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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby ibisman » February 16th, 2010, 12:33 pm

HaH! Ol' Hamhock and I did the blue loop this morning (2/16/10) and it was fine....just like the old days with home made studded tires and 1 1/2 hour laps. no issues to report, just lots of snow and hard slogging. get out there and pack it down! :lol:
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby risnewski » February 16th, 2010, 3:02 pm

I just completed an XC ski lap of yellow and the trail is ready to go. Met a couple guys who completed a blue/yellow lap on fat tires w/o studs. Their report is that the full trail is in fine shape with some slipping in the corners. I believe they said they did blue/yellow in 1:27.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Sparty » February 19th, 2010, 9:16 am

Can anyone provide an update on the condition of the park road in ILRA &/or Kensington? Thanks.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby risnewski » February 19th, 2010, 5:02 pm

I was out there yesterday and it was getting slushy as it warmed up. I'd say it would be good first thing in the morning after an evening freeze. A group of us plan to give it a shot Sunday morning at 8 and then hit some pavement.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby bbarel » February 20th, 2010, 2:47 pm

I was there about 10am. Most of the trail was frozen except a few spots and the section along the tracks, but I was able to stay up on the side. There were some deep slush and mud ruts from previous days. It looked like one knuckle head was training for a mud race.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby utabintarbo » February 21st, 2010, 1:07 pm

Rode early this morning. Pretty much the same as the previous post. Several guys out there without studs, but I think they're just nuts. :shock: Many, many sphincter-cramping patches of ice. Likely all academic as of tomorrow afternoon. :evil:
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby ibisman » February 25th, 2010, 1:24 pm

HamHock, and I rode the trail backwards out of the parking lot this morning(2/25/10) out to the cement bike path and rode it down to Kensington (it was not plowed) and back for a total of a little over 8 miles. Very nice with the sun out and 22 deg. The trail is very soft in most places so it will need more sled traffic. :P
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » February 25th, 2010, 4:18 pm

I made one pass on the paved trail with the plow today at about 2 p.m. Road is plowed as of right now also. Looks decent except for some slush left over and a few spots where the snow didn't melt yet. Supposed to be some more snow on the way though.

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby risnewski » February 25th, 2010, 5:11 pm

I did Blue yesterday on the skis and the trail is actually getting close to being ready to ride. Most areas were beginning to pack in nicely.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby jmanoh » February 25th, 2010, 9:21 pm

So, riding the Yellow and Blue loops is not recommended? I have studded tires, by the way. Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby ibisman » February 26th, 2010, 8:05 am

If you can do it , go for it! :lol:
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Hermannator » February 27th, 2010, 6:57 pm

Not exactly a post about ILRA, but if you need to ride, and don't want to hike though the snow, the Kensington Roads are clear, as well as the bike path from the Kent Lake Toll Booth around until the Boat rental.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Steve_Balogh » February 28th, 2010, 12:44 am

I was out there Saturday, rode the entire yellow and blue and the "dunes". The new Surly Larry front tire was allowing me to do a little downhilling in one dune section, where I was joined nearby by a group of snowmobilers who were curious if I were going to do one really sick downhill. No way I was going to try that other nearby hill they were doing :oops: . Shot quite a bit of video I'll post in a few days. I had a possum stop me on the blue, funny how those things will run the trail for quite a while before going off into the woods, got that on video too.

The blue loop ridge coming down along the road was the only section that brought me to a long walk - there are drifts on that up to my knees - the sleds have learned to avoid that section, looks like they are using sections of the old route. Looks like now they just avoid doing that sharp left to the bridge before the ridge narrows, by avoiding the whole ridge altogether. Outside of that the sleds are out riding both loops, but really fat tires and low pressure is necessary.

Afterwards I tried Novi, that was so bad I was doing more walking than riding. Didn't get very far with that one.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby scat silvurz » February 28th, 2010, 10:16 am

even with the fat tires it's impossible without the snowsleds packin' down the trail.....lets see some vids, Steve!
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Steve_Balogh » March 1st, 2010, 6:11 am

scat silvurz wrote:even with the fat tires it's impossible without the snowsleds packin' down the trail.....lets see some vids, Steve!


ILRA was a little better on Sunday, saw a few normal MTB's out there. The "roadside ridge" on the blue was stomped down enough that I could ride down most of it, a little trouble starting at the top. I have one video set up, however I have to trim off 150Mb so I can get a decent res to upload.
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