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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby kms662 » July 22nd, 2011, 2:54 pm

Has someone taken a chainsaw to the downed tree over the trail in the south loop?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » July 23rd, 2011, 10:37 am

Can we have one of these at Bass River, please?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ10zVy4 ... ature=fvwp
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby trout_smith » July 23rd, 2011, 1:38 pm

LuckyCharm4x4 wrote:Can we have one of these at Bass River, please?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ10zVy4 ... ature=fvwp


No problem. It should be out there by the next time you ride!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » July 24th, 2011, 12:09 am

trout_smith wrote:
LuckyCharm4x4 wrote:Can we have one of these at Bass River, please?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ10zVy4 ... ature=fvwp


No problem. It should be out there by the next time you ride!


Awesome, Thank you! You work fast! haha :lol:
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » July 26th, 2011, 7:16 pm

I rode Bass River today and noticed a log pile on south loop that was long forgotten about. I whipped out my pruners and cleared it out so it can be enjoyed again. A little while later on the south loop there were 2 trees down blocking the path, both were 12+in. The guys I was riding with helped move one of them off the trail and the second log was unmovable. We made a temporary log pile out of it and it made the trail ride able again. We didn't have any tools so we did what we could. It could use some dirt (aka shovel needed) to fill in the gaps and there could be some more logs added but we did the best we could with our minimal resources. The pile is kind of big so it spices the trail up a bit, but some beginners might not like it. I would suggest keeping the log pile and making a bypass trail. I am out of town this weekend but I would be willing to go clear cut a bypass trail next week/end if no one gets to it by then. Let me know what you think.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » July 28th, 2011, 12:09 pm

Log pile + bypass is the way to go most of the time...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby msugrad96 » July 28th, 2011, 3:11 pm

Rode Bass yesterday with a group. Log pile on south side was cool (probably biggest on the trail), but will need a bypass for less experienced riders. Nice work LuckyCharm
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » July 28th, 2011, 5:54 pm

I'm out of town for the weekend but I will try to get out there with a shovel and some loppers to finish it off early next week. Did you find the other log pile that I uncovered? After going over it you split between two trees. I don't think that's how it was originally but it seemed to work when I rode it.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » August 2nd, 2011, 11:07 am

I went out to the trail today and did some work on the south loop. I made the new "large log pile" a bit more robust by throwing dirt over the logs. This will work it's way down and hopefully be the start of a sturdy foundation for the logs, preventing them from bouncing or coming out of place. I am sure it will take more layers of dirt, a few rains, more people riding the pile and a little time before this obstacle is perfect.

The main focus of my efforts today was the log pile bypass. About 30ft. (IIRC) before the new log pile there is an opening to the bypass on the right-hand side of the trail. I would estimate that the total bypass is about 100 yards and it took almost 3 hours to complete. It meets back up with the regular trail and should not add or subtract much distance. The bypass will be a little bumpy for awhile and just needs to be ridden more to break it in.

I think this new section adds a little bit of flavor to the trail and for those who are afraid of the large logs can put up with the bumps until the bypass is worn in, after-all... it is mountain biking! Let me know what you think, Happy riding!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » August 2nd, 2011, 11:48 am

LuckyCharm4x4 wrote:I went out to the trail today and did some work on the south loop. I made the new "large log pile" a bit more robust by throwing dirt over the logs. This will work it's way down and hopefully be the start of a sturdy foundation for the logs, preventing them from bouncing or coming out of place. I am sure it will take more layers of dirt, a few rains, more people riding the pile and a little time before this obstacle is perfect.

The main focus of my efforts today was the log pile bypass. About 30ft. (IIRC) before the new log pile there is an opening to the bypass on the right-hand side of the trail. I would estimate that the total bypass is about 100 yards and it took almost 3 hours to complete. It meets back up with the regular trail and should not add or subtract much distance. The bypass will be a little bumpy for awhile and just needs to be ridden more to break it in.

I think this new section adds a little bit of flavor to the trail and for those who are afraid of the large logs can put up with the bumps until the bypass is worn in, after-all... it is mountain biking! Let me know what you think, Happy riding!


Thanks for helping out! I really need guys like you to pick up my slack this summer :-)
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby ignition16 » August 2nd, 2011, 12:03 pm

I love the new log pile, I was out there the other day, and that thing definitely adds even more fun to the second loop.

The other two loops, though, are getting quite overgrown. Is there some sort of trail day scheduled in the near future? I'd like to help, but don't have much to offer as far as tools go. Maybe I just need to buy a string trimmer for use at my house and just go crazy out there with it some saturday...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » August 2nd, 2011, 3:05 pm

I just went out and bought some loppers, pruners, a shovel and rake to work on the trail. The loppers work good for the larger twigs. The next thing I have to get are those big scissor looking trimmers, they are awesome for the smaller stuff. I don't know of a trail day, but I can say that it was SUPER humid out today which made it miserable! If you want to get a trail day together we could try to get something going for a day that hopefully isn't so muggy. I'd also be interested in adding more optional obstacles (by optional I mean with bypasses). Is there anything against this?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby ignition16 » August 2nd, 2011, 5:03 pm

Yeah, I also have a rake, shovel, and a loppers, but thats about it. Though this isn't ideal for hacking back grasses, I am willing to help with other things, and if Tom's ok with it I'd be happy to work on cutting in the Don or adding some more features to the existing trail. Saturday mornings work best for me, and I could even do some this week. Anyone else?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » August 4th, 2011, 11:52 am

If you guys don't mind, try not to get too carried away just yet. I'll be back from vacation the 15th, we'll get together after that for a ride/planning session. I don't have any relationship with the new land manager yet, so I don't know how far I can push it with new trail/reroutes. We need to stay low key until the new guy trusts us...

Thanks again for helping out
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby raymears » August 13th, 2011, 1:25 pm

I saw the bypass for the first time on Thursday - the first-time rider with me squeaked when he saw the log pile and used the bypass. Thanks to LuckyCharm for making the pile ride-able and making the bypass - that's great work.
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