CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby MtnBikerMi » June 14th, 2013, 9:35 pm

There is a tree between the switchbacks and the off camber climb that is a head hunter, been there for awhile but is just a tad lower now! Just big enough to warrant a chainsaw to remove, or a really good hand saw.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby lunge bob sweatpants » June 15th, 2013, 5:33 pm

The tree noted above is no longer a headhunter. It's down across the trail, requiring dismount and lifting your bike over.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby acidtattoo » June 19th, 2013, 9:24 pm

Tree is still down across the trail, but the rest of it is dry and fast.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Drudini » June 22nd, 2013, 7:39 pm

Rode this evening.. Someone took care of the tree after the corkscrew.. Trail is clear and good!
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby rvd » June 27th, 2013, 1:39 pm

Tree down not long before #5. Can be taken out with a hand saw.

Some trimming would be nice in a few places.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby ArcticRobot » June 28th, 2013, 10:48 am

How is PLRA today after yesterdays apocalypse?
Either push yourself, or go back to island lake. (c) iamkickstand
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby rvd » June 28th, 2013, 11:15 am

I rode 11-1:30 and the trail was fine. On the way home I encountered a good amount of rain near Highland, but everything that fell before noon, was further SE, it seemed looking at the radar.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » June 28th, 2013, 12:38 pm

rvd wrote:I rode 11-1:30 and the trail was fine. On the way home I encountered a good amount of rain near Highland, but everything that fell before noon, was further SE, it seemed looking at the radar.


You're lucky you rode earlier in the day. Some really severe thunderstorms hit that area later, dumping a lot of rain and knocking down trees. M-59 at Duck Lake road was flooded curb to curb right during rush hour.


I'm hoping to get out there later this evening to check out the trail but it's not very promising with the thunderstorms heading that way.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby poirier » June 30th, 2013, 3:51 pm

Trail is in great shape. Just the usual soft spots.
There are three trees down:
1. 1/2 mile in - probably hand saw-able
2. Just past the 3 mile sign - lots of branches and vines
3. 1 mile-ish after the first road crossing. Be careful with this one, it's at the bottom of a hill and is head height. Probably will need a chainsaw for removal.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby smartblast.org » July 1st, 2013, 11:37 am

Cleared all 3 downed trees and one large face slapper around mile 9.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Jeeper91 » July 1st, 2013, 2:20 pm

Thx Smartblast !
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby compacted_graphite » July 9th, 2013, 2:50 pm

Trail conditions for Monday July 8, 2013: There are no obstructions on the trail. Trail bed is moist due to recent rains and high humidity levels. There are a couple of muddy spots at various locations around the circuit. Also, brush on the side of the trail in open areas is high and will tickle your calves as you ride the trail. Sand pits are firm due to rain. Drainage improvements made at the trail day earlier this year appear to be functioning well.

If riders are so inclined to assist with mid-summer brush trimming, feel free to trim (prunners and clippers) sections of the trail, and then report back on this forum what you have cleared. Use caution with respect to bike traffic on the trail, and wear eye protection, mosquito protection, and poison ivy protection.

This TC cleared some overhanging vines just before the airplane field and also at Orr Road, and the skeeters were as fierce as I have ever seen. They appear to be DEET-proof.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby MtnBikerMi » July 9th, 2013, 6:10 pm

Rode at 5 today and there is a large truck of a tree at very beginning S turns on a left turn, will catch you by surprise. Will need a chainsaw to move.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby compacted_graphite » July 10th, 2013, 12:33 pm

Tree approximate location?
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby MtnBikerMi » July 10th, 2013, 12:40 pm

It is at the very beginning when you enter the single track, would estimate a 1/4 mile in when you enter off the main two way trail. Just after the second left when you are in the trees, it is a spot where you can carry some speed into a banked corner!
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