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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

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    Burns/Dickson Weather

    Call 615-797-9051 for trail closures (ext. "18" after hours)

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    The trails were in really good shape today. There's a tree down on the first section of White (Rabbit Run?) still, but mostly things looked good.

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    It was cool seeing so many people at the trail today. I did the downhill track today to see if my brakes work. They were good the whole way down. Haha.
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    The only thing wet this afternoon were the creek crossings.

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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Even though the call in line wasn't updated the trail is closed hopefully this will save someone else from driving out here. The road out here is pure ice and snow and the trail is as well no way you could affect the trail tread. I was planning a slow snow ride getting a list of trees down. Oh wellImageUploadedByTapatalk1393881560.662238.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393881571.210585.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393881586.495104.jpg
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    Status changed. Will hopefully have a response soon from the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialized_Michael View Post
    Even though the call in line wasn't updated the trail is closed hopefully this will save someone else from driving out here. The road out here is pure ice and snow and the trail is as well no way you could affect the trail tread. I was planning a slow snow ride getting a list of trees down. Oh wellImageUploadedByTapatalk1393881560.662238.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393881571.210585.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393881586.495104.jpg
    Probably for liability. Lots of trees and large limbs are still falling.
    It's not that bad

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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Yea Jim that's what I figured. I turned around and went 2 miles from the house and hit the CWMA gravel and it was top notch. And bast off all the trees down there I can't imagine what MB trails look like. It is going to be a big mess and take a lot of cleanup after this all thaws out. Sorry Jim I got first tracks out there at CWMA haha .ImageUploadedByTapatalk1393892445.847413.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393892463.476425.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393892480.179661.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1393892583.172008.jpg
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    The bike trail is currently closed. It closed at 2pm this afternoon.
    Unfortunatly due to treees across roads, power outages, and icy roads, etc. I was unable to change the phone message before the phone system went down. Sorry for the inconvenience of anyone that came out to the trail this afternoon. When the trail opens again I will post an update. Based on the trees down throughout the park I would anticipate additional trees down on the trail.

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    That's a lot more snow that Nashville got. Lucky.
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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    With all the power out I won't have time for riding for a few days.
    It's not that bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by pump track jim View Post
    With all the power out I won't have time for riding for a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pump track jim View Post
    With all the power out I won't have time for riding for a few days.
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    Based on the news about Dickson county, I bet MB trails are a mess. Sure hope no major trees; just limbs. Any further news? Eric?
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    Update: the weather is started to warm up today.... Lots of ice is starting to fall from trees. Hopefully in the next few days once the bulk of ice is off trees we will be able to get in there and assess damage. I will update when I know more.
    For everyone's information the Park Office still is out of power and so is about 1000 customers in Dickson County as of today.

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    Surveyed and cut a lot of stuff out. So did Eric and Michael, big thanks to them. Eric said the trails will probably remain closed until at least Monday, but that could change so keep an eye out here. Parts of the trails still had ice on them this morning that had fallen off of the trees. All gone by this afternoon but the tread is mushy in places still.

    Big section of downed trees on Chain Reaction about half way down. It's a mess. Look for that section to be closed when the trails reopen unless someone can clear it before Monday. May be some trees and junk down on the Blues but all of the other sections have been mostly cleared. Couple of spots had tread ripped up on Yellow but they are passable.
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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Here are a couple of pictures from today I cleared all of back blue and most of the downhill trail walking in from 70. I probably found 30+ piles just like these some bigger some smaller. I just had my pruning sheers and hand saw and was able to take care of everything I came upon most was just moving bigger limbs off the trail and lots of smaller debris. As you can see several of the bunches where full of ice still and water was puddled in sections. As most of of middle TN didn't get anymore rain after Monday the trees out here just started to thaw yesterday and today leaving the trail just like it just got done raining all day yesterday. The scary thing was seeing all of the widow maker spears I called them the huge limbs that fell from very high and drive themselves deep into the ground to the point some were very difficult to get out. Man I would not have wanted to be in the woods when these things were falling.
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    Everyone,

    Effective 12p Monday, March 10, 2014; the bike trail will be partially open.

    Red, Blue, White trails are clear and open
    Green & Yellow still are closed due to storm damage and downed trees.

    I will update you further as I open the rest of the trail. If anyone has any questions please let me know.

