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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Guppie » January 4th, 2011, 6:08 pm

I rode around 11 and was smooth sailing. Couple of snow shoe bikers made it bumpy on blue but rest was great.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Kampfire » January 8th, 2011, 7:05 pm

Thinking about going out tomorrow. Whats the trail like?
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby yamaha13 » January 10th, 2011, 6:49 pm

Rode Luton Park this afternoon trails are mostly hard packed and great to ride. Thanks to all the hikers, snowshoe rs and cross country skiers for packing the trails. This is one place where everyone is welcome to get outside.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » February 17th, 2011, 7:02 pm

I have been getting a number of emails wondering if the trails are ride able. As of today there is still 6" of slushy snow on the trails. I can't imagine it is worth the trip to try and ride in it. If all the snow melts by Saturday (unlikely since the snow in the woods is deeper and packed hard by feet, snowshoes, tires and skis all winter) please avoid riding the trails if the soil is not frozen solid. Ride early a.m. when it is below freezing only. Another sign that the trails are ready to ride when it is above freezing is after you start seeing worms on your driveway, then the soil is thawed and will drain when it rains.

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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Bigtymer » February 25th, 2011, 10:34 am

Rick, do you think the trail will be ready by mid March?
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » February 25th, 2011, 11:50 am

Bigtymer wrote:Rick, do you think the trail will be ready by mid March?


all depends on the weather. next week looks relatively cold so that will slow down the thaw. wait until you see worms in the driveway, that is a clue that the ground has thawed.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » March 15th, 2011, 2:55 pm

With 50-60 degrees predicted the next 4 days and sunshine on Saturday I can already see the mess being created at Luton Park. It wont be ready to ride yet, please wait until drier conditions
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby John_H » March 16th, 2011, 7:24 pm

Checked it out today3/16 and no where near ready for riding. Still ice/snow packed even sections in the open fields. Don't even try and ride for a bit.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby John_H » March 16th, 2011, 7:48 pm

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Picture of the trail through the edge of the field 3/16. Plenty of snow in the open - even more snow in the woods.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Purple is a Fruit » March 19th, 2011, 9:11 pm

Out hiking the trail today. Some folks have been out riding the trail already. Some spots are primed and ready. But there are several spots on Blue, Red, and Black that are snow covered, icy, and just plain muddy. The muddy sections that have been getting ridden through aren't looking so hot... PLEASE give the trail a little more time to thaw.

And, FYI, there are two trees down on Red that are going to need a chainsaw to clear. The first is on the sweeping right hand turn just before the bigger log that lays across the trail on the North side of the park. The second one is on the last down hill about 150 yards from where Red dumps back out onto Blue.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Spencerc1991 » March 27th, 2011, 1:16 pm

March 27, 2011.

Just finished riding the entire trail at 12:30pm. There are very large patches of solid ice, a lot of thick mud that ruins the trail, and not a lot of solid ground. There are some trees down across the trail, so please be aware if you decide to ride.

Black trail and yellow trail are very slick, red trail is muddy, and the orange trail has a little bit of ice. Be safe and wear your protective gear!!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Bigtymer » March 27th, 2011, 4:27 pm

Not a good idea to be riding the trail when its muddy. shame on you!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » March 27th, 2011, 5:25 pm

Bigtymer wrote:Not a good idea to be riding the trail when its muddy. shame on you!


I agree but if you must ride the trail before it dries out, do so 1st thing in the morning while it is still frozen rock hard when we have a hard freeze overnight...
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Spencerc1991 » March 27th, 2011, 6:35 pm

Bigtymer wrote:Not a good idea to be riding the trail when its muddy. shame on you!


I took the ride to learn of trail conditions so i could post here and inform everyone of the conditions. I avoided the muddy spots and rolled on the side. I'm not inconsiderate, just making people aware since nobody else is posting here.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby trout_smith » March 27th, 2011, 8:54 pm

Spencerc1991 wrote:
Bigtymer wrote:Not a good idea to be riding the trail when its muddy. shame on you!


I took the ride to learn of trail conditions so i could post here and inform everyone of the conditions. I avoided the muddy spots and rolled on the side. I'm not inconsiderate, just making people aware since nobody else is posting here.


Someone will inform you soon, so it might as well be me. Riding around the mud-holes is even worse, it just widens the track, taking away from the singletrack idea.
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