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Thread: January '16 - Trail Condition: That time they predicted mind-boggling amounts of snow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    Thanks, I will just huff it over the Longbridge route tomorrow I suppose. Tricky part will be remembering how to connect to mvt from there rather than Memorial as it lools like 14th was done. Anyone been by the marina? I recall reading it was a mess. Hence wondering if the footpath around lake may be just as easy as marina.
    As of Friday evening, it still required some bike hauling, but part of that was due to riding on road slicks. The wooden bridge should have a wide enough path by Monday morning, tho the path thru the park may still be crunchy. The parking lot was rideable, even on Thursday, and the deadly icy patches should be gone. Humpback Bridge still had a section with about 2 feet of snow, but once thru that, it should be pretty smooth up to the 14th St Br.

    The biggest problem may be figuring out which layers to wear in this crazy temperature swing.

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    Some random reports from a ride to scout my regular commute route...

    The W&OD west of Lee Hwy. to I-66 has lots of snowy-icy spots. Some of them have frozen ruts to redirect your wheels. Be careful. Once into Arlington County, the W&OD is nice, even reaching full width in spots as far as the Custis terminus. Watch the ice field at the junction, though.

    The Custis is nice too, although it can get narrow, so slow down for joggers/peds. As long as there is snow on the bridges, there will be good potential for ice fields if it gets below freezing at night, which it did last night. Spout Run is probably the worst. The sinkhole near Quinn street has been patched.

    The TR Island parking lot has not been plowed. I turned around here.
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    I forgot to mention this, but the Holmes Run Trail was plowed between Ripley St (just south of Van Dorn St overpass) and at least as far south as Duke St. Some of the access points have snow bumps that are melting away.

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    Crucial access crosswalks and paths over the Beltway at Route 1 to Washington and at Telegraph Road to Eisenhower, between Fairfax part of Alexandria and Old Town Alexandria still mostly or entirely covered in snow. These are not just access points for bikes, but walkers and those requiring ADA accessibility.
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    Default Recent W&OD Trail Pixs Dunn Loring and Route 7

    Hello -

    Thank you for sharing your photos. Can someone post recent pixs between Dunn Loring and Rout 7 W&OD trail?

    Thanks again.

    -Mario
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    I forgot to mention this, but the Holmes Run Trail was plowed between Ripley St (just south of Van Dorn St overpass) and at least as far south as Duke St. Some of the access points have snow bumps that are melting away.
    There is one small stretch between Ripley and Pelham that wasn't plowed. The trail is clear to the Eisenhower underpass.


    This picture was taken yesterday, there was some melting today.
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    WOD bluemont to 50 : hard pack terrible
    WOD 50 to Superman hill : occassional land mind of hard pack and ice
    WOD Soperman Hill to crysral city : Clear
    Potomac yard Trail : clear

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    Default Eisenhower Avenue Trail

    The Eisenhower Avenue Trail has been plowed from at least the Holmes underpass to Telegraph Road. Unfortunately, there is a stretch across from the waterpark, where the plow went off track and didn't plow the trail.

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    Today, it is a muddy mess.

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    Default Custis - Key Bridge - Hains Point - MVT - CCC - 4MR - W&OD

    Custis-Roosevelt lot-Key bridge-Hains Point-14th st bridge-MVT-CCC-4MR-W&OD-LittleFallsSt- surfacetohome

    Trail Report, on a hybrid with knobby 38s that came with the bike.

    Started at ~10am (note also walked Custis - W&OD to Columbia Pike and back starting at 7am, so bits of Custis not biked were walked)
    Any trail plowed or otherwise to pavement had sections with a bit of snow and melting. I will not comment on these, except to say all trails will have icy bits should it freeze.

    Custis was good. Only questionable part was Spout Run bridge which was puddly and slushy at ~10:15am. The divot folks have mentioned at Quin seems to have been filled.

    Took trail from IOD to Roosevelt lot to see what MVT was like. The lot was unplowed, which surprised me (since it is for cars). I decided to turn around.

    Key bridge was fine. Took sidewalk and first road (cobbled) down to cross canal. Hill down was too slick at that time and walked. The stairs down to the roadway were clear. Both trail and road towards merge with Rock Creek Park Trail was clear.

    Rock Creek Park Trail along river, past Kennedy Center was mostly packed snow turning to slush, but there were bits of pavement, especially right along the fence at the River. Went past the volleyball courts. Slushy, but doable.

    Passing under the two roads/bridges and in between them around Lincoln Memorial (river level) were chunky and little pavement - I walked/Flintstoned much of it to avoid potentially falling into the road or down the steps.

    Took Ohio where most cars turned to Independence since sidewalk not very passable - I did notice that after the Statue the sidewalk was clear. Ohio to Hains Point was clear and great - many cyclists were doing loops like me.

    14th street bridge was fine. Slushy bits and a bit of pavement heading to MVT. Someone was going at the ice on the MVT just south of the intersection - I thanked her. The area with the bridges was alternating between pavement, slushy and icy/too much snow to pedal. Walked or Flintstoned a couple of times. Once passed the trees, much of trail was pavement until on the west side of the parking lot at Gravelly Point. Then there was more snow than not to CCC. Some riding, some walking. Bailed at CCC. First bit down was good, but approach to tunnel was mixed slush/solid snow. Tunnel clear. After tunnel all snow - walked to tunnel. Tunnel and up to Crystal Drive clear.

    Took service road behind buildings to 26th street - all clear. Then sidewalk on Crystal Drive to Potamac. Potamac to switchback to 4MR. All clear.

    4MR to Walter Reed was clear. Then transferred to W&OD.

    W&OD basically clear to about the pond (watch crossing at George Mason on the west side - very narrow area to get on/off trail). From there until Carlin Springs, sections were icy/slushy messes (yet ridable for me), some were not ridable, and others were pavement (and all better than at ~8am (at this point ~1pm)). From Carlin Springs to Custis occasional patches of narrow passable areas or packed snow and mostly pavement.

    Took W&OD/4MR to Van Buren then the roads back to W&OD. Note that the little spur back to the trail is not clear, but the shoveled sidewalk in front of the houses on the right connect to the cleared sidewalk for the apartments allowing one to ride to trail connecting at the covered bike parking. Crossing at Lee Highway is "fun" on the west side. They plowed snow over the curb-cut and cleared the grass (now MUD). Mostly pavement, but some slushy patches to Little Falls St.

    Took Little Falls St to Westmoreland and other roads home. All were clear, but that salt does get to you. Kind of like being at the ocean, but lacking the moisture of the sea air.

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    WOD east of Wiehle to Sunrise is clear but for a couple very short slushy patches. Just south of Sunrise there is a stretch of a few hundred years that is very slushy, and then it clears to Buckthorn, where there is a couple short but deep slushy patches going up and then the same going down, and then clear to the Curve That Never Sees The Sun, just west of Hunter Mill. That curve is surprisingly good, and will probably be decent tomorrow. WOD east of Hunter Mill is clear until Clark's Crossing, where the trail becomes a solid sheet of deep slush, I'm guessing all the way to Vienna, based on other reports. As it stands now, I'd detour here up to Beulah and then into Vienna.

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