I didn’t think we were ever going to get some moisture on the Front Range here in Colorado. The snow pack for our state is a 10 year low resulting in trails opening earlier than we have seen in a long time. The conditions of the trails themselves seem to be pretty good, but they are quickly detoriating under the tires and boot prints of a lot of “users”. Fortunately some help has arrived!
With every rain (or snow depending on the elevation!) we see, the trails are smoothed over, the dust washed away, and the dirt becomes tacky. When ridden correclty these can be some of the best conditions you will every ride in. If you gave me a choice to ride a trail a day after a rain storm in 55-60 degree whether, I would gladly accept over that of 80 Degrees and not a cloud in the sky. The problem then rests solely on that fact that there are the occasional rider who doesn’t know the damage caused by locking up a brake on wet soil, or stuffing a front wheel into a freshly softened shoulder. Proper trail use and good riding techniques will make the effects of a good rain storm last for weeks.
So take care not to go out too early on the trail after a storm. The trail (and your bike) will thank you. And be sure to give yourself enough time to not only enjoy a good ride, but to also enjoy your surroundings.. When you find that blissful trail that is rolling fast and tacky, you will also notice that the recent moisture should have given rise to superfluous amounts of wildflowers, tree growth, and greenery supreme! Take a good hard look now because this landscape is going to be far less impressive come mid August.
Executive Brown POW Director