Trails are GREAT condition. Come on out and seize the cheese!
Recent, heavy rains have not degraded our trails, but rather buffed them out to hard, tight, fast perfection. Everything is in prime riding conditions of today.
Furthermore, Sweet Sustainable Singletrack with a crew of 9 hard men has spent the past 2.5 weeks hammering out a brand new trail to be completed by about September 1. This trail incorporates ledges and big rock-drops heretofore unseen in the RAT system and will not welcome any unwilling our unskilled riders. Beware, all you puny little RATS, of the Exterminator. It’s technical, it’s extreme and it’s coming for you!!
RAT has added 1.8 miles of new trail this spring, with a trail called Splinter, which peels off to the left as you begin the descent at the upper end of Speed Gonzales. Check out the latest map by clicking “The Trails” link at the top of this page. Splinter remains a bit loose in places from the heavy cut-and-fill work that went into multiple technical, descending turns, but has already acquired a reputation as a fun, fast, winding descent. With all the rain earlier in the spring, the rest of the system packed down very tight and fast with all the traffic beginning on May Day. In all, everything is in top shape. Go ride it today.
The RAT System is presently subject to seasonal closure (12/1/15 through 4/30/16) for big game, wildlife management. The area is a key winter haven for deer and elk, so recreational use is prohibited during these months. The closure policy is subject to adjustment by the BLM. BLM will only adjust the closure dates in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Should the seasonal closure dates be adjusted, RAT will update this post. Otherwise, please assume the system is closed until May 1, 2016, and plan accordingly. Thanks for your cooperation.
According to several recent reports, the north, northeast and northwest aspects of the higher terrain have a lot of snow, mud and ice. A few riders have tried Ratical and found it virtually impassable. Would suspect the same for Plagueground and upper Rat Trap. The climb from 4 corners to Speedy is pretty messy. You will find mud/ice/snow even on shaded east and west aspects. Rain is falling now, and will soon turn to snow. With the cold temperatures forecast for the next few days, we should not expect conditions to improve anytime soon.
Following this morning’s soaking rain, I found the trails in fantastic shape as of 6:00pm: just a little damp and tacky, super buffed and fast, fast, fast. The temp was perfect under a sky as clean and fresh as a daisy. Everything is in superb shape. We have really great soils throughout most of the system and we’ve built every trail to sustain itself with minimum maintenance. With summer fading and the sun moving southward, the changing light and shadow and that gorgeous, cobalt-blue Colorado sky make these early autumn evenings my absolute favorite time to get outside. Go check it out.
Rode the new climb tonight at dusk. RAT’s trail guru, Scott Vanderplaats, has been hard at work, along with a few RAT volunteers, fine-tuning all those new hairpins and cleaning up the other rough spots left over from VOC weekend. Tonight those switchbacks practically steered the bike through. And now the rain has really tightened and buffed the whole thing out. In fact, the entire system is in prime shape right now. Get out and ride it.
Date: 6/7/15 afternoon
Everything is prime right now: super grippy, fast, flowee, buff and fun, fun, fun. Eagle Alley got a spruce up today from the RAT trail crew. Get out and ride before the next storm. We should have about 2 days at least of optimal riding. Then next weekend, weather permitting, VOC will help us add over 2 miles of brand-new trail to our system. Watch it grow and ride it all.
All trails are open, but not fit to ride, thanks to another day of Rain. Luckily, our system is situated on a great amalgam of shaley and sandy soils. The sand percolates the water through quickly and the shale makes it pack out tight as it dries. Generally, about 4 hours of nice sunshine will dry things out enough to ride, even after a hard rain. We may not get that much sun today, but NWS suggests this system will blow through later today or tonight. If we get sunshine tomorrow morning, conditions should be phenomenal later on. Enjoy.
As of 6/3/15
Trails are super fast right now. Get out and ride!!!!
As of 5/30/15
The recent rains have dried completely (almost), leaving all RAT trails totally buff, tacky, fast and fun. You’ll find a muddy spot occasionally in some relatively flat trail sections, but thanks to our great soils, superb trail design and top-quality construction, we have experienced no significant deterioration from the winter snows or the recent torrential rainfall.
All trails are open, except the climb up the South Escarpment, which remains under construction, but should be ready to ride before dark on June 15th.