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Postby mtbyker » February 4th, 2006, 5:22 pm

Went out today, trail in very good condition. On the 2nd and 3rd laps I stayed on Dursam to 4 mile and the picked up the trail down 4 mi. That part is a little wet. One thing I noticed is lots of "evidence" of horses, pretty disconcerting, it could really mess up that trail if horses are on it.....
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Postby blamp28 » February 4th, 2006, 6:09 pm

Are horses permited on this trail? I don't remember that.
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Postby John_H » February 4th, 2006, 7:14 pm

Horses are NOT allowed anywhere in Canonsburg Game Area. There has been ilegal horse use there once in a while over the years. If you see horse trailers out there - write down the license plate numbers and report them. Usually, it's local horse owners nearby sneaking in a trail ride. This time of year, I imagine they don't think they'll run into anyone on the trail.
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Postby 2WheeledWarrior » February 17th, 2006, 7:03 pm

Rode 3/4 of the loop at Cannonsburg SGA this afternoon. Trail was in great condition, but the ice on the branches are pushing a lot of them down and in your way.
I cleared a number of downed trees and branches, but there is one tree on the second section, on the long downhill part, that needs a chainsaw.
Just make sure to wear your helmet, you'll be pruning a lot of trees with your head until the ice thaws.
Lots and lots of deer tracks...even with the warm winter, they are scrounging hard for food.
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Postby Dave_Lenting » February 17th, 2006, 7:47 pm

I went last Saturday - It was snow packed and great - A X-Country skier was visibly annoyed at me for being there and informed me it was closed to bikes - I - politely - informed him that he was wrong - He backed off and told me I shoud try cross coutnry skiing. ( I do on occasion) ( He accepted my answer but still was annoyed) I ran into more skiers on the first section so on the next lap I just took the road to the second section to avoid any more hassles - By the tracks in the snow it seemed that the skiers mainly stuck to the 1st leg.
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Postby John_H » February 17th, 2006, 8:18 pm

Kind of bugs me about the xc skiers. I am an xc skier myself, but there are two serious xc ski trails a few miles from csga - and they are no bike EVER trails. Seidman park and pickerel Lake (which connects to Pando = groomed xc ski for skating ski) are within 5 miles of csga. I know... we need to let the xc ski people have their fun, but there are many many many options for xc ski trails in kent county besides csga - especially when 2 nice trail systems are less than 5 miles away.
Go have fun in the snow somehow :)
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Postby 2WheeledWarrior » February 18th, 2006, 12:19 am

No XC ski tracks at all, today. Only ran into one tire track from a fellow biker, but only on the last section. Lots of hiker tracks, or people tracks...and tons of deer.
Here's a pic of my friend riding the first section!
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Postby Crash & Burn » February 18th, 2006, 1:00 am

That is an awesome pic Ken 8) . Looks like a blast out there.
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Postby 2WheeledWarrior » February 20th, 2006, 2:01 am

You should see it when the sun hits all the ice in the trees....it's like you are in another world! :D
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Postby jjlewis » February 23rd, 2006, 11:15 pm

Went out there today and it was frozen and fast....
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Postby Dave_Lenting » February 25th, 2006, 8:55 pm

FYI - Went out today - We need a few inches of snow to make the trail "safe" and vcover the ice. 50% of the trail was solid ice and rutted (ruts in the ice not the trail) a brief snow squawl came up and made the ice really slick. It was more challenging trying to stay upright. Another rider I met said it was too slick for him too.
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Re: CSGA

Postby Mike_D » February 25th, 2006, 10:29 pm

Dave_Lenting wrote:FYI - Went out today - We need a few inches of snow to make the trail "safe" and vcover the ice. 50% of the trail was solid ice and rutted (ruts in the ice not the trail) a brief snow squawl came up and made the ice really slick. It was more challenging trying to stay upright. Another rider I met said it was too slick for him too.


I rode there Friday morning - same scenario - very icy and slick but still a fun ride.
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Postby SlowPoke » March 4th, 2006, 6:29 pm

3pm :( Mud Mud Mud :!:

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Postby jjlewis » March 5th, 2006, 12:16 pm

Went out in the early morning on my cyclocrosser and it was frozen and really icy in spots. I crashed hard a few times on the ice, but the rest of the trail was well worth it. I've been riding it in the early mornings. It should be perfect if we get 1-3 inches of snow tonight. The trail is hard packed and the snow should add some good grip to the ice.
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Postby John_H » March 11th, 2006, 2:36 pm

It's still thawing out there. I walked some on Friday 3/10 afternoon. Some spots are still very muddy and goo filled. Try to hold on a bit longer.
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