MCMBA: Island Lake

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » August 27th, 2013, 6:21 am

piksie wrote:Heads up: As of yesterday there's a big tree over the trail on yellow, almost at the end before crossing the paved bike path. I did two laps, and it wasn't there on my first lap! But it was definitely there on my second :)


I'll alert the DNR. Thanks!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby bespoke » August 27th, 2013, 7:28 am

piksie wrote:Heads up: As of yesterday there's a big tree over the trail on yellow, almost at the end before crossing the paved bike path. I did two laps, and it wasn't there on my first lap! But it was definitely there on my second :)


This tree is huge, easily more than 2' in diameter. I don't understand what brought it down. The weather was relatively calm at the time, tree looks healthy and the root structure is completely intact. It was snapped off like a twig approx 4' off the ground.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby black2003ss » August 27th, 2013, 10:53 am

I don't understand what brought it down. The weather was relatively calm at the time, tree looks healthy and the root structure is completely intact.


No lightning in the area? I've seen lightning do that to trees...lightning will strike the tree, boiling water/moisture inside creating steam and exploding it at a certain point. It will look like a grenade went off inside of it, no burn marks, no fire, just splinters everywhere and a fallen tree. It's somewhat rare. You might have heard it, might not have. I've seen it happen in the woods before, pretty dang scary and cool at the same time.

It will usually look like this...
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby piksie » August 27th, 2013, 4:04 pm

No lightening! If I knew how to post an image I'd post one to show you.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby The RideR » August 30th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Island lake is in great shape unless you afraid of SAND:twisted:

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby jthomp » August 31st, 2013, 7:00 am

The RideR wrote:Island lake is in great shape unless you afraid of SAND:twisted:

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Truth. The trail was great except where there was surprise sand.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby BLOOMIS914 » August 31st, 2013, 9:02 am

Any trail reports for sat am after all the storms that moved through last night?
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Bigfelt66 » August 31st, 2013, 9:52 am

My guess is really sloppy. I was planning on getting in a morning ride today but mother nature had other plans
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby The RideR » August 31st, 2013, 3:07 pm

I would say Island Lake should be ok to ride. We didn't get much of a rain.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby possium8 » August 31st, 2013, 6:52 pm

Rode the yellow loop at 4:30 today and it was pretty dry just a few spots that look like they usually are damp mud were.
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Found a pair of sunglasses at Island Lk.

Postby Mucky » August 31st, 2013, 10:38 pm

Found some sunglasses on the Blue loop Fri. afternoon
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Steve_Balogh » September 1st, 2013, 4:44 pm

After Brighton I did both loops here, no downed trees. One thing to watch is after passing the homes on the blue there's the short downhill right then left uphill. I noticed some holes in the trail on the left side there. I didn't stop to take a look, might be nothing. If anything might be some water erosion under some roots.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Dave L » September 1st, 2013, 7:32 pm

Lots of erosion at Island Lake resulting in more sand on the trail then I have seen in a long time.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby setterider7 » September 3rd, 2013, 3:27 pm

^^
I agree, The trail was kind of blown out and not very fun.
The yellow loop is in far better shape than the blue.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mrbikester » September 3rd, 2013, 7:07 pm

We rode Blue & Yellow today and I have to say I have not seen it that sandy in a very long time. Has there been no rain out there? The worst spot was on yellow at about 3.5 mile marker just before that bridge that crosses Huron River next to Kensington Rd. Sand was VERY deep. Some areas are just after a fast downhill so be very careful.
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