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LSC- ice is worse further south, I've heard. Around A-ville, it's not that bad. By Sat/Sun, riding should be OK, esp. if starting early in the am while the ground is still frozen. Try calling Sycamore to confirm my impressions about it being worse down towards B-vard.

We're going to be doing a 30 miler or so on Sunday early- PM me if you want details.

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There are alot of trees down in this area due to the icestorm. Asheville did not seem to get as much ice as the Hendersonville area, but more than likely if you ride this weekend you are definitely gonna have to do some bike-n-hiking. My yard is a freakn' wreck with all the snapped limbs and trees. Going to be a fun Saturday for me.
 

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Mike: We went to Bent Creek on Saturday. Although a lot of trees down, nothing like greenville, fortunately. I hope the Brevard trails will be that lucky. We literally could not leave our house without going off road. It's like 50% of the trees. Thanks for the invite, I didn't see your note 'til I got to work this morning, still no power (or water or phone) at our house. I still hope to ride w/ you and Kassi one of these days.

mb3: no kidding. We don't have many trees in our yard, but the ones that surround our pasture all fell on the fences. how do they know which way to fall to get the fence?;-)
 

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Mike: We went to Bent Creek on Saturday. Although a lot of trees down, nothing like greenville, fortunately. I hope the Brevard trails will be that lucky. We literally could not leave our house without going off road. It's like 50% of the trees. Thanks for the invite, I didn't see your note 'til I got to work this morning, still no power (or water or phone) at our house. I still hope to ride w/ you and Kassi one of these days.

mb3: no kidding. We don't have many trees in our yard, but the ones that surround our pasture all fell on the fences. how do they know which way to fall to get the fence?;-)
Simple physics :D , if your fence is wooden, then the tree limbs intentionally guide themselves towards the fence to free their brethren from the conformity. I am still trying to figure out why they mercilessly attack chain-link and barbed wire fences though, I guess it's a tree thing :( .
 

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Minor Setback on 1206...

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At my house in G'ville cnty you could go outside yesterday with a stopwatch and time the snapping of a tree top about every 30 secs. Did the Brevard/Asheville areas of Pisgah get the same? TIA
We went to scout it on Sunday and could only get as far as the hairpin going up towards Yellow Gap. Hiked the rest rest of the way up and really didn't see too much damage compared to other areas. Ran into a couple guys on the way back down that had done Laural>Cairnes>Slate. They reported several new trees down on the trail, but said they had more difficulty with the amount if ice still on the ground.

No where near what last years hurricanes did, but we will definitely need to put the folding saws back into the camelbaks. This will be a great opportunity for our new SORBA chapter to show the FS how effective we can be with trail maintainence.

The second pic is Yellow Gap.

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Pisgah Ice

Turkey Pen area is a mess, but the rest of the Brevard area of Pisgah is fine. We always have crap across the trails here. The ice storm did not seem to throw anything new down. I can confirm that the Big M is clear, North Slope has one small tree down, Clawhammer/Twin Falls area has one tree down, the doubletrack is clear. Thrift Cove=Clear.

Plenty of riding available. I have not checked out much of the Hatchery area. I know Long Branch has two small trees down and Butter Gap is clear. I have heard Cove Creek is pretty clogged, but have not seen it myself. Daniel Ridge is clear of any new debris. Old crap is still there.

For perspective...I was on the Art Loeb Trail on saturday. 35 miles. One tree down from Ice with lots of ice and snow in places still on the trail. Overall, I dont think Pisgah near Brevard got it nearly as bad as Hendersonville and certainly not as bad as Greenville.

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Spencer Gap and Trace Ridge have alot of downed trees. I'm off all of next week and will probably take a saw and some loppers over there and see how much progress I can make. If anyone has an interest in helping, let me know. I'm pretty flexible, but I'm thinking Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm sure cabin fever will set in by then. I'll post a time and day after I hear back from a few of you.
 

