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Why trails are closed

Postby grog » Fri May 08, 2009 11:50 am

(note - plagiarized and modified from the U.S. National Whitewater Center trail status page . . . )

USNWC wrote:
To help maintain the health of the trail, heavily used trails are closed all trail access during wet conditions. Trail conditions are actively monitored by the responsible land manager and status is updated as soon as conditions permit. Typically, the trails will remain closed for a minimum of 24 hours after a rain event. When possible, the trail status decision is made as soon as possible but common sense should also be used by - if it looks too wet, don't use it. Trail status updates are available online or by phone via the responsible land manager.


Q: Can I still hike or run if the trails are closed?

A: No. Closed is closed to all traffic. The more we all stay off the trail the better it can rebound and we can all get back to fun on the trails.



Q: Do you close it for safety reasons?

A: While a clay surface is extremely slippery when wet, we close the trails for the health of the trails not for safety reasons. This is the most sustainable way to operate trails with a high use pattern. A wet trail surface can be present in some locations even during open status.




Q: The trails were closed, but saw others accessing the trails, what should I do?

A: Feel free to approach, in a friendly way, those who are not following the closures. Simply state that closed is closed to all users and that if we all stay off and give the trails a chance to dry up we can all get back to fun on the trails. Traffic during wet conditions creates muddy mixtures on the trail, will slow down the dry time, and create greater maintenance issues.



Thanks for respecting our trail resource.

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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby ramboneil » Fri May 08, 2009 12:30 pm

This is one of the best written pieces of information about handling Trail Closures. I think I will print it out and post it in the Big Creek kiosk. Thanks for the information :thumbup:

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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby big chris » Fri May 08, 2009 3:04 pm

Cool,

Speeking of big creek I was all prepped out and ready to ride,on sunday, and noticed the trail closed sign.

I called home and had them check the web, It also said closed.

I informed the people in the parking lot of my findings, they said "well we are going to ride anyway."

I said nothing and got in my car went home and drank beer, while thinking about my role as a parent.
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby ScubaCruz » Fri May 08, 2009 3:08 pm

big chris wrote:... while thinking about my role as a parent.


Am I reading into this that... you have mastered the art of self-restaint through child reering(sp pls), thus you do not crush the idiots you encounter daily? :evil:
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby big chris » Fri May 08, 2009 3:20 pm

ScubaCruz wrote:
big chris wrote:... while thinking about my role as a parent.


Am I reading into this that... you have mastered the art of self-restaint through child reering(sp pls), thus you do not crush the idiots you encounter daily? :evil:


That has certainly happened, however just thinking of how not to let them be thoughtless,me me me, disrespectful,idiots


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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby Dammule » Fri May 08, 2009 3:33 pm

I was wondering about Big Creek yesterday as I came home from work (just on the other side of 400 on Holcomb Bridge) I turned down Old Alabama and as I passed the park entrance I looked over and saw it was nearly half full of cars . If it IS closed and people ride anyway, can they be FINED or something to keep em from screwin up the trails? Just wonderin?...
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby jav1231 » Fri May 08, 2009 3:42 pm

Dammule wrote:I was wondering about Big Creek yesterday as I came home from work (just on the other side of 400 on Holcomb Bridge) I turned down Old Alabama and as I passed the park entrance I looked over and saw it was nearly half full of cars . If it IS closed and people ride anyway, can they be FINED or something to keep em from screwin up the trails? Just wonderin?...


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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby loose bolts » Fri May 08, 2009 4:37 pm

jav1231 wrote:
Dammule wrote:I was wondering about Big Creek yesterday as I came home from work (just on the other side of 400 on Holcomb Bridge) I turned down Old Alabama and as I passed the park entrance I looked over and saw it was nearly half full of cars . If it IS closed and people ride anyway, can they be FINED or something to keep em from screwin up the trails? Just wonderin?...


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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby Cole-Man » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:15 pm

Wet & closed trails are why Road Bikes were invented!!!! :twisted:

Stay off the trail and get a ride in on the road (although it may not be as exciting)!
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby iride » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:51 pm

not only does sorba NOT need to be in the business of handing out tickets, neither do our various police agencies. do the right thing and be content in knowing you did.
clearly it's entirely too technical...

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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby hnat70 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:13 am

iride wrote:not only does sorba NOT need to be in the business of handing out tickets, neither do our various police agencies. do the right thing and be content in knowing you did.


I agree with you for the most part. Problem is there are so many A-holes out there that have no idea how our trails are built and maintained, and also what messes them up. And many of them don't give a rats @ss, they just do as they please. But, start fining the A-holes and hit them where it hurts most, the wallet. Word will spread fast :rock:
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby Thelonius » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:29 am

Is Blanket's Creek open?!?!?!
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby TheHeckler » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:03 am

Thelonius wrote:Is Blanket's Creek open?!?!?!


No, I think it is shut down today so they can re-pave the dwelling loop. :lol:
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby Town » Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:20 am

"I was wondering about Big Creek yesterday as I came home from work (just on the other side of 400 on Holcomb Bridge) I turned down Old Alabama and as I passed the park entrance I looked over and saw it was nearly half full of cars . If it IS closed and people ride anyway, can they be FINED or something to keep em from screwin up the trails? Just wonderin?..."

Is the walking / Jogging trail always open? The wife and I thought about going recently when things were still wet.
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Re: Why trails are closed

Postby G-FOURce » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:19 pm

Town wrote:"I was wondering about Big Creek yesterday as I came home from work (just on the other side of 400 on Holcomb Bridge) I turned down Old Alabama and as I passed the park entrance I looked over and saw it was nearly half full of cars . If it IS closed and people ride anyway, can they be FINED or something to keep em from screwin up the trails? Just wonderin?..."

Is the walking / Jogging trail always open? The wife and I thought about going recently when things were still wet.


funy that you posted this... i was talking to a friend of mine about riding and he asked if i was going to ride in the rain? i told him that i didnt think you could ride established/maintained trails in the rain or for a few days after and he asked who would be policing them? good question...
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