As March started, I was starting to wonder when I’d get to ride singletrack again. The Iron Mountain ride from a few weeks ago was pretty much my only taste of dirt trails this year!
Kristy had been out hiking the Centennial Trails, and had said they should be ready to ride. Using Kristy’s recon intel, Jeff P and I planned a ride Sunday morning. Here’s what we found…
Dry dirt. Centennial is ready to ride! The rocky intro was a horrible reintroduction to trail riding. I was bouncing all over the place like a pinball, and it made me feel like a rookie. Once past the rocks, I started getting my balance back and began really enjoying the trail.
The views were great as usual, and there are little green sprouts coming out of the ground everywhere. It should actually be green around Carson this year!
There were only a couple sections at the highest point of the trail that were muddy. They were just little patches though, and it was easy enough to ride through.
On the west side of the valley, things are improving, but are not all the way there yet. There is enough open to make fun loops or out-and-backs. On Monday, Jon, Sandie, and I rode up Ash Canyon as far as we could go, and checked out all the trails. Here’s what we found…
Trails that are shielded from direct sun still have snow on them, but luckily there are roads that parallel the trails. Although in some cases, “roads” is a bit of an overstatement. This particular road (above) is mostly washed out, and has turned into a singletrack. This will either keep cars out, or cause them to make a new trail. Hopefully the first option!
Higher up, things started to get squishy. We were finally stopped by deep snow, so we turned up the hill to go check out the Deer Run singletrack.
Looking to the west, Deer Run is still pretty soft with numerous patches of snow.
Looking to the east from this point though, it is all open. We had an uninterrupted downhill the rest of the way down, making choices at intersections to pick routes around the snowy sections.
Get out there and ride, but please stay on the trails that are open. There are a lot of new lines forming from people taking shortcuts around snow banks (ATV’s and Bicycles!). As this area becomes more popular, it’s important that we take care of the land and create minimal impact. Tread lightly as they say…