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    Why exactly are the trails at montgomery bell closed? I understand that we aren't supposed to be riding when it's wet but are the trails being closed for downed trees too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bblanham View Post
    Why exactly are the trails at montgomery bell closed? I understand that we aren't supposed to be riding when it's wet but are the trails being closed for downed trees too?
    See post above yours:

    Quote Originally Posted by mbsp eric View Post
    Everyone,

    Effective 12p Monday, March 10, 2014; the bike trail will be partially open.

    Red, Blue, White trails are clear and open
    Green & Yellow still are closed due to storm damage and downed trees.

    I will update you further as I open the rest of the trail. If anyone has any questions please let me know.

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    Gotcha. Surprised we close trails for downed trees. They either make great obstacles or for those of us less skilled (or for large trees) and in shape good rest stops while we haul our bikes over them :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bblanham View Post
    Gotcha. Surprised we close trails for downed trees. They either make great obstacles or for those of us less skilled (or for large trees) and in shape good rest stops while we haul our bikes over them :-)
    I think you might be surprised at the frequency that you would be stopping for debris. It's most likely not just a downed tree/limb or three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bblanham View Post
    Gotcha. Surprised we close trails for downed trees. They either make great obstacles or for those of us less skilled (or for large trees) and in shape good rest stops while we haul our bikes over them :-)
    Pretty awesome obstacle right here. Most of the others like this have already been cleared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbsp eric View Post
    Everyone,

    Effective 12p Monday, March 10, 2014; the bike trail will be partially open.

    Red, Blue, White trails are clear and open
    Green & Yellow still are closed due to storm damage and downed trees.

    I will update you further as I open the rest of the trail. If anyone has any questions please let me know.

    Thanks

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    Any way to mark a map with tree locations, in case I get some time to do some work?

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    Thanks for the update Ranger E !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewieez View Post
    I think you might be surprised at the frequency that you would be stopping for debris. It's most likely not just a downed tree/limb or three.
    I understand, but if I was willing to stop quite often (and maybe even clear a few of the sections that could be done by hand) I don't see why I wouldn't be allowed to ride. I'm all for taking it easy on the trails when conditions are too wet, but I suppose I just don't get closing the trail so that I won't be inconvenienced by some downed trees. I mean if I ride in those conditions then I've choosen to deal, or I bail and go home. Anyway I suppose I'll just have to accept that I'm not going to understand this policy unless someone else has some other reasons.

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    Accepting is a given. I expect that the primary concern (and responsibility) of the ranger service is the safety of the public. They have to assume that unsuspecting newbs will venture in, possibly attempt to climb over a downed bundle, fall, get hurt, and stranded. I suspect that the state parks don't have a "Swim at own risk" policy.

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    When I was out there 2 weeks ago with Eric he stated that he could open up those sections but it brings the possibility of more trouble. Anyone going in there getting stuck, hurting themselves, etc... he would have to go in after them since he manages the trails for that park. I am sure there are some liability reasons as well saying something is open but has unsafe elements such as downed trees that could come loose while walking over them.

    Regardless of the reason it is his call. I am going to try to get back out there this week and help finish up. At this point I am not sure what is left to be removed on the closed sections.
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    Hi everyone, thanks for keeping this thread updated.

    I am a rider from Michigan who is planning on stopping by Mont. Bell on Friday on my way to a weeding.
    From what I'm seeing it looks like White, Red, and blue are open and fairly clear?

    Also is the trail in decent shape? I don't want to come down leaving pizza cutters all over if not.

    Thanks in advance for any update.

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    The hotline listed in the first post of this thread is pretty much the de facto for this trail, but all trails that are clear should be good to ride based on the upcoming weather forecast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisajames View Post
    Hi everyone, thanks for keeping this thread updated.

    I am a rider from Michigan who is planning on stopping by Mont. Bell on Friday on my way to a weeding.
    From what I'm seeing it looks like White, Red, and blue are open and fairly clear?

    Also is the trail in decent shape? I don't want to come down leaving pizza cutters all over if not.

    Thanks in advance for any update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisajames View Post
    Hi everyone, thanks for keeping this thread updated.

    I am a rider from Michigan who is planning on stopping by Mont. Bell on Friday on my way to a weeding.
    From what I'm seeing it looks like White, Red, and blue are open and fairly clear?

