Trail Condition: Tacky
Date Posted: 06-14-2012 @ 08:03 AM
As expected this time of year, the trail is getting pretty overgrown in many parts. However, if you don't mind getting a little cozy with the vegetation, the trail is still riding nice. I rode most of the trail last night, and there were a couple of trees down. I forgot my pack saw, so I cleared what I could by hand. The camp has recently mowed a lot of the doubletrack that goes through the prairie areas. Also, even getting off my bike a few times to clear things, I did not get a single tick. So if you are looking to ride Manitou before fall, right now would not be a bad time to go. I rode my Pugsley and I'm glad I did, so if you have a fatbike in your quiver, that would be the bike to take there. Anything will work though.
Backcountry/wilderness riding at it's finest. Be prepared for a pretty rugged trail excursion.
If you rely on the arrow signage, I noticed some of them were flipped around in the wrong direction, and a few others were down or didn't make sense. So if you don't know the trail well, you'll need a guide. Feel free to PM me if you need someone to show you around.