Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

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Postby telewhacker1 » March 17th, 2008, 10:32 pm

Still snow in the woods here, means at best a boggy clay nightmare of trail destruction.

It might be okay (better than a dentist visit anyway) if temps are below freezing and you get on it early in the day.
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Postby Napper » March 17th, 2008, 10:35 pm

Stay away. Still to much snow and many down trees that are going to require a chain saw to clear out.
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Postby printenv » March 18th, 2008, 8:20 am

Looks like I will be waiting till this summer to hit that then. Thanks for the update.
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Postby fitz » April 28th, 2008, 6:58 pm

Thanks to the owner, staff and patrons of Terry's Cycle the Jailhouse trail has been cleared of downed trees and completely raked. Rode it today and other than being a bit slow it is in great shape. Come on out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of of central Gratiot County.
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Postby printenv » April 28th, 2008, 7:28 pm

Perfect timing, in a couple weeks I will be back at my in-laws and looking to hit the trail!
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Postby thedarkjunco » June 24th, 2008, 5:55 am

I am hoping to ride on Saturday June 28th. Can anyone tell me how the tail is? We'll be coming from Saginaw. With the $ of gas I'd hate to get there and find the trail too wet to ride. Thanks
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Postby Napper » June 25th, 2008, 6:43 am

its in great shape
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jailhouse is open

Postby schussin » August 9th, 2008, 8:53 pm

I ride this trail almost every day since I live in the area, the rain should firm up the loose sand. This 4.7 mile course is a pedal course and will get you in good shape. :D
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Postby thedarkjunco » September 20th, 2008, 5:46 pm

THANK YOU TO WHO EVER HAS DONE THE WONDERFUL JOB OF TRAIL CARE! WE RODE ON THURSDAY EVENING AND IT WAS WONDERFUL!!!! DO YOU EVER HAVE ORGANIZED TRAIL DATES? IF I AM FREE I WOULD LIKE TO HELP. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK. IT IS APPRECIATED VERY MUCH :D
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Re: Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

Postby blacksword » June 17th, 2009, 8:27 pm

Where exactly is the trail head located for this trail?

The directions on the trail guide are rather vague.
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Re: Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

Postby dauber76 » June 18th, 2009, 8:36 am

Shameless plug:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8& ... 77248&z=14

The folks at Terry's Cycle in Alma should be able to help you out as well. Their number is 989-463-5260.
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Re: Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

Postby volklgirl » June 20th, 2009, 6:07 pm

That Google map is OK, but......

You merely need to follow the signs to the Fairgrounds. Turn right into the fairgrounds, follow the main drive to the left when it forks, then drive straight back and park under the huge tree in the middle of the grassy area. You'll see the "kiosk", then you'll see the opening in the woods where the trail starts.
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Re: Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

Postby dauber76 » June 21st, 2009, 8:39 pm

Volklgirl,

To be more accurate, how far off is the trailhead symbol on the map? Where should it be?
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Re: Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

Postby volklgirl » June 22nd, 2009, 7:42 pm

It looks like the symbol is dead on (or close enough, anyway).
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Re: Midstate: Jailhouse Trail (Ithaca)

Postby thedarkjunco » June 25th, 2009, 9:02 pm

Can anyone tell me how the thorns are at the jailhouse trail? My last trip resulted in 3 flat tires....in less than one mile. I pulled a total of 7 thorns out of my tires. I am now armed with new tubes and patches. Are there ever any trail days there? Other than collecting thorns and picking up litter when I see it I'd like to help keep trail in good shape.
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