WMMBA: Merrell Trail

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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Bigtymer » December 22nd, 2012, 8:49 am

tenner42 wrote:Well if you are from Fruita, it's pretty flat in comparison, but there are two pure vertical runs ( phaser and Siren) with About 180 ft in a half mile. Sawtooth also has about 100 ft with 6 climbing switchbacks.


I live in Carbondale now which is 30mins from Aspen, but regardless I still like to come home and check out the new trails. I know they don't compare, but they are still fun:) I often miss the Owassippe trail up North of Muskegon. Thanks for the insight:)
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby lampenj » December 22nd, 2012, 9:10 am

Bigtymer wrote:
lampenj wrote:Here was the video: http://youtu.be/TrAEfNLlPYo

Does this trail have any downhill parts, it seems so flat from your video?


Rick answered this, but I also thought I'd throw out that the trail flows differently from red to yellow. There's some really fun flowing downhills with some big banked turns and what I call pump track style jumps going in the red direction. I've never ridden the trail in the Yellow direction, surprisingly, but I've heard that the downhills flow really well (maybe better?). I'm not a huge downhill junkie, so it's a ton of fun, but not dependent on the downhills to me.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby lampenj » December 22nd, 2012, 9:53 am

On another note: Does anyone have any GPS data on elevation gain? Ideally I'd like to have it on the largest rideable loop without repeating any sections. I'd also like to know how long that loop is. I've read that there's 6 miles of trail out there, but I think that includes everything, not one loop like I described.

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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby tenner42 » December 22nd, 2012, 3:48 pm

Trail condition update:
The trails are getting muddy with the sunshine thawing the ground. If you plan to hit the trail (biking or running) in the next few days do it before 11:30. The cold nights in the 20' will freeze up the ground but the sunshine and day temps around 34 = sloppy and damage after around 11:30

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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby ReidRules18 » December 22nd, 2012, 7:43 pm

Went out there today at 2 PM with the intention of riding. Upon getting there and doing a 1/2 mile walk down the trail I decided against it. Some areas were fine with others being muddy. I did end up moving a down tree that was close to the trailhead on the return in the yellow direction. My back isn't too happy now :shock:

Read what Tenner posted, either get on the trail in the early morning or stay off of it with these temperatures above freezing!
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby bikesatori » December 25th, 2012, 8:16 pm

Rode out there Sunday from ~3pm-7pm. Trail conditions were primo! Nice and crusty without being too slick. No mud whatsoever, so I'm guessing the colder temps froze whatever was soft the day before. Was just a beautiful brown ribbon laid through the white landscape.
There was a tree down on MixMaster I was not able to move solo. Can catch you off guard if you're really flying.

I gotta say, wow, SUPER fun trail! Red direction was a blast on Siren and Phaser, did each of those 3X each! Some bits just reminded me a hair of a mini marquette. Gotta love grade reversals.
Great work everyone! Some sections seem to hold much more potential for speed than my burnt legs could pedal, haha!
I also saw atleast 5 nice little mini doubles, 2 in the red direction. not sure if that was intentional, but super fun regardless! Love it, tough to find in midwest. Didn't try the ones I noticed for yellow direction but took note of them each time I was climbing over them...

Something else to note, there are atleast a half dozen narrow spots to stay on your toes for if you like to ride wide steer horns like I do! Not at all a complaint necessarily, all part of the game but wow, hard to count how many times I banged barplugs on trees, I gotta imagine several of these trees will see some good scarring over the near future! Gotta get used to that bar wiggle wobble to get through, haha.


Surprised I didn't see many other cyclists out there. Spoke to a few trailrunners and hikers, some who were wondering about the rule crossed off @ trailhead about opossed traffic...

Oh, and I was also a little baffled when I returned to my truck at the end of the night, someone had put an unopened PBR on my hood...?


Hoping to make it over there again in the coming week, but today probably got soft again, then looks like a significant amount of snow may be dropping as well....
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Mike_D » December 28th, 2012, 11:26 am

How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently?
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » December 28th, 2012, 11:42 am

mntn-biker wrote:How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently?



still ride able on an standard mtb
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Bigtymer » December 30th, 2012, 9:32 am

RickPlite wrote:
mntn-biker wrote:How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently?



still ride able on an standard mtb


You mean a bike without studded tires?
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » December 30th, 2012, 9:43 am

Bigtymer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
mntn-biker wrote:How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently?



still ride able on an standard mtb


You mean a bike without studded tires?


yes, at least it was two days ago. Might need studs today
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Bigtymer » December 30th, 2012, 9:53 am

RickPlite wrote:
Bigtymer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
mntn-biker wrote:How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently?



still ride able on an standard mtb


You mean a bike without studded tires?


yes, at least it was two days ago. Might need studs today



Thanks Rick, I'm really like what I've seen since I've been home. I'm going brag to all my friends in Carbondale, and tell them that MMBA knows how to build some awesome IMBA trails:) Nice work!
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » December 30th, 2012, 10:21 am

Bigtymer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
Bigtymer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
mntn-biker wrote:How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently?



still ride able on an standard mtb


You mean a bike without studded tires?


yes, at least it was two days ago. Might need studs today



Thanks Rick, I'm really like what I've seen since I've been home. I'm going brag to all my friends in Carbondale, and tell them that MMBA knows how to build some awesome IMBA trails:) Nice work!


Thanks!
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby cramer » January 18th, 2013, 3:44 pm

Was nice out there today. Some frozen ruts but otherwise in good shape, no trees down. Snapped a chainring bolt and folded my front ring like a pretzel trying to get over the lip at the top of the powerline hill on Sawtooth in the red direction. Kind of a longish walk out but I could at least coast down some hills. Still had a great ride.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Mike_D » January 18th, 2013, 3:55 pm

cramer wrote:Snapped a chainring bolt and folded my front ring like a pretzel


You're an animal!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Buck91 » January 18th, 2013, 6:24 pm

Word on the street says rubbers are good, front stud or both studs?
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