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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » October 2nd, 2012, 9:28 pm

RickPlite wrote:Just so the everyone knows, the trail coordinators did not remove the log corner on the Red Loop. We didn't dumb down the trail. Someone took it upon themselves to cut it out and make it easier. Even my wife is bummed. When I gave her a pointer a few years ago she nailed it and looked forward to it all the time, but the log also served a purpose. That 90 degree corner is after a fast, slightly downhill stretch, it kept your speed in check because you "knew" what was coming. It is only a matter of time before that corner gets skidded, loose and eventually blown out. :x

Anyone else want to hold a trail day to put another one in its place?


We should put a 6' tall log pile in it's place (to help with erosion of course) :twisted:
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mark H. » October 15th, 2012, 4:09 pm

Does anyone know if that tree that fell across the trail @ the begining of the red loop was removed?
I'll check back here tomorrow to see, if it's still there I'll cut it out of the way.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » October 15th, 2012, 9:28 pm

Mark H. wrote:Does anyone know if that tree that fell across the trail @ the begining of the red loop was removed?
I'll check back here tomorrow to see, if it's still there I'll cut it out of the way.


It was moved off to the side of the trail so it is rideable at the beginning of the loop.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby balexander87 » October 20th, 2012, 8:30 pm

Some friends and I drove up from St. Joe/Benton Harbor area to ride the new Merrell trail (which was a lot of fun, but will be interested to try it on a red day). One of the guys remembered Luton was pretty close by, so after doing a loop at Merrell, we went on over to Luton. Boy, am I glad he made that suggestion!! This place is awesome! The weather was clear, the trails were sticky (the kind where the tires stick to the dirt, but the dirt doesn't stick to the tires). Amazing. You all have a great setup with such great options nearby! Thanks to everyone involved for all the work to make these places so much fun!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » November 25th, 2012, 9:29 am

How's the trail/soil condition here once the temps get above 32? Has the trail/soil had enough frost in the ground to make it un-rideable when the ground thaws out yet? We don't want a repeat of the ruts like last year.....
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » November 28th, 2012, 9:42 am

mntn-biker wrote:How's the trail/soil condition here once the temps get above 32? Has the trail/soil had enough frost in the ground to make it un-rideable when the ground thaws out yet? We don't want a repeat of the ruts like last year.....


Well since I did not hear about the soil conditions, I did a late afternoon ride yesterday and found that there is indeed frost in the ground (not a big surprise for how cold it has been at night). I don't think it got much above freezing yesterday but I saw that areas of the trail that were receiving full sun throughout the day, had gotten a little mushy and had some fresh tire tracks, not ruts (yet). Temps will be slowly rising this week so hopefully we can all use some common sense and if we see the trail along the road become a mud run, we turn around and head for a sandier soil trail like the ski area or Yankee. Another option is to ride in the early morning when the ground is still frozen. Let's not have a repeat like last year.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » December 21st, 2012, 4:57 pm

conditions update: the parking lot and trail head are soft with puddles but the ground is firming up. It is suppose to be in the 20's at night for the next week or so and in the low 30's for highs. The trails should be good starting tomorrow. Same holds true for the Merrell Trail. We have about a 1/2" of snow on the ground and it has stopped snowing.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » December 28th, 2012, 11:27 am

How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently? Are XC skiers using the trail yet? If yes, I will avoid this trail so as not to screw up their tracks.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » December 28th, 2012, 11:43 am

mntn-biker wrote:How are snow depths/trail conditions with the snow we had recently? Are XC skiers using the trail yet? If yes, I will avoid this trail so as not to screw up their tracks.



Luton Park gets very few skiers. It gets trampled by feet and bikes. Ride it all year long with no worries. It is still ride able with a regular mtb right now
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Slimm » December 31st, 2012, 10:34 am

trail was about perfect yesterday (12/30). a nice layer of compacted crunchy snow over frozen trail. doesnt get much better for winter riding
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » January 19th, 2013, 9:26 am

trails will be closed today, Saturday 1-20-13 due to warm weather and thawing conditions. Ride the ski area instead please
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby trout_smith » February 23rd, 2013, 8:19 pm

Anyone have an update on conditions? Anyone ridden it on a nonfat bike lately?
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby gtrowbridge » February 24th, 2013, 8:30 pm

trout_smith wrote:Anyone have an update on conditions? Anyone ridden it on a nonfat bike lately?


Was out there today. No one had been riding anything as far as I could see. Blue loop was ridable because the snowshoers have packed in a nice trail. Occasional skier has hit other loops. We did laps on the blue. I did my best to widen and pack it with my moonlander while my buddy used his 29r. At the trail head only 2 other bikers and they said Merrel trail had no activity. Definitly needs more fat bike activity to improve it for everyone.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » February 24th, 2013, 10:12 pm

gtrowbridge wrote:
trout_smith wrote:Anyone have an update on conditions? Anyone ridden it on a nonfat bike lately?


Was out there today. No one had been riding anything as far as I could see. Blue loop was ridable because the snowshoers have packed in a nice trail. Occasional skier has hit other loops. We did laps on the blue. I did my best to widen and pack it with my moonlander while my buddy used his 29r. At the trail head only 2 other bikers and they said Merrel trail had no activity. Definitly needs more fat bike activity to improve it for everyone.


With all the fat bike rage, 1 would think the trails would be all packed down from all the fat bikes. I know if I had 1, I would be riding that on the trails instead of riding the spin trainer indoors. Anyone want to trade their fat bike for my spin trainer? :wink: :lol:
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby DrNick2006 » April 1st, 2013, 2:30 pm

Too muddy to ride today
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