I was out for a ride on Saturday around 3PM. I know it was a holiday weekend but I'm starting to see the same thing more and more. I guess this past Saturday everything came together. First off I come up on a family consisting of mom dad and hopefully still two kids. None of them were wearing helmets and they were on bikes that looked like they could barely handle the parking lot. Me to dad, “It’s great you are getting outside with the family in all, but this can be a very dangerous trail and someone can easily get hurt if they are not fully prepared.” Dad responded by saying they may ride up a little more and then ride back the same way so they don’t get lost. I recommended that when he and his family turn back around to please walk their bikes and off to the side because they would be riding into oncoming unexpected traffic.
Thinking I should be in the clear for the rest of the ride, I pass a couple with helmets on beach cruisers looking very panicked and finally between check point 4 and 5 I nearly missed a head on collision with what appeared to be two young teenagers sneaking off to go make out.
I know not every place needs to be marked with warning signs or danger zones, but this seems to be happening more and more to me at Pontiac Lake. I just want the place to be safe for those that know what they are getting into and would hate to have any future access issues on such an amazing trail.
Finally before leaving the dad, I asked if he had a phone or knew how far into the trail he was in with his family if something were to happen. He replied by saying he left his phone back at camp and had no idea but thought they had been gone for about an hour.