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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » November 20th, 2013, 10:09 am

Yankee was hit hard by the winds from this past Sunday. Gonna try to do what I can today....but a crew with a chainsaw or two is what is needed. Sending a note to the TC.

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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby dirtjunkie » November 23rd, 2013, 3:43 pm

Quite a lot was accomplished over the last few days at Yankee. Should be good to go...and ready for the Turkey Burn ride next Friday!!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby ReidRules18 » November 24th, 2013, 4:33 pm

I was out there today. Looks like someone did quite a lot of work taking care of the downed trees! Trail was open and tree free.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby kevin g » November 29th, 2013, 7:21 am

I am thinking of coming down for the Turkey Burner later this morning, but am wondering if the trail is passable with a normal mountain bike with normal tires (Racing Ralphs). I am a little embarrassed to say I have never tried mountain biking on snow.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » November 29th, 2013, 7:28 am

kevin g wrote:I am thinking of coming down for the Turkey Burner later this morning, but am wondering if the trail is passable with a normal mountain bike with normal tires (Racing Ralphs). I am a little embarrassed to say I have never tried mountain biking on snow.


You should be fine with the Ra-Ra's. I have 2.25" Ra-Ra's myself and I've been riding Luton and the ski area with a couple inches of snow and it's fine but obviously more work on climbs and you need to be more aware in the corners. Check out this link and it looks like there is only a couple of inches of snow down in that area:

http://www.weatherstreet.com/city_snow_depth/49058-Hastings-MI-snow-depth.htm
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby kevin g » November 29th, 2013, 7:52 am

Thanks. Pretty sure I am going.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » November 29th, 2013, 6:31 pm

How was the snow depth? I saw a pic from the Turkey Burner ride and the ground looked pretty bare.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby kevin g » November 29th, 2013, 9:04 pm

There was barely more than a dusting. The snow really wasn't an issue at all.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby lampenj » November 30th, 2013, 4:59 pm

From the ride yesterday: http://youtu.be/C7V4SPvPTGQ
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby MFawley » December 5th, 2013, 3:41 pm

I plan on trying to head out here on saturday afternoon. Anything I should know about? Are the trails marked well enough for someone who's never ridden them before?
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Mike_D » December 5th, 2013, 3:48 pm

MFawley wrote:I plan on trying to head out here on saturday afternoon. Anything I should know about? Are the trails marked well enough for someone who's never ridden them before?


They're marked well enough. There are a couple spots that you could take a right or a left but just follow the tire tracks and you'll stay on track.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby giantone » December 5th, 2013, 8:49 pm

Mike_D wrote:
MFawley wrote:I plan on trying to head out here on saturday afternoon. Anything I should know about? Are the trails marked well enough for someone who's never ridden them before?


They're marked well enough. There are a couple spots that you could take a right or a left but just follow the tire tracks and you'll stay on track.

Yep, generally take right turns and you'll do the whole trail.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby c0nsumer » December 5th, 2013, 9:02 pm

One suggestion: When you see the sign that says Devil's Soup Bowl on a wooden post on your right, even though it is written in black like all of the mountain bike route markers, do not ride down in there. It is not MTB trail. Just keep going straight.

(This confused me my first time there.)
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby MFawley » December 5th, 2013, 9:10 pm

Ok, thanks for the tips! Been awhile since I've ridden some place new, looking forward to it.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bigtymer » December 9th, 2013, 7:44 am

c0nsumer wrote:One suggestion: When you see the sign that says Devil's Soup Bowl on a wooden post on your right, even though it is written in black like all of the mountain bike route markers, do not ride down in there. It is not MTB trail. Just keep going straight.

(This confused me my first time there.)


It use to be apart of the trail a long time ago.:)
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