Water, water everywhere and not a trail to ride. The spring runoff has many areas underwater or still very wet. Check to see what areas are usable before you go and don’t be afraid to dismount and walk through some sections. I know the mud can be a mark of the adventurous rider, so please go through the occasional puddles. Riding around the puddles will braid the trail and turn it from a singletrack into a highway. But if the ground is wet for a long stretch, consider walking or riding somewhere else.
The receding water has left washouts and other trail problems throughout our system. Headwaters Trails Alliance has new seasonal staff but there are never enough eyes to spot all the problems that are just beginning to show up. Please report trail washouts, bank erosion, downed trees, and other issues to HTA by phone at 970-726-1013 or email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Service projects are being constantly organized to work on trail sections. This Saturday HTA is working in conjunction with the Town of Winter Park in the Lealand Creek area up the Vasquez. All next week, HTA is working with the Timberline Youth group on trails like Flume, Givelo and several others. Please be courteous around these volunteers and thank them for their efforts on our trail system. Then consider looking for volunteer opportunities for yourself and your friends and family.
There are also bike events scheduled to help support HTA. The first race of the Epic Singletrack Series. A new event this year is the Rendezvous Rock n’ Ride Bike Tour and Music Festival July 11-13 in Hideaway Park. Find more information, a listing of events, or to sign up, go to http://www.playwinterpark.com/rock_n_ride.html or call the Chamber of Commerce at 970-726-4118. Another is the inaugural Colorado Dirt Sept. 13 featuring two loops — a timed 215km (132 miles) loop beginning at 6:30 a.m. with three checkpoints, over 15,000 feet of climbing and three major climbs that can be completed solo, duo, or relay teams. The second loop is a 95 km (59 mile) loop beginning at 8:30 a.m. to Hot Sulphur Springs and back, in it’s first year will be limited to 300 riders/teams for the 210 km loop and 200 for 95 km loop. Go to http://www.digdeepsports.com/coloradodirt.html for additional information.
The Habitat Hobble 5K and 10K Fun Run is also this Saturday starting at Cooper Creek Square 8 a.m.-noon. This is a pet-friendly event with live music, food, and a silent auction. Visit the website http://www.habitatgrandcounty.org
Get out there and enjoy the riding at the Winter Park Resort or Granby Ranch. Trails are mapped out and both resorts are known for their mountain bike and downhill bike systems. Excellent trails systems are also featured at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and YMCA of the Rockies.