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Trail Snapshot

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Length
4.3 miles
Elevation
372'
Rating
Forecast
Snow is chopped up, slushy, bumpy or rutted. May still be rideable on a fat bike with heavy work.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers December 31, 2016 at 9:06 amhttps://bendtrails.org/postholing/
  • Joe Myers December 28, 2016 at 7:33 pmI will create a blog post on the subject. Should be up soon.
  • Brian Jones December 28, 2016 at 7:30 pmRode up Ben's today to MTB and then up to KGB which I built over the last week. It set up nicely but we need to educate foot traffic how to use this trail. Not sure how to do this but we need to let runners/walkers know that if they create 'holes' they need to reconsider. Any thoughts on this would be welcome. I want all trail users to have fun and enjoy but ruts suck for everyone when they freeze. Can we set up a trail or two for fat bikes only? Maybe contacting the USFS would help. Just thinking how to have more fun...
  • Robert Rekward December 28, 2016 at 1:10 pmI rode up Ben's and down MTB this morning. Still ridable, but it's got a lot of deep fatbike ruts that had frozen solid overnight. The higher you go the better it gets. Past 4610 Ben's got deep and hard to follow so I bailed and headed back down.
  • Brian Jones December 21, 2016 at 7:46 pmQuick update for today Dec 21 regarding Ben's to MTB. Forget about it. It seems that a fatbiker went up Ben's part way creating ruts that froze making progress in either direction fruitless. Please keep in mind if the trail is soft refrain from continuing. It will freeze and the results are typically a disaster for all... Best bet is going up Kent's and up MTB and returning the same way. Some post holes from checked out walkers....
  • Miguel Montaña December 20, 2016 at 10:05 pmLoose snow with underlying slush and slush in low spots from melt
  • Colin Mcvey December 7, 2016 at 1:41 pmBen's and Kent's are packed and riding well. A few runners mucked up the first bit of Ben's bit it got better. I didn't take MTB but there was a track on it so I'm sure it was fine. Both Ben's and Kent's are packed up to 300, PD and Whoops riding well too. I put in a track on KGB, it was slow but a few more riders and it will be great
 

Ride Description

The Ben’s, MTB, Kent’s loop makes for a fun and fast fat bike ride. It’s close to town and gets packed-in pretty quickly after a storm comes through. The downhill portion from the top of MTB to Phil’s Trailhead is a hoot when the snow is soft and bermed.

At just over 4 miles it’s a pretty easy ride that a beginner can probably handle — and multiple laps will give you a great mid-winter workout.

Depending on the snowfall depth and density, other loop options will open up as fatbikes, hikers, and snowshoers break trail — but this short loop is the most reliable.

It’s a popular area, so expect some hiking and dog traffic along the way. Also, the road to Phil’s Trailhead doesn’t get plowed, so a 4WD is probably required (or just ride a fatbike to the trailhead).

Winter conditions can change hourly… If you’ve ridden this route recently, you can add a report to the discussion area below — or use the status update pull down at the top of the page.

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Trail Reports » Ben’s » MTB » Kent’s

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  1. Brian Jones says:

    Rode up Ben’s today to MTB and then up to KGB which I built over the last week. It set up nicely but we need to educate foot traffic how to use this trail. Not sure how to do this but we need to let runners/walkers know that if they create ‘holes’ they need to reconsider. Any thoughts on this would be welcome. I want all trail users to have fun and enjoy but ruts suck for everyone when they freeze.
    Can we set up a trail or two for fat bikes only? Maybe contacting the USFS would help. Just thinking how to have more fun…

    1. Joe Myers says:

      I will create a blog post on the subject. Should be up soon.

  2. I rode up Ben’s and down MTB this morning. Still ridable, but it’s got a lot of deep fatbike ruts that had frozen solid overnight. The higher you go the better it gets. Past 4610 Ben’s got deep and hard to follow so I bailed and headed back down.

  3. Brian Jones says:

    Quick update for today Dec 21 regarding Ben’s to MTB. Forget about it. It seems that a fatbiker went up Ben’s part way creating ruts that froze making progress in either direction fruitless. Please keep in mind if the trail is soft refrain from continuing. It will freeze and the results are typically a disaster for all…
    Best bet is going up Kent’s and up MTB and returning the same way. Some post holes from checked out walkers….

  4. Miguel Montaña says:

    Loose snow with underlying slush and slush in low spots from melt

  5. Colin Mcvey says:

    Ben’s and Kent’s are packed and riding well. A few runners mucked up the first bit of Ben’s bit it got better. I didn’t take MTB but there was a track on it so I’m sure it was fine. Both Ben’s and Kent’s are packed up to 300, PD and Whoops riding well too. I put in a track on KGB, it was slow but a few more riders and it will be great

  6. Joe Myers says:

    As of afternoon 1/15/16 this loop is still rideable and packed snow. However there is a LOT of post-holing to deal with. Especially up on MTB. Ride with a super low tire pressure and it will help even it out a bit.

  7. Willem Boom says:

    Still riding nicely with some icy spots under the trees. Especially on Kent’s.

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