Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby qt314159 » January 21st, 2014, 9:59 pm

Any update on the state of the trail this week? Ridable on non-fat tires?

I'm sick of trying to drive home on north 23 after class and want to get a ride in to kill some time for the traffic to clear.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Steve_Balogh » February 2nd, 2014, 8:08 pm

Attempted to ride Olsen today. After about 500 feet or so after descending the slight downhill at the start, I encountered snow up to my knees with a slight crust on top. Serious exercise in futility. Rather surprising, I thought Olsen was popular with trail runners. Headed to to Maybury afterwards, conditions were rideable by fat bike there.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Steve_Balogh » February 22nd, 2014, 6:53 pm

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Olson was not very rideable, lots of deep drifts, some areas were packed down by foot traffic, but one could only go so far before hitting deep snow. Ventured over to the A2 loop starting at Leslie. Takes some effort navigating the icy road and then knee-deep snow to get to the trail's entrance. Once on the trail, it was rideable by fat bike. Made it as far as the private road/Bandemere Park/freeway exit. Turned back at that point as it was running late for me. The tricky part was once getting past the tunnel, that area through the pines had some soft spots. Don't ride the trail too fast or you can endo in a soft spot, or if you get too close to the edge of what's packed down the snow can be very deep and soft.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Steve_Balogh » February 23rd, 2014, 7:48 pm

Forgot to mention - I found a rear LED light on the Leslie trail. PM me if you lost one there.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby John Beeson » February 27th, 2014, 10:20 am

I rode the local AA loop Monday night.. It was super nice. The trails are pressed, the trails are fairly wide, and super fun! The underpass is super super crazy slippery (had to stay slow and upright on the bike - don't try to walk it!). Black Pond woods was good, Leslie was good (up to Leslie park where there was no trail at all and difficult to get to the asphalt walkway - I just turned around). Barton nature area was awesome, all parts of it. Kuebler Langford was good to moderate with some drifts and boot holes pocketed here and there.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » February 27th, 2014, 10:33 am

Thanks for update! Rideable on a standard Mtn bike?
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Mikeyb64 » March 1st, 2014, 10:26 pm

Did most of the loop on 2.1s today. Trail is rock hard. No issues with grip. Bridges have some ice on them. The entire underpass is frozen and very slippery. We walked it. Could use some sand in there.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby John Beeson » March 14th, 2014, 11:42 am

The Barton Nature Area has been in MTB rideable condition, though the thaw today may change that. I rode Sunday afternoon at it was fast and then slow, well packed and then mushy. Same with Kuebler Langford area, though with the grade changes there, it made it much more challenging.

I'm planning on hitting the local A2 loop tomorrow morning
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jmf003 » March 15th, 2014, 10:19 am

I rode a bit of the Local Loop this morning. Mostly a mix of hard and soft pack with a few icy and bare spots. I found the hill climbs to be really difficult on soft pack. A lighter weight or more technically proficient rider might have a better time of it.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jmf003 » March 26th, 2014, 9:36 pm

Rode a bit again today (Sunset, KL, connector, Black Pond Woods, Leslie). Soil was firm with the recent cold weather. Way more snow cover than I was expecting. Probably 80% ice and hard pack, 10% soft pack, and 10% bare.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 2nd, 2014, 11:36 am

Im going to call the A2 trails CLOSED until further notice (unless you ride early a.m. when its FROZEN).
stay tuned and hope for warm, dry weather!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 2nd, 2014, 3:49 pm

Bcar wrote:Im going to call the A2 trails CLOSED until further notice (unless you ride early a.m. when its FROZEN).
stay tuned and hope for warm, dry weather!


Welp. I was actually thinking of going out to take a look...
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 2nd, 2014, 3:58 pm

oogs wrote:
Bcar wrote:Im going to call the A2 trails CLOSED until further notice (unless you ride early a.m. when its FROZEN).
stay tuned and hope for warm, dry weather!


Welp. I was actually thinking of going out to take a look...

Feel free to, but be prepared to walk some, and report back ;) I've been out of town for the past 2 weeks.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jwhitey » April 3rd, 2014, 2:49 pm

Skiing I hope?
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 3rd, 2014, 3:32 pm

;) Jackson Hole baby
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