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Up near Au Gres area in late April early May? I rode up there last Labor Day and it was pretty good. We got on the trails near South Branch.

A friend of mine and I are planning on a weekend up there but the time frame is tough since I don't know what the weather is usually like during that period of time.

Anyone who's interested in going along let me know... :cry:

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That's right on the edge of being rideable (ie no ice/snow). We proof the Safety Patrol ride in late April and sometimes it snows & sometimes it rains. That event is usually third or fourth weekend in May, run from the Maltby Hills staging/camping area near South Branch.

By mid-May it's 99% good riding (1% being too wet, but that's just mud).

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Maybe wait until mid may, maybe even Memorial Day weekend then? Maltby Hill is actually where we rode last year, I couldn't remember the name of the trail system.... :cry:

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If you have to plan in advance, I'd go for mid-May at the soonest. However, if you can delay the decision until 1-2 weeks prior so the weather has a chance to play itself out, then you might be able to make it sooner.

Our event is May 21-22 on that trail system. Usually 150-200 riders show up. All proceeds go to the ORV Safety Patrol (ie fund raiser). If crowds are not your thing, avoid that weekend; admittedly even with that many riders it's not crowded, even at the parking area.

Nice thing about the event is if you are not familiar with the trail system, they arrow the trails with big event arrows/colors so you don't need to put your map reading skills to work (some like this, some don't).

Event info:

Sat/Sun May 21 & 22. Free primitive camping and porta potties. Must be CCC member ($25/year). Standard CCC event fee (~$20-$30 weekend). Prize drawings each day. Kids training usually both days.

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