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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Irish57 » September 17th, 2011, 10:09 am

Any problem with ticks this year?
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 17th, 2011, 10:39 am

Irish57 wrote:Any problem with ticks this year?


Zero! Lo and behold keeping the trail mowed keeps the ticks off of you (they like tall grass).
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » September 17th, 2011, 10:42 am

Just got done riding the trail and it is in awesome condition. Very fast. No mud. No bugs. Perfect.

Come out and check out the new log trail head kiosk.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 12th, 2011, 3:12 pm

Perfect conditions today.

Crunch leaves everywhere to run over.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » October 23rd, 2011, 6:44 am

Ground bridge repairs made on the east prairie trail. Think you'll like the change.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » February 20th, 2012, 8:23 am

Avoid. Freeze thaw is making it a sloppy mess. Forecast looks for much of the same.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Arbor79 » March 14th, 2012, 3:04 pm

I am new to the area, is this trail dry yet?
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » March 14th, 2012, 3:09 pm

The west loop seemed pretty dry when we were out there sunday, although we didn't walk all of it. Probably were some mud holes in spots in the first parts.
However it rained pretty hard since then.

I'm guessing but I would say the East loop is probably pretty wet still.

If you go the west loop is probably your best bet.

Post back and let me know!
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby underdog » March 19th, 2012, 7:15 am

Went yesterday (sunday), rode the west loop and the trail is pretty dry only one damp spot but no standing water that I can remember. There are two trees across the trail.
I didn't ride the very begining, I took the two track over and cut into the trail.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » March 19th, 2012, 8:02 am

Udog, I was out there Saturday.
Yeah the trail looked great and a couple I bumped into said it was all in good condition.
The east loop was a little squishy but still ridable.


I cut up two downed trees while I was out there. One on the east loop and one on the west loop.

Do you know where the ones where that you found?

Let me know.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby underdog » March 19th, 2012, 3:05 pm

Oh boy, ummm one was very near the switch back, can't remember if it was before or after, I think after. The other would have been pretty far into it, maybe 2 miles in or so a pretty large dead tree.
I plan on going back soon so I could look at my computer to give you an idea.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » March 19th, 2012, 3:13 pm

underdog wrote:Oh boy, ummm one was very near the switch back, can't remember if it was before or after, I think after. The other would have been pretty far into it, maybe 2 miles in or so a pretty large dead tree.
I plan on going back soon so I could look at my computer to give you an idea.


Okay good. Better than nothing. :D
Yeah any land marks or features are helpful.
Mileage is perfect as I can look it up on my GPS map.

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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby gtrowbridge » March 24th, 2012, 6:54 pm

Trees Udog mentioned are cut. Trail was little slick in corners from yesterdays rain but minimal mudholes. Still ridable. Expect that the east loop will be slicker than west.
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby underdog » March 27th, 2012, 4:54 am

thanks for getting them cut, much appreciated !
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Re: Western: Ionia

Postby Bigtymer » April 2nd, 2012, 10:42 am

I just love this trail, I just can't say it enough. Good flow, solitude, what more could a mountain biker ask for. I can't believe more don't ride here. Oh well:)
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