Trail Status

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to the heavy rains we are getting and the continued storms for a bit longer, we have already determined that the trails will need to be closed for a bit. We will reassess on Tuesday, and if possible, we will open them as soon as they have dried out appropriately.

Please refrain from using the trails, even after the storms end. We need to give them time to drain and dry out.

Thanks for your patience! Please spread the word!

TRAILS OPEN

Thanks for your patience in letting the trails dry out for a day. The breezes and sunshine that came in yesterday did their job. Minus some weed eating and trimming we still need to finish, and a few soft spots, the trails are in good shape.

With a chance of rain in the forecast through the weekend and into early next week, please remember to stay off the trails when it is raining and give them appropriate time to drain and dry – regardless of what the website and Facebook status pages say. We monitor as much as we can, but sometimes even conditions change quicker than our all volunteer team can keep up.

As always, please help spread the word.

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to rapid, heavy rainfall and more coming, the trails are closed for now. Please allow them time to dry. We will continue to monitor conditions regularly and update the status when appropriate. Thanks for your patience. As always, please help spread the word.

TRAILS OPEN

We’re excited to report that with over 24 hours of dry weather, the trails have dried out enough for us to OPEN them. There are still some soft/wet spots. Remember to walk/ride through them – never widen the trail by going off trail to get around those spots.  And be on the lookout for the summer sands that start to appear after rain storms – we have some turns and bottom of hills that the sand is starting to appear, along with rain ruts. Also, we cleared out some brush and trees that came down in the recent storms, if there are other areas with down trees, limbs, please report back to us with the location.

Additionally, as the summer weather gets closer and we have to close and open frequently, please remember that regardless of what the website and Facebook status’ say, the trails are closed during rain storms and right after, until we can assess the conditions. If you’re on the trail when rains come, for your safety and the health of the trail, please exit immediately. And finally, please remember that the trail status pertains to the off-road trails, not the Lake City/Heritage Trail Greenway. 99% of the time, the greenway is open. The Winona Lake Trails status is specifically for the off-road trails, and is for both mountain bikers and hikers. A wet trail can be damaged just as much, and in some instances more, by foot than by tires.

As always, thanks for your patience and assistance in keeping our trails in great shape!

 

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to the continuing rain and high water levels, the off-road trails are now CLOSED until further notice. We will continue to monitor the weather and trail conditions and open them back up when the rains stop and they have dried out enough.

Thanks for your patience, please help us spread the word.

TRAILS NOW OPEN

After some heavy rains this weekend, we’ve dried out enough to open the trails. There are some soft spots and a few puddles still out there – do NOT go around them and widen the trail, go through them, and we will repair the ruts.

Also, as the vegetation grows in thicker, please remember to watch for other users (keep your earbud volume low enough to hear other people), and also watch for low-lying branches, help us clear sticks and such from the trail path, and report any down trees.

And with some pop-up showers expected this week, remember to exit the trail or don’t even start onto them, if it’s raining. We will continue to monitor the trail conditions regularly throughout the summer, but exercise caution and common sense before heading out on the trails – if they are consistently wet, or if it’s raining, don’t use the trails, regardless of what the website status says, as our volunteers may not have returned from their assessments to update the website.

TRAIL STATUS for Fat & Skinny Weekend

As the trail maintenance teams wrap up projects in prepping the trails and the racers begin to arrive in town, we wanted to provide an update on the trail status for Fat & Skinny Tire Fest weekend…

Thursday:

  • Trail Crews finishing work on the trails – use with caution and watch for others.
  • Additionally, the course direction has been determined (front half will run backwards for the DINO race). With that said, we have riders practicing, and others just using the trails, therefore for the next couple days, the front half of the trail runs both directions. Please be sure to look out for each other and be aware and courteous of all trail users.

Friday:

  • Course will begin to be marked for the race. The trails will still be open to all users, but please do not tear down course tape or signs. If you do on accident, please try to put it back up. If you do intentionally, and we catch you, we will prosecute as much as we can! Don’t be a jerk!

Saturday:

  • Trails are open ONLY for registered racers. Spectators may walk around the course, but be aware of racers coming at all times and do not impede their progress. Please NO strollers on the trails EVER! If you have a stroller, stick to watching along the Greenway.
  • Trails will open to the general public for normal riding, etc. at approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

TRAILS OPEN

And just like that, with some sunshine and a nice breeze, the trails have dried out well enough to open back up. There are a few slick spots in some low areas, but overall, they are very good, despite the amount of rain we received. Thanks to everyone that waited patiently and helped spread the word. It makes our jobs as volunteers that much better when we know we can keep working on improving the trails, not just repairing them.

With Fat & Skinny Tire Fest quickly approaching, please watch for volunteers out working on the trails – and, while you’re out there, say “thank you,” keep an eye out for problem areas that might need fixed, and help pick up sticks and trash. It goes a long way to keeping the trails in great shape.

Get out there and enjoy them! Thanks for spreading the word!

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to heavy rains and wet conditions, the off-road trails are closed. Please give them the day to dry off properly. We will monitor conditions and hope to open them back up soon.

Thanks for your patience. Please help spread the word.

TRAILS OPEN

With the dryer weather and some solid sunshine this morning, we’re happy to report the trails are now open. There are still a few soft/slick spots, but overall they have dried out nicely, and in great shape.

Because there is a lot of blooming, and greenery is starting to fill in, watch for other trail users, and remember to use the trails in the appropriate direction. Riders follow the green and black arrows, while walkers and runners should go the opposite direction.

Also, please be sure to report any trees down through the website, or via our Facebook page.

Thanks for your patience! Enjoy the trails – they are really greening up.

TRAILS CLOSED

Due to extremely wet conditions, heavy rains, and continuing storms expected the off-road trails are closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor conditions throughout the week, and open them when they are dry enough for use. As always, thanks for your patience, and helping us spread the word.

Earth Day: Trail Work Day

What better day than Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and clean up our trails in preparation for heavier spring use, and of course, Fat & Skinny Tire Fest in 1 month…

We will hit the trails to open drainage, remove sticks and limbs from the trail, clean up trash, rebuild some berms, and more.

No experience necessary – just a volunteering heart, and a desire to keep our trails in great shape for our community and visitors. Please bring gloves, hand trimmers, rakes, shovels and buckets. We will split into groups and walk the entire trail fixing low corners and drainage, as well as picking up trash. Then, we’ll get some new signage put in place and rebuild a couple berms.

For those out using the trail, please watch for volunteers on the trail, maybe tell them “thank you” for sacrificing their time, and pass carefully – we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe experience on the trails.

Wanting to volunteer, meet at the brown KCV maintenance barn, along the greenway, near the end of Boy’s City Drive at 10am. We’ll also provide snacks and drinks. Spread the word!

You can RSVP through our Facebook Event. Or email KCV with questions.