Now that the snow is subsiding, we’re starting to see people emerging from their homes and getting out to enjoy the OHV trails. With the highly saturated soils it’s a good time to consider the impact of riding on the trails in such conditions. When the dirt gets as saturated, it doesn’t hold together like it does when it’s dry. Add to that equation a spinning rear tire or a 450 with a heavy throttle hand at the helm and the trails start to break down quickly, especially on those challenging up hills that the Tillamook State Forest is known for.
This is a good time of the year to consider which trails you ride and which direction you ride them. On wet days go down your favorite hill climb rather than going up. If a trail is already rutted, choose an alternate route. A little planning can go a long way in saving the trails from turning into a maintenance nightmare.
Get out and enjoy the trails. Make good trail decisions and enjoy the ride!