Posted by CANbike on Sun, 21 Jul 2013

Trail Reports: Hydrocut and Puslinch Tract (07/21/13)

It was a double header Sunday with a mountain bike ride at the Hydrocut in the morning, and Puslinch Tract in the afternoon. Part of the ride was to check out the damage caused by Friday's (July 19, 2013) storm.

Sky was partly cloudy, and the temperature was refreshingly cool at around 20 °C. It was fantastic weather to be cycling.


Hydrocut

It was hike and bike all the way! There were downed trees and branches everywhere. Only the north section by the Glasgow parking lot was biked and it took over two hours due to all the walking.

  • Kaitlyn's Switchback was okay. The difficult loop was blocked by a fallen tree, while the easy loop was good.
  • Stinky Girl had fair number of downed trees.
  • Frankenstein was a bit better. There were longer sections of uninterrupted cycling, but still a number of downed trees.
  • The Bride was poor. Muddy and downed trees.
  • Bypass was terrible. Too many down trees to get any biking done.
  • Double Bypass was poor. Downed trees and little biking.
  • Andy's BBQ Run was poor. Many downed trees.
  • Rockin' Ronnie was terrible. Way too many downed trees. One section alone had 12 fallen trees!

Hydrocut was obviously hit hard by Friday's storm. There were too many downed trees that required walking.

Mosquitoes were also abundant and biting even with copious amounts of insect repellent applied.

Mud was there too, but the downed trees were a much bigger problem.

The flood zone, see Trail Report: Hydrocut (05/06/13), on Frankenstein has finally been fixed.

It was still a fun ride to socialize with other cyclists, and the weather was pleasant. Just be prepared to hike and bike.

Lots of other cyclists were on the trail. Most were cutting their trip short due to the amount of walking.

Overall Conditions: Poor

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Puslinch Tract

The afternoon ride at Puslinch Tract was different story. The trails were great!

No new downed trees or branches on the trail. There was some debris, but the single tracks were all ridable.

Mud was barely an issue. There were only five questionable areas in the usual low lying troublesome areas. The rest of trails were nice and dry!

Time was limited to Twisted, Siesta, Knee Wound, Fox Trail, Rock Pit, Pine Loops, Root, Boot, and Flow. All were fast and flowy.

There was lots of overgrowth to blind the corners of the trail. Clearly a trimming is needed, but the nothing to stop cyclists. In addition, there were no thistles or thorns.

Mosquitoes were aggressive and biting.

There were a few other cyclists, many hikers, and dog walkers enjoying the weather today.

Puslinch Tract was in great shape and looks to be unaffected by Friday's (July 19, 2013) storm. Even to the side of the trails, there were no noticeable signs of newly fallen trees. Yes, there were a few small branches and debris on the trails, but it was all ridable.

Overall Conditions: Excellent

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Final Words

Stick to Puslinch Tract for the next few days. It's going to require lots of volunteer time to clean up the Hydrocut. Puslinch Tract looked unaffected by Friday's (July 19, 2013) storm, while Hydrocut looked like disaster had struck.