    Also is the trail in decent shape? I don't want to come down leaving pizza cutters all over if not.

    Thanks in advance for any update.
    Weed's illegal in TN. Sorry, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
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    I rode today and started with Lonesome Blue and when went in order Haynie Branch, White Pine, Storm Track, Rabbit Run and most of Perimter Red. They are all open and clear, Haynie Branch the spots that are muddy is still muddy and the same with White Pine. I did not ride any other of the Blue Trails. At the parking lot there is signs that the Rangers put up that the Yellow and Green are still closed

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodney humes View Post
    I rode today and started with Lonesome Blue and when went in order Haynie Branch, White Pine, Storm Track, Rabbit Run and most of Perimter Red. They are all open and clear, Haynie Branch the spots that are muddy is still muddy and the same with White Pine. I did not ride any other of the Blue Trails. At the parking lot there is signs that the Rangers put up that the Yellow and Green are still closed
    Is this trail directional? I have read review of people taking opposite routes around.

    Looking at the map I was planning on doing this order: Rabbit Run, Storm Track, White Pine, Back Blue, Cat Track and finish with Lonesome Blue.

    Please let me know if I need to reverse that order.

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    Re: Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisajames View Post
    Is this trail directional? I have read review of people taking opposite routes around.

    Looking at the map I was planning on doing this order: Rabbit Run, Storm Track, White Pine, Back Blue, Cat Track and finish with Lonesome Blue.

    Please let me know if I need to reverse that order.
    The only section that is truly directional is the Green downhill section. The rest of the trail is bidirectional. There is a race loop that is marked off, so many people defer to that being the "forward" direction of many sections. Different sections flow better in different directions, but you're ok to ride in either direction.
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    I out there today and rode all the white, blue and red trails. The trails are in good shape,White Pine still has the usual muddy spots but they are starting to dry out now they are soft. The Green and Yellow is still closed.

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    Had a nice ride today - yellow and green still marked off with tape and closed. It looked like the downed trees were sporadic. Big thanks for the work already done!

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    I was out there yesterday and rode the gate was open and at the parking lot the closed sign was not up, green and yellow was closed.

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    Effective 4-6-14 All bike trails are now open. Special thanks to all the volunteers that have helped get the trails open.

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    Did a lap of white, blue, and part of yellow. Few soft spots in the low sections. Creek running well at the crossings. Great ride. Thanks to the guys who maintenance & repair.
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    Thanks for the clearing, men!!!!

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    TWB (Tim) and I spent nearly 4 hours out there Saturday morning cutting and clearing while it was still chilly. That mess at the bottom of Charlotte's was tough and covered Charlotte's Ridge and Goat path both. This one took the majority of the time as it was a clump of probably 8-10 trees that were taken down by the much bigger tree on top. The pile in Chain Reaction wasn't as bad just a really big pine probably 36" around or more. I was glad I brought my dad's big saw with me just in case it has a 30" bar and made quick work of it. After cutting, it had warmed up nicely and we got on our bikes and rode every single trail out there stopping to pick up anything big. So now all trails should be good but nearly all of them have little debris down all over the place. And I was discouraged that there is all ready a good bit of briars in the form of face, ankle, and wrist slippers. If you have time on your rides move some little stuff and cut back a slapper or two it makes a big difference when we all pitch in and do a little. I had to stop and use my hand saw 3-4 times on our ride it is always a great tool to take along. See you guys on the trails!
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    I just called the park office and she said all trails are open today.

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    ...and it was schweet!

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    ...and it was schweet!
    And about perfect today also.
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    Saw my first black snake, of the year, this past Sunday, 4/13. I didn't even jump this time. Their are a lot of them at this trail so beware, because that root may be a moving root.
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    And just in case you think they're all Black Rat snakes, I have seen Cottonmouth/Water Mocassins down near the creek on Hainey Branch. If it's large, black, and has any kind of banding leave it alone. Actually, no matter what it looks like leave it alone!

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    There is a significant tree (16"-18") on Haynie Branch. It is about .6 of a mile from East end of Haynie Branch.

    Smaller, but awkward to cross, tree across Heartbreak Hill close to the highest point.

    Pine needles on trail are extremely dry and slick.

    Mark

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