There are still large sections of John Deer that have not been upgraded (from loamer). These sections turn very quickly to mud if used in or after rain. This mud then gets carried onto the upgraded sections where it holds the moisture and blocks the drains, thereby reversing all the hard work. Please, please, do not ride John Deer in or after rain. We'll be continuing to upgrade the trail so this time next year it may be less sensitive.
Mr Sheldon wrote an excellent piece on the subject: http://www.torca.ca/riding-in-the-wet-a-message-from-torca-trail-director/
Sorry Skip, totally gapped on John Deer. This trail was showing its wet weather sensitivity last week, we hiked up the upper section today and ya, it would be challenging in the wet.
We put together a list of wet weather trails here:
Hopefully people will respect the wet weather closures to preserve the sensitive trails or allow people working on the trail a chance for their maintenance to set up.
On the other hand, if you just let it go to shit during the winter, maybe people will understand, through experience, why some trails are shut in the wet.
http://mtbtrails.ca/ Author of Locals' Guide to North Shore Rides and Locals' Guide to Fraser Valley Rides.
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