Michigan Mountain Biking Association
davedejonge wrote:ood trails in Proud lake, lots of hills and such, not too much sand, and some really good potential. - Highland part 2!
as for the current trails... I think this link might work for those who wanted a pdf they could print of the map I made.
There should be file/download option to allow you to save it.
J/C wrote:Rode Loop 1 yesterday, it's in good shape. Front tire went flat from a thorn. Fixed it, rode Loops 2 and 3 tonight. Tree down on 2 near the residence along Garden Rd. I will try to clear it in the next few days.
Thank you Lisa for posting. There is definitely room for horse and bike riding to take place in Proud Lake safely. Separate trails are a good way to go. Trail maintenance by both us and equestrians has been done well lately. (I do not think the park does any work on the bike/bridle trails.) I have only been riding the trails for the past three years, and right now they are in the best shape I have seen them.
We as mountain bikers would certainly like to build our own trails. From what I understand, several years ago, a proposal for new mountain bike trails to be constructed in the areas currently designated for the bike/bridle trails was presented to the DNR and it was rejected by Luba Sitar, district manager. Perhaps now is the time to ask again.
Asst. Trail Coordinator
Loren wrote:Thank you for your thoughtful letter Lisa. While only a small fraction of Michigan mountain bikers are readers of this forum, most of the local enthusiastic riders participate and it is hoped that the rider in question reads this and reflects on what was, and what might have been.
I think that I speak for all of us when I say that I'm sorry that this event occurred, and I'm thankful that she was not more seriously injured.
I think horses and bikes can mix, but only in areas with low traffic volumes and where the soil conditions and geology will sustain the traffic and allow clear sight lines. Perhaps that described Proud Lake in the past, but no longer. Across the US a little more than 3 million new mountain bikes were sold last year, and many of those bikes and new riders have found their way to a local trail. In the few short years that I've been riding I've seen a significant increase in the number of people of all sorts using our Metro Detroit trails, as you have also observed. This trend is only going to increase. Its likely that the economy is also adding to this pressure, as more people are choosing to recreate locally rather than travel on weekends. It's unfortunate but inevitable that increased usage will result in an increase in conflicts and we all will spend more time policing behavior than we'd like.
In our other Metro Detroit area trails, separate trail systems have been created to minimize the potential conflicts between trail user groups. Highland, Pontiac Lake, and Maybury are just a few examples of state land where this separation has been largely successful.
As a chapter, we would support your call for the creation of independent trail systems at Proud Lake. Other chapters are currently doing this in other areas of the state, such as at Fort Custer where separate trails have been established within the past few months. We stand ready to design, fund, build, and maintain these trails. It's possible, the state will allow us to do this, but we need to work with local DNR management to achieve this. Getting their buy-in and support is the first step.
G.Cook wrote:Perhaps the reason Proud Lk. hasn't gotten more love from mtn.bike trail crews is that those trails are shared with equestrians. While I agree with Bill and Loren on just about everything as to trail care , I will never work on a trail system that is shared with equestrians. Which is why I'm not all that enthusiastic about working the Waterloo Rec. trail system out at the "Waterloo Equestrian Recreation Area".
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