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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby georgemra » March 12th, 2010, 8:55 pm

Walked sections of the Olsen trail today. The ground is still soft all around, but I left no footprints. Only in the lowest places was the ground "muddy" and even then any footprints were minimal. Seems like we are still a little while out, but with temps in the 50's for a while, it shouldn't be too long before we get to ride :D :D :D!!!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby twoINtheSky » March 19th, 2010, 6:01 pm

Totally new to the trail. Rode through most of it today and found the eastern side, within, and close proximity to, the wooded areas was pretty muddy. I dismounted or went around in the grass to avoid plowing through and rutting it up, but I would suggest the eastern side be largely avoided especially with the coming rain for a little bit. The western side is pretty much totally dry and probably a great time to ride it because I imagine what is already pretty loose terrain in some areas will get worse with the dryness of the summer.

Look forward to riding this loop on a regular basis this summer :lol:
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Steve_Balogh » March 21st, 2010, 9:54 pm

After doing a couple laps at Maybury, headed home for lunch and took off for Olson. Olson is almost in the same shape as Maybury. There were around three sections about 3-6 feet long that were best to walk around. I tried to fix one where there was a serious 4"+ deep rut someone carved on the east side just before the steep descent where you make a left facing the parkinglot. Just used my feet to push the mud back into place the best I could, however there were quite a few people riding so I'm not sure my fix will last.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » March 22nd, 2010, 8:29 am

The trail is open for business until we get our next snowstorm!

Anyone feel like raking some of the brush hog mess off the trail tread in the Northeast corner? I want to know what the machine that did that looked like :shock:
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby ADDam » March 24th, 2010, 3:06 pm

Rode all of the A2 Loop today, every bit of it was perfect ...and FAST!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Leroi Brown » March 25th, 2010, 9:59 am

A2 Loop was definitely in fantastic shape the other night when I rode it! There were a few spots that were just a little damp (no mud or rutting, though), and may become muddy after todays rain, so giving it an extra day to dry out might be a good idea. Most of the tacky spots were in Olson Park.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Steve_Balogh » March 25th, 2010, 5:32 pm

Leroi Brown wrote:A2 Loop was definitely in fantastic shape the other night when I rode it! There were a few spots that were just a little damp (no mud or rutting, though), and may become muddy after todays rain, so giving it an extra day to dry out might be a good idea. Most of the tacky spots were in Olson Park.



Sweet! I take it my fix worked? That was a monster rut on the east setion I fixed.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Leroi Brown » March 26th, 2010, 8:40 am

Steve_Balogh wrote:
Leroi Brown wrote:A2 Loop was definitely in fantastic shape the other night when I rode it! There were a few spots that were just a little damp (no mud or rutting, though), and may become muddy after todays rain, so giving it an extra day to dry out might be a good idea. Most of the tacky spots were in Olson Park.



Sweet! I take it my fix worked? That was a monster rut on the east setion I fixed.


Yep - it was in excellent shape. Thanks for your fix!!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby bill_m » March 26th, 2010, 10:11 am

John P is heading up to Olson today to rake up the mess left behind when they brush-hogged under the power lines in the NE corner. Thanks John.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Redstone Liger » March 26th, 2010, 11:48 am

As of Wednesday night there were some stretches in the Bluffs that were not ready. Some significant ruts were left by a biker or two.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Leroi Brown » March 26th, 2010, 12:06 pm

The soft spots in the Bluffs must have been due to yestarday's rain, as it was in great shape earlier in the week. I would give it another day to dry out then before riding.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby ADDam » March 27th, 2010, 7:10 pm

Rode again today, Everything was still dry and I did not come across any ruts. I guess it just depends HOW you go through the bluffs.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby twoINtheSky » March 29th, 2010, 7:51 pm

Rode out today just to take a look, and definitely a bit soggy as you might expect. Hopefully nice and dry tomorrow evening since I missed riding all this past weekend.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby georgemra » March 30th, 2010, 5:14 pm

The trail is in good shape. As expected there are a couple of tacky spots from the rain in Leslie. The camp was in good shape, and the only wet spot I came across was in the chute in the Bluffs (don't ride it). Other than that all was firm and fun to ride (even though I'm out of shape). Enjoy it.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby photonikd » April 11th, 2010, 12:26 pm

I rode this for the first time yesterday - a couple of damp spots in "the woods." A nice trail when time doesn't permit you to drive 15+ minutes.

I am very interested in learning more about this "loop" - are there any group rides organized around this?
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