OK, I rode Oakzanita Peak, East Mesa fireroad, West Side trail and the fireroad up past the Cuyamaca School area on Saturday, 12/19. Skipped some of the upper areas due to the high winds. The wind was temporary, so here's the scouting report:
Dirt is in excellent shape! Firm, slightly moist in spots, no mud anywhere. The problem, and it's a big one, are the blown down trees all over the place. The trees are a big drag, constantly breaking the flow. Once the rangers chainsaw them the place will be great again.
MTP is right about the trees. Watch yourself if you are coming around a blind corner. We cleared two large jams. There are many that will take chainsaws to clear.
The soil is firm and tacky. It was a blast. There was an occasional patch of snow but you had to look very hard. Only a few points of moisture (two) where there was actually mud on the the trail. Even the long sand slog up extra credit was unbelievably firm. Cold in the morning and cool in the afternoon.
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