Michigan Mountain Biking Association
chris_f wrote:Doug - sorry I missed this earlier - yes, the trail would be fine for winter fatbiking. Although it'll probably be sloppy with the spring thaw underway now.
chris_f wrote:As of Saturday, almost all big trees down have been cleared - except for the big double tree down in the northeast corner - this is in the stretch after the Joy Rd bridge crossing but before you get to the opening near the Aeromodelers Field. You can dismount and limbo slide under it for now - not ideal, but ran out of time/gas/bar oil. Will address soon.
SloMo - I cleaned up the area near the orange barrels (old sinkhole from an old water main leak) but did not see your Garmin anywhere.
In the meantime, trail was very dry and otherwise in good shape. Some overgrowth from the spring, trimming also welcome.
Lane - thanks - as a first step - there is a monthly Friends of Rouge Park meeting. Good place to meet the other stakeholders and park users (aeromodelers, equestrians, hikers, naturalists, etc.) I am unable to attend regularly due to family commitments, but having a presence there keeps us plugged in to the improvements they are working with the City on.
We have a bit of a chicken-egg situation - hard to demonstrate need for more trail without more volunteers, riders, voices, but understandably hard to get volunteers, riders, voices if the trail is only 3 miles long. Still, it's a great trail with interesting terrain and room for growth, and future connections to the existing Eliza Howell trails, Dearborn trails, and Hines trails. It's a bit of a long game with this one, but will pay off in the long run with persistence and patience. In the meantime, any help with trimming and deadfall clearing is always welcome.
Other things on the wish list: some more posts with arrows and indicators, a few possible extensions that will also improve some steep ascent/descents. There's also plenty of room for natural trail features like log piles and rock gardens.
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