Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Let the trails dry
Break-up takes such a long time. We're itching to take our mountain bikes out onto the dirt trails in town and the trailheads do look pretty dry. But, wait.
Once you get a few dozen yards from the trailhead you'll realize the trails are very soft where the snow has been slow to melt. Patience now will mean better conditions once things dry. Those ruts last a long time. So, until the trails in the municipal parks are dry enough to be open, put your slick tires on or grab the road bike. Like the sign says, check out the over 150 miles of paved trails. Many of the greenbelt trails are listed in Chapter 2 of the book.
I've heard from Dan who runs Lifetime Adventures at Eklutna that the Lakeside Trail is very good at least up to the old avalanche zone from a few years back. It is dusty, though. Typically trails open in the municipality on June 1. If they are dry sooner, they will be opened sooner. If you don't see any signs at the trailhead, just pull out your common sense and turn around if it's muddy.
You'll thank yourself later this season.
Posted by bikegirl at 3:49 PM