conative wrote:Why not just leave the trails open in the winter and let people use their own discretion. The only ones out there anyway are the hardcore riders who know when the trails are rideable and when they are not.
Probably because the riders in the past have not used very good discretion and damaged the trails. If I recall correctly, was it even allowed to ride your bike out there 3 years ago during the winter? Relax, trail status is a pain in the butt. We don't get paid to update the trail status and drive out there to check the trails. We have lives and priorities and sometimes we just have other stuff we want to do.
I'd love to be able to fund a full time "Trail Master" in the area whose sole job was to drive to the Linn and Johnson singletrack trails to update the signs and trail status. Unfortunately I'm not independently wealthy or married to a sugar momma so the reality is that we don't have that luxury. Until we do you are just going to have to endure a little pain with the "inconsistency". It doesn't sound like that inconsistency stopped you this time.
If you do want a full time "Trail Master" then start writing some letters to the local county conservation board to get them to fund that kind of thing. Start the drive with ICORR and LAMBA to push for a full time position within the local govt agency. It will be an uphill battle but it sure can't hurt. It can help put an idea in their heads that this is something that one of their current employees may be able to handle.