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    Also a tree down halfway thru Cat Track.

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    Yeah, the one on Heartbreak's been there a year.

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    Tree on Haynie Branch and Cat Track cleared.

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    Called the park this morning, and the hotline indicated the trails were open, so I packed up and headed out. Trails looked good except a few low places on White that were a little damp, otherwise, had a good ride, did White to Lonesome Blue, back around Red to Back Blue, and out. There were a couple of branches down I threw off the trail, and the top of a relatively large tree (box elder?) in the trail on White right before the cemetery. That's still there because it was leaning and hung up in another tree, but it's easy to get around. But it is right in the middle of the trail.

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    couple trees down:

    Storm Track, about 1/2 mile from East end (come in ccw). It's about 2-3 feet diameter laying directly across trail. Chain saw material.

    Expressway Red just East of Main Street (where all the trails come together) but before Possum Trot. It's only about 8 inch diameter, but looks like it fell from height and is buried deep and sticking up at a dangerous angle across the trail. Hand saw would probably get it, or maybe several people could work it loose. I cleared all the branches that came down w/ it.

    Thanks to everyone who've been clearing all this downage!

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    Two more large trees down on Cat Track about 1/3 in (from race course direction).

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    Another tree down on Storm Track across the up-down right at the beginning (cw). It's across the trail right where there was a huge downage last year. Chain saw material.

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    How was the trail while you were out there?
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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    My girlfriend rode the race loop this morning and said maybe two small low spots had water in them the rest of the loop was in great shape. Should be good this weekend.
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    MB was bone dry today; great day for a ride.

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    Trees on White Pine, Storm Track , Cat Track, and Expressway near Possum Trot...... All clear.

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    I forgot how much of a cardio grind this trail was. Big thanks to all that have cleared trees, many beers are owed.

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    East on perimeter red where you enter white pine and exit white pine. There are two trees one on top of the other, will need a chainsaw

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    Rode Friday afternoon and it was typically Mont Bell awesome! Rode old-school all blues and whites. Was tacky but no mud or puddles, not even on White Pine. There were a few downages but I had a saw and was able to clear everything I found. Did not see the afore-mentioned downage on White Pine. Guess someone cleared it (thanks).

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    Rode the race loop today (sat). Was actually wetter than yesterday... must've rained last night. Still not muddy though.

    Found the afore-mentioned trees on Red Perimeter just past White Pine entrance going CW. Both trees are pretty rotted and I was able to clear the top one. Bottom one is big, but rotten and some good leverage and more humans could probably clear it w/o a chain saw. Thought about ramping it after I'd already moved on.

    But on Yellow.... that last nasty up before Chain Reaction there's a tree down. Not big, but not really ride-able and I forgot my saw today. In a crappy spot especially if you're on a single speed like me.

    Worse though is past Chain Reaction but before Flume Zoom on the 3 tier climb. The 2nd up is blocked by a huge 2-3 foot diameter tree length-wise across the trail. I cleared the smaller branches, but it's major chain saw or bridge time. Can't be ridden and there's no good way around. There's a smaller tree down there too.

    Can't recall anything else that wasn't ride-able.

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    Trail is in great shape today outside of the trees that spieg mentioned above.

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    Checked red the other day was not able to locate the downed trees near white pine.
    Checked some of Yellow today and I believe I have both cleared that were listed above as still being down on yellow.

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    Just left MB. Got drenched the last leg of my ride. Absolute down pour for about a half hour.
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    Massive tree down on the red/blue that leads back from the yellow to the trailhead

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    Does anybody know if the tree has been cleared at the top of Heartbreak Hill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Does anybody know if the tree has been cleared at the top of Heartbreak Hill?
    Check with Michael he may have gotten it last time they cleared.
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    Montgomery Bell Trail Conditions Here - everyone post!

    No last time I was out there we weren't anywhere near Heartbreak so we didn't get it. Best I know it is still there. Last couple of times I've been able to ride it so I didn't care to much but it is off camber and off the ground a bit and a tough one to get over. So it should be taken out at some point.
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    Three large trees down. A waist high one on the short section of yellow connecting the race loop and the green trail (near Crook Tree short cut); as mentioned prior, two up-rooted on red shortly after race loop re-enters after yellow (part of trail may be missing due to up-rooting). All are a bit difficult to climb over even with my 34" inseam.

    Several smaller trees down - waist high pine at start of Blue Yonder; one near start of Rabbit Run; one at top of Hornet Hill; one at mid-point of Cat Track; a shoulder/head high spear in blind corner on race loop near start of the Moguls (got uncomfortable close to this one); top of Heartbreak as previously mentioned. There's another on one of the other White trails but I can't remember where. The trees on the ground are small enough to ride over with effort.

    Trail is getting overgrown in spots. I take snips on many of my rides but it's hard to keep up with the growth.

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    I am going to try to get out there on Tuesday and ride and hit those trees. Will have to come back another day with trimmer and what not. It is best to hit the trails back with a string trimmer just so it takes longer to grow in.

    Please post if you get the trees cleared before then and an advanced thank you from me as well.
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    Cluster of trees on red expressway between back blue and cat track cleared. Trail will have to be slightly rerouted due to tree root ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HJay View Post
    A waist high one on the short section of yellow connecting the race loop and the green trail (near Crook Tree short cut);
    Is this at the yellow cut-over to green at the end of Back Blue?

