Updates

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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.

Wind and Trees

IMG_3561It is very windy today and there will likely be trees down on the trail.  Winona Lake Police informed us that at least one large tree is down off the greenway near Roy st. and looks to be unstable.

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Please be cautious of this area and any other areas on the trails.  We’ll be making our way through the trails this weekend to ensure the trails are safe for use and report back.

End of Year Party – Poker Run Returns

Riding friends, KCV is closing out the year with a big ol’ THANKYOU.  That’s right we are bringing back the popular Poker Run event tomorrow afternoon.  Festivities start at 2 pm in the open section near the small barn on the greenway.  We will have a special course laid out, something special and a surprise to everyone except the “evil” trail master NC1.  Don’t worry it won’t be difficult and all abilities will be able to ride.

The front section of the trails will be closed from 2pm through the evening hours.  If you plan to attend, please bring a dish to share or a donation to the trails.  The back half of the trails will be open as normal.

Further updates will be posted on Facebook.

Lost Bracelet

Friends,

Please help out a fellow mountain biker.  She lost this bracelet right before camels hump.  If you find it, please contact us, and we’ll make sure you get some cool KCV gear, or something for helping out.bracelet-lost

Trails are OPEN, but we do have some slick spots.

Your patience has paid off and we have opened the trails.  Please be aware that we do have some areas where there is some slick spots out there.  Please do not ride around those areas as we don’t want to widen the trail even more.  The best way to approach these areas is to dismount and walk through them.  We are also aware that there are some trees down, and limbs on the trail so watch out for those as well.  If you see anything major please report it to us using our online form.

You will also notice that in the upper right had corner we have closed the Patience Trail along the creek.  The main reason for this closing is the work that is being done with the Greenway expansion.  If you decide to ride this area please be mindful of the construction workers.

Get the riding in while you can, rainfall is predicted for Thursday and Friday and we will probably close the trails again.

New & Improved Website

We are excited to launch our newly designed website.  We have migrated all our posts from the old side over here, but if you want to visit the old site you can, but we will not be updating it anymore, and it will eventually go away.

We have added several new features to help you get the most of the new site and utilizing our beloved trails.

  • Email Notifications:  On the lower right of the page there is a subscription button.  If you would like to receive updates each time we do a post, go ahead and sign up.  Not to worry we hate spam too, your information is safe with us.
  • Notification Ribbon:  This is not a new feature as we had it on our last site, however this ribbon is a bit more prominent.  This status bar will always be the correct status of our beloved trails.
    • Green: Open; This trail status means the trails are open for your enjoyment.
    • Red: Closed; When the status is Red, we have closed the trails because it is too wet to ride.
    • Yellow: Caution Trees Down; Indicates where trees may have fallen across the trail.  This status will be accompanied by a post indicating where the trees are.
    • Orange: Tread Lightly; Means that the trails are open, but we have some slick spots out there.
    • Purple: Race Day; The trails are closed for a registered race.  This will also accompany a post about the event.
    • Light Blue: Winter Riding; During the winter we will post this status, please be aware of the freeze thaw cycles.
  • Closed Trail Sections; upper right status:  From time to time we close specific sections of trail.  This is usually due to high water levels along the creek, or a fallen tree.  In time we will improve this function and the ability to know exactly where trails are closed.  There will also be a corresponding post with this notification.  On the trail you will see caution tape closing off the particular section.  Refer to our map to reference closed sections.
  • Winona Lake Trails Donation: It takes quite a bit of resources for KCV Cycling to maintain the trails.  Volunteer time, and money are two of the biggest resources we use.  If you are looking for a Tax Deduction please consider donating to the trails.  KCV Cycling is a 501 (c)(3) organization and your donations to us are tax deductible.

KCV Cycling is a 100% volunteer run organization, we do our best to keep this site up to date and realize we have had nearly 11,000 page views since we started this website almost 5 years ago.  We understand that this is your go to site for everything Winona Lake Trails.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

MAINTENANCE DAY CHANGE:

Friends, due to Mother’s Nature’s lack of collaboration, including the conditions, and temperatures, we’re going to postpone our Trail Maintenance Day one week.

