in some of the best early season shape we have seen in many years. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you – much love to all of you!

TRAILS OPEN

TRAIL UPDATE: With colder temperatures and the ground frozen, the trails are OPEN to walkers, runners, and riders. With the rain, then snow, watch for slick spots. Stay warm and be careful out there.

PLEASE NOTE: With warmer temperatures forecast above freezing in a couple days, along with some rain, please remember to stay off the trails when the ground begins to thaw and the top layer of soil becomes wet. Especially during and right after any long periods of direct sunshine and above freezing temperatures or during and right after rain. This is when the ground is most susceptible to erosion causing damage. Remember to ride and run dirt trails, not mud trails.

TRAILS OPEN | PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Happy New Year friends! To get us started in 2016 on the right foot (or wheel), we want to open the trails for the weekend. With some great drainage and dry weather, the trails have dried out pretty well for winter usage. And the frozen conditions will allow us to open. Nevertheless, please proceed with caution until we have some things cleared…

The ice and rain storm from Monday caused some decent damage, as shown by the photos below. Thus, the front half of the trail is littered with small sticks and limbs, and the back half has a handful of trees down.

With that said, after you’ve slept in, taken your headache meds, and gotten a good breakfast/brunch/lunch, consider joining us for a New Year’s Trail Day so we can clean up the trails, make some repairs, and get them open for the first part of 2016.

If you’re available, meet at the brown KCV (Kosciusko County Velo) Cycling Club barn right off the Greenway, near the house, at 12:30pm. We have some hand trimmers, rakes, and shovels, but will need another chainsaw or two. We will have plenty of stick clean up as well, so anyone that wants to just walk the trails and clear the tons of sticks and small limbs off the trail will be a huge help as well.

Can’t make it to any trail days, or prefer to help in other ways? Would you consider a donation to the trails in 2016? We are completely responsible for the maintenance, funding, and protection of the trails. With your help, we can continue to keep the trails maintained to the highest trail building standards, increase user friendly signage, and keep the trails open for free.

Here’s to a wonderful 2016! Thanks to all of you that have helped in 2015 to care for our trails!

 

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Trails Closed to All Traffic | 12.27.15

Due to standing water and flooding, we are closing the trails to foot and pedal traffic the next few days. Our hope is that with some wind today, and dry days ahead, we’ll be able to re-evaluate soon. Cooler temperatures are on the way, thus we may hit the Freeze-Thaw Cycle this next week.

Remember to never walk/run/ride during or after a rain storm, and after we freeze, remember to hit the trails only when they are dry or the ground is frozen. Using the trails when it warms up above freezing and the ground begins to thaw puts stress on the the trails and erodes the top layer of soil, thus causing ruts, low spots and/or widening the trail.

Thanks for your patience! And as always, please help us spread the word.