MCMBA: Island Lake

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby berto2cj » November 16th, 2013, 3:48 pm

Just got back from doing two laps (Blue/Yellow & Full Blue) - trail is rocking and I didn't encounter any hunters. There are some mud spots but easy to get around them and pretty visible. The only thing that got me was the peanut butter style mud at the top of the first climb on blue just after you go under the RR bridge.

Note the tree on yellow is still there. It is just past mile 3.5 marker, on the sandy DH section after the very rooty climb. It can sneak up on you as it is on a fast DH around the bend. Use caution!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby FatTire » November 18th, 2013, 10:13 pm

Rode Blue&Yellow from the JCP spur and managed to move about a dozen trail blockers. The rest are going to need a chain saw and elbow grease.

Here are where they are located:
Blue Trail
- Mile 1.75
- Mile 7.25
- Mile 8.25
Yellow Trail
- After wood bridge crossing
- on hill along Grand River
- Mile 3.5 after metal bridge, before stop sign on dirt road
Green Oak Village Spur
- in pine stand 3/4 way from parking lot to Blue trail (for those of us that buy State Park Passports but find it more convenient to ride from JCP)

Green Oak Spur
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Blue Trail Mile 7.25
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Blue Trail Mile 8.25
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » November 20th, 2013, 2:20 pm

Thanks. Be careful out there. I'm not going to be able to get to these until Friday or Saturday.

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby FatTire » November 20th, 2013, 2:32 pm

Hey Mark,

Is any special permission needed for a couple ambitious ILRA regulars with a saw to have at it and clear the trail?
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby b_b » November 20th, 2013, 2:49 pm

I know chainsaw needs a safety certificate, but hand saw should be fine. Stanley sharp-tooth from HD works pretty good and fits in a back-pack.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » November 20th, 2013, 3:05 pm

FatTire wrote:Hey Mark,

Is any special permission needed for a couple ambitious ILRA regulars with a saw to have at it and clear the trail?


Hand saw yes power saw unfortunately no. The DNR has given me permission but I had to provide a chainsaw safety certificate and I let them know when I'll be cutting.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » November 23rd, 2013, 7:48 am

FatTire rode from the JCP lot so I'm unsure of where the trees are. If anyone can better describe the ones on Blue I'd appreciate it. Heading out now.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby FatTire » November 24th, 2013, 6:17 am

I attempted to convert all mileages to measure from the Park Trailhead. Were they reasonably close? ;)

Thanks for clearing the trail! You rock!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » November 24th, 2013, 7:21 am

I cleared Yellow and JCP. DNR Mike got the other es on Blue.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby berto2cj » November 28th, 2013, 5:18 pm

Anyone out here today(thanksgiving)? I want to go out tomorrow - curious how sloppy it will be.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Critter7r » November 28th, 2013, 7:16 pm

As cold as it's been, I'm sure there won't be much slop.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby b_b » November 28th, 2013, 7:48 pm

Best to go early morning before the sun melts the snow.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby The RideR » November 28th, 2013, 11:58 pm

I rode Blue today around 2 pm. Trail was in pretty good shape, just a couple sleek spots, no slop at all. If you go in the morning tomorrow you should be fine.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby ej132 » December 3rd, 2013, 2:10 pm

Do the snowmobilers use the trails much in winter or just stay in the open areas more? Wanna try biking this winter but don't wanna have snow machines coming up fast on me
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Loren » December 3rd, 2013, 2:38 pm

I haven't found that to be a problem. You can hear them a long ways off, and they do a pretty good job of packing down blue for easy riding even without a fatbike. Yellow is a bit tight for a snowmobile, so that gets little traffic.
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