I created this account today to provide an official presence and contact for trail conditions at Bald Mountain Recreation Area from the DNR. My name is Paul and I have been a ranger with the department since 2001. Currently, I am working as the Lead Worker at Bald Mountain RA for the forseeable future, tho this may change. Please feel free to contact me via these forums or at the park office regarding trail issues at Bald Mountain. The park phone number is 248-693-6767. If no one answers, please don't hesistate to leave a message as we check the machine constantly.
After reading through some of the posts on this forum, I have a better feel for what everyone is hoping for at Bald Mountain, namely filling in/fixing wet areas. Please know that these issues concern us as well as we wish for everyone to enjoy the park when they come here. Personally, I have hauled many tractor buckets of stone to fix low areas on the trail, though these were in the south unit. Currently, we are working to establish volunteer days to help us with some of these issues.
As far as our staffing goes, well, we are extremely short staffed at this time. Currently we have 2 rangers (including myself) and 1 manager working. With that, I ask that you please be patient with us. It is our position to take care of any downed trees and/or saftey hazards as soon as possible, though we may not be able to handle it that day. Please report downed trees/hazards to our office or here on this forum right away and we will handle the problem, we can't fix it if we don't know about it.
Also know that we only maintain the designated trails within the park, the social trails/connectors we leave alone as they mainly serve to get people lost who don't know the area.
Now that the snow is starting to fly, it is our intention to be on trails at a minimum of once a week. We will be grooming the North Unit trails once again this year for cross-country skiing. In the South unit we are going to try something new this year by running our snowmobile over the trails to pack them down, allowing the opportunity for fat biking a packed down trail. Also in the works is a possible fat bike demo day here at the park, I will post more information as it comes available.
As of yesterday, 11/17/14, the South unit has been cleared of downed trees and hazards. The North unit is next on our agenda and we are hoping to have it done by weeks end. Please remember, this time of year is Shotgun Deer season so our time frame of getting into the trails to clear is pretty limited, we try to do it midday. Also, remember your bright colors if your gonna ride, it helps everyone out in the long run.
I hope that I can help and address any issues/concerns that you may have and we can all work together to make Bald Mountain a better place to ride. Please note that while we appreciate the passion to make the trails better on your own, any work or improvements not approved by the park are illegal. Please contact us so we can work with you
to bring the trails to a higher standard. I look forward to hearing from and working with you.
WOC Lead Worker 9
Bald Mountain Recreation Area
1330 East Greenshield Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360