Posted by: rip78
does anyone know what the status is with the announcements that were made last fall? I seem to recall that they were building a climb trail and that they were going to sanction meatsweats. I rode meatsweats this morning and it's even rougher than I remember (the top half anyway)
Long-time maintainer of meat sweats here, yes meat sweats was among three trails that were sanctioned last fall. Since that time, significant efforts have been made by myself and other Cypress builders to improve those sanctioned trails. I am proud of the work we have accomplished since last fall; Jersey, Meat Sweats, and Morgies are all running better than they have in years. And surprisingly, very few people have been riding that side of the mountain compared with the last 3-4 years.
You're right that upper meats sweats is a rough and difficult trail, it always has been and probably always will be. There was quite a bit of work put into upper meat sweats last fall by smoothing out a few key sections, cleaning drains, and building a roll down bridge down a janky stump. Certainly there are good lines and not so good lines down the trail, but it is rewarding when you can link them up. The trails on Cypress East side are designed to be a training ground for DH racers, so they run best on modern DH bikes. Upper meats can also be quite challenging in the wet as the roots can get quite slippery. Overall it's a tough zone to build, but I believe the alignment of the trail is generally good and it will continue to be a good trail long term as long as it is maintained and improved regularly.
So, my suggestion is to run tire inserts, lower tire pressure, know when it's too wet to ride, ride a DH bike, and study those lines. It's quite fun when it all comes together! And yes there will be more improvements, we are just in a holding pattern at the moment due to weather and a few other factors. Happy trails folks.