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Ice? Downed trees?

We're heading up there tomorrow (friday23) to do the Caney bottom, long branch, Daniel Ridge run.

You think it will be ok for that?
A few logs is no big deal.

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Thanks for the report!! I'm looking forward to a good ride tomorrow. We got our power back yesterday, only about 16 hours shy of a week after it went out. Looking forward to burning off some stress, assuming I can still ride after a week sitting in the dark eating thawed out Christmas cookies.

What's Big M?
 

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pisgah conditions

caney bottom, and long branch are all in pretty good shape, only a few new trees on the whole loop.. ice and typical freeze/thaw conditions make things sloppy. but generally all the trails were good to go.. as i rode them 12/21.
 

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Daniel Ridge is a closed trail to all use on the USFS website. Please be circumspect with your discussion of use and avoid if at all possible.

Caney , Long Branch and Butter are all mostly rideable, did them on Sunday.

Have fun!

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Big M, Daniel Ridge, Davidson River.

Okay.

If you check in at the Fish Hatchery office, you will be informed that Daniel Ridge IS open for all traffic, but that the bridge access from the parking area on 475 is still washed out and you will be advised not to cross there. However, the trail itself is not closed.

That website that Mike spoke of needs to be updated.

Litespeedchik, The Big M is up Black Mountain and around to Grass Road, up Grass Road and down Sycamore Cove. Makes a Big M. Sorry for the localspeak.

K2biker, call the Pisgah District Ranger Station for information about camping at Davidson River. It's open, nobody manning the gate and one year around tenant/upkeep manager has one of the bathroom/shower areas open year around. The Ranger Station will advise you on any camping fees, though a group was in this past weekend and camped for 3 days without a fee. Usual stuff like trash pickup, etc will not be available and will need to be taken with, etc.

Enjoy your visits.

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Thanks, trlrnr.

There's nothing I'd like more than to be able to ride Daniel again.

I'll call the USFS office in Ashville (they maintain that website) and ask them to update, as I've been using it as guideline for my behavior and encouraging others to do so as well- won't be able to do this until get back from the 'rents next week, however.

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Watch the ice on the blind corners. Climbed up Clawhammer, Black Mountain to Buckwheat Knob which has had some badly done trail maintenance with more Speed logs put in like that which was done on Trace shortly after the Hurricanes. The speed logs on Trace were removed shortly thereafter.... There are some on the second downhill of Buckwheat on a steep section that are placed just right to catch the wheels. Looks like some riders have been widening the trail to avoid them :mad: The top of Bennet where the rocks are is in good shape :D but the bottom section between the Second **** Tree turn off 477 has some ice in blind corners :( . I know myself as I flew about 25 ft down the mountain after hitting a patch and am now nursing a sore knee and cut the ride short after Bennet.

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litespeedchick said:
We got our power back yesterday, only about 16 hours shy of a week after it went out.
Sorry to hear that Dana. We only Lost power for 3 days. Looking at Generators now!! I've still got trees down in the yard and on the west side of our mountain, people still have a 1/4 inch sheet of ice in the yards.

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I rode Dupont on the 24th and itd not too bad . Still some icy spots and lots of small spoke breakers.
 

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It was Great. A little chilly.
Seemed like there was quite a bit of ice under the leaves. Nothing you really thought about until everyone reached the bottom and then it was "wow did you feel that ice in the turns". It actually added to the fun. The only trees down were the ones that have been down for a while. The downhill on Long Branch was a blast. Fast. High flyin.
Of course the fact I was on the maiden voyage of my new Nomad may have added to the excitement.
Another great Christmas ride.
-Mike
 

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the ice was exciting on Northslope Friday. A couple of weeks ago I almost hit a tree and I thought "gee, it's been a long time since I ACTUALLY hit a tree, I must be getting old". But I successfully smacked into a big one conveniently placed on the outside of an icy curve, so I'm feeling younger now. ;-)
 
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