MCMBA: Highland

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby tmbrown » April 13th, 2014, 8:24 am

Sorry that's the Fridge… D-loop is always the last to thaw out.

B and C-loop are clear of snow… there's a few ribbons of snow at the end of A-loop, that are easily avoided.

I didn’t make it to D-loop, I rode A,B,C and ran into Builder-Bill and friends. He gave me a tour of Highland west, I think they called up and over, very nice Hill indeed. :D 14 miles on my Fatty was enough.

I live about 5 miles north of Highland, we had some High winds, with a trace of rain later in the evening.
The trail should be good today…I would anticipate some new deadfall though.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby ihateplaindave » April 13th, 2014, 11:22 am

A loop was perfect this morning. The tiny ribbon of snow will not last the day.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Brother Crank » April 13th, 2014, 2:35 pm

This is all excellent new. Heading out there right now!
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby gman122889 » April 16th, 2014, 10:29 pm

Anyone been out since Tuesday's snow? I'm looking to get out there soon!
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Gfish29 » April 16th, 2014, 11:45 pm

I rode A and B on Wed, 4/16. Good to go. There is 1 old rotten tree down on B loop, about 3/4 mile in, right in the first set of climbs. No snow.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby tmbrown » April 17th, 2014, 7:12 am

^^ Above… I also rode A, B yesterday.

We plan to clear that tree, and the one on D-loop this Weekend.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Kazie » April 18th, 2014, 11:01 am

According to intelicast.com, the forecasted rain missed Highland RA. I'll be out there to check it out this afternoon.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby redwoods22 » April 18th, 2014, 11:29 am

I live 1 mile from the trail and we got hit with a 1/4 inch of rain overnight.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Kazie » April 18th, 2014, 5:46 pm

Oh, it actually rained.. OK... But despite the rain, the trail is good. I've just finished A+B and saw only one greasy spot. No standing water.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby flamingo » April 18th, 2014, 9:26 pm

Rode all four loops last night. Couple smaller trees down. C and D are still with a deep leaf cover. Otherwise trail is in great shape.
On the second note. This trail is the ultimate measure of ones fitness. I regularly spun in the basement all winter. Two weeks ago started riding on the gravel roads, pushing it hard, and still felt out of shape riding Highland. Mi time was 14min longer than my best time.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Chi » April 19th, 2014, 1:46 pm

A and B loops were in perfect shape this morning.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Kazie » April 19th, 2014, 5:35 pm

It could be because I went there much earlier than usual, there were so many cars/trucks in the parking lot. Thanks to those riders, runners and hikers, the fallen leaves are getting chewed down and the trail is clear of them in some part, (maybe less than 3% clear, though.)

I rode A+B+C this afternoon. And I saw a runner lady who had a small bell with her, coming from the opposite direction. When I heard it, I knew where exactly she was and could slow down. And I thought it was a great idea. Maybe nothing new but it was the first time I saw anyone doing it on a trail.

And I also saw something looking like a huge coyote. Do they live in Highland? It was also my first time seeing one in Michigan.

All and all, it was a great afternoon on a trail. I love Highland!
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby galaxydean » April 19th, 2014, 8:21 pm

Kazie they are everywhere out here.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Kazie » April 19th, 2014, 9:18 pm

galaxydean wrote:Kazie they are everywhere out here.

Oh, I see. That was my guess, but I was surprised I hadn't seen one until today.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Kazie » April 20th, 2014, 6:30 pm

I rode A+B+C+D today. The trail is phenomenal. And I saw two piles of horse *beep* on the B. Do they live there? I don't think so. Some equestrian seemed to enter the MTB trail earlier today. I didn't see them yesterday afternoon.
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