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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » February 20th, 2012, 5:50 pm

Bass is rideable if you don't mind getting a little muddy. Added ride around to the new logpile on the south loop. Haven't checked the east loop recently...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Elevated_Existence » April 9th, 2012, 6:45 pm

Just got back it is dry and fast. A buddy and I cleared a downed tree but couldn't move another one that was wedged between two trees.
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Western: Bass River

Postby raymears » April 15th, 2012, 8:02 am

It was perfect yesterday. The sand at the bottom of the uphill was in the best shape I've seen and there were no trees down anywhere.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » April 15th, 2012, 9:18 am

Ahh yes, B-River cruising!
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby ras220476 » June 8th, 2012, 5:17 pm

Rode the trail yesterday and it's riding fast right now! Not sure what I feel about the new log piles though. Some fit into the overall feeling of the trail, but a few don't seem to 'work' and they kinda break your rhythm. Also, how far is trail, North and South loop combined? I had my GPS ride app on, and it reckoned it was 4 miles in total but the trail map says 8 miles?
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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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