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    Quote Originally Posted by ASME Y14.5 View Post
    Is the plan for Endo Valley to stay open? Currently I ride down Powerline part way, then turn right into Endo Valley, then at the end of EV I go up what I guess we're calling "Stair Step Climb". That seems like it's 100% rock to me (no dirt). At the top I turn right and then another right and go back down the short portion of Powerline, across the paved trail, and into a short section that crosses a little water, then crosses the paved trail, and heads up to Log Loop.

    Tell me Endo Valley is staying open.
    So far so good. Endo Valley is staying open.

    But there are some closures on the rest of the route you described - Stair Step Climb. You win some. You lose some.

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    I know what you're talking about. Right under the train tracks? My bell gets a lot of use there.

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    I am getting excited about some of the new trails. The replacement for Powerline Hill has the corridor cut and starting to be worked. Looks like it will be a fun trail with lots of interesting turns and elevation changes. HUGE improvement over bombing down Powerline Hill dodging erosion grooves. It could be ridden now (if the ground it dry) but watch for holes that may develop while the trail tread is formed. In particular, the top crosses some old spoils piles that are not compacted / stable. About half way down the hill is a bench cut that will need lots of work to cut & stabilize - it might try to slide down the hill right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teamsloan View Post

    Question, while portions of the inner log loop are being re-purposed, will the inner log loop still be ridable?
    Yes, that should not be a problem. In general, we don't plan to close anything until a better, more sweet, single track replacement is ready to open and ride.
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    Is this weekend going to be idea work conditions because of the amount of rain we have had, or will it be worse? Is the ground better for that bench cut?

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    Should be great conditions for trail work.

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    This is discussed in another thread here on Mojo, but Stair Step Climb is NOT closing. It appears there was some confusion on which trail was closing. Stair Step stays open and the short little climb between Stair Step and the return path from Endo Valley will close. Judging by how over grown that one is, I don't think it has seen much use in a long time. Or anyone riding it are under 5 foot tall.

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    Everything is bedding in nicely. The new route down powerline has some added bench/berm work that makes it roll smooth.
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    I rode most of the new trail yesterday and I think I can boil it down into a few math equations for the dorks out there (myself included):

    1. New trail gained > Old trail lost
    2. Chardog + Cullen = Best thing to happen to WC in a long time
    3. Berms = Smiles

    It was like I was riding a whole new trail system at times. Amazing work by all the volunteers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree magnet View Post
    I rode most of the new trail yesterday and I think I can boil it down into a few math equations for the dorks out there (myself included):

    1. New trail gained > Old trail lost
    2. Chardog + Cullen = Best thing to happen to WC in a long time
    3. Berms = Smiles

    It was like I was riding a whole new trail system at times. Amazing work by all the volunteers.
    Thanks J. And thanks to the VOLUNTEERS! None of it's possible without volunteers who like to move branches, rocks, and DIRT!! : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    This is discussed in another thread here on Mojo, but Stair Step Climb is NOT closing. It appears there was some confusion on which trail was closing. Stair Step stays open and the short little climb between Stair Step and the return path from Endo Valley will close. Judging by how over grown that one is, I don't think it has seen much use in a long time. Or anyone riding it are under 5 foot tall.
    I've walked up that little steep section often in the past when doing a little cardio loop -- down Endo Valley and back up that little section. That said, it's not ridable either up or down, there's a big branch in the way and the ledgy section is just as good for exercise. The Trail is dead; long live the Trail!
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    Inner Log Loop return trail is good to go and ready for lots of wheels. Fine tuned today to remove remaining stumps, open sight lines, etc. and delete short segments to eliminate forks to form one continuous singletrack linking to Outer Log Loop without need for using the concrete trail.
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    "Inner Log Loop return trail is good to go and ready for lots of wheels. Fine tuned today to remove remaining stumps, open sight lines, etc. and delete short segments to eliminate forks to form one continuous singletrack linking to Outer Log Loop without need for using the concrete trail."

    I rode this Saturday and it is a GREAT improvement. Thanks y'all!
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    The ARR Trail Crew had a great group of builders today. Thanks to Charlie, Chris, Fred, John and John for coming out to build on the Ski Hill Flow Trail. We watered a lot of the loose soil to pack it and shape it to make the trail riding surface more ridable. Fine tuning will continue. Requests for trail build days are being taken, PM Chardog with your schedule availability.

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    I was out there briefly today. I rode the new powerline section what must've been immediately after it was opened, and rode it again today. WOW is it awesome! Absolutely great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repth View Post
    I was out there briefly today. I rode the new powerline section what must've been immediately after it was opened, and rode it again today. WOW is it awesome! Absolutely great work.
    A lot of the new stuff got discovered and ridden before it was ready. Over time it will all get fine tuned and ride better.
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    Log Loops reroute is completed. Even the sections where the "new" trail and the "old" trail had to swap to get around protected trees. There is some minor work left but the trail routing is final and it is open for riding. We have seen some hikers using it so stay alert for hikers, dogs, baby strollers, riders going the other way, etc.

    The old east end of Inner Log Loops has been blocked. Even though you can see the sidewalk past the blockage, try to avoid cutting thru the blockage to get back the sidewalk. Now with the new part of the trail returning to the west end of Log Loops, the start and end of Inner Log Loops are close together. To get to Outer Log Loops, look across the sidewalk to the north west. Make sure you yield to traffic on the sidewalk.

    If you want to go back to the dam after riding Inner Log Loops, turn left and start back down the double track that brought you to the start of Inner Log Loops. Keep watching for a new trail branching off to the right. This new trail goes straight to the west end of the dam and has more flow and interesting features than the old double track route to the dam.

    Ski Hill is closed and blocked. Please don't move the blockage or use that trail again. If you see someone using that trail, you might --->NICELY<---- tell them that trail was closed at the City's request. If this is not a nice, polite conversation - it would be better to say nothing and just ignore them.

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    So is the trail piece between marker 504ish and 512, which is the piece that has been closed in favor of the new flow trail, actually Ski Hill? In the "Char's Art" thread someone indicated Ski Hill is 502-516, but I guess that's something else? Also, is the "official" name of the new flow trail "Ski Hill Flow" instead of "Powerline Flow"? I ask because you used "Ski Hill Flow" above, but "Powerline Flow" is all over the threads talking about this new section. Just wanted to clarify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clsmyth View Post
    So is the trail piece between marker 504ish and 512, which is the piece that has been closed in favor of the new flow trail, actually Ski Hill? In the "Char's Art" thread someone indicated Ski Hill is 502-516, but I guess that's something else? Also, is the "official" name of the new flow trail "Ski Hill Flow" instead of "Powerline Flow"? I ask because you used "Ski Hill Flow" above, but "Powerline Flow" is all over the threads talking about this new section. Just wanted to clarify.

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    The trail that replaced and crosses Powerline has been referred to as Powerline Flow. The trail that replaced and crosses Ski Hill has been referred to as Ski Hill Flow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Ridge Riders View Post
    The trail that replaced and crosses Powerline has been referred to as Powerline Flow. The trail that replaced and crosses Ski Hill has been referred to as Ski Hill Flow
    Thank you for the clarification. My bad. I guess I don't know anything about Ski Hill Flow Trail, except that it is now open. Where does it start and end? It's not the piece you were talking about in paragraph 3 of post 37, is it?

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