Anyone have the latest trail conditions for the Capital Cresent Trail or the Mt Vernon Trail ?.. looking to do a long run this weekend! Thank you in advance
The MVT was in much better shape this week after the rainfall. It depends on how much snow we get tomorrow. It doesn't sound like there will be more than an inch and the winds should die down by Sat. morning. Most of the asphalt seems to be clear now from what I've read online but someone complained about the long wooden-plank bridge by Roosevelt Island, between the Humpback Bridge and Rosslyn.
There's a Twitter account and hashtag set up for this - #dctrails. Latest is that Mt Vernon is a mess, as is CCT on the MD side. The CCT in DC was plowed, apparently. Others in the club have posted that Hains Point is clear, too.
The latest post on the Twitter account only says that MVT is a mess between Rosslyn and Roosevelt Island. Other posts say that MVT is OK from S. Glebe to Old Town Alexandria. Someone on WashCycle said that the Crystal City spur was tricky but otherwise he was able to bike from Nat'l Airport to the 14th St. Bridge two days ago.
There was a fallen tree blocking the north end of the sidewalk on the 14th St. Bridge, close to the Jefferson Memorial, but it has since been removed.
Thus, much if not all of the MVT is passable from the 14th St. Bridge to Old Town. You can now cross the river on the bridge too, for now. With the high winds tonight and tomorrow, we may see more downed trees in the area.
As of yesterday, likely mostly the same today: From Belle Haven, Alexandria to Reagan National, it was about 80 percent clear of snow, adding about 15 minutes if riding along that 4-5 mile stretch. Was ok for running. A downed tree or two, and a runner who slipped on the ice with a gash on his face.
Wood bridge near Roosevelt Island is a mess...I gave up.
Any word on the rock creek path?
Time to hit the trail! Started at Mount Vernon and worked north. Trail has a few slushy spots from MV Estate to one mile north of estate, then clears up, at least for the four miles south I ran from there.
Mt V Trail looks fine, Alexandria to airport. Biking along there to work tomorrow, possibly to Hains Pt. after.
Airport to 14th St. Bridge is 99% clear pavement. Yesterday there were only two small patches of snow, each about 4-5 feet long, but only on one side of the trail. The other side was clear at both spots.
14th St. Bridge is 100% clear. So is the entire East Potomac Park/Hains Point road loop.
I don't know about the Roosevelt Island wooden bridge. Most recent complaints focused on that spot.
I did notice that the access path to the C&O Canal towpath (and CCT?) at Foxhall/Canal Rd. is completely blocked off because of fallen trees. I don't know how many people use that access point.
Mile marker 8 to 5 is clear to run. After that, a couple intermittent patches of snow/ice. Non of them impassable or particularly long, but enough to disrupt your rhythm. Bad patch right before the ascent to Mt. Vernon, but still manageable. Overall still much, much better than a long run on a treadmill...