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    ^ It flows good enough both directions, but kind of hard to really tell without tread being broken in. You could maybe add 2 more switchbacks and bring it to the very bottom so you would enter right at the service road.
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    Had a chance today to ride this new section that heads up to the pool area. It hasn't been groomed yet, but the trail is clear and well-flagged. It's a nice addition in terms of my usual sprint up the road. It is funny how it feeds directly into the gravel.

    Rode all the other new stuff for the second time as well. Really love all the additions, and I noticed some other minor changes (such as some roots that have been covered with a dirt mound in the Outer Log Loop). It looks like riding the new Dam trail uphill will be part of my regular loop. So, I rode down the new Powerline Hill trail, then rode the Dam trail uphill, then went over the dam and took the convenient connector that dumps right into the trail that brings you to the Inner Log Loop entrance. Finished both log loops, then climbed back to the top of the dam and rode over the dam again, heading towards Mark's Art.

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    ^Hell yeah you did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtariAge View Post
    Had a chance today to ride this new section that heads up to the pool area. It hasn't been groomed yet, but the trail is clear and well-flagged. It's a nice addition in terms of my usual sprint up the road. It is funny how it feeds directly into the gravel.

    Rode all the other new stuff for the second time as well. Really love all the additions, and I noticed some other minor changes as well (such as some roots that have been covered with a dirt mound in the Outer Log Loop). It looks like riding the new Dam trail uphill will be part of my regular loop. So, I rode down the new Powerline Hill trail, then took rode Dam uphill, then went over the dam and took the convenient connector that dumps right into the trail that brings you to the Inner Log Loop entrance. Finished both log loops, then climbed back to the top of the dam and rode over the again, heading towards Mark's Art.

    ..Al
    Good stuff!
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    Looked at the new ungroomed trail up to the parking lot from Service Road Trail. We might be able to extend it closer to the creek with a couple more switchbacks. We will have to run that by PARD first.

    I moved several of the existing pin flags up to the top. There were (and now are again) pin flags that take you closer to the playground to stay out of the heaviest of the gravel. The only way to avoid that gravel completely is to take the road or go around (south) of the pool. You have those choices if the gravel bothers you that much.

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    I don't care about the gravel at all. However, I'm all for extending that portion of trail even further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    What did you think? The was a right hand turn I thought might be too tight.
    At that spot there's a nice way to wander in the trees a bit that would require cutting some dead cedar and not live trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Ridge Riders View Post
    Looked at the new ungroomed trail up to the parking lot from Service Road Trail. We might be able to extend it closer to the creek with a couple more switchbacks. We will have to run that by PARD first.
    One selling point of this is: right now the trail starts at the bottom of that little clearing up and to the left, folks may just head straight up like always. If it connects down to the service road they could rope that whole area off.
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    A guy posted a self-shot video of Powerline Flow over on reddit.


    "I made a short video of my favorite trail at Walnut Creek Park: Out For a Ride"

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comm...rite_trail_at/



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    Nice!
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    Just rode WC for the first time in a while. Holy crap! That new Powerline Hill trail is super fun! Kudos to everyone involved. The extension on Log Loop is pretty great too. I need to start paying attention to work days and get involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericandrewscott View Post
    Just rode WC for the first time in a while. Holy crap! That new Powerline Hill trail is super fun! Kudos to everyone involved. The extension on Log Loop is pretty great too. I need to start paying attention to work days and get involved.



    ARR - Walnut Creek Trail Work Day
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    1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    more details and RSVP please:
    https://www.meetup.com/mountainbikes...nts/240565161/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmc View Post



    ARR - Walnut Creek Trail Work Day
    Sunday, June 11, 2017
    1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    more details and RSVP please:
    https://www.meetup.com/mountainbikes...nts/240565161/
    I'm having a rager of a birthday party the day before, but I'll do my best to not be hung over and I'll make it out. Thanks!


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    If you can't make that work day - there will be more. Walnut is ALWAYS in need of work.

    Some of the work is easy - trimming face slappers and eye pokers. Some work is not - moving ~30 tons of rock in the Main Creek Crossing. Or dealing with poison ivy. We need people to help at every work day.

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    Finally made it out to The Nut today to check out all the new work. I haven't been out there for a couple of years and I have to say, it was like hooking up with and old girlfriend. One that since the last time you saw her, she had Botox, Boob job, and Butt implants. She still makes the same noises, but love all the new curves

    Love all the new stuff, and re-work of the old stuff. I probably missed a lot of your work though.

    Great stuff! Thanks to all your hard work!!

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    Great work day today. Thanks Leif D, Matt B, John K, John N, and Allie. Slight re-route and two new berms on "Pool Flow" connector (from pool parking lot down to service road trail).

    They're still going to need some time and rain (and a little more work) to be dialed in. But, it's rideable.



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    I tend to go up these ^ and honestly and scared I'm gonna get clobbered seeing how much of a bobsled run is is now. Spread the berm love to the entire park. I'm kind of of taking mental notes where some could go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    I tend to go up these ^ and honestly and scared I'm gonna get clobbered seeing how much of a bobsled run is is now. Spread the berm love to the entire park. I'm kind of of taking mental notes where some could go.
    I appreciate your point; it's something I've been thinking about a lot. The trail was cut in by ARR as a replacement for a direct fall-line trail. People used to bomb directly down that gradient. Now, they are going slower with the S's/switchbacks. Also, I've been watching a lot of different skill levels of riders both here and at Powerline and what I've noticed is that the slow riders go just as slow when there are berms. The berms wig them out a little and they tap the brakes and go slowly. So, I see your point about 'bobsled' comparison, but it's also a little unfair, because the variety of riders out there are not treating it like a dual-slalom course. And even if a few faster riders go faster, there is still great visibility at this spot. In either of these berm sections, riders are not going any faster than all the straightaways with blind corners (and no berms) in the rest of the park. I may indeed widen the tread of the path though. I do want there to be room for oncoming riders to avoid each other. Thanks for the comment. I do want to hear feedback. And I'll discuss your point with the other ARR leaders.
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    ^ I don't mean to be a downer. I love all the new improvements. I wish COA would be down with a little skills area above the ballfields.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    ^ I don't mean to be a downer. I love all the new improvements. I wish COA would be down with a little skills area above the ballfields.
    That area has been suggested as a future dog park (bark park!), which would be nice -- it would get some of the dogs off the trails and if the city would cough up the $$$$$s.

    There is a great little spot that I've long through would be nice to add some small features for skills development. Let's say you've come across the Root Drop, crossed the creek and gone up the steep little hill, where you would take a right turn, instead of continuing on. You are roughly paralleling the creek at this point. About 100 yards on, the trail turns left. Just at that spot, there is a small bench on the right, mostly hidden by trees. This is above the confluence of a side drainage with Walnut Creek. Endo Valley is on the other side of this little drainage.

    Anyway, it's a blank area where a little something could be added to make an interesting diversion.

    For those of you cruising this area at a leisurely pace or even walking, not too far after you make the right turn, there is a distinctive and interesting array of little dirt piles by the trail. These are made by leaf-cutter ants. First noticed them a year or two ago and have not seen any others in the park.

    The life cycle of leaf cutter ants is bizarre and way beyond science fiction. If you want to go there, just click on the link above.
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