Today members of the RIDENOX COUNCIL made repairs to the Tower lot entrance to remedy some pothole and drainage issues in conjunction with a reforestation effort to an area where significant loss of old growth trees was suffered in the last seasons storm. In an effort to curb the growth of invasive species occurring in the openings of the canopy left by the downed oaks at the trail head, a dozen white pine were planted to give four season greenery to the damaged area.
Members of the RIDENOX COUNCIL performed the spring "adopt a highway" litter clean up on Saturday morning despite the threat of rain. Five bags full of roadside litter and various large debris were removed from 563 between 412 and the Tohickon boat launch. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful !
Rain fell Friday morning across Upper Bucks County and between 1 and 2 inches of additional rain is expected Saturday afternoon and evening. This will obviously NOT help improve trail conditions any time soon. Please continue to refrain from riding at Nockamixon for the time being.
- RIDENOX Council
The RIDENOX Council was out today at the trailhead working on several projects including cleaning winter debris in the parking lot and a drainage issue just past the kiosk. As evidenced by a virtually empty parking lot, the Council is grateful to all those who are either continuing to hold off their riding season or else are riding elsewhere with better early-season drainage.
On the positive side, minimal trail traffic combined with relatively dry conditions in the past few days are beginning to minimally dry out the areas that historically firm up first. That said, much of the system remains fairly wet with some partial tree blockages. Please continue riding elsewhere until further notice and let's hope that dry weather with sun and wind continue to prevail.
The RideNox Council was out near the Tower Road trailhead today working on a trailside improvement and wanted to thank all of those who are respecting the current trail closure. Only a few have ridden (most likely on Saturday, 3/15, despite the obviously extremely muddy conditions so close to the thaw and they have left severe rutting waiting to trap upcoming rainfall.
In fact, the few out today themselves acknowledged the trails were in no way ridable with mud, very slippery patches of remaining ice in shady areas, and numerous cedar trees partially blocking the way. Even "drier" areas freezing a little on colder nights are turning slimy by mid-morning at the latest now - the cold weather riding season's basically done.
Please check back here weekly during the next month to month-and-a-half to see how conditions hopefully improve.
- RIDENOX Council
RideNox Council members were out on the trails this past Sunday. Deep, icy, hard-to-melt snow of at least 6" to 10" remained in place. Bowed cedars partially block the trails in many places observed along with likely down branches or possible trees in other areas not visited personally by the Council.
Warm temperatures on Monday, today, and tomorrow followed by heavy rain will likely melt most of the remaining snow leaving the trails severely wet and completely unridable for the foreseeable future. Rainfall the rest of March and well into April will likely only aggravate the situation created by nearly six feet of winter precip melting into the trails in recent weeks.
Please DO NOT ride at Nockamixon when the snow melts! Current soil conditions on the trails will NOT sustain ANY traffic whatsoever right now. The trails WILL get rutted into mudholes, you/your bike/the interior of your vehicle will be coated in mud, and all of this will only add to the work of the Nox trailbuilders who would rather focus on making permanent improvements rather then fixing unnecessary damage.
The trails are checked regularly and updates will be posted regularly as we move further into spring and the trails begin drying out.