Mid-State: Ella Sharp

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » June 6th, 2014, 9:01 am

carajean wrote:Hey new here dont know how a trail gets groomed. The Driving range point to point has some branches hanging low. My scalp caught some of them this morning :oops: I can help most morning before 3:30pm I work second shift.


Scalp? I hope you're wearing a helmet while out there.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby carajean » June 7th, 2014, 7:17 am

Yeah I was it just has a bunch of holes. The branch picked the perfect spot.

I road out there yesterday at the driving range point to point and looks like someone got rid of the low hanging stuff. Was a good ride overgrown in some areas but meh its the outdoors.

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby aarontriton » July 6th, 2014, 8:02 pm

Bridge is out on the north trails. It is there but it floated down 5 ft

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby aarontriton » July 13th, 2014, 12:00 pm

Weed wacked north trail s while wife and kids cut down face slapper s spent 4 hours out there . Trails need a lot of work

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » July 20th, 2014, 10:53 am

A couple of us (myself and Jake) cut back the overgrowth last year. While it helped, it was way too overwhelming for only a couple of people to do and I ended up injuring my hand/arm because of it. We even tried to get Cascades Cycling Club (who are supposed to be in charge of maintaining the trails) to lend a hand, but that ending up being a joke. The only way to do this is to gather a nice group together and tackle it in one day. This did happen a few years ago and was a great success, but that was the last (only?) time it happened.

Jackson has a nice gem in that park with those trails. It seems like the park is not at all interested in anyone maintaining those trails. Not the CCC or MMBA. This is the reason why I only ride there in the spring and fall. It is also why I cannot wait until the trails at Waterloo are complete and ready to ride.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby havlidan1 » July 22nd, 2014, 7:57 pm

Big thanks to whoever has put in trail work over the last week or so, many of the trails look a lot better.

Is anyone free Saturday? The tech loops need some love. I don't own any power tools so hopefully some can help out with a mower/weedwacker.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby havlidan1 » August 23rd, 2014, 4:21 pm

2nd bridge on the north loop is out, it looks like a tree fell on it and dislodged it slightly. Also a tree is down on the way into loop 1, right after the drop and before the sandy section. Didn't get a chance to ride many of the other trails
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby MLKuhl » October 26th, 2014, 12:22 pm

Been awhile since anyone has posted here so I figure I'll give it a bump. Great fall morning ride, rode Mueseum, Schoolhouse, Hedgerow and Driving Range. All were in really good condition, very little deadfall suprisingly after all the wind we had. Trails have serious leaf cover which can make it a little hard seeing trail in places if you're not real familiar with them. Also these trails have alot of roots/rocks which are hiding under leafs so it can be tricky, pay attention and slow down a bit. These are a fun, hunter free bunch of trails to ride this time of year if you're near Jackson.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Shall » October 29th, 2014, 9:26 pm

Right now they have posted a survey on the city parks and rec page about development of parks and activity for the city/county strategic plan, u have to write in mountain biking by the way, but everyone should tell everyone they know that ride the trails should take this and write in there comment. There has been numerous comments in the past about previous meeting with the sharp park board and attempt to change how these trails r maintained and that there has been resistance in the past. Right now the city is trying to figure out how to draw young professional to jackson. Derek Dobbies sits on the Ella sharp board and the committee for parks and rec. He's involved in everything and all for a photo op or to be mentioned as someone working for change. We may have to form a group, jackson mountain bike club or something, but with some organization a group may be able to give some feedback on how to improve and develop a good plan for sustainable trail maintenance and make some changes to parts of the trails so they flow better. I can't think if a city in michigan that has a trail system this long as close to the downtown center and it something that needs to be developed and explored. If anyone is interested let me know, a group can meet up for a beer or coffee and brainstorm....my brain tends to work better with beer however
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Shall » October 30th, 2014, 2:22 pm

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCSK3GJ
Here is link to the survey
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby glr » November 4th, 2014, 5:09 pm

Took a ride out here today before the rain. I really have to get out here more often, I forgot how much I like this place.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby aarontriton » November 11th, 2014, 8:53 am

Me and my son road yesterday evening. We did north trails , cut across to driving range up hedge row then school house and finished with museum , overall the trails were in good shape and they felt fast must be all the leaves on the trail. Had a great ride out there.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby mdcmoto » November 22nd, 2014, 1:34 pm

Here is a map of the trails at Ella Sharp Park. Feel free to download this and distribute to others. We have been cleaning up sections that haven't had a lot of use in the past and will update this map when other sections are revitalized.

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby reidabel » November 23rd, 2014, 9:58 am

Thanks, that's great information - I went down there once and didn't have a clue how to find the trails. Well - one clue, I followed some bike tracks I spotted from the car, across some grass and into the woods on what was probably the Museum section. This will definitely get me down there next year.

Are there any stunts (skinny logs, log rides, ladders, bridges, wall rides, etc.) here? Would they allow building them if there aren't any currently there?
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby ChrisInYpsi » November 24th, 2014, 2:05 pm

mdcmoto wrote:Here is a map of the trails at Ella Sharp Park. Feel free to download this and distribute to others.

Nice job. Much better than the map that is on the MMBA Trail Guide! Any chance that this new map could replace or supplement the one on the Trail Guide?
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