After a day that stayed in the low 30s as a high, and a low of 10 degrees tonight, and not hitting 32 until about 3:30pm tomorrow, we’re already starting to see sections of the trail hardening up, while other spots are still wet. With that said, we will be working twice as hard to get little return, so we are postponing until next Saturday, April 4.

We know that this is Warsaw’s spring break, so some folks may be out of town, and we totally understand if you can’t make it. At this point, we are still three weeks ahead of our first trail day compared to last year. Thanks for your patience and understanding – we’re trying!

 

The trails are still closed until further notice.

Trail Update 3/24/2015: Trails Are Still Closed.

dirtnotmudWe’ve have had quite a few requests wondering if the trails are still closed?  The short answer is yes they are.  Why are they closed you may ask?  Each fall and spring we experience something called the freeze thaw cycle.  When the ground freezes and then melts it creates mud.  Our natural instinct is to ride around the mud thinking it will damage the trail.  It does damage the trail but not as much as riding around it.  Take a look at this post from our friends at Merrell Trail in Grand Rapids, MI.  It is a good explanation of what happens when the trails are muddy.

Believe us we have the cabin fever really bad too, and we want to go ride, but we have to respect what the trail does in the spring so we can all enjoy it this summer.

We know spring is right around the corner, but old man winter just does not want to give up!  We know you are looking to get out and shake off the winter cobwebs from the legs, breath some warmer fresh air and hit the trails.


PLEASE bear with us this spring as we continue to keep the trails closed until the water has drained.  When we do open them you can be sure we will post it here and on our Twitter account.  When we do open the trails we anticipate that some of our trouble sections are going to be closed.  You can find that status in the upper right hand side of the site under the header CLOSED TRAIL SECTIONS.  If we have this marked off with caution tape please don’t ride that section.

Our Friends over at HMBA have a nice piece about why we need to let the trails dry out this spring.  You can read more about it here.
Be on the look out too for our first spring maintenance day.  We may have a few trees to clear and other miscellaneous items to take care of in preparation for Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 12.  If you have any questions at all please let us know by email.

Spring Riding – Be Patient While the Trails Dry Up.

We know it’s getting warmer out.  Today at lunch it was 45 degrees out!  We know you are looking to get out and shake off the winter cobwebs from the legs, breath some warmer fresh air and hit the trails.

PLEASE bear with us this spring as we continue to keep the trails closed until the water has drained.  When we do open them you can be sure we will post it here and on our Twitter account.  When we do open the trails we anticipate that some of our trouble sections are going to be closed.  You can find that status in the upper right hand side of the site under the header CLOSED TRAIL SECTIONS.  If we have this marked off with caution tape please don’t ride that section.

Our Friends over at HMBA have a nice piece about why we need to let the trails dry out this spring.  You can read more about it here.
Be on the look out too for our first spring maintenance day.  We may have a few trees to clear and other miscellaneous items to take care of in preparation for Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 12.  If you have any questions at all please let us know by email.

Trail Report

IMG_2653Winona Lake Trails are in good shape right now for riding and hiking. The trails have a nice layer of about 2-3 inches of snow on them in 99% of the trail. The front side from Mile Marker 1 is decently packed from the Fat Bike crew. With temperatures well into the 40s and sunshine today, we will reevaluate trail conditions regularly this week, since we will be hovering around the freezing mark. If you come across wet open spots, please let us know, and report any down trees or trail damage. Enjoy!


Trails Are Closed Until Further Notice

With temperatures well into the 50s today, it’s time for a VERY, VERY, VERY important reminder… Please ride DIRT trails, NOT mud trails!

What may seem like a simple rut to you, becomes a big problem, and a lot of hours to fix for others. Don’t be selfish, think of all the volunteers and trail users that want to ride their bikes too before you go out and destroy a trail…

With that said, unfortunately due to the rain, the coming rain, and the fact that temps will be above freezing until next Monday, the team in Winona Lake are closing the mountain bike trails the next few days to protect them. If you care about your local trails, SHARE this, comply by local trail rules, get educated on why these decisions are made, and consider volunteering to help out. Get outside, but enjoy a run or road ride in your neighborhood. Thanks for helping spread the word and taking care of our trails!