Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jwhitey » April 3rd, 2014, 8:37 pm

Atta boy! What a year they're having out there. I'm thinking about getting one of those dirt cheap tickets to Denver and going to A- Basin/Loveland Basin/Pass for some skiing after Easter.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 3rd, 2014, 8:52 pm

You should, keep an eye on the weather and can get some amazing pow days in April, May too if yer lucky/time it well.

The coverage at Jackson this year is nuts, so many backcountry lines that are usually sketch/thin were balls deep. Only had two good snow days, but they were realllly good days.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jwhitey » April 3rd, 2014, 9:28 pm

I'm sure they were. When I was out there in Co. we had a saying, "The only thing better than March is April" And when April was over we loaded up and headed to Snowbird/Alta.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 6th, 2014, 12:50 pm

I just checked out parts of the local loop. Definitely avoid it for the next week or two. There's still snow/ice on the ground, some muddy spots, and lots of foot prints (and a few tire tracks). I ended up walking on the side of the trail quite a bit.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Geff » April 6th, 2014, 1:35 pm

Sounds as if a bunch of those "Don't let your name be mud!" signs need to be put up all over the place.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 7th, 2014, 11:30 am

working on it ;) been rather busy this spring!

Also, does anyone know of any downed trees on the loop that need to be taken care of?
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 7th, 2014, 12:05 pm

Bcar wrote:working on it ;) been rather busy this spring!

Also, does anyone know of any downed trees on the loop that need to be taken care of?


Maybe - you can ride under it, but it'll scrape your bag if you don't duck by quite a bit. It's in Kuebler, on the southern path that leads to the rock-bridge leading out to Huron. The tree itself is ~50-100ft from the road.

I was going to print and laminate some of the MUD posters. The only one I saw was on the entrance to Barton. Are we allowed to staple these to trees, or only to man-made structures?
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 7th, 2014, 12:15 pm

Keep them on manmade features or on dead stuff. I'm still waiting to hear back from NAP, have tried to contact them twice already with no response.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 8th, 2014, 8:04 pm

Posters up in Kuebler, Barton (someone else did it), the connector, Olsen, and Bluffs.

There's a tree partially blocking the path in Barton. The tree is, when coming up from the southern entrance, less than a hundred feet from the southern bridge.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 12th, 2014, 11:14 am

It's gorgeous out there. There are a few mud spots - one particularly large on in Barton - but other than that, the trail is in decent condition. If you do run across mud, please go around it (walking preferably). It's obvious that some folks haven't, and it's starting to leave ruts.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » April 12th, 2014, 11:21 am

Trail is open!!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby 300hp » April 12th, 2014, 6:23 pm

Trails were shredding! No mud on me, no mud on the bike 35 miles later.

Get sum before the rain comes.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 15th, 2014, 12:30 pm

Well, the trails were in great shape last night. Only a giant mud puddle in Barton, a tree down in Sunset (I cleared a good chunk of the smaller branches), and that leaner in Kuebler.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jmf003 » April 18th, 2014, 7:58 am

Had a nice ride on the Local Loop yesterday. Trees are blocking the paths at:

- Cedar Bend, a large tree, just above the elbow on the wide path.
- The railroad path between Olson Park and Traver Creek, also a large tree, closer to the Traver Creek trailhead. Also a lot of wet areas.
- Sunset Park, just a tree top. Could probably be cut with a handsaw.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » April 20th, 2014, 5:36 pm

The trail is in great condition. In addition to what jmf003 said,

- The Olson see saw is broken, it's closer to a jump now. I would avoid it for a bit.
- The wet spot in Barton is still there. That's going to be a doozy to fix. Please walk it.

And, related:
Thanks to whomever cleaned up the Bluffs.
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