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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby otherdave » May 14th, 2010, 2:23 pm

The Friday Night ride crew is planning to meet at the trailhead and ride Kensington or whatnot. We'll peek in on the trail but we expect it to be muddy.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Friend Or Foe » May 14th, 2010, 5:06 pm

just completed a lap of blue-yellow via cutoff...

surprisingly dry. a few scattered puddles here & there but otherwise in great shape.

tree down about 1/4 mile from the road before the off camber downhill on blue (new section from 2 yrs ago). looks like a few have jumped it. will need a chain saw to remove.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby BLOOMIS914 » May 16th, 2010, 12:25 pm

Any updates on ILRA since Friday 5pm? Thanks!!
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Brandon Love » May 16th, 2010, 2:32 pm

BLOOMIS914 wrote:Any updates on ILRA since Friday 5pm? Thanks!!


Rode Blue and Yellow yesterday and the trail is in great shape. Fast and mostly dry. I highly recommend getting out and riding this trail.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby deuxdiesel » May 20th, 2010, 4:42 am

Big tree down, partially blocking trail on yellow just before 2 mile marker.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Friend Or Foe » May 22nd, 2010, 8:26 am

watch for a fallen tree just past the 1.75 mile marker on yellow. i was able to pass under the tree but with last night's weather it may have fallen to the ground more. it's located near the base of the downhill hairpin turn & is blind as you approach the turn from up top. if it's come down another foot or two from yesterday you'll definitely have a problem as you accelerate thru the downhill turn. be careful.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby MikeBl » May 23rd, 2010, 1:26 pm

Thanks for the warning, still down, trailand lot very active this AM. A few wet/slick spots but in fairly good condition.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby georgemra » May 23rd, 2010, 7:15 pm

Told one of the park rangers about the down tree on the yellow loop this afternoon. Hopefully he passes the info forward.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby onlycrimson » May 24th, 2010, 12:29 am

That tree has to go! Otherwise this afternoon the trail was great with only a few mud spots.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » May 25th, 2010, 10:51 pm

I've been working the wildfire in Grayling. I will be back to the park friday. Give me an update on what is still down and I will pass it along to my co-workers. Everyone has been extremely busy lately.

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Musubi » May 26th, 2010, 9:54 am

Looks like someone got to the downed tree already. I rode the trails last night and didn't see it. Thanks to whoever cleared it.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » May 29th, 2010, 8:35 am

Thanks for the update.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Bento » May 31st, 2010, 8:54 am

DNR Island Lake wrote:We met with Other Dave not to long ago and discussed signage around the two way sections. It will get improved shortly.

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Came across a wrong-way rider at this location, he pulled off so perhaps he suspected his error. Only thought to warn him of the rider I passed a 30 seconds prior.

I noticed someone has cleared the old fall-line route at the hill about a half-mile before the rental cottage. This is the old route with log steps. Perhaps it is has been clear for sometime, but it is the first I noticed.

The trail was in perfect condition. The only bad thing about riding later in the day is the sun shining through the trees directly into my eyes. I wish I knew the trail better, because riding blind for 2-3 seconds at a time, even with dark sunglasses, is a little unnerving.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Hudnut » June 6th, 2010, 5:37 pm

I was out this afternoon and got caught in a heavy storm. The trail has some big ruts on the hills from all the rain. The area after the bridge over woodruff creek is also flooded. The water was a good foot and a half deep.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » June 8th, 2010, 12:16 pm

We replaced and moved some of the trail markers along the two-way section of the trail. Other Dave requested some 6x6's but I only had 4x4's. I figure not everyone is as fast as Other Dave is so the 4x4's should be visible enough for most riders.

Hopefully they make the two-way section easier to navigate. Let me know.

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