Ellicottville Conditions

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11 years 10 months ago #8547 by sameframe
sameframe replied the topic: Re: Ellicottville Conditions
:arrow: :arrow: Despite the torrent of rain that fell on Hunter's Creek, Ellicottville appears to have escaped any major precipitation. I rode there Friday June 10 for about three hours and conditions were primo. I was able to ride the entire Roots, Rocks, and Ridges course on semi-slicks. You can tell that there has been some rainfall, but it must have soaked right in. For you riders coming from the North (i.e. Buffalo area) take the extra half hour to drive down to Holiday Valley and let Hunter's dry out for a few days. It will recover.

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12 years 1 week ago #7982 by fattire616
fattire616 replied the topic: Conditions
Did a trail run this afternoon on Big Merlin to see how things are shaping up. Conditions are perfect, very dry. Trial can be challenging to follow because of the leaves so keep an eye out for markers. One big tree down on the south section.

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12 years 2 weeks ago #7925 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Ellicottville Conditions
I couldn't believe it when I talked to Bill Friday night and he said the trails were in good shape. But Bill lives down there and knows when to hit the trails and when to stay on the roads. So after some trail flagging adjustments for next week's work day, we hopped on the bikes. Big Merlin usually dries best, so we did that and 97+% of it is in great shape. 100% of it is better than it was most of last year.

Porcupine still is a little soft but ridable without guilt. Yukon's has the usual spring run off issues.

That's all the single track we did. We also did a bunch of logging roads that were wet in places but not muddy.

Still lots of snow on Mutton Hollow Rd. on the Little Valley side of the hill, and also on one spot on East McCarty Hill.

Though we didn't check, I suspect that Rain Trail, Rim, and perhaps sections of middle and south Pale Ale may still be wet, but overall, things drying faster than you expect one wek after a one-foot snow storm (with not all the snow under that melted yet). Holiday Valley is still open for skiing.

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12 years 9 months ago #6035 by Bill R
Bill R replied the topic: Re: Ellicottville Conditions
The 6HOP trails should have held up very well. The Rain trail was our only concern, and I doubt there was any major impact there. Mother Nature finally cooperated with us.

Long Live Long Rides

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12 years 9 months ago #6032 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Ellicottville Conditions
Thanks for the update krakerman. It is info like this that makes this page useful. Connector and the trail that splits off left (if you are looking uphill) are old log roads that can tend to be wet. We developed them into trails by marking them and clearing of blowdown, but otherwise didn't do any work on them. Because these are old log roads, and thus already wide and well used, these are just the type of "trails" to be used in any condition, such as when the singletrack is wet and needs to be left to dry out.

So, how were conditions for 6HOP today? Coudn't make it down myself (conditions at Hunters were pretty good, though). I'm hoping the ultra-heavy usage of a 6-hour race didn't leave them too worse for wear.

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12 years 9 months ago #6027 by krakerman
krakerman replied the topic: Re: Ellicottville Conditions
I was in Eville on Friday 7/9. Parked at the tower and rode the white trail up to buzzards breath, mutton hollow, yukons lunch, connector and middle pale ale. It was surprisingly dry, with the exception of connector, and when going up connector, the trail that splits off to the left part way up. Those two were pretty messy.

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