Breakfast was wrapping up at our camping spot near Buffalo Creek, CO last summer (2011) and the general chit-chat was ensuing that is common on an early warm summer morning. The conversations that could be heard were about work, kids, and of course riding some bikes! And from these conversations an idea was born. See the winter of 2010-2011 was a little rough on some of our local Denver Front Range trails, but there was certainly plenty of open spots. The issue was we really didn’t know which trails were “ridable” and it was hard to pony up a quarter tank of $3.50 gas to find out you were starting down a terrible path of snow, ice, and mud. So it seemed natural that we should start a site dedicated to current up to date trail conditions. There hasn’t been one created yet so it should be a good idea!
We immediately arrived at the name “www.TheTrailReport.com”…. but that was about the end of what we had figured out. Fortunately one of the founders is also an incredible programmer (see www.PeakOneMedia.com to see “The Wizard’s” handywork), and he started building the search engine that is powering the site. What we ended up with is a super simple way to keep track of your favorite trails current conditions. In order for it to function we need users, and a whole lot of them from everywhere. Here’s how it works:
You can search the Trail Reports to see if your local favorite trail for MOUNTAIN BIKING, TRAIL RUNNING, or HIKING has been added. If it has it will simply post the most recent posts that have been provided by our users. If it hasn’t been added you can add the trail yourself (and all subsequent trail sections) as well as vehicle access locations. Someone from our team will verify if it is a real trail and then it will be open for posting. The posting size is limited to 200 words. That keeps the condition reports to a smaller more manageable size. We don’t need a blow-by-blow account your outdoor adventure, just a quick paragraph.
“Rode Deer Creek Canyon today. The rains have made it super tacky and it is some of the best conditions I have seen in a while. It is a little muddy on the north side of the Red Mesa loop but completely worth a visit”.
From a mountain biking perspective this is great news. I now know one of my favorite trails is going to be super fun. Now here is a post I could of used over this last winter:
“Rode Buffalo Creek from the main trail head. The road was a complete mess. The bottom of Sandywash trail was horrendous but once out of the gully was 80% rideable. Took it to the intersection of Charlie’s Cutoff and Homestead at which point it is 100% unridable. A couple more weeks is needed before you could get in a full ride.”
Both represent great information that anyone could use to choose the trail they are hoping to ride. Worst case I guarantee that my group of friends will be using this all the time just to update each other on what we can ride. Maybe one day we will have enough users that you can get an update on a trail from only a couple hours earlier. We are also hoping to get connected with the counties and state organizations to provide closure information and trail status like downed trees, scheduled trail maintenance, and any events that are going to be occurring at a trail. If you have a suggestion of what we should add to the site let us know! We are a community driven site so the site needs to work for the community.
Also, do us a solid and share the site with everyone you know. We need tons of postings to get this thing off the ground.
– Aaron from TTR.