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Thursday Trail Update

February 14th, 2019 by in Everything

Last night 5 of us got out for a snowshoe and grooming session. Awesome night out there! Shawna, BF Brian and Roy were breaking trail and Vince and I followed them both with groomers. There is lots of fresh powdery snow out there and we thought it best to stick together to pack it as much as possible hence the double groomer. We were out for 2.5 hours and did about 10km…out on the stick, right on the lolly, right-left on the double track connector to the ridge connector and back on the 1st half of the ridge connector to the beginning. I would suspect that it will take a bit for this to set up for riding as we were fresh tracks the whole way and there was at least 6-8 inches to pack down. It will likely require another quick snowshoe with the groomer to “top dress” the trail and smooth it out before it’s good to ride. Next step…quick snowshoe out on either trail and continue from there to link ridge and lolly up together. There is some great weather shaping up…up to just above zero then cold again. Both groomers are back at the start so they can go out in either direction and be left out there remotely so we can hopefully get some ride/snowshoe & grooming in over the weekend. The snowmobile trail was being groomed while we were out there and the parking lot is cleared.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more updates as things progress. I expect we’ll have a good loop set up by the end of the weekend.

Wednesday night Snowshoe/Groom!

February 12th, 2019 by in Everything

Judging by the amount of snow that has fallen, Wednesday night will likely be a snowshoe! It should be a lovely night out there. Depending on who is there we may split into two groups and start the process again. It looks like it may warm up a bit as the week progresses which will help the fresh grooming set in nicely. Off we go again….

FDCF meeting cancelled

February 12th, 2019 by in Everything

Likely no surprise but tonight’s meeting has been cancelled. From Caroline:

Hello everyone,

This will probably not come as a surprise, but this evening’s event for the Friends of the Dufferin County Forest is CANCELLED. I will send out a notice with a new date as soon as possible. In the meantime, I would appreciate if you could sign the attached waiver, which was missed in the original round of paperwork, and return it to me.

Thank you, Caroline

Caroline Mach, R.P.F. |County Forest Manager|Public Works Department

County of Dufferin|519-941-1114 ext. 4011| forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com |936029 Airport Rd., Mulmur, ON L9V 0l3

Here is the waiver——->

Friends of Dufferin County Forest Meeting

February 11th, 2019 by in Everything

Just a reminder that Dufferin County is hosting the first meeting of the “Friends of Dufferin County Forests” (FDCF) Tuesday Feb 12th at 7pm. It will be at the County Museum at Airport Rd and Hwy 89. You do not need to be a resident of Dufferin County to attend and all user groups are welcome.

Having a strong attendance will help demonstrate to the County our support for the County’s Policies and display our eagerness and dedication to the trails by volunteering our time. It’s also a great way of showing our gratitude to the County for allowing us recreational use of the County Forests and that we don’t simply take the trails for granted. Consider how many hours we all spend enjoying the trails…what’s a few hours of time to show support for the trails?

It should be a great meeting so please attend if you can.

See you there!

For more info use following link:

http://www.teamvango.ca/friends-of-dufferin-county-forest/

Sunday Ride

February 9th, 2019 by in Everything

Sunday’s ride will be at 2:30. I got out for a scoot today…single track is icy but manageable if you have studded tires. Kens’s & Steve’s is in the best shape. Simcoe trails were great as no one has been on them. We will likely do a bit different ride tomorrow as the 2-track is all really rideable and fun. Kinda a road ride in the woods (plus some sweet single track). My ride today turned into one of my “adventure rides” which if folks wish I can recreate again tomorrow…who doesn’t like an adventure ride!!?? Based on the trails we will choose tomorrow you don’t need studded tires. Bring a snack!

“Shed Social” to follow at the club house. Ahhh, warm fire and Ms Vickies…..

Friday update

February 8th, 2019 by in Everything

I got out for a quick hike tonight. Unfortunately the weather has had it’s way with us again. The single track (at least the start os the Stick) is icy. I didn’t venture too far so I can’t comment on the rest of the trails. Good news is that the snowmobile trail and the trails that where groomed for xc skiing are now great for riding. So, if you wish to ride give the single track a shot and if it doesn’t work out you can hop on everything else.

Group ride will likely be Sunday mid-day…stay tuned!

Thursday Trail Update

February 7th, 2019 by in Everything

Five of us got out for a ride last night…we had an awesome time, 18km. The trails are in great shape and all the grooming everyone did set down a firm base. There is a lot of ice under the fresh cm of snow so some hills were a challenge but if you rode carefully the rest of the trails were totally rideable. We rode everything except Ken’s/Steve’s which I figure you could still ride, just more hills to deal with the possibility of ice on them.

I think with it heading well into the plus temps today with a bit of rain it will make the trails even better. The hope is that the layer of snow will adhere to the ice hidden underneath. If this happens the trails will be awesome for Friday and the weekend with the temps getting below zero.

Best to maybe avoid the trails today after it gets above zero as compressing the layer of snow will just cause it to turn to ice.

Enjoy!

Weds Ride/Trail Update

February 6th, 2019 by in Everything

I was away for a bit so I apologize for the lack of updates lately. As winter keeps playing havoc with us there have been lots of people out to try and stay on top of the trails. I did get out for a snowshoe/groom on Monday afternoon to check things out. First, careful in the parking lot…it is a sheet of ice. I didn’t venture down the stick or ridge connector sections of trails. The beginning of the stick was ice. I headed to Ken’s/Steve’s and snowshoed and groomed a section where there was a lone hiker…thought it would be good to get rid of the post holes. I stopped grooming where the hiker left the trail as it looked like it may be possible to ride the remainder of the trail (it’s at least worth a go) and I think grooming it would of just encouraged ice. So I just broke different trail and groomed random trails we don’t normally use and linked it in to almost the ridge connector trail. A snowmobile had been adventuring around the forest which once frozen may be a good option for some riding. The snowmobile trail will be completely rideable. I’m going to let the week pass, get out for some rides and I’ll update for the weekend. 

So Weds ride is on. There are definitely lots of options out there to get in a good ride. See you tonight!

Also I have both groomers with me for “maintenance” (melt the ice in them and reseal and reseat the tire to the rim). They both should be back tonight at the Stick/Ridge Connector intersection.

Trail Update-guest post by Eric!

February 3rd, 2019 by in Everything

Hello everyone, I’ve been away for a bit so sorry about the lack of updates over the past week. It’s been my understanding that a tonne of work has been going on by a large number of people from different groups to keep the single track that we have been enjoying so much this winter alive. I’ve received e-mails from a number of folks that have been out with the groomers so thanks to everyone for their efforts.

The following is a “trail report” from Eric as they were out today grooming to get things ready for the drop in temps.

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As we all know, we are experiencing unseasonably warm weather for the next 36 hours, please respect the trails.

Today, a group of almost ten dedicated forest volunteers groomed the trails; it would be super cool if we could stay off the trails on Monday, with temperatures expected to reach plus 10 degree’s.

Forest dwellers groomed the Stick several times in the past week, the Hill Bypass and Connector Trail were re-set today and should be in great shape after Tuesdays drop in temperature. The Lolly Pop and Ridge Trail were also groomed today, it was great to see that new riders to the forest stepped up to the plate, and pulled the TVGG for parts of the Lolly Pop. 

Hopefully, tomorrow’s warm temperatures and rain will help, the thaw should really smooth out the ruts. 

The long-range forecast is looking awesome, trails should be in great shape by Tuesday. 

Monday Ride cancelled

January 21st, 2019 by in Everything

Looking like we are abstaining from the trails tonight…staying in to sit by the fire instead! Wednesday night should be fantastic!