    Get much rain out there today? H'ville's been hammered a couple of times.
    Last edited by homer; 06-29-2014 at 05:37 PM.

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    Eric you are THE MAN! Those trees were monsters. Thanks so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    Is this at the yellow cut-over to green at the end of Back Blue?

    Get much rain out there today? H'ville's been hammered a couple of times.
    No, the tree is on the other side of the creek. It's in between the groups of signs (two on the ground now) at the end of Hornet Hill and the Crook Tree Shortcut.

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    Yep, found it today on the Hornet Hill trail. Poison ivy is so bad, I didn't attempt to short-cut in to cut it. Dook and I moved the one on Rabbit Run, this morning.

    Trail was in great shape. Dry. The trees that Ranger Eric cut out on Expressway were doozies! When heading toward yellow on that trail, need to slow down at the root ball. The go around could be dangerous if you're really rolling through there.

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    I don't think anyone's mentioned there's a tree down across the trail on BLUE YONDER just up the hill from where Expressway, Blue Yonder & Snake Bottom intersect.

    It's about 8" diameter and a couple feet off the ground.

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    Two downed trees right after Tommy's.

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    The tree at the end of wild blue yonder is still there, it could be a hand saw job. I didn't have mine with me.
    Last edited by rodney humes; 07-06-2014 at 08:22 PM.

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    Dang these trees...

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    I cleared Blue Yonder. Well... i made it rideable.

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    decided to attempt a full Monty today. Turned out to be a good choice. It was cool and damp and the trail is in great shape. With lunch it took 4 hours.

    More face slappers than I've ever seen on MB. Trees down on Green just after Tommy's. A few more trees down on yellow as well.

    Can't emphasize enough how great the trail was. Really nice.

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    Wow I am always amazed at how well Mb drains. I guess ill be able to get my ride in tomorrow after all.

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    I cleared the smaller of the 2 trees down past Tommy's/Sound Off so it's at least easier to get through.

    The other one was too big for my crappy little saw. It's pretty rotted though and looks there's a crack in it over the trail, so maybe someone w/ a hatchet or something could break it and let gravity take it down the hill.

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    Headed out on Thursday assuming it is not storming. Is there an updated list of downed trees that require a chainsaw? Thanks in advance.
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    Large ones: right after Tommy's; haven't ridden there lately, but there was a huge one on the end of Yellow where it joins Green near Crook Tree shortcut. Ones that can be ridden over: top of Hornet Hill (already has ramps); top of Heartbreak Hill; halfway thru White Pines just before the short off loop. Rode all trails this morning except Haynes, Downhill and the Blues off of Expressway.

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    Got all of the trees around the hornet hill area (end of yellow/green) as well as the long overdue one on heartbreak. Cut out the ones with cheater logs because everything was already rotting pretty badly.

    Trail was in awesome shape. Most of the trails are ok in regards to slappers except for inner green (non-race loop) and the climb back out of flume which is getting grown in badly. For the work day I would recommend running two trimmers at the same time one on each side and knock back all of those sections at least 2 feet from the outer edges of the trail tread and up as high as you can reach. Sections knocked back that far last summer are doing well for the most part. The other sections it might be better to bring loppers on a bike and ride/roll and cut as you go. Will cover ground faster. I wont be able to make it to the work day on Aug. 2nd.

    On a side note made Tommy's for the first time today. Not sure if that climb has changed but it seemed easier. Maybe ridding out at Warner has helped. Come to think of it Charlotte's seemed shorter as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinB View Post
    On a side note made Tommy's for the first time today. Not sure if that climb has changed but it seemed easier. Maybe ridding out at Warner has helped. Come to think of it Charlotte's seemed shorter as well...
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    Just a heads-up.

    I met a young man from Gainesville, Fl today at Percy Warner. He plans to ride MB tomorrow. I suggested that he come on the forum and ask for someone to lead him around (Race Loop, maybe). He said he raced for a bike shop down there. If he does request, it'd be nice to show him our hospitality. I found (early on) that it sucks to get lost out there.

    Gracias!

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    Trail was rather dusty today. Had a good (guilty) ride with Watchiss. The work day was, in fact, today and I didn't participate, so hard to have full pleasure with brothers working. Should be outstanding tomorrow! Thanks, men!

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    Trail is in good shape, few limbs that must've fell after the race. Cleared what I could. Some ruts from the race but nothing that won't wear down in a couple of weeks. After riding Percy Warner a few times, forget how challenging yellow can be!!!
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    Tree down on Storm Track (I think... might've been Rabbit Run). Too big for my saw. Too far off the ground to ramp, and bouncing too. Plenty of Poison Ivy too... at least whatever's left that didn't latch onto me

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    The tree mentioned above is on Rabbit Run a few hundred yards from the trail exit (when run counter-clockwise).

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    Goat Path needs a little love. Section of trail leading down to the lowest point and section of trail just past the most challenging parts are getting extremely over grown. The tree attached to the root ball that just about took out one of the switchbacks has fallen down and across the trail. It is probably 16" or so in diameter and slightly off the ground.

    For those that haven't ridden "The Downhill" in a while, see attached photo. Not sure who to thank, but Wow! Maybe the folks that mowed the power line.

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    Thank you is right! That spot was getting really dangerous.

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