Posted by CANbike on Mon, 23 Dec 2013

Ice Storm Pictures: Puslinch Tract (12/23/13)

An ice storm hit Puslinch Tract two days ago and brought 10-30 mm of freezing rain. Decided to check out the trails today, as the temperature was around -4 °C.

Bike was equipped with studded tires in anticipation of ice.

The ponds were freezing over, but the ice was too thin to bike on. Stay off the ponds!

Double track trails were frozen and bumpy due to lots of foot prints. Near the trail head it was mostly coarse ice. Often times it felt like a long slick rock garden trail. Lots of fun but challenging as the front wheel would constantly bounce, deflect, and slide in different directions.

Single tracks trails were poor. They were covered in about an inch of hard crystallized snow. Tires sunk into the snow, even at 10 psi. As a result, the studded tires were more of a hindrance due to increased friction of plowing through the snow. Nonetheless, the single tracks were ridable.

However, the biggest issue was the number of downed trees or tree branches on the double track and single track trails. Roughly every 50 ft, and around every corner there were obstacles blocking the trails. It was hike 'n bike to the extreme!

Biking/hiking time was roughly 50/50.

Trail Conditions: Poor

Trail Near the Western Parking Lot

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-01

Ice Frozen Berries

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-02

A Little Bit of Slick Ice

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-03

A View of Some Frozen Trees

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-04

Close-up Tree Branch

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-05

Dwarfed by the Frozen Pine Trees

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-06

Pine Trails were in Fair Condition

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-07

Frozen Pine Needles and Pine Cones

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-08

Typical Minor Debris on the Single Track Trails

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-09

A Common Problem of Sagging Tree Branches

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-10

More Frozen Berries

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-11

Double Track Snow Trails

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-12

Close-up of a Sagging Tree Branch

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-13

The Low Lying Plants were also Covered in Ice

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-14

It Really was Majestic Looking

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-15

Bumpy Double Track Trail

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-16

A Close-up of the Coarse Ice on the Double Track

Ice Storm: Puslinch Tract 122313-17