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Any word on if the snow has melted and if the downed trees have been cleared from 4613 down to the Funner/Storm King intersection?
 

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I hiked up there thursday (the really rainy, cold 40 degree day). I parked at 4613 and headed east/southeast. Snow flakes were falling, but it was not sticking. I have a feeling it was sticking that night, however.

Anyway, there were many unrideable snow drifts, and a few downed trees. I'd say by mid June, it should be good to go, assuming average temperatures, and no more snow storms!
 

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Thanks - I want to get a race pre ride in, but it sounds like upper Tiddlywinks is a no go. The race organizers said if upper is blown, then we'd only do "lower", which is from the power lines on Tiddlywinks down to the intersection. Any idea how to get to said start point?
 

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There's a power-line dirt road that is just north of TW on 4613. It heads due east, and is (from what I can tell) mostly clear of snow.

Not sure which race you're referring to (Enduro series?), so I cannot say where it starts. I'd assume from either 4613, or Kiwa Springs Rd (4130).

edit: yes, for the Enduro series race, you will start here:

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The dotted line road is the power line road.
 

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Race = next weekend's Enduro. Tiddlywinks is one of the stages. It's supposed to start at the Kiwa Butte trail intersection after 4613, but only if the snow and trees are clear. Looking at map, it looks like the power line road intersects w/4613, so I'll give that a shot to get to the lower section.

Thanks DF.

Edit: just saw your edit. :^) Per above, I'll go ahead and ride the power line road until it intersects with Tiddlywinks. Too bad the upper section is blown, looks like it's a blast.
 

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Race = next weekend's Enduro.
JMW, you headed down from P-town? I plan to head down sometime Fri morning (around 9am) from NE PDX. If not carpooling, be down to meet up for some practice rides if you like, especially on TW's. I plan on doing some laps on Whoops (time permitting) as well and hoping to do the race without my dropper post for Sat stages at least (prefer descending without it on the bike). I want to see if I can do all the timed sections with post slammed and just raise post manually for the untimed climbs/flat sections (not ideal in Super D's, but hoping it can fly with the Enduro format). I've been running dropper posts on/off for about 6 years now and kind of done with them and only care to use them when absolutely necessary, such as on undulating up/down trails like on my annual winter trips to Sedona/SW to ride.

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Start and finish signs have been placed on Tiddly, I suggest riding an out an back from the Storm King/Funner/Tiddly intersection. There is still a bit of snow to contend with if riding from Wanoga, a couple miles.
 

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Road Tiddlywinks on Sunday and the trail was in great shape. Per DF above, I avoided the upper section and just road down the power line road to the lower start. Supper fast and flowy.

Jgusta - I'll be heading down a little earlier on Friday, but let's sync up at the trails. Also, re the dropper post - going traditional on Funner would probably work. Tiddlywinks has a few flat flat(ish) sections that may have you missing a raised post. Storm King has a lot more short climbs and flat sections throughout the stage, which look to me to be a time sink if gaining traditional. Sunday will be especially tough with a slammed post as stage 5 is more SuperD with Funner and Storm King linked. Just some data for you ...
 

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Road Tiddlywinks on Sunday and the trail was in great shape. Per DF above, I avoided the upper section and just road down the power line road to the lower start. Supper fast and flowy.

Jgusta - I'll be heading down a little earlier on Friday, but let's sync up at the trails. Also, re the dropper post - going traditional on Funner would probably work. Tiddlywinks has a few flat flat(ish) sections that may have you missing a raised post. Storm King has a lot more short climbs and flat sections throughout the stage, which look to me to be a time sink if gaining traditional. Sunday will be especially tough with a slammed post as stage 5 is more SuperD with Funner and Storm King linked. Just some data for you ...
Sounds good, thanks for the info, very helpful! Probably just keep the dropper post on for all the stages, but yeah I think the lower Funner stage is probably the only one I could ride without wishing I had it on. Was hoping to do all Sat stages without and the Sun Super D stage with, since my bike feels more responsive (especially in the air) and faster without it, until I hit a climb on the descent of course :D.

I probably will be rolling into Wanoga around 1pm if you want to ride. Should be a good time, just got to get rid of this cough/cold that sapping the energy out of me right now.
 

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Rode TW today from Kiwa Butte area down. Still many un-rideable snow patches and at least 6 trees down over the trail. I did see a guy with chainsaw on the trail working for COTA. Cutting it close for the Enduro Race this weekend.
 

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Shuttled Twinks yesterday. We parked on the fire road (4613?) at the top by the trail crossing and climbed up to the top of Twinks from there, encountered 4-5 or so *small* snow drifts, most of which could be ridden through, on the short climb.
The ride down was clear of both trees and snow! (with the exception of a few patches of snow on the inside of a couple berms in the flowy-jumpy-bermy double track section, which is no problem seeing as if your riding properly you will be up on the berm and out of the snow anyway!)

Had a blast! Love that trail!

One word of caution however, several of the berms are extremely soft, especially higher up on the face.. as my buddy discovered when his front wheel sank a good 8 inches or so in sending him OTB and directly into a pile of snow.. not a bad place to land IMO!
 
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