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Tsali Trail Report
Just got back from 3 days of riding in Tsali.

Right loop was a mud hole, and needs some help. Lots of rain with not so great drainage is a contributing factor. Still fun.

Left Loop was in great shape, although the beetle infestation has left all 4 loops looking rough up there for quite a few years to come. They have cut down and control burned countless pine trees and left entire slopes bare. Some are unrecognizable. You can see where the hard woods are coming back with a vengeance. That's a good sign.

Thompson rocked as usual. All the drainage work done last year has made that a fast ride from the start on.

Mouse Branch has a whole new section cut in off of the overlook that may be the best trail built there yet. Some fast single track with lots of technical stuff thrown in and 2 great tight switchbacks ending over a huge bridge. Shoots you right back out to the trail for another climb up to do the right side of Mouse after that.

On a sad note: anyone who has been riding Tsali for years most likely knew Chester. He was a ranger who worked in Tsali. He died of cancer recently. He will be sorely missed. June Barefoot (Chester's side kick) has retired and moved to Raleigh with her son. Those two were a fixture in the parking lot for many years and always good for catching up on some great gossip and stories. It won't be the same without them.

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