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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Bigtymer » May 5th, 2012, 8:51 am

Yes, thank you so much. This place is very special too me as an Eagle Scout and as a mountain biker. Thanks again for all the efforts of reopening this trail. This trail has closed and reopened so many times through out the years, but it's efforts by a small few that keep it reopening again and again:)
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby SteveF » May 8th, 2012, 1:35 pm

I'm looking forward to riding there again--anyone know if the updated signage mentioned in that article has been installed yet? (with my sense of direction I'll need it!)
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Mark H. » May 9th, 2012, 1:50 pm

No new signs out there. Just got back from there, if I didn't know the place like I do, I would of missed some turns that you need to make, & the sign @ the begining @ the back of the old baseball field has a bike with a line through it & says NO BIKES. I had a ball, forgot all the nice hills out there (fun)
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Bigtymer » May 10th, 2012, 7:37 am

Mark, let's just hope those awful no biking signs go away. For awhile ( a couple years back) there were signs in the parking lot that said No Bikeing. lol I guess someone forgot to use spell check when making those signs :D
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby yukonjack » May 11th, 2012, 3:43 pm

As of today...no signs. I agree with the prior post that knowing the area is very important until the trail is properly posted.
I rode clockwise which meant I finished at the ball diamond. Am I riding the wrong direction or is the trail non-directional? I saw a few others that also rode clockwise.
I also need to toss out a quick "great job" on the trail layout as well as getting the trail opened back up for us! It's great to be back riding the "O"!
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » May 14th, 2012, 5:34 pm

I am thinking about riding on Wednesday morning. The trail is open and ride-able correct?
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby football44 » May 17th, 2012, 11:42 am

Now that the signs are up, will I need a map? Planning on riding Saturday morning.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby cramer » May 17th, 2012, 4:34 pm

football44 wrote:Now that the signs are up, will I need a map? Planning on riding Saturday morning.


I would bring a map and plan to get a little lost unless you know the trail system. The good news is you will find your way out eventually and have a great ride while exploring. The trail, woods, natural beauty out there are incredible. The new signs are those brown "carsonite"(sp?) signs that are stuck in the ground with arrows. Make sure you follow those and not the older signs. The problem out there is that you have a bunch of different sign types from different eras along with trails that criss-cross each other and also connector trails between various loops.

The new signs are nice but they don't show any colors on them so when you get to an intersection where the one loop crosses another you see the same exact sign type pointing in two different directions. Also, the "connector" trails that go in between the various loops will always be a source of confusion I think. It's just a funky confusing layout so mapping / signing it is more challenging than other trails. I rode it on Wed. and pointed out the areas that I thought were confusing to my friend who happens to be helping out with putting the new signs up so hopefully they will clarify a couple of those areas soon.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby football44 » May 19th, 2012, 6:55 pm

Rode all the loops today. Sweet trail. Among the top 5 Michigan trails in my opinion. Ended up riding the long loop counter clockwise because I missed the turn. Didnt see the arrow at the bottom of the new sign before the two bridges. I didnt really need a map. The signs were adequate and well
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby football44 » May 19th, 2012, 7:00 pm

Rode all the loops today. Sweet trail. Among the top 5 Michigan trails in my opinion. Ended up riding the long loop counter clockwise because I missed the turn. Didnt see the arrow at the bottom of the new sign before the two bridges. I didnt really need a map. The signs were adequate and well placed. I followed tire tracks when things got a bit confusing. There are definitely some fun swoopy downhill sections. Beautiful lakeside riding. Very remote feeling at times.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby irishpitbull » May 19th, 2012, 7:39 pm

football44 wrote:Rode all the loops today. Sweet trail. Among the top 5 Michigan trails in my opinion. Ended up riding the long loop counter clockwise because I missed the turn. Didnt see the arrow at the bottom of the new sign before the two bridges. I didnt really need a map. The signs were adequate and well placed. I followed tire tracks when things got a bit confusing. There are definitely some fun swoopy downhill sections. Beautiful lakeside riding. Very remote feeling at times.



Thanks for the update, sounds like something I need to hit.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby AllMountin' » May 26th, 2012, 9:12 pm

Trail was prime today, save the loose, sandy bits. Thanks to the gentleman who gave me his map and gave me the rundown on trail routing. I found everything pretty well marked, and just followed the red 'S'. The only place I faltered was at the loop exit, and started to run a reverse loop on accident.

I love how much narrow bench there is on the side slopes. Reminds me a bit of my favorite parts of NCT and Mohican.

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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Bigtymer » May 27th, 2012, 6:40 am

I'm really sad they sold the land North of the road. It was some of my favorite singletrack at Owasippe, over the last ten years. bummer:(
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby pharus » May 31st, 2012, 3:04 pm

Mark H. wrote:Good going!! Thanks for getting this trail back in shape so we can ride it.
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http://ooec.org/assets/Owasippe_Bike_Tr ... 20502w.pdf


Going to ride this coming Sunday for the first time. And the map in the link above is much better than the one on the MMBA Trail page. Hoping to not get lost and eaten alive!
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby kms662 » May 31st, 2012, 5:49 pm

Rode yesterday and Memorial Day. Trail is in great shape. First time riding this trail. Beautiful scenery, quite a bit of climbing.
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