Page 7 of 44 FirstFirst ... 3456789101117 ... LastLast
Results 121 to 140 of 880
Like Tree327Likes

Thread: Is Walnut Creek Rideable

  1. #121
    MoJo Mother Superior FJsnoozer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Austin
    Posts
    2,029
    walnut is hero dirt

  2. #122
    Ride More!! shredhead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    lurking... should be riding
    Posts
    1,554
    A few showers out east on the r@ads this morning, rolled through WC and took the path on the way back home. Saw a guy in the parking lot and his bike was caked, looks like the 'nut got hit by an isolated downpour. The drainages along the path were flowing well too. Might be dry later this evening but would hold off for now at least based on his bike and some ruts I could see from the path.

  3. #123
    MoJo Priest Repth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Pflugerville
    Posts
    59
    I work a few miles away and we got hit with an incredibly brief but hard shower this morning, so I'm not entirely surprised to hear that

  4. #124
    MoJo Neophyte Dharma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Austin
    Posts
    12
    I rode Walnut this morning before the rain. It started raining while I was waiting for a friend to get to the park. The rain was brief and relatively light. We rode the concrete path for awhile (down to the unfinished bridge paralleling Mopac). Coming back into the park I was surprised to see how quickly it drained and dried. About two hours after the rain, we decided to give the trails a try just to see, and conditions were perfect. Hero dirt. We rode 12 miles. I was amazed to see that .6 was good. The only standing water I saw was 2 puddles on Outer Log Loops. Mark's Art creeks had minimal water. Otherwise trails were fantastic.

  5. #125
    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Centex
    Posts
    6,848
    Left the house about 11:30 today and it seemed warmish at WC. Then it seemed really hot, then really REALLY hot. Got home and the outdoor thermometer associated with the AC system said 106 degrees. Front porch thermometer in the shade is about 96 degrees. Official weather sites both say a high today of around 91. No. Way.
    Trail is in great condition; all dry and good to go. Will likely be in great shape for Ride and Imbibe.
    Woman Who Drinks 6 Cups Of Coffee and 6 Diet Cokes Per Day Trying To Cut Down On Blue Light At Bedtime
    The Onion

  6. #126
    MoJo Priest Repth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Pflugerville
    Posts
    59
    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Left the house about 11:30 today
    Well there's your problem! I won't go ride unless I will be done by 11 or start after 6. Not in the summer at least.

  7. #127
    MoJo Bishop big_papa_nuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    278
    Started about 9 and got two laps in. It's been a while since I've been to Walnut on the weekend but on the second lap there were tons of dogs off leash and hikers that wouldn't not let us pass. I don't mean they didn't know they were there but literally told us they would not move because they were sick of being passed by cyclists.

    Kinda left me shaking my head.

  8. #128
    MoJo Priest Repth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Pflugerville
    Posts
    59
    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    Started about 9 and got two laps in. It's been a while since I've been to Walnut on the weekend but on the second lap there were tons of dogs off leash and hikers that wouldn't not let us pass. I don't mean they didn't know they were there but literally told us they would not move because they were sick of being passed by cyclists.

    Kinda left me shaking my head.
    Maybe I am just a dick, but I would've just run into them.

  9. #129
    Thumb Shifter Addict traube's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Round Rock
    Posts
    518
    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    Started about 9 and got two laps in. It's been a while since I've been to Walnut on the weekend but on the second lap there were tons of dogs off leash and hikers that wouldn't not let us pass. I don't mean they didn't know they were there but literally told us they would not move because they were sick of being passed by cyclists.

    Kinda left me shaking my head.
    .
    I'm all for giving walkers, runners, dogs the right of way pretty much all scenarios, but it someone says that shit they need to be reminded mtn bikers originally built the trail and maintain it. Then just tell them you're coming thru, if they move good, if not good, treat it like a gauntlet

  10. #130
    MoJo Bishop big_papa_nuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    278
    Quote Originally Posted by Repth View Post
    Maybe I am just a dick, but I would've just run into them.
    One of the guys I was riding with was getting to that point and actually clipped a dog trying to pass when the owner refused to take action, which set off the whole OLA argument. I know there are parts of the park where this is allowed but can't seem to find a map that clarifies this area. The owner was obviously confused by one of the signs and had thought it meant the whole park, it would have been nice to have a map to clarify it for them. Not that there was much hope for a civilized discussion at that point.

