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Hi- I was thinking about road tripping down to Harrisonburg next weekend and was wondering if the trails are ready to be ridden yet, or if they were as much of a mess as they are still in eastern PA?
 

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7 day forecast for H-burg shows 50/60s daytime highs with no precip, and a few breezy days mixed in so that will help dry out the waterlogged state this area is in. Don't know what the forecast is for the weekend of 18th-20th, but it looks like trails would be dry by then. Thinking George Washington National Forest trails west/southwest of H-burg. I'll probably be doing some forest road riding, or maybe just hiking in that area this weekend, so we'll see how things look.
 

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Rode a mix of forest road and singletrack out of Braley's Pond on Sunday. A bit moist in spots, but overall the area is in good rideable condition. Main gravel forest roads are packed down tight and ride like concrete.

Leading Ridge (closed gate stone/gravel forest road) was dry with a few puddles, in general the road surface was a bit soft from no vehicle traffic on it all winter. Think gates open up on this section come April).

Hankey Mtn. - doubletrack (closed gate forest road) was OK. More soft in spaces because the trail surface is more soily, less gravel. A bit mucky in spots were the silty runoff accumulates. The doubletrack unfortunately has some bad sections of erosion, many sections from vehicle traffic leaving deep ruts - why is this happening on a closed gate road? Quite a few twigs/branches down on the road. At the top of Hankey, past the last gate (singletrack death climb) the trail was chewed up a bit from some anxious horseback riders. They must have ridden Friday or Saturday before the tread dried out because fresh hoof prints, and evidence of sliding hoof prints went all the way up the grassy singletrack. The hoof prints made things a bit rough, but I was still able to make it to the summit without having to put a foot down. A small victory! For those of you who have ridden it, I hope you agree. The top of Hankey, then Dowell's Draft was in good condition. Nice and dry at the top of the mountain. The only negative on the descent was the leaves. Lots of leaves! Some sections that were out of the wind, or maybe more in the wind? were clear of leaves, but the majority of the trail was covered, and deep in spots. The leaves coupled with the narrow bench, resulted in having to ride the brakes more than desired. Unexpectedly hiting exposed roots under the leaves was a routine event. The few clear sections were fun to let loose on though.

Back at Braley's the Johnson's Draft loop (2 miles of doubletrack/singletrack) was wet and will be wet for a while yet. Even during dry periods it has some creek crossings, but on Sunday sections of the trail had flowing water.

Rain is forecasted for Tuesday & Wednesday, but 60s are back in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. By next weekend trails should be in good condition for riding!

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