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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby wifevsbike_bikewins » March 14th, 2009, 5:34 pm

Thanks for the update Reid! That is great news.

If I get out in the morning, I will post an additional update.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby venletje » March 15th, 2009, 7:42 am

Saturday morning the trail was in great shape! All clear and nice and firm. We got there way early (on the trail just after 8 AM) so there were no worries.

Now if only I were in as good of shape as the trail was...I forgot how fricken hard Yankee is:)
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby grmtnbkr » March 15th, 2009, 10:41 am

[quote="ReidRules18"]Kudos to whoever was out there and removed a number of the down trees someone was hard at work and your effects are appreciated. I did notice the big uphill A frame near the 5.5 cutoff was removed. What was the reasoning behind that if anyone knows?[/quote]

i hit the trail about noon with quite a few people. somehow even managed to pass a dozen hikers and bikers. the first half was still solid when i started. but towards the end i could tell it was starting to thaw. So starting to get muddy by noon. I would recommend trying to finish by this time. lots of leaves on much of trail surface helped.
as for the A frame it was starting to fall apart. hopefully it can be replaced with something similar. either the dnr took it down for safety, or some racers didnt want to have to slow down for it. and no i dont have anything against racers, i live for the now VERY FEW technical spots and sections. There were at least a dozen other cars in the lot with us.
Please try to stay off the trail after noon. it gets soft and soggy quickly
And if not the DNR thanks to whoever cut all those downed trees an branches.
anyone know why i seem to be having problems posting pics
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby RickPlite » March 15th, 2009, 6:11 pm

Tim Curtis, the Western Chapter/Yankee Trail Coordinator has already put in over 11 hours of trail work in since the thaw (he is the one responsible for the tree removal) along with one other anonymous trail worker. Dale?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby sworks88 » March 15th, 2009, 8:15 pm

Thanks Tim. You rock!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby mverona » March 18th, 2009, 11:29 am

Trails were hot yesterday. Little bit soft in just a few places.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Seppuku18 » March 20th, 2009, 7:49 pm

I was thinking about heading out to Yankee tomorrow (Saturday) but I won't be able to show up until 3-3:30. It looks to be about a 2 hour drive for me and I don't want to show up to find I can't ride. I've read that it's good to go on one board and it kinda sounds like it here too but I just want to make sure. Suggestions kids?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby stros » March 20th, 2009, 8:45 pm

I was out at the trail today at about 2:30, About 44* out. I didn't know what to expect but I was satisfied. There was about 10 cars in the lot when I showed up.

Rode the 2 mile loop, Was in great condition except 1 spot next to a little swampy/pond area there was about 8" deep of mud with 2 solid tracks from people riding through it.

The other part was in great condition, there was only a handful of spots that had a little bit of "surface mud" only about 1" deep just have to keep your eyes out.

No trees are blocking any part of the path but the leafs are bad in some spots so you might lose the trail if your not paying attention.

Other then the chill it was a great ride!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby ReidRules18 » March 20th, 2009, 9:08 pm

I was out today as well just before the poster above around 1:30 ish. As he mentioned the only section that was sketchy was on the warm up loop at about 1.5 miles in right after the "caution" downhill section. Make sure the ride the tire track section right through the middle of the soft area.

Other than that the trail is in great shape and I plan on going out tomorrow. I did notice about 10 vehicles in the parking lot and it was for a good reason, the trail was in great shape! If anyone saw me out there, I was the SUV with the kayak on top for further reference.

Yankee is one heck of a trail, the best thing you can do to is to get out and ride it when it's the best trail around that can take mountain bikers at this time. Plus the trail rocks to begin with!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby RickPlite » March 20th, 2009, 9:20 pm

it will be good to go anytime tomorrow, as dry as late fall.

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Seppuku18 » March 20th, 2009, 9:49 pm

Awesome. Thanks guys. Really looking forward to checking this place out.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby mtb.andy » March 21st, 2009, 10:24 am

How did the bit of snow affect the trail? Still good?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SteveF » March 21st, 2009, 8:23 pm

[quote="mtb.andy"]How did the bit of snow affect the trail? Still good?[/quote]

I went around 2:30 and it was pretty good. 3-4 muddy spots and some sand of course. I don't think there was enough snow to even notice. It was GREAT to hit the trail again!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby mtb.andy » March 22nd, 2009, 7:03 am

I ended up going around 4:00 yesterday. I did not ride the warm up. The rest of the trail was great. A few softer spots but mostly hard packed. Few usual sand spots too but overall a great ride.

Just a side note. There were about 10 cars in the lot and I watched a DNR officer write tickets for about 7 of them when I was getting ready to ride. Make sure to pay.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SteveF » March 22nd, 2009, 8:33 pm

[quote="mtb.andy"]I ended up going around 4:00 yesterday. I did not ride the warm up. The rest of the trail was great. A few softer spots but mostly hard packed. Few usual sand spots too but overall a great ride.

Just a side note. There were about 10 cars in the lot and I watched a DNR officer write tickets for about 7 of them when I was getting ready to ride. Make sure to pay.[/quote]

I had such a great time there yesterday I went again today--the trail was in notably better condition--the wet spots were merely damp or dried up completely. I did two laps and hurt my knee but it was worth it! ("worth it"-ness may be rescinded if knee does not heal up quickly!)
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