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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby raymears » June 19th, 2012, 9:40 pm

I rode with a group tonight, and the trail was in great shape as usual. I will say that the first loop (north of the road) is a bit overgrown in spots... not at tire height, but at shoulder height. I felt like I was ducking for most of the first 1/3 of that loop.

Bass River's great for hot days due to the shade and breeze in the woods, and the lack of mosquitoes this year makes it much better than last year.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » June 20th, 2012, 9:23 am

Welcome to B-river:) Just don't stop, or the mosquitoes will get you;)
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Chuck Moll » July 29th, 2012, 2:02 pm

Looks like someone has been dumming up Bass River trail in spots with shortcuts. Just checking if that is by design or bandit trail builders:) Always fun to do some loops at the closest trail for GH riders.

Another topic - what ever happened with the North Macattawa trail. Has it been built? Where exactly is the TH?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby raymears » August 3rd, 2012, 10:46 pm

I believe there's a bypass on every log pile, and that it's intentional. I'm never sure why people are upset when given options - if you don't want to ride the bypasses, ride the log piles.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby raymears » August 3rd, 2012, 10:48 pm

Oh, there was an announcement on Upper Macatawa. It got the final approval and work starts this fall. http://www.mmba.org/forum/viewtopic.php ... 71#p775703
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Chuck Moll » August 27th, 2012, 8:37 am

raymears wrote:I believe there's a bypass on every log pile, and that it's intentional. I'm never sure why people are upset when given options - if you don't want to ride the bypasses, ride the log piles.


Be assured I am not upset about options, I take every log pile. Just questioning some of the options which now bypass having to go around the harder line around a tree for example, seems like shortcuts versus sustainable trail design.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby TeamTroll » September 3rd, 2012, 7:19 pm

Is there any plans to improve Bass River? Being one of the few trails on the lake shore is there any interest in some trail improvements and design? I know there is potential for this being a better trail. What do we have to do to get some improvements done? Is there a group that wants to get together and make this trail better than it is?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby kms662 » September 3rd, 2012, 8:45 pm

TeamTroll wrote:Is there any plans to improve Bass River? Being one of the few trails on the lake shore is there any interest in some trail improvements and design? I know there is potential for this being a better trail. What do we have to do to get some improvements done? Is there a group that wants to get together and make this trail better than it is?


You should start by contacting the Bass River trail coordinator, Tom Landry.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » September 3rd, 2012, 8:54 pm

Lots of plans. DNR still doesn't have a master plan...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Irish57 » September 16th, 2012, 5:30 pm

Very pleasant day to ride. Thought the trail was in perfect condition! No bugs or humidity! Nice ride just to clear the head :D
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » November 16th, 2012, 10:53 am

ANYONE that rides or would like to ride Bass needs to take this survey!!

http://msucarrs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_agAkX2kyNo6TibH

We need to represent all the people that love riding at Bass :)

Please forward the link to anyone you know that rides out there.

Thanks!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby cramer » November 16th, 2012, 11:57 am

purple helmet wrote:ANYONE that rides or would like to ride Bass needs to take this survey!!

http://msucarrs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_agAkX2kyNo6TibH

We need to represent all the people that love riding at Bass :)

Please forward the link to anyone you know that rides out there.

Thanks!


Done!

Do you know if the talk about ORV access is a threat to the existing or future mountain bike trail system? I have no problem with the noise / etc. from ORV use but if it limits MTB access then I'm obviously against it.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » November 16th, 2012, 12:14 pm

Well, my opinion on a dedicated ORV area is this:

Half of Bass is swamp. The equestrians and us are already fighting over the highland that remains. An ORV area would be huge, probably taking half of the park. The noise and pollution are secondary, the main problem is simple geometry...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » November 23rd, 2012, 9:03 am

I filled out the survey Purple Helmet. I hope that helps the cause for more singletrack at Bass. I often think of my B river cruises, and I miss the simplicity of that old trail. Cheers!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby TeamTroll » November 24th, 2012, 2:53 pm

Night ride at the trail Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and there was a lot of trees and dangerous areas on the trail. Some clown has made some piles of logs that are not very well done and have a harsh back sides to them. Someone will end up going over the bars. There are sections that really need to be cleaned up to keep someone from getting hurt.


Is anyone up for a little operation clean up?
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