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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bikesatori » March 1st, 2011, 6:15 pm

well just got back from hiking out there at Bloomer #3.

I was actually quite amazed to see how much use this trail system has been seeing!!

I'm sure a baloon bike could have made it through there just fine today as is, but depending on how the weather shifts this week and the rain on thurs, I may try to head back out there with the single speed and some nokian hakka's this weekend!
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bback01 » April 15th, 2011, 7:05 pm

Rode Bloomer #3 today, trail had two logs across it and two water puddles around marker 6. Other than that it was very rideable, if only it wasn't a half mile climb out of The paking lot. Gets the heart pumping, even if it is only 2.5 miles it feels tougher than some 15 mile trails I've been on.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bikesatori » April 16th, 2011, 12:57 am

I thought it was ~3.5mi?

Unless this weekends forecast shows true, I may swing over there for a quick loop too.... maybe have the chainsaw in the truck with me as well...

Next time you plan on heading over there for a ride let me know, I wouldn't mind taking a loop with another of the few local riders!
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bback01 » April 16th, 2011, 3:32 pm

bikesatori wrote:Imaybe have the chainsaw in the truck with me as well...


If you go out to remove some trees, one is about 3/4 mile in in the area where the trail runs right next to the field. And the other is at the top of the hill at the end of the trail right out of the parking lot.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bikesatori » May 25th, 2011, 12:10 pm

just rode last night...

back grassy section on north side of loop has a bad swamped out section, basically have to portage your bike and wade a 40ft section over ankle deep. And that was before the rain and “flood warnings“ we got today. Other than that, the rest was in prime condition though.

Also, just after the “swamp“, there is an extended downhill section where you can really carry some serious speed, and a big pine is down long ways on the trail. There is a little detour trail around it to the right, but, if you're really ripping down that hill it might catch you off guard.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Rock N' Rolla » June 9th, 2011, 1:15 pm

Hey anything new for this trail? I pass it on my way to Holdridge. is it worth stopping to check out? I know that there seems to be some horse traffic issues out there but was curious. Thanks :D
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Jim O » June 9th, 2011, 9:15 pm

There is no active trail maintenance at Ortonville. The trails can be fun before too much overgrowth takes over.

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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Rock N' Rolla » June 10th, 2011, 6:45 am

thanx for the update dude! :D
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Jayers » August 10th, 2011, 8:25 am

Interestingly there's an Adventure Race at ORA this Saturday. Will the trail be trimmed for that?
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Jim O » August 10th, 2011, 9:25 pm

Not from the MMBA/IMBA!
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Jayers » August 12th, 2011, 10:21 am

Well, I'll post up a trail condition and review of what it's currently like, after the race.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bikesatori » August 13th, 2011, 7:40 pm

As far as I know that adventure race is only near big fish lake, not bloomer.... but I could be wrong.

So how was it????


I really wanted to do this event this year, but I'm in the UP so I guess I can't complain!
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby kcnado » August 14th, 2011, 12:07 pm

We got some heavy rain at the start of the race, but even so, the trail wasn't terrible by the time we got there. Some of the corners were slick and there were a few deep sloshy mud pits (pits, not puddles).
Thats was my first time riding there, but it wasn't bad - tests your legs at the beginning, thats for sure!
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bikesatori » August 14th, 2011, 1:05 pm

oh ok so this adventure race did use the bloomer trails then??

And yeah, that long climb out of the parking lot area definitely gets the blood pumping, haha.


So about how many people showed up for the event?
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby kcnado » August 14th, 2011, 3:27 pm

bikesatori wrote:oh ok so this adventure race did use the bloomer trails then??
And yeah, that long climb out of the parking lot area definitely gets the blood pumping, haha.
So about how many people showed up for the event?


This trail is called Bloomer also? I only know Bloomer to be in Rochester.
We hopped in off State Park Road, before Sands...

I think there were 150 people there... not bad for the abundant amount of mosquitoes that hatched this weekend!
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