Note from a dedicated Trail Crew Leader - who has put many hours of his time into the trails we all ride
Dryer (today, 4/10) see image to right
It's that time of year again. It's finally warm out, and and mountain biking is on your mind. You're ready, your bike's ready, but unfortunately the trails are not ready.
Even though today has been the warmest day of the year so far, our trails in the Greater Rochester area are still muddy. In some places, they even still have snow cover. They need more warm days to dry out enough to handle traffic from eager mountain bikers after a long winter. Even Dryer Road Park, our fastest-drying and most resilient trail system, is muddy and fragile right now. With rain in the forecast for the coming week, expect conditions to get worse before they get better.
When riders use muddy trails, they leave ruts in the tread. When it rains, these ruts prevent drainage, collecting moisture and staying muddy. Muddy spots grow deeper and wider as they're excavated by knobby tires. Eventually, trail crew volunteers need to repair rutted and poorly-draining sections, and it takes several volunteer-hours to repair a singly rutted or muddy section. Every hour the trail crews spend repairing old trails is an hour not spend building exciting new trails to enjoy.
The best thing you can do to help is avoid muddy trails. If you can see your own tire tracks, it's too wet to ride. Also, watch the Trail Crew Meetup for upcoming work days to help repair and maintain our trails. With your help, we can keep our local trails spectacularly fun for this upcoming season, and many more!