    Also, aren't dog prohibited from going in the water?

    Don't get me wrong, I love dogs and want them to be able to run free but MTB trails might not be the best place for it. Honestly owning a dog in a city seems a bit cruel to me, but it can be done well enough with some effort.

  11. #131
    MoJo Priest WatersPark1x9er's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Austin
    Posts
    72
    Quote Originally Posted by traube View Post
    .
    I'm all for giving walkers, runners, dogs the right of way pretty much all scenarios, but it someone says that shit they need to be reminded mtn bikers originally built the trail and maintain it. Then just tell them you're coming thru, if they move good, if not good, treat it like a gauntlet
    Amen, we encountered a trail runner wouldn't move yesterday, we were climbing, he was descending, after we spent an hour trimming ragweed and poison ivy. I think he must have seen our tools as we squoze by because he gave us a little wave today and waited til we passed.

  12. #132
    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Centex
    Posts
    6,848
    Everything north of main Walnut Creek is off leash
    Everything south of main Walnut Creek is on leash
    The entirety of the paved path is ON LEASH
    All of the Walnut Creek is NOT a dog park, which is a mistaken assumption of many dog owners.
    I do wish City of Austin would get very aggressive with their signage.

    I'm to the point where it seems like a lost cause to go to WC on Sunday morning. The best weekend times are late afternoon/evenings on Friday, Saturday and (especially) Sunday. WC is being loved to death.With the advent of the paved trail and continuing density of housing and apartment development in the general area of WC, this problem will only continue to get worse and then drastically worse.

    Last week I saw racer-boi mountain biker (young, black shorts, white jersey, black Giant hardtail with blue accents) rocketing down Power Line Hill and cross the paved trail at warp speed. If you know who this is or you see him, tell him to slow down and look both ways before crossing. People run on the paved trail, ride bikes, kids zipping along -- a mtn biker hitting someone on the paved trail and killing or seriously injuring them could be the end of everything for trail riding at WC.
    Rimbaud likes this.
    Woman Who Drinks 6 Cups Of Coffee and 6 Diet Cokes Per Day Trying To Cut Down On Blue Light At Bedtime
    The Onion

  13. #133
    MoJo Mother Superior Tree magnet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    1,091
    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    I'm to the point where it seems like a lost cause to go to WC on Sunday morning.
    WC on the weekend is what I would expect from an urban park so it doesn't bother me. If I opt to ride WC on a weekend instead of one of the many, many other trails in the area, I just chill out and slow way down. Honestly, I'm happy to see all these people out there enjoying the park despite the crappy attitudes of some. The park becomes even more valuable with the increased housing density. I think that increased density is the only answer to traffic problems despite the magic gondolas or toll roads.

    My $0.02. Ride WC on the weekday and go further afoot on the weekend.

  14. #134
    Goddess of Shiny Silver Canisters Dawn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    austin
    Posts
    3,208
    Thanks for trimming the ragweed and poison ivy. It will be much appreciated at the RLAG ride today!
    Ride Like a Girl - best, damn women's biking group in Texas!
    www.impact-austin.org Ordinary Women...Extraordinary Impact
    Meals on Wheels - a great way to spend an hour once a week!
    Mortgage Loans - I do that too! First American Mortgage, dskinner at famctx dot com

  15. #135
    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Centex
    Posts
    6,848
    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    WC on the weekend is what I would expect from an urban park so it doesn't bother me. If I opt to ride WC on a weekend instead of one of the many, many other trails in the area, I just chill out and slow way down. Honestly, I'm happy to see all these people out there enjoying the park despite the crappy attitudes of some. The park becomes even more valuable with the increased housing density. I think that increased density is the only answer to traffic problems despite the magic gondolas or toll roads.

