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Get this one on your calendar and hit the link and sign up now. Its a great way to kick off the season. Weather today reminded us that spring isnt quite here. Looking forward to seeing you there.
3 days ago

Well the riding was good for a while there but it seems that winter is making itself known again. And why not? It is the middle of February so let's bring it on. Remember to use your best judgement if you do decide to head out and to turn back if you are leaving ruts.

Remember that Burchfield is still closed to bike riding on all trails including Dirt School. Even if the weather is beautiful, don't be tempted to hit the trails at Burchfield.🟡 YELLOW = Fat or plus-size mountain bikes are recommended.-**Bennett Park **(Charlotte) - night riding OK until 10pm when conditions allow-**Fox Memorial Park** (Potterville) - night riding OK when conditions allow- **ICD** – Ingham Conservation District (Mason) -no night riding. Do NOT cross Dexter Trail on foot or bike.-**Anderson Park** (Lansing) - night riding OK when conditions allow🔴 RED = Do not ride. Trail is closed-**West Lansing Trails** (Lansing) – no night riding-**Eastgate/Harris** (Meridian Township) – no night riding.-**Sleepy Hollow State Park**- (Laingsburg) - night riding OK when conditions allow-**Portland Hike and Bike Trail** (Portland)-**Burchfield Park & Dirt School** (Holt) CLOSED for the season Re-opens Spring 2024🟢 GREEN (all mountain bikes are good)**-NONE**[#trailcondition](www.facebook.com/hashtag/trailcondition?__eep__=6&__cft__[0]=AZUihsdhWsCVKmg7w6pt1gGfdy33awl5Tk1knI6SKdmIFQTWOqfAntdR_3EY6iuF0zZkMzm73s8CteTOTy9xofEhgzYw26pK4TPmUc_jN0Nb7B33RrKIQ5nTF9M9RxVXtUUo-oCupdQHW7gJdiCQ1ZKK&__tn__=*NK-R) ... See MoreSee Less

Well the riding was good for a while there but it seems that winter is making itself known again. And why not? It is the middle of February so lets bring it on. Remember to use your best judgement if you do decide to head out and to turn back if you are leaving ruts.

Remember that Burchfield is still closed to bike riding on all trails including Dirt School. Even if the weather is beautiful, dont be tempted to hit the trails at Burchfield.

🟡 YELLOW = Fat or plus-size mountain bikes are recommended.

-**Bennett Park **(Charlotte) - night riding OK until 10pm when conditions allow

-**Fox Memorial Park** (Potterville) - night riding OK when conditions allow

- **ICD** – Ingham Conservation District (Mason) -no night riding. Do NOT cross Dexter Trail on foot or bike.

-**Anderson Park** (Lansing) - night riding OK when conditions allow

🔴 RED = Do not ride. Trail is closed

-**West Lansing Trails** (Lansing) – no night riding

-**Eastgate/Harris** (Meridian Township) – no night riding.

-**Sleepy Hollow State Park**- (Laingsburg) - night riding OK when conditions allow
-**Portland Hike and Bike Trail** (Portland)

-**Burchfield Park & Dirt School** (Holt) CLOSED for the season Re-opens Spring 2024

🟢 GREEN (all mountain bikes are good)

**-NONE**

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6 days ago

The weather has begun to improve but we still have to be diligent with watching the temperatures during the day. Mornings should be good daily but afternoons could be questionable.

