September 20, 2013
I ran Jacks yesterday (up and down -- tough up) to survey the damage after our recent rain event. From High Drive, the first half mile was in great shape.
Then there was some minor rutting here and there from this half mile point, where the trail begins to descend until you reach the tubs.
The tubs have some rutting that will give some riders problems, especially on the bottom half. Also on the bottom half is a short area where all the scree is gone and it is just a relatively steep rock slab. So the tubs are a bit trickier than they were before.
From the bottom of the tubs for the next mile or so, there are ruts of varying difficulty on the short dh runs. Some are no problem; some will at least make you hesitate and consider your approach and line.
Finally, the bottom half mile (from just above the north pointing hairpin turn to the bottom THD) has been hit pretty hard by the storm. The ruts are deeper and more treacherous. There are small drainage crossings that require dismounts. Plus there is one section of the trail maybe 25 yards long that no longer exists. It has become a drainage bottom and is a gully about 3 feet deep. It is quite impressive.
Overall, except for the bottom half mile, Jacks held up fairly well and still worth the ride. The bottom half mile will require some major trail work. The rest of the trail will only require minor work for the most part. Hope this helps.