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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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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Jayers » August 15th, 2011, 8:37 am

Yes, according to the maps, It was called "Bloomer Campground." We did a big loop. Nice trail, reminiscient of Bald Mountain. What other areas are bikable? We orienteered the horse trails north of Fox Lake Rd, but are those off limits to bikes? Several parts looked challenging, even to horses.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby bikesatori » August 15th, 2011, 11:10 am

yeah the equestrian trails are unfortunately off limits to bikes.

And yep, this particular loop is also called Bloomer, #3 if I can remember off the top of my head.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Shortyy » August 2nd, 2012, 12:51 pm

Road Bloomer #3 this past weekend. Trail is in pretty decent condition. There are a few trees down, one that required a dismount and carry around. I'm not sure exactly where this was at on the trail. I know there is no active maintenance going on, but I was surprised it wasnt more overgrown. The fields were a little long, but you could for sure still tell where the trail was and there is a stretch where it appears some thorny bushes have gotten a little out of control. Also it appears that there have been some horses out there as there were fresh hoof prints.

I know its a short trail, but its something different, I might try and hit it a little more often.
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Re: Holly/Flint: Ortonville

Postby Rock N' Rolla » August 9th, 2012, 8:38 pm

hey, I live in Oxford, PM me if you dont mind a ride-a-long, I 'd like to explore this. Apparently it has fallen out of our hands for a few years now and horses have over run it aswell. I poked around on the forum a year or so ago about this trail and the feedback i got kinda gave me the impression to not bother and just keep driven through to Holdrige.
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Re: CRAMBA: Ortonville

Postby Skyt » August 13th, 2013, 9:12 pm

Rode Bloomer #3 today. Hope this is the correct forum for an update. With the exception of quite a few sticks and debris in a few locations, the trail is rideable. With a little work to improve the sandy portions at the bottoms of the hills, this trail could be top notch. The descents are awesome. A trail leading east over to Big Fish Lake would be a great improvement.
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Re: CRAMBA: Ortonville

Postby Jim O » August 14th, 2013, 6:42 am

It is the correct forum but Ortonville State Rec and Bloomer #3 is not maintained by any volunteers for mountain biking. State employees only clear the trails. Ortonville has a very active horse riding group.
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