Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby ChrisInYpsi » January 17th, 2015, 12:10 pm

Wow - best snow riding so far this season. Was fantastic this morning.

Careful in the underpass with the ice - especially with warmer temps on the way.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » January 17th, 2015, 11:59 pm

I would avoid riding this weekend, and maybe even Monday/Tuesday, until it's below freezing.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » January 18th, 2015, 6:42 pm

Please avoid the trail until it re-freezes - Monday night or Tuesday should be enough time. Keep in mind that all the runners & walkers going through the slush means it'll be very rough.

Edit: Yeah, Monday is turning out to be warmer than expected...
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » January 20th, 2015, 10:40 pm

The trail is crunchy, but very nice if you're riding a fat bike.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » January 31st, 2015, 5:53 pm

If forecasts are right, 12" of snow will make the trail difficult to ride this week...
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » February 7th, 2015, 8:23 am

Stating the obvious: The trail is a bit rough. I tried Keubler & Barton, and both had a thin pack (12" wide) that is ridable, but very bumpy. I'll try again after this wekeend's melt to see where things are.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » February 10th, 2015, 9:18 am

There's a nice pack in place. Pack widths, on the other hand, vary -

Sunset 12"
Keubler 12"-18" (random detours on trails!)
Barton 18"+
Connector 12"-18" (twisty trail is 12", straight trail is 18")

My pedals were digging in to the snow on either side while riding in the 12" wide areas. It was almost like this (though the pack is only 6" lower than the surrounding snow)...

Image
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby barrybs » February 10th, 2015, 11:18 am

I've heard those "Yaktrax" can be a big help in the winter.
The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » February 10th, 2015, 3:28 pm

You could say they're baaaad-ass in the snow.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Scaryrider » February 10th, 2015, 10:28 pm

That is an awesome picture!
And it is so Ann Arbor- talk about green trail groomers lol !
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » February 14th, 2015, 11:58 am

To state the obvious: If you ride, watch for gusts of wind & low visibility. Barton Nature Area is in amazing condition unless you ride to the top of the dam, where it's whiteout conditions.

The less obvious: the trail is still nicely packed, though drifts make it hard to tell where the trail is. My tracks in parts of Keubler were completely erased within 30 minutes. I'll post a couple pics later today.

Pictures of trail conditions: https://imgur.com/a/vxOjb
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » February 22nd, 2015, 1:50 pm

For anyone wondering, the trail is still nice and packed, with the pack getting wider.

Too lazy to increase my post count: Still in great condition as of 2/26. Big snow storm is coming our way this weekend, I'll post an update then. Maybe even during the storm.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby oogs » March 1st, 2015, 4:24 pm

The underpass is currently *very* slippery, be careful there. The sun is also melting the snow a bit, so if you're out riding today, it's going to stick. If you're out riding tonight, it'll be nice and crispy!
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