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Polecat Loop

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Please don’t ride muddy trails. This makes a LOT more work for folks who would rather be building new trails, than fixing your ruts.

If you like smooth, gently-sloped singletrack cut into a hillside, Polecat Gulch is your jam. Polecat is very popular with joggers and dog owners, but a little less popular with cyclists because the trails in the system lack variety. For a longer ride, link up Polecat with Peggy’s and Chukar Butte.

Recent Trail Reports

  • heavy_braker March 14, 2019 at 10:24 amThe trail is very wet, with lots of damage from deep footprints and tire tracks. Stay off unless solidly frozen.
  • Riderx February 12, 2019 at 9:15 amDeep and/or packed snow at 6:30 a.m. Some thin patches that will likely be muddy by early afternoon.
  • heavy_braker January 2, 2019 at 3:41 pmIcy in the morning, but will be muddy later in the day. Showed some damage from recent use (foot and tire marks).
  • JChubb December 31, 2018 at 4:51 pmHiked about 9am on 12/31/18 from Polecat to Doe Ridge section only. Light snow on all of the trail. Great for mornings only as it will melt and get muddy in the afternoons.
  • heavy_braker December 12, 2018 at 3:28 pmThe south-facing slopes were just barely firm enough early this morning, but probably too soft / muddy now with warmer temperatures.
  • eileent March 31, 2018 at 6:07 pmRode Polecat Loop, Doe Ridge, and Quick Draw. All dry.
  • JChubb March 29, 2018 at 9:02 pmRan Polecat (short section) to Quick Draw to Doe Ridge this evening and there were very few muddy spots. Mostly dry.
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  1. heavy_braker says:

    The trail is very wet, with lots of damage from deep footprints and tire tracks. Stay off unless solidly frozen.

  2. Riderx says:

    Deep and/or packed snow at 6:30 a.m. Some thin patches that will likely be muddy by early afternoon.

  3. heavy_braker says:

    Icy in the morning, but will be muddy later in the day. Showed some damage from recent use (foot and tire marks).

  4. JChubb says:

    Hiked about 9am on 12/31/18 from Polecat to Doe Ridge section only. Light snow on all of the trail. Great for mornings only as it will melt and get muddy in the afternoons.

  5. heavy_braker says:

    The south-facing slopes were just barely firm enough early this morning, but probably too soft / muddy now with warmer temperatures.

  6. eileent says:

    Rode Polecat Loop, Doe Ridge, and Quick Draw. All dry.

  7. JChubb says:

    Ran Polecat (short section) to Quick Draw to Doe Ridge this evening and there were very few muddy spots. Mostly dry.

  8. r2rtrails says:

    Still very muddy around noon today. Definitely stay away for at least another day. Long sections of tire tracks set about 2 inches into the soil.

  9. heavy_braker says:

    Still a lot of mud and puddles. Stay away unless the trail is firmly frozen.

    1. giovannamcl says:

      From Collister parking lot, an out and back up Quick Draw is ok before 10 a.m. but muddy everywhere else, at least after 8:30 am.

  10. kvd5801 says:

    Just ran the loop, south facing areas starting to melt and will be mud soon, suggest to stay off the trail this afternoon

  11. kvd5801 says:

    Just finished a run around the loop at a little after 11. Warm sunshine was starting to melt lots of places so would not recommend doing the trail this afternoon. If you go tomorrow be sure to do so before the sun melts things again.

  12. BobGurgel says:

    Moist but rideable, Feb 11.

  13. kvd5801 says:

    Numerous small puddles from yesterday afternoon/evening brief showers but nothing to keep folks off the trail. Saw lots of little yellow flowers and a caterpillar, it’s winter isn’t it?

  14. heavy_braker says:

    All clear this morning. 👍 There are small puddles and mud spots that don’t span the whole trail, and can be negotiated without leaving the trail or leaving tracks.

  15. Trailman says:

    Isolated muddy sections but overall passable at this point. Will improve a lot over the next couple of days. Looks surprisingly softer than it actually is.

  16. Trailman says:

    Encountered the same conditions on the west side of Polecat Loop and turned around yesterday. Today will undoubtedly be worse following the morning rain.

  17. heavy_braker says:

    Encountered mud a few hundred yards in from Cartwright parking lot and turned around.

  18. heavy_braker says:

    Polecat was fine in the early morning, after a good freeze, but will be muddy once things begin thawing. Go early!

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