SIUE is pumping some sort of mud slurry off the back of their maintenance area, just west of the maintenance road, and unfortunately, our trail just happens to be in the way. People are already trying to ride across it, and it will not help matters any in drying it up.
Last time this happened, about 4 yrs. ago, or so, it must have taken well over a month for the area to dry up with all of the tire tracks running through it and holding water.
To spare yourself a very muddy bike, or muddy shoes, your best bet is to follow the alternate paved route shown on the map through Cougar Village until it firms up a bit.