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Postby Pauly » June 24th, 2006, 6:36 pm

I would love to go out and check it Personal message me Pauly
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Postby TrailJunkie » June 25th, 2006, 3:50 pm

I ride Orion Oaks quite often, and personally I like it the way it is. You can map out your own route depending on how long you want to ride and the amount of hills you feel like riding. Plus the low traffic makes it possible to run the trails as well.
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Orion Oaks Address Update

Postby seanp2k » July 5th, 2006, 10:43 pm

For people like me that get easily lost, I found that the actual address of the Orion Oaks park is:

2301 W Clarkston Rd
Lake Orion, MI 48362
(248) 858-0906


If someone could please update this that would be great.

Also I was wondering if someone could provide me with an actual address or more clear directions to Hickory Glen? I can't find it on google maps and I really want to try it out. Thanks.

P.S. I think it would be cool if they could put a google maps, windows live local, mapquest, or yahoo maps link for some / all of the parks to make the directions easier, just plug in your address and volia. Just a thought.

Thanks!
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Postby drmoorejr » July 10th, 2006, 12:18 pm

TrailJunkie wrote:I ride Orion Oaks quite often, and personally I like it the way it is. You can map out your own route depending on how long you want to ride and the amount of hills you feel like riding. Plus the low traffic makes it possible to run the trails as well.


I COMPLETELY AGREE with you on the "Route Your Own" thing... What I have been thinking is a couple of "Tech" loops (ONE WAY) that can be included or by-passed. Over by Fossil Hill (North-west corner) that whole area is really nice! With proper design those hilly sections could provided excellent swithbacks and leg burning climbs. What I love about Orion Oaks is that you can really ride there all day... and with new tech sections you would be able to get about 3 to 3.5 miles to include or exclude depending on your experience.

Now I am ready to get going on the Orion Oaks stuff!!!!

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Postby chris_werth » July 12th, 2006, 9:14 pm

drmoorejr wrote:
TrailJunkie wrote:I ride Orion Oaks quite often, and personally I like it the way it is. You can map out your own route depending on how long you want to ride and the amount of hills you feel like riding. Plus the low traffic makes it possible to run the trails as well.


I COMPLETELY AGREE with you on the "Route Your Own" thing... What I have been thinking is a couple of "Tech" loops (ONE WAY) that can be included or by-passed. Over by Fossil Hill (North-west corner) that whole area is really nice! With proper design those hilly sections could provided excellent swithbacks and leg burning climbs. What I love about Orion Oaks is that you can really ride there all day... and with new tech sections you would be able to get about 3 to 3.5 miles to include or exclude depending on your experience.

Now I am ready to get going on the Orion Oaks stuff!!!!

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Postby dewman » July 12th, 2006, 9:39 pm

I can be there almost any time to help out
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Postby drmoorejr » July 21st, 2006, 11:35 am

Ok, Pauly, Kristhal (detroitkitty) and I took note of key areas at Orion Oaks.

You read it here first:

Orion Oaks WILL have some awesome stuff! (at least with a lot of work) With the hills we will see some excellent single track climbs and switch backs. Any excperienced riders wanna join us on our next Orion scoping ride let us know!

We will be meeting with Oakland County Parks officials before any of the new single track stuff happens, but even Pauly (Mr Bailey) aggrees that Orion has very good potential!

What can you do to help? How about emailing the OCP officials with something along the lines of "We want improved trails for mtb/hiking!" Also: "What about the awesome hills at Orion Oaks?"... and when we get approval, come out and be apart of the trail building! We will make it worth your time!

Stay tuned here!

P.S. If you have under 10 hours of trail work time... remember 10 hours or more gets you this: <a href="http://www.mmba.org/portal.php?h=fafl">Ed Berta First Across the Finish Line</a> award! What would we do without trails?

Any trail work will be announced at the Volunteer Forum.
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Postby johnnyoski » July 27th, 2006, 11:03 pm

Trails were nice and dry this evening and I had the entire park to myself as I didn't see one person outside the bark park. Don't know if it was the humidity or what but the bugs were out of control. You had to keep a quick pace because the second you stopped or slowed down you would get swarmed by black flies and mosquitoes. On top of constantly dealing with that a horsefly decided to take a bite out of my shoulder. I finished one lap and decided that was enough.
Guess I'll try again on a cooler day.
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Postby drmoorejr » July 30th, 2006, 11:03 am

johnnyoski wrote:Trails were nice and dry this evening and I had the entire park to myself .... I finished one lap and decided that was enough.
Guess I'll try again on a cooler day.


Awesome to see that people are enjoying the park!
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Postby Luke » August 22nd, 2006, 8:12 am

I have never been to Orion Oaks before and I am hoping to make it out next week for a ride. Can anyone give some advice on where to park and what would be a good loop to get a feel for the park?

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Postby gradyrider » August 22nd, 2006, 1:34 pm

Definitely park in the lot that enters off of Clarkston Road. The entrance is about halfway between Joclyn and Baldwin.

It is nearly impossibly to find the entrance to the trails on the lot off of Joclyn.

As far as what loops, the loops on the east side are fairly flat and there are much more hills on the west side.
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Orion Oaks

Postby kmlaube » January 6th, 2007, 4:25 pm

I Rode Orion Oaks today. It was a good ride, no soft spots, very little mud, and a pretty decent pace. The only part of the track that has water on it, is near the parking lot off of Clarkston Rd by marker #1.
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Postby EPICEARTH » January 6th, 2007, 4:54 pm

Orion Oaks is dry in a thunderstorm. It is great having it nearby for riding in crappy weather. I hope the plans to add more technical single track gain some momentum.
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Postby drmoorejr » January 6th, 2007, 5:05 pm

EPICEARTH wrote:Orion Oaks is dry in a thunderstorm. It is great having it nearby for riding in crappy weather. I hope the plans to add more technical single track gain some momentum.


The last 3 months have been quiet.. Especially since the Addison Race, Jon Noyce seemed to be extra busy. I hope (with Pauly/Todd's) help we can get going on this!

Also I bought the new Metro/Oakland pass ($46) and the Brochure mentions the additional trails as a future addition. To me, this means at least Jon hasn't forgotten!
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Postby turbotoad » January 20th, 2007, 7:43 pm

This sounds really exciting. I ride Orion quite a bit and have always wanted to see some true "single-track" added. The trails are not bad as they are, but some more challenging hills & twisties would definetly be a plus and make this park much more enjoyable on a mountain bike. keep the updates coming!
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