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Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet

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avatar Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 15, 2011 02:26PM
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.— Doug Anderson jammed his rented Bob Cat snowblower into a bank of snow covering the Pope-Baldwin Bike Trail. The auger ground into the ice a few inches. He raised the arm, reversed and charged at the snow again. After 20 minutes, he cleared a few dozen feet of the trail. “You just inch along and this isn't even the bad part,” Anderson said. “If you keep it down, the tracks just spin. In some sections you have to hit it four or five times.”

http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20110415/NEWS/110419935/1063&parentprofile=1
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 18, 2011 12:32AM
Can't wait until they are ready though!
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 18, 2011 02:40PM
When is it usually dry and safe enough to start hiking on the trails?
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 18, 2011 03:17PM
Just check the cams. I am not sure what time of year usually, but it is starting to clear up.
avatar Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 19, 2011 01:25AM
Low elevation trails may be starting to clear up, high elevation trails are still covered in snow. Some of them won't be dry for 2 or 3 months or maybe even longer.

Did you have any particular trails in mind?
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 24, 2011 03:59PM
Around Memorial Day weekend, do you think we will need special gear for the hike to North Dome? Will it be passable?
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 19, 2011 12:41PM
Did several hikes in the valley this weekend. Trails were easily passable, with just a little bit of mud in some spots.
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 21, 2011 12:55PM
Which trails did you do? Were any trails closed while you were there? Planning to go this weekend.
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 22, 2011 12:51PM
Sorry for the delay, been a long week. We were down in the valley at Mirror Lake and then up on Old Big Oak Flat road trail. We walked around a bit at Hogdon Meadows and there was definitely snow and muddy areas.
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 22, 2011 12:45PM
Guess I'll take my chances tonight. Might be a wet weekend. Are the trails pretty safe when wet?
avatar Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 22, 2011 05:17PM
The trail are safe when wet but you may get mud on you boots or even water over the top and down inside. Stick to the worn trail though as that will cut down on degradation of the ground on either side of the trail. Be willing to get mud on your boots.

If you are going to be on icy trails then use something like Micro Spikes. Wet and watery no problem, icy can be risky.



Old Dude



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/24/2011 10:41PM by mrcondron.
Re: Trails begin to dry, but few ready for hiking and biking yet
April 23, 2011 04:52PM
Be careful when the trails are icy or slushy. You can slip. Pick up some spikes at the sports store if you are determined.
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