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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » December 13th, 2010, 10:43 am

I'm Back!

Can anyone give me an update on the trails? (Downed tree locations)

Thanks,

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Loren » December 13th, 2010, 10:54 am

Welcome back!

Rode it Friday evening. Conditions were great. Only tree down is the one reported in yellow.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » December 14th, 2010, 12:15 pm

The large tree on yellow before the 5 mile marker is now clear.

If you're planning on hiking, skiing or biking the trails there are a lot of face slappers due to the heavy snow weighing things down.

I'm sure there will also be a few more downed trees so let me know about them.

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » December 14th, 2010, 12:20 pm

Thanks Dave!
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby risnewski » December 14th, 2010, 9:35 pm

Couple of downed trees on Yellow that will require a chain saw. There's one down before the bridge which is just before the up hill along Grand River and another that I would guess is less than a mile before the Kensington Rd bridge. DNR Dave, we saw the one you cut today. Thanks!

Awesome time to ride. A friend and I rode Yellow backwards tonight and as Dave said, lots of low hanging trees from the heavy snow. Arduous ride but about as pretty as any ride you'll ever do. ILRA has more snow than I expected and I'd guess it's good for xc skiing.

We saw a couple other cars in the lot when we got back that we assume were from riders doing Blue.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby sklevorn » December 18th, 2010, 1:51 pm

Cleared the two big trees risnewski mentioned. Trail is packed taters. +1 on the scenery and low hangers.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » December 19th, 2010, 8:24 am

Awesome thanks.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby EarlyRider » December 19th, 2010, 12:25 pm

Rode Blue Loop this morning majority of trail was snowmobile packed powder with sections of loose powder, conditions improved after Spring Mill Pond and last half of trail was in great shape, so don?t get discouraged by first couple of miles. 2 trees down but have no idea where they were located since I was oxygen deprived trying to keep up with the guys I was riding with.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Hermannator » December 21st, 2010, 4:28 pm

Blue was quite a slog from about the trailhead until the Spring Mill Pond. Fair to good most other places. Absolute best in the last mile or so.

Trees down: 2 on the gradual uphill after mile marker 8. Large one right before recent reroute within first mile of trail (just before paved road crossing) and one more recent one about mile 4 1/4 (I think). Also tree down on the JC Penny entrance. All too large to move by hand.

Another rider told me that yellow was in much better shape than blue, so I will try that later this week.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » December 23rd, 2010, 12:32 pm

I do not work until sunday so, like the other guys said ride yellow.

I will try to get on blue trail sunday to clear those trees.

Merry Christmas.

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby Buck91 » December 23rd, 2010, 8:02 pm

Whats everyone ridin out there? Doable on 29x2.1 Nokians with low PSI?
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby RQ1 » December 23rd, 2010, 8:11 pm

Your Nokians should be just fine. I rode today on 26 x 2.1 IRC Mythos XC tires at about 26 psi. No studs.

Yellow loop is nice and hardpacked, with just enough loose surface snow to let you slide around a little if you like that sort of thing. I didn't ride all of Blue, but the parts I did were just fine too.
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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » December 26th, 2010, 1:58 pm

Trees are clear on blue trail.

I got the big one just before the new re-route before the railroad, the two by mile marker 8. I did not see anything blocking the trail around 4 1/4. There was a smaller tree someone moved, Im guessing that was the tree.

I have not made it over to the connector trail by the mall yet.

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby DNR Island Lake » December 26th, 2010, 5:48 pm

Blue should be all clear now.

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Re: Metro South: Island Lake

Postby b_b » December 26th, 2010, 11:38 pm

Buck91 wrote:Whats everyone ridin out there? Doable on 29x2.1 Nokians with low PSI?
I ran Nokians on the 24th 8am, but no ice other than the short road section. Trail was softer than I expected and I actually dropped pressure down to around 20 psi which was a nice improvement.
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