January 19, 2017
I tried to post a review on the app, but it somehow logged me out. So if this is a repeat, I apologize.
Based on the reviews and recent rains I was not sure I should bother. But since it was only 2 miles from the hotel, I had my fatbike with me and hotel treadmills are the worst, I figured I would roll the dice. I was fully prepared to find a wet unusable trail and turn around, fortunately I didn't have to.This review is based on one side of the river, because I was not interested in trying to cross when there were ice floes. Cold, wet feet plus cold weather= not fun.
The trail could be ridden (responsibly, respect to the trail steward) on my fat bike. I walked my bike on one mud hole. 99% of the trail on the parking lot side of the river was good. My bike had only a few wet leaves kicked up on it at the end of a few miles. It has clearly been maintained. No trees across the trail, recent fallen trees cut out and the weeds seemed to be trimmed back. The leaves and pine needles covered the trail which probably helped protect it from the rain a little.
It was the flattest trail I've ever ridden, bar none. About as close as one can get to water-in-a-pan flat and still be solid earth. It is a typical urban park, with the trail winding the miles through a tight space. If you find either of those things terrible, don't go to Goshen. If you are here, or passing through, it is a fast ride that is way more fun than the hotel treadmill. Bonnieville Mills and Winona Lake are more challenging, but the soil is not as forgiving of wet weather. I doubt those would be (responsibly) rideable today.
It was not crowded, I suspect because it was a gray, cold day. I also expect it would be crowded during nice weather because it is tucked in a neighborhood.
In summary, it is Good by me. I am grateful to the folks who put some work into it, giving a work-traveler like me something to do.
None, this is very flat