The United Riders of Cumberland and the Village of Cumberland are issuing a Special Public Trail Conditions Report effective immediately until further notice. The report applies to all trails in the Cumberland Forest Trail network.
At issue is lingering snow and ice throughout the trail network, creating hazardous trail conditions in the lower network and un-rideable conditions on trails in the upper trail network. Under these conditions, trails are vulnerable to increased damage from trail use due to freeze-thaw cycles, high soil moisture content, and poor drainage as a result of snow and ice blockages.
With warmer temperatures in the short term forecast, we expect the snow and ice to melt quickly; however, we anticipate trail conditions will remain variable into next week and potentially beyond.
“After an unusually long and snowy winter we know that trail users are excited to get out”, explains Nathan Kwan, Trails Manager for UROC. “However, winter conditions still exist on the Cumberland trails.
“Spring-like weather will no doubt be inviting for people to get out for a ride, walk or run but we urge users to closely monitor trail conditions for both personal safety and trail maintenance considerations, and consider alternative recreation options in the coming days”, says Kevin McPhedran, Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the Village of Cumberland.
UROC and the Village will continue to monitor trail conditions and will post updates to https://www.trailforks.com/region/cumberland-forest/ or on the Trailforks app.