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Tree Down at Mile Marker 6

We have a large tree down on the trails around mile marker 6.  Please do not make a new path around the tree as we do not want to widen the trails.

A group from the Trail Committee will be out this evening to get it cleaned up.

Fat and Skinny Tire Fest 8

This weekend is the 8th annual Fat and Skinny Tire Fest.  The trails will be closed on Saturday May, 14th for registered racers through DINO. All kinds of race categories so if you want to race come on out.  registration can be found here.

A full list of activities can be found on the Bike Fest website here.  If you have any questions contract Trailhouse @ 574-267-2223.

Trail Report

We have received over 3 inches of rain in the last couple of weeks but today I was really amazed at how good the trails are.

With that being said here are a few locations to watch out for that are really wet.

1. Wagoner Trail is soupy along the creek side in three sections. Please ride with caution and DON’T WIDEN THE TRAIL.

2. There is one spot at the back of Patience that is really wet. Stay within the yellow tape and DON’T WIDEN THE TRAIL.

3. After you come down the hill from Dead Mans Curve there is a large puddle from the flooding again please DON’T WIDEN THE TRAIL.

5. Heading into Blue the little bridge before the climb is pretty soft DON’T WIDEN THE TRAIL.

6. Once you get into Rock Garden there is another puddle please DON’T WIDEN THE TRAIL.

Thank you for helping us keep the trail as natural as possible remember to always wear your helmet.

Winona Lake Trails Committiee

Trail Report 4-29-11

We have had alot of rain in the last week.  Please be very cautious of where you go along the trails especially around the Cherry Creek area.  We have had reports of flooding in those areas.  If you are leaving ruts please leave that area.

Remember to NOT WIDEN the trail


Current Trail Conditions

Winona Lake Trails are OPEN today. Please wear a helmet, tread lightly and avoid making shortcuts or widening the trail. Stay tuned for future conditions. More rain expected this week. Any issues out on the trails please let us know. Thanks and Happy Easter.

Trail Maintenance 4-2-11

Hey folks, tomorrow 4-2-11 we are having our first trail maintenance of 2011.  We have several projects we want to work on and the more people the better.  If you are planning on riding Saturday stop by and help us out for an hour or so. More information here.

When: 10:00am
Where: Trail Head

We will start off with an assessment of how many people we have and go from there.  Volunteers for each group will be needed.

Bridge after Rock Garden
Gravel after Skyway
Trail Clean Up

What can you bring?
Cordless Drills
Wheel barrow or wagons
Working gloves

Can’t make it at 10am, thats ok come anyway we’ll hook you up with a project.

KCV Trail Committee

Trail Conditions

The trails are in surprisingly good shape for as early as it is.  There are some areas that are slick still but not too bad.

REMEMBER we don’t want to widen the trail any more than what it is in spots.  thanks for help us keep the trail maintained.

Tread Lightly – Help protect our trails

With the spring coming soon (we promise, it really is) as the ground begins to thaw, please remember to tread lightly on the trails… Ride only when the trail is still frozen, watch for increased traffic due to excitement and please don’t widen the trail by riding around mud spots or ruts. If you’re rutting the trail, it’s not ready to be ridden. Here is a great explanation about winter freezing and spring thaws, from our friends at IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) and HMBA (Hoosier Mountain Bike Association)…

When soil freezes all the moisture turns to ice crystals between the particles of the soil and in clay or loam soil they are tightly packed together. As the moisture freezes, the crystals expand and tear the clay apart shattering it, then as it thaws the soil becomes more porous and allows more moisture in. This is repeated with every successive thaw. In Indiana we can get as many as 100 freeze thaw cycles in a season.

So, please be very careful when trying to ride the trails in the winter and then early spring.  The best time to ride is when the trail is frozen solid.  On days when the temperature goes below freezing at night, the worst thing we can do is wait for the sun to come out and warm up the trail before riding.  The trails can be very soft even if it hasn’t rained recently. Even if the temperature stays below freezing South facing trails can defrost in sunlight and turn to mush.

If you are leaving ruts in the trail where you have ridden please leave the trail. The ruts will allow even more water to remain on the trail and make it even worse. If people see you riding they will want to ride too, so very soon the trail reaches a point of meltdown.
Thanks for abiding by these guidelines and helping us protect our trails. We’ll be able to get out there soon enough!

10-12-10 Trail Update

October is a busy month for Winona Lake Trails.  Keep these dates in mind as you are riding.  All events are open to the public and for more information on each event please visit KCV Cycling’s website.

Trails will be closed and open to registered riders only on these dates.

10-16-10: KCV Cycling 12 Hours of Winona a Race Against Hunger
10-23-10: KCV MTB Poker Run and Short Track Time Trial
10-30-10: Metzger Outdoors Nocturnal Adventure Race 6pm

You can keep up to date on all events by clicking on the Event Calendar on the left side of the page.

Keep an eye out!

Please be on the lookout for anyone who may be doing no good on the trails.  In recent weeks we have seen the workings of people of are up to no good.  An example would be putting large rocks on the trail and then covering them with leaves.

Most of this occurs along the creek side up to the bridge.  If you spot anyone ask them to please stop, get their names and report it to KCV Cycling.

Also, if anyone is on their bikes with out helmets on you have the right to tell them to turn around a leave the trails.  Trailhouse will gladly provide them with loaner helmets.

Thanks for all the help everyone.  

Keep Ridin’

Trails Are in Great Shape!

The rain over the weekend helped out the trails greatly.  Weather conditions are perfect for riding, jogging, or walking the trails.

If you are walking or jogging the trails be sure you go in the opposite direction of bicyclists, and keep an eye out for them.  News is some of them are getting pretty fast with another summer of riding behind them.

Remember is you are riding your bike on the trails even if it is for just a short little trip PLEASE WEAR YOUR HELMET!  We have seen quite a bit of people on bikes without helmets.  Please wear them for your safety.  If you don’t have a helmet visit Trailhouse in the Village at Winona and they have some for rent.