Here is what MORC has to say about the trails being closed... I will say I see their point... but I still feel it's a bit conservative but it is what it is and there is nothing that is going to change in the next week or two, when the trails should finally open.
Why Are Trails Closed?
Sustainable trails are built so that water will run across the trail, not down it. When water runs down the trail it focuses the water and increases erosion. Riding wet trails creates ruts that will focus the water and increase erosion.
Riding wet trails also increases cupping of the trail surface and causes puddles to get deeper and wider, both of which slow the recovery of the trail.
Trails are closed (and often fenced off) during the freeze/thaw cycle in the fall and spring. During these times, trails are especially susceptible to significant damage.
Trails may also be closed after significant weather events, or if there are unsafe trail conditions.
The trails around the Twin Cities metro area are particularly sensitive due to the very large numbers of users these trails get every year.
When trails turn into maintenance headaches, land managers start to consider closing trails for good... PLEASE do your part to ensure that we have access to great trails by riding responsibly. Together we can keep these mountain biking opportunities available for generations to come!
Wet Trail Conditions
Beyond major closures, knowing when not to ride after a rainfall can be less obvious. Trails will not be posted as closed or fenced off after normal rainfalls/storms, so it is up to you to make an educated decision. Here are some general rules regarding wet conditions:
- Trails should not be used during wet weather, or when the trail is soft or muddy.
- Trails are open if the trail is firm and the surface will not be disturbed by foot or bike travel.
- PLEASE be patient if the trail isn't ready... allow the trail to dry before riding.
- Trails are typically too wet to ride for 18-24 hours after a significant rainfall.
- Riding wet trails damages the trail by creating ruts that increase erosion.
Please check the Trail Conditions Pages above for the most up-to-date information. And if you ride a trail, please take a minute and update the conditions if they haven't been updated in a while... this is a great way to both help out your fellow riders and help preserve the trails we love!
I still don't see how any MN riders can ever get experience riding wet conditions if the trails close after every rainfall until the trail dries... Oh well, again it is what it is. I don't completely agree but I see their point.
So there it is,
Keep it real!
ps: still no real reason how the North West and East Coast can ride wet trails and that doesn't seem to hurt them? anyone?