Just as a reminder, Burchfield is still CLOSED to ALL bikes. This includes Dirt School. Don't be that person that makes it difficult for everyone.🟡 YELLOW = Fat or plus-size mountain bikes are recommended.-**Bennett Park **(Charlotte) - night riding OK until 10pm when conditions allow-**Fox Memorial Park** (Potterville) - night riding OK when conditions allow-**West Lansing Trails** (Lansing) – no night riding- **ICD** – Ingham Conservation District (Mason) -no night riding. Do NOT cross Dexter Trail on foot or bike.🔴 RED = Do not ride. Trail is closed-**Eastgate/Harris** (Meridian Township) – no night riding.-**Sleepy Hollow State Park**- (Laingsburg) - night riding OK when conditions allow-**Portland Hike and Bike Trail** (Portland)-**Burchfield Park & Dirt School** (Holt) CLOSED for the season Re-opens Spring 2024🟢 GREEN (all mountain bikes are good)-**Anderson Park** (Lansing) - night riding OK when conditions allow#trailcondition ... See MoreSee Less

The weather has begun to improve but we still have to be diligent with watching the temperatures during the day. Mornings should be good daily but afternoons could be questionable.

Just as a reminder, Burchfield is still CLOSED to ALL bikes. This includes Dirt School. Dont be that person that makes it difficult for everyone.

🟡 YELLOW = Fat or plus-size mountain bikes are recommended.

-**Bennett Park **(Charlotte) - night riding OK until 10pm when conditions allow

-**Fox Memorial Park** (Potterville) - night riding OK when conditions allow

-**West Lansing Trails** (Lansing) – no night riding

- **ICD** – Ingham Conservation District (Mason) -no night riding. Do NOT cross Dexter Trail on foot or bike.

🔴 RED = Do not ride. Trail is closed

-**Eastgate/Harris** (Meridian Township) – no night riding.

-**Sleepy Hollow State Park**- (Laingsburg) - night riding OK when conditions allow
-**Portland Hike and Bike Trail** (Portland)

-**Burchfield Park & Dirt School** (Holt) CLOSED for the season Re-opens Spring 2024

🟢 GREEN (all mountain bikes are good)

-**Anderson Park** (Lansing) - night riding OK when conditions allow

#trailcondition
2 weeks ago

Do you need your dirt fix? Well I have some good news. Trails are improving with this dry spell and will get better but please use with some caution, especially when the temperature rises and mor frost comes out of the ground. So get out there and have some fun.

🟡 YELLOW = Fat or plus-size mountain bikes are recommended.-**Anderson Park** (Lansing) - night riding OK when conditions allow-**Bennett Park **(Charlotte) - night riding OK until 10pm when conditions allow-**Fox Memorial Park** (Potterville) - night riding OK when conditions allow-**West Lansing Trails** (Lansing) – no night riding🔴 RED = Do not ride. Trail is closed-**Eastgate/Harris** (Meridian Township) – no night riding.- **ICD** – Ingham Conservation District (Mason) -no night riding. Do NOT cross Dexter Trail on foot or bike.-**Sleepy Hollow State Park**- (Laingsburg) - night riding OK when conditions allow-**Portland Hike and Bike Trail** (Portland)-**Burchfield Park & Dirt School** (Holt) CLOSED for the season Re-opens Spring 2024🟢 GREEN (all mountain bikes are good)**None**.[#trailcondition](www.facebook.com/hashtag/trailcondition?__eep__=6&__cft__[0]=AZXyi-jbMu2svcAO0tca73gps9Fx4aLxV8IzWmPOg52GsEU0bdHzJK5swh4hHOyCps6vorM7D_x7bHy9imzpNlXYBuWqoGSkBNQutWv185_y6ZnFTdpFYkHlmjGFD4FaxaCo4VOTHt0gKlBStSfsvWnU&__tn__=*NK-R) ... See MoreSee Less

Do you need your dirt fix? Well I have some good news. Trails are improving with this dry spell and will get better but please use with some caution, especially when the temperature rises and mor frost comes out of the ground. So get out there and have some fun.

🟡 YELLOW = Fat or plus-size mountain bikes are recommended.

-**Anderson Park** (Lansing) - night riding OK when conditions allow

-**Bennett Park **(Charlotte) - night riding OK until 10pm when conditions allow

-**Fox Memorial Park** (Potterville) - night riding OK when conditions allow

-**West Lansing Trails** (Lansing) – no night riding

🔴 RED = Do not ride. Trail is closed

-**Eastgate/Harris** (Meridian Township) – no night riding.

