• Erik Schutz

Mud still muddy

Mud season - COVID Trail update

April Showers. The Ascutney Trails are still closed due to Mud Season.

Thank you Volunteers!!! There is a great group of volunteers that fanned out individually to clear trails of the sticks, leaves and sometimes trees to help the trails dry out and be ready to ride. We’ve had a lot of cold nights to slow the thaw at the top of the mountain which is still sending water down to our trails. Also, It looks as though the weather is not really cooperating with a fair amount of rainfall keeping things wet. Let’s stay off the mountain for a little while longer to make sure we keep the trails in great shape.

It seems especially harder this year than others to wait. Last year we opened the trails on May 10th! We will keep you posted.

In the meantime there are other trail systems that have opened up to bikes. Check out our friends and their trails at:

When we do open follow these guidelines and keep in mind they may change:

  1. Observe all CDC Guidelines.

  2. If you’re not feeling 100% healthy, please stay home.

  3. Observe trail closures.

  4. Stay close to home as much as possible, either ride your bike to the trail or stay within your community when driving to a trail head.

  5. While on trail, maintain social distancing of at least two bike lengths. Keep a buff on you (or wear one) so that you can cover your mouth quickly/conveniently when encountering others.

  6. Carefully observe trail directions. Some chapters designate trails as directional. This helps riders minimize interaction with other trail users. If you do pass another rider, announce your presence from far away, give the other rider time to adjust, and then pass with distance. Please be patient as we get accustomed to this new process

  7. Please do not congregate in the parking lot before/after rides or at intersections/transitioning areas on trails.

  8. Per FPR recommendation, Please keep your dog on a leash, or leave them at home. There are many trail networks that do not allow canine companions--check with your local VMBA chapter to find out.

  9. Ride well within your limits to help avoid injury.

  10. Some parking areas may be limited. If a parking area is full, find another nearby network to ride or come back later. Try riding outside of peak times.

  11. Ride solo or in small groups / with your household.

  12. Do not share bikes, tools, gloves, helmets, etc.

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