MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby oldkhs » March 23rd, 2015, 12:27 pm

Clarification on my earlier post. Looking to take 8-10 year old on 1st trail ride.

Looking for advice on calm sections per the trail map, and if there are any I may want to skip and use the two track.

Thanks.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » March 23rd, 2015, 1:09 pm

oldkhs wrote:Clarification on my earlier post. Looking to take 8-10 year old on 1st trail ride.

Looking for advice on calm sections per the trail map, and if there are any I may want to skip and use the two track.

Thanks.


Skip the sections east of the big wood bridge (called floating bridge on the map)....
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby drewlee13 » March 23rd, 2015, 1:54 pm

oldkhs wrote:Clarification on my earlier post. Looking to take 8-10 year old on 1st trail ride.

Looking for advice on calm sections per the trail map, and if there are any I may want to skip and use the two track.

Thanks.



I would wait for TreeFarm to be ridable. I find that the Hick is to narrow for most beginners.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » March 23rd, 2015, 6:46 pm

Brenton wrote:Spinwheel

When you refer to parking on the shoulder of Oakley Rd. Do you mean closest to S. Commerce Rd.?


Hope this helps... There are a few other spots on the north side of the park as well, but alot of potential parking there is blocked by guardrails.

Look forward to seeing you out there!



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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby oldkhs » March 24th, 2015, 12:33 pm

Spinwheel wrote:
oldkhs wrote:Clarification on my earlier post. Looking to take 8-10 year old on 1st trail ride.

Looking for advice on calm sections per the trail map, and if there are any I may want to skip and use the two track.

Thanks.


Skip the sections east of the big wood bridge (called floating bridge on the map)....


I see an "east bridge" and an unmarked bridge on the map that is just before K2 ledge. Assume the K2 bridge is aka floating bridge?
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby oldkhs » March 24th, 2015, 12:35 pm

drewlee13 wrote:

I would wait for TreeFarm to be ridable. I find that the Hick is to narrow for most beginners.


Thanks. I'm planning to go there too but was told Hick may be flatter.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby berto2cj » March 24th, 2015, 12:53 pm

oldkhs wrote:
drewlee13 wrote:

I would wait for TreeFarm to be ridable. I find that the Hick is to narrow for most beginners.


Thanks. I'm planning to go there too but was told Hick may be flatter.


Neither have hills - there are bumps. TF has 2, Hick 1 (I think) I find both to be technical so my first time recommendation is island lake but that has a lot of fast racer boys on there.

Pick one - TF or Hick....go slow and enjoy the ride
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Brenton » March 25th, 2015, 8:15 am

Spinwheel,

You the man!
Thank you and see you there!
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby vette-ss » March 25th, 2015, 8:54 am

oldkhs wrote:
drewlee13 wrote:

I would wait for TreeFarm to be ridable. I find that the Hick is to narrow for most beginners.


Thanks. I'm planning to go there too but was told Hick may be flatter.


For a beginner, I would almost worry more about technical features than elevation. Island Lake blue is not really technical at all, but has a few hill climbs. No biggie, if they run out of steam they hop off and walk. I did that many times my very first ride. I can picture a few places at the Hick that could cause a rookie some problems. They come up quick without warning and before you know it they are on the ground. Don't let me scare you, I'm not talking life threatening by any means. But a crash to a beginner can be discouraging, especially if they are young. The same can be said about Novi, except there are MANY ride around options and two track at Novi. Not so much at the Hick.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » March 25th, 2015, 10:08 am

oldkhs wrote:
Spinwheel wrote:
oldkhs wrote:Clarification on my earlier post. Looking to take 8-10 year old on 1st trail ride.

Looking for advice on calm sections per the trail map, and if there are any I may want to skip and use the two track.

Thanks.


Skip the sections east of the big wood bridge (called floating bridge on the map)....


I see an "east bridge" and an unmarked bridge on the map that is just before K2 ledge. Assume the K2 bridge is aka floating bridge?


My mistake...don't cross west bridge at sect 13
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby oldkhs » March 25th, 2015, 10:26 am

Thanks guys / gals. We will hit tree farm first and if life is going well, plan to hit hick after a few runs.
Island lake is a lot further drive for me so will likely skip that one.
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » March 27th, 2015, 8:02 pm

Spinwheel wrote:Hickory Glen trail day
Sun 3/29
9am - 2pm
Lunch provided
Meet at the trail section closest to Oakely Park Road (north side of the park)
Park on the north shoulder of Oakley Park Road
Things to bring: Shovels, work gloves and hydration
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Couple changes in plans due to consistent below freezing temps, the biggest one being >> meet at the trailhead off Glengary Road!

Sun 3/29
9am - 2pm
Coffee and bagels - and Lunch provided
* M e e t i n g * p l a c e * c h a n g e * : Meet at the trailhead off Glengary Road
Things to bring: loppers/pruners /shovels, work gloves, hydration, smiles
Thanks,

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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby Spinwheel » March 28th, 2015, 2:33 pm

Trail is currently partially frozen / and thawing in the sun at the same time (classic "spring thaw") with many gooey spots. With a low of 16 tonight it will be perfect to ride **before** noon.

If anyone attending the trailday is absolutely dying to ride - go for it - before the trailday or catch up to us. We'll be working mainly in sections 1-8, and possibly in 22,23.

See you there!


Trail - maintenance day:
Sun 3/29
9am - 2pm
Coffee and bagels - and lunch provided

* M e e t i n g * p l a c e * c h a n g e * : Meet at the trailhead off Glengary Road
Things to bring: loppers/pruners /shovels, work gloves, hydration, smiles
Thanks,

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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby parasurfore » Today, 11:37 am

Someone told me the trail was "dry" yesterday mid day after they rode it. Was is the real news? Still thawing and gooey?
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Re: MCMBA: Commerce - Hickory Glen

Postby galaxydean » Today, 12:12 pm

Unofficially the trail was frozen yesterday early am but around 11am there were many areas that softened up and turned to mud.
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