    My $0.02. Ride WC on the weekday and go further afoot on the weekend.
    Agree with all of these points. I love to see people, especially families with kids, out enjoying the paved trail. However, it does put more people onto the actual trails and more people with legally leashed and illegally unleashed dogs. I've seen quite a few people cross the new bridge over main Walnut Creek and head right up the little ledgy section on Power Line Hill. This would be the section parallel to the main Power Line Hill. Prior to the paved trail, it was rare to see anyone on foot (besides me) on that particular section.
    But to address this point of going to other trails on the weekend -- just adjust the time of day you go to WC from mornings to late afternoon or early evening on the weekends, and hardly anyone is there.
    Last edited by June Bug; 09-12-2016 at 11:42 AM.
    Dawn likes this.
    Woman Who Drinks 6 Cups Of Coffee and 6 Diet Cokes Per Day Trying To Cut Down On Blue Light At Bedtime
    The Onion

  16. #136
    MoJo Priest WatersPark1x9er's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Austin
    Posts
    72
    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn View Post
    Thanks for trimming the ragweed and poison ivy. It will be much appreciated at the RLAG ride today!
    The part we did is actually west of mopac (the trail to Balcones). Have a great ride!

  17. #137
    MoJo Bishop big_papa_nuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    278
    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Everything north of main Walnut Creek is off leash
    Everything south of main Walnut Creek is on leash
    The entirety of the paved path is ON LEASH
    All of the Walnut Creek is NOT a dog park, which is a mistaken assumption of many dog owners.
    I do wish City of Austin would get very aggressive with their signage.

    I'm to the point where it seems like a lost cause to go to WC on Sunday morning. The best weekend times are late afternoon/evenings on Friday, Saturday and (especially) Sunday. WC is being loved to death.With the advent of the paved trail and continuing density of housing and apartment development in the general area of WC, this problem will only continue to get worse and then drastically worse.

    Last week I saw racer-boi mountain biker (young, black shorts, white jersey, black Giant hardtail with blue accents) rocketing down Power Line Hill and cross the paved trail at warp speed. If you know who this is or you see him, tell him to slow down and look both ways before crossing. People run on the paved trail, ride bikes, kids zipping along -- a mtn biker hitting someone on the paved trail and killing or seriously injuring them could be the end of everything for trail riding at WC.
    Isn't the majority of the park and trail system on the north side of the creek? And I believe there are signs on the paved trail that say it's a no leash area, at least part of it. That could be confusing.

    I will admit that I will still bomb power line at full speed, though I am pretty diligent in watching for cross traffic (though the guy wandering out of the bushes on the other side of the trail I was not looking for, thus the near collision), but if we are honest the fact that the trails cross the path numerous times at, what I believe are, unmarked intersections seems like a big oversight.

  18. #138
    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Centex
    Posts
    6,848
    When the paved trail first opened, there were no on-leash signs. Those have been added. If someone were new to WC, and had a dog, there is very little that clearly states that, once you cross north to south at the main creek crossing, you've gone from off leash to on leash. It certainly isn't clear for those entering from Lincolnshire.

    When I was trail steward, I often replaced the little on-leash signs on the green carsonite trail markers, because they were constantly vandalized, usually overnight.
    Woman Who Drinks 6 Cups Of Coffee and 6 Diet Cokes Per Day Trying To Cut Down On Blue Light At Bedtime
    The Onion

  19. #139
    prodigal son of Austin Teamsloan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    North Austin
    Posts
    1,819
    Bump...

    Probably still damp. Hero dirt tomorrow with this weather.
    -the oracle has spoken.

    Trying to live the MTB lifestyle on a Jogger budget.
    '12 Santa Cruz BlurLT 2.2
    '07 Scott Scale 30
    '01 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc (loaner/commuter bike)

    Charcoal Gray 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i


  20. #140
    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Centex
    Posts
    6,848
    I realized in my post upthread that I wasn't clear that the trails are uncrowded late afternoon/early evening on Friday, Saturday and especially Sunday.
    I saw a few people riding today.
    Woman Who Drinks 6 Cups Of Coffee and 6 Diet Cokes Per Day Trying To Cut Down On Blue Light At Bedtime
    The Onion

Page 7 of 44 FirstFirst ... 3456789101117 ... LastLast

Remove Ads

Search tags for this page (caching method: table)

There are currently no search engine referrals.
Click on a term to search our site for related topics.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •