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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby trevrev97 » April 20th, 2013, 6:23 pm

Trail update?
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby AllMountin' » April 28th, 2013, 10:39 am

Bump. 26 days since last update. Help us make responsible decisions before we drive to your trails.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » April 28th, 2013, 12:20 pm

The trails at Merrell are ready to ride but Sawtooth should be avoided as it is still very wet. There are about 10 deep mud holes near some berms. Please ride straight through them rather than creating bypasses. They should dry out by midweek if the rain stays away for a while. We will reshape and repair them after they have dried
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby cramer » May 2nd, 2013, 3:26 pm

RickPlite wrote:The trails at Merrell are ready to ride but Sawtooth should be avoided as it is still very wet. There are about 10 deep mud holes near some berms. Please ride straight through them rather than creating bypasses. They should dry out by midweek if the rain stays away for a while. We will reshape and repair them after they have dried
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They are still there and VERY deep / large and show no signs of drying up. I stopped after one lap, didn't seem like a good idea to keep riding. Worried about Monday out there. Luton was bone dry. Talked to another guy that said EV was really muddy too.

I like the new advanced technical features that were added.... to the driveway.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » May 2nd, 2013, 3:59 pm

cramer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:The trails at Merrell are ready to ride but Sawtooth should be avoided as it is still very wet. There are about 10 deep mud holes near some berms. Please ride straight through them rather than creating bypasses. They should dry out by midweek if the rain stays away for a while. We will reshape and repair them after they have dried
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They are still there and VERY deep / large and show no signs of drying up. I stopped after one lap, didn't seem like a good idea to keep riding. Worried about Monday out there. Luton was bone dry. Talked to another guy that said EV was really muddy too.

I like the new advanced technical features that were added.... to the driveway.


Springtime at Merrell is a first for us and not a normal spring at that. We may need to armor the areas if they will never dry. Some appear to be spring related and others just deep puddles.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby cramer » May 2nd, 2013, 5:13 pm

RickPlite wrote:
cramer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:The trails at Merrell are ready to ride but Sawtooth should be avoided as it is still very wet. There are about 10 deep mud holes near some berms. Please ride straight through them rather than creating bypasses. They should dry out by midweek if the rain stays away for a while. We will reshape and repair them after they have dried
.


They are still there and VERY deep / large and show no signs of drying up. I stopped after one lap, didn't seem like a good idea to keep riding. Worried about Monday out there. Luton was bone dry. Talked to another guy that said EV was really muddy too.

I like the new advanced technical features that were added.... to the driveway.


Springtime at Merrell is a first for us and not a normal spring at that. We may need to armor the areas if they will never dry. Some appear to be spring related and others just deep puddles.


That trail has been baptized by fire. Officially opened and then a huge drought, now a once in a generation flood the following spring. It's not fair. Wondering if it's water still slowly draining down from higher up on the hill that might be replenishing the mud holes as fast as it can drain or evaporate.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » May 2nd, 2013, 6:34 pm

cramer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
cramer wrote:
RickPlite wrote:The trails at Merrell are ready to ride but Sawtooth should be avoided as it is still very wet. There are about 10 deep mud holes near some berms. Please ride straight through them rather than creating bypasses. They should dry out by midweek if the rain stays away for a while. We will reshape and repair them after they have dried
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They are still there and VERY deep / large and show no signs of drying up. I stopped after one lap, didn't seem like a good idea to keep riding. Worried about Monday out there. Luton was bone dry. Talked to another guy that said EV was really muddy too.

I like the new advanced technical features that were added.... to the driveway.


Springtime at Merrell is a first for us and not a normal spring at that. We may need to armor the areas if they will never dry. Some appear to be spring related and others just deep puddles.


That trail has been baptized by fire. Officially opened and then a huge drought, now a once in a generation flood the following spring. It's not fair. Wondering if it's water still slowly draining down from higher up on the hill that might be replenishing the mud holes as fast as it can drain or evaporate.


I agree and we can't keep the trail closed until June, that just won't work. Pray for a dry spell and then we can reassess. The trail survived 3" rain storms last summer no problem.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Slimm » May 3rd, 2013, 11:43 am

any pics?

i havent gone over there yet this spring
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby bbender785 » May 13th, 2013, 9:38 am

howabout meow? tentatively planning on heading there after work.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby RickPlite » May 13th, 2013, 9:45 am

bbender785 wrote:howabout meow? tentatively planning on heading there after work.


should be ok with the few mention wet spots
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby gtrowbridge » May 13th, 2013, 10:11 am

Saturday was only one un-improved mudhole.
Some greasy spots but not bad. Probably none now.
Other mudholes were improved by folks laying many logs/sticks in them.
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Mike_D » May 13th, 2013, 12:08 pm

Last Wednesday there was 1 really bad mud hole on the downhill just past the picnic table. There was flowing water leaching out of the side of the hill. At that time, there was really no way around it. I went right straight thru it (as we are supposed to do), almost :roll: and have 2 muddy shoes as a result :mrgreen:
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Brian4884 » May 13th, 2013, 1:44 pm

I am new to the website and forums, can someone tell me where I can find out if a trail is open or closed? I am currently looking at Merrell also Upper Macatawa and Luton.

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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby giantone » May 13th, 2013, 2:26 pm

Hey Brian. I have found that it is easiest to follow the respective trail on facebook to determine if a trail is open or closed. Here are a few of the ones to follow:

https://www.facebook.com/UpperMacatawa
https://www.facebook.com/MerrellTrails
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-Of-Luton-Park/200046220035761
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Re: WMMBA: Merrell Trail

Postby Brian4884 » May 13th, 2013, 3:04 pm

Thanks giant that is very helpful!
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