- **ICD** – Ingham Conservation District (Mason) -no night riding. Do NOT cross Dexter Trail on foot or bike.

-**Sleepy Hollow State Park**- (Laingsburg) - night riding OK when conditions allow
-**Portland Hike and Bike Trail** (Portland)

-**Burchfield Park & Dirt School** (Holt) CLOSED for the season Re-opens Spring 2024

🟢 GREEN (all mountain bikes are good)

**None**.

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It’s Freeze Thaw Season

Most riders understand that you shouldn’t ride the trails when they’re muddy.  Most riders understand acceptable riding conditions as well.  Sunny… dry… go ride!  Perfect. But what about this time of year?  When is it okay to ride without doing permanent damage to the trail? How would you know if it’s OK to ride before you get to the trail? Understanding the freeze/thaw cycle can help you make that decision of when to ride the trail, when to stay on the road, or when it’s time to take a rest day, drink beer & watch football.

HOW IT WORKS

As the temperature drops, moisture in the soil freezes.  As most of you know from that forgetful moment when you leave a water-bottle in the freezer, water expands as it freezes.  When this happens on a trail, the composition of the soil is pretty much blown apart by the expansion of the frozen water molecules.  Then, as the temperatures rise, the ‘blown up’ soil compresses and, with water, makes… MUD. Nasty, slimy, slippery mud.

FACTORS IMPACTING FREEZE/THAW

Moisture

The real issue is the presence of moisture in the soil.  Even rain from a week or so ago can impact the moisture level in the soil & start the whole process.  If the soil is dry, freezing temps won’t have much of an impact on the soil at all.  In fact, recently we had a freeze/thaw cycle that had very little impact on the soil, mostly because it was so incredibly dry that there wasn’t enough moisture to expand when temps dropped below freezing.

Temperature

Air temps & soil temps are two very different things.  Let’s say it’s 40 degrees for a few days and then the overnight temperature dips to 28 or 29*F for a couple of hours.  Even though the air temp is below freezing, the ground temperature probably won’t go below freezing since dirt’s a pretty good insulator.  The opposite is true as well.  If the ground has been frozen solid for a few days, having air temperatures above freezing for a few hours won’t be enough to thaw the ground.

Snow can be a factor in that it has a relationship to the soil temperature.  Snow is a great insulator that can either buffer the warmer soil from colder air temperatures OR buffer the colder soil temperatures from warmer air temperatures.

Time

A very common situation in Ohio (and here in North Carolina) is one where the trails are frozen until around 10 or 11am & then the increasing air temp and direct sunshine are given enough time to start the thawing process.  Two hours can literally change the trail from a perfect, frozen, hard-pack to a sloppy, slushy mess.  If you’re going to ride during this period, early is usually better.

No matter how much you think you understand the combination of moisture, temperature & time, there’s no substitute for making good choices when you get to the trail.  If you see that you’re leaving deep ruts & mud is sticking to your bike, it’s not OK to ride.  It’s really frustrating when you’ve checked the weather forecast, packed up all your stuff, made it to the trail and then realize that it’s not in great shape.

It only takes one trip through a soft trail to leave an impact that will take hours to fix. When the ground isn’t dry or frozen enough to support the weight of passers-by, it leaves the imprint of who or whatever went over it. Feet, tires, hooves, or paws – all can be immortalized on off-road trails when the conditions are wrong. The imprints, or ruts, can harden to the point of being almost impossible to fix. This makes the trail difficult or even dangerous for others to use. The damaged trail must be chopped up, reshaped, smoothed, and compressed all over again. Volunteers then spend hours redoing work they’ve already poured blood, sweat, and even tears into.

No weather forecast makes up for good choices on the trail.  Be prepared to bail & hit the road, hug your local trail-builder and help preserve the trails for everyone.

*Note: Thanks to our friends at COMBO for this excellent explanation!