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Western: Owasippe

Postby Bento » June 1st, 2012, 5:20 am

Does anyone have a contact for the pass necessary to ride? I paid for a season pass with PayPal, but haven't received any word back. I tried using the http://ooec.org/contact-us/ with no luck.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby gtrowbridge » June 4th, 2012, 9:54 am

Rode Saturday. Even after the rail the trail was in great shape. The sandy nature of it much like Yankee in that it can take the water in stride.
Did the big 10 mile loop (aka blue). Very different from the shorter loop (aka red). Some really sweet views. One part is right along a cliff side that I had no idea existed out there. Don't fall. There is no getting back up. Really narrow tread there too. Reminded me of the cliff side trail at Versailles in Indiana but not quite as high or wide. Good stuff.
Clocked 12 miles instead of the 10 riding the big loop.

Had a bit of trouble with the signs and ended up on too much two track and gravel road toward the end. In talking to the TC Randy it looks like we were paralleling the single track. Bummer. I guess we missed some good stuff. Next time. I'm sure signage will be improving over the years as more and more trail is added in.

It was also interesting that it seemed where ever we stopped and said to ourselves it looks like the trail should be rerouted that way for more climbing/downhill/turns/scenery, that those places were already on Randy's map of suggested reroutes. In fact it looked like his map was about 75% reroutes to add in more trail!

My prediction is this could be the next IMBA Epic trail in MI. Might be 5 years from now but I can see there is so much here its a definite possibility.

This was worth the trip to get there.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby SteveF » June 4th, 2012, 10:51 am

The trail is still open to bikes this weekend, right? Last chance before fall?
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby gtrowbridge » June 4th, 2012, 12:37 pm

SteveF wrote:The trail is still open to bikes this weekend, right? Last chance before fall?


Yes I believe so.
In fact rumor has it there is a group ride there this weekend.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby SteveF » June 4th, 2012, 1:14 pm

gtrowbridge wrote:
SteveF wrote:The trail is still open to bikes this weekend, right? Last chance before fall?


Yes I believe so.
In fact rumor has it there is a group ride there this weekend.


Hey, George! Thanks, I like that rumor. I wonder where/how I can confirm it? I already posted in the west chapter forum. I don't have facebook or I'd check there...
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Owasippe Chief » June 5th, 2012, 7:49 pm

Owasippe closes temporarily for the summer Boy Scout season after the 2nd Saturday in June. This year the trails will close Saturday June 9th at dusk and will reopen in mid August. More Trail info, maps, plus on-line vehicle pass purchasing (Daily or Annual) are available at :arrow: www.ooec.org/trails/
Annual passes are good through the calendar year 2012.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby SteveF » June 6th, 2012, 7:45 am

Owasippe Chief wrote:Owasippe closes temporarily for the summer Boy Scout season after the 2nd Saturday in June. This year the trails will close Saturday June 9th at dusk and will reopen in mid August. More Trail info, maps, plus on-line vehicle pass purchasing (Daily or Annual) are available at :arrow: http://www.ooec.org/trails/
Annual passes are good through the calendar year 2012.


Thanks for the link and close date confirmation! We'll definitely be done riding before dusk.

Looking at the trail map, it appears that the "long loop," is basically the medium loop with a couple of miles of the old blue loop included (in the lower right quadrant)--that seem right?
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Owasippe Chief » June 6th, 2012, 11:25 am

Yes the long loop is the medium loop with a connector to the "Old" Blue Trail. This loop is almost the same as the Time-Trial course that Tailwind used in 2007 & 2008. This week we are finishing up some new single-track which will become the start of all three loops. This will eliminate a two-track and sandy steep downhill. This new section will be ridable and hopefully marked for Saturday's riding. :lol:
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby SteveF » June 6th, 2012, 12:18 pm

Owasippe Chief wrote:Yes the long loop is the medium loop with a connector to the "Old" Blue Trail. This loop is almost the same as the Time-Trial course that Tailwind used in 2007 & 2008. This week we are finishing up some new single-track which will become the start of all three loops. This will eliminate a two-track and sandy steep downhill. This new section will be ridable and hopefully marked for Saturday's riding. :lol:


Cool, thanks! I'll keep an eye out for the new trail...will it be near the start of the trail past the bathroom that you mentioned above? :?:
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Owasippe Chief » June 6th, 2012, 8:01 pm

Yes start past the bathrooms & old baseball field (near 3rd base), go through the 1st road crossing and then look for pin flags to the left of the trail. Hope to have the carsonite sign posts up Friday or Saturday morning also.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby SteveF » June 7th, 2012, 8:31 am

Thanks again! Hope to run into some of you guys as you finish up and we're starting out!
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby Owasippe Chief » June 8th, 2012, 11:45 am

A new Single-Track beginning to all three loops is cleared & ready to ride. Carsonite Signs not up yet but section is pin flagged. Start at the old baseball field go backwards on the trail (trail is two-way until the new single-track beginning), veer left at the orange pin flags just after the 1st two-track crossing. If you get to the canoes you have gone too far! DO RIDE NOT RIDE TRAIL BACKWARDS (COUNTER CLOCKWISE)!

Other notes:
1. WEAR A HELMET! :evil:
2. The Trails will close for the summer Boy Scout Season this Saturday June 9th at dusk and will re-open August 18th at dawn. DO NOT RIDE THE TRAILS DURING THIS TIME! :evil: It is a privilege granted by the landowners for us to ride during the Boy Scout "offseason". Please respect that, so we can continue to enjoy the beauty of Owasippe on a Mountain Bike!

Thanks,

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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby meangreen » June 9th, 2012, 1:56 pm

Doubled up on the middle & outer loop today - awesome trail. I think gtrowbridge is right - there's so much potential for this system. The steep bench-cut section on the outer loop recalled memories from WV. Excited to ride it again in August!
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby F7Cannon » June 9th, 2012, 7:06 pm

Had a blast out there today! Very nice trail system, glad we had the chance to get out there today before it closes for the summer. Big thanks to the people doing the trail work out there and to the Chief for pointing us in the right direction this morning.
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Re: Western: Owasippe

Postby yahtzee_99 » June 10th, 2012, 8:06 am

I also agree with gtrowbridge about the possiblity of Owasippie! Thanks to Randy and all the volunteers who help on this trail! Look forward to being back out there in August. Owasippie Chief, please let us know of any trail days that may be planned in the near future.
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