MCMBA: Rouge Park

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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby Wiltr0n » April 21st, 2014, 7:54 pm

chris_f and I rode the trail this afternoon. There are three downed trees on the west side of the loop and some seriously muddy sections in the segments after you ride through the airplane meadow. That said, the trail crew made some solid improvements with routing and built a new bridge over the fall. Once things dry out, this will be a fun trail that is quickly accessible to anyone living in Detroit. I suspect chris_f will post with more details soon!
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » April 22nd, 2014, 1:55 pm

Will covered it perfectly. We'll get a chainsaw out soon for the 3 big trees. Fortunately, one them fell right at the end of the west side where the trail exits onto the sidewalk at Joy Rd in order to cross the river heading east. The fallen tree knocked out a bunch of smaller trees and brush and opened up a diagonal line leading to the sidewalk that will be easier to follow after the part blocking the trail is cleared.

The southeast side of the trail is very soft and muddy, typical for this time of year as everything is draining and it's still getting packed in. 2 small reroutes avoid some bad spots by staying higher up, but are still soft as they are new.

Aside from having to hike-a-bike over the 3 trees and the soft spots, the trail is rideable. Enjoy!
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » June 2nd, 2014, 7:30 pm

Trail is in great shape, but tends to take a while to dry out after these spring rains. Recent storms brought down more trees, but all were cleared except for 2 big ones at the end of the westside right before you exit to Joy Rd to cross the river. On the plus side, after you hike-a-bike, the exit is wide open thanks to the City which recently cleared the sidewalks nearby brush. East side is soft in the new re-routes, but will harden up over time.

Our partner the Student Conservation Association held their Party in the Park on Saturday. A great time was had by all, and Jason and I led a group of 10-12 high school students on what was for most of them their first mountain bike ride!
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » June 2nd, 2014, 7:32 pm

Forgot to mention: a new map and brochures are posted on the kiosk. Check it out!
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » July 17th, 2014, 10:07 pm

Trail is in great shape! Ride it!

Please note that our partners from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) are out on the trail the next few weeks (usually Monday-Friday, within the hours 9-4), adding new signs and arrows, fixing a few problem spots, and adding some more benches. They've already done a ton of trimming and raking, and the trail is in fantastic shape. Even the 2 reroutes on the east side are packing in nicely after being a bit soft in the spring.

There is an ash tree down before the exit to the sidewalk on Joy Rd, easily cyclocrossed over or hopped by the more skilled. Might be able to keep half of it in place and build a log pile. Keep an eye out for other opportunities for fun trail features like that.

Also attended a community forum last night hosted by the City Parks & Rec and the Friends of Rouge Park (rougepark.org) and led by the National Park Service. Originally they were going to help with some pocket parks (parks/playgrounds within a park), but there are already several nice and recently updated playgrounds in the park, and the overwhelming cry from the community of park users and neighbors was:
"MORE TRAILS!"

More, hiking, biking, mountain biking, paved, natural surface, accessible, kid-friendly, beginner, low profile, elevated boardwalk, advanced, etc.

It looks like a first project that could possibly come of this input process is a small track or loop that could be used by families and beginners. A pump track might be an aspect of this. More details to come!
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby 3d » July 20th, 2014, 3:48 pm

Fun trail, rode it for the first time today, also noted that tree down by Joy Rd. exit, but whole trail was dry which was great. Actually rode it on my CX bike with road slicks, had to walk a couple spots, but still fun, obviously a MTB is the correct tool for the job, might bring it out for a couple more laps sometime.

Referencing your last post^, it would be cool if it crossed into the woods between Tireman and Warren, or over Outer drive into the western, grassier part of the park. Crossing Joy Rd. could be a little skettchy just because its fairly busy, but going northward would be great too,

Anyways, good work.
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » July 21st, 2014, 9:42 am

Thanks, Andy! Glad you enjoyed it, and on CX no less!

Agreed about the future connections: the block north (Joy-Outer-Spinoza) is a likely option, but the best places to cross are along the Outer Drive bridge that goes over Joy, or closer to the the stables (Lahser) where the sight distance is better. South of Tireman is ideal, but complicated. West of Outer is a definite option, and in fact might be where this beginner loop park concept the NPS is assisting with might go eventually. That block would also be great for a "perimeter" trail, a simple singletrack that circles the whole block, very-beginner-friendly.
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » July 25th, 2014, 8:16 pm

Rode Rouge Park for the first time today. Pretty nice little trail, and generally well kept too.

Several trees are down and all but one are marked so I assume the TC is already aware of them. There is an unmarked big ash down near the exit by Spinoza & Tireman that looks freshly fallen. Had to climb over - will definitely need a chainsaw.
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I work in Drbn and this will make a nice lunch or after work ride.
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » July 26th, 2014, 4:53 pm

Thank you Chris, that is new! Thanks for the picture, will get that very soon!

Glad you enjoyed it.
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby chris_f » September 19th, 2014, 11:00 am

Meant to mention, that big ash right pictured above before the exit at Spinoza to Tireman is cleared!

It left behind quite a bit of raw material for some obstacles, so think about how best to use it.
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Re: MCMBA: Rouge Park

Postby goin-postal » Yesterday, 12:17 pm

Rode the trail today. The trail was totally leaf covered which made the trail hard to find in spots. The new trail markers are nice. A few trees down about a mile from the start and another closer to Joy Rd. That ones been down a while. A few muddy spots near the air field.

Thanks for the hard work, fun trail!!
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