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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » July 26th, 2013, 2:50 pm

scat silvurz wrote:Love the new bridge ride!


Looks nice! I'm guessing it's on Dragon's tail? That's the only area I haven't tried yet(I think).
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » July 26th, 2013, 5:34 pm

Zach_T wrote:
scat silvurz wrote:Love the new bridge ride!


Looks nice! I'm guessing it's on Dragon's tail? That's the only area I haven't tried yet(I think).


That bridge is on the East loop near Lilley Rd. It's called the "Up 'n Over". There should be signs when you get near it.


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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 27th, 2013, 4:50 pm

When I was there on Wed the sign for the new bridge is becoming overcome by whatever is growing up the tree that it's posted on, needs to be cut off.

Never anticipated that, but it wouldn't take much to clear it. Glad that you like the Up & Over Scott, have some hours into that one, but it turned out good. The go around is getting overgrown with weeds, but again, it wouldn't take much to clear it. Darn Mother Nature and this wet a-s-s summer we've had :evil:

Need more time in life to get back to the trail work ! Please Enjoy.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » July 27th, 2013, 9:46 pm

Trimmed trail from Lilley Rd. to just past and including, Up 'n' Over and go around. Also cut back trees overhanging into Lilley Rd. They were causing you to ride in the road in spots. I posted pics on the Morton-Taylor mountain bike trails facebook page.

I couldn't get a chainsaw to cut that big pine tree in the trail at Lilley Rd. My friend ended up going up north and took his saw with him.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 28th, 2013, 6:17 am

Thank you for your hard work and posting the cool before and after pictures on the FB page James !
See you on Wednesday for the Poto Chapter meeting in Ann Arbor.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » July 29th, 2013, 9:56 am

opjames wrote:That bridge is on the East loop near Lilley Rd. It's called the "Up 'n Over". There should be signs when you get near it.



Hmm I have not seen any signs. Heading east towards Lilley, is it on the right or left side of the trail? I've only been to the trails twice. Both times I've ridden East Loop I go over the little bridge and up that steep hill at the powerlines, then I follow the fence all the way to Lilley Rd.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » July 29th, 2013, 10:50 am

its to the left before you go down from the fence to Lilley.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » July 29th, 2013, 2:53 pm

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » July 29th, 2013, 4:49 pm

Cool, I'll keep an eye out.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 30th, 2013, 6:50 am

Thanks to the heads up from ibisman (and offer of help to trim it) I got out to the North Wetlands trail with my trusty Toro lawn mower last night.
I have never ever seen it SO badly overgrown in the 5 years of this trail, it's a good thing I trimmed it when I did because after another couple weeks
this trail section might have been returned to nature. The weeds were 3-4 feet high, thick and flourishing after this record amount of summer rain.
I saw many frogs leaping out of the way and the gold finches and swallows/martins where in abundance swooping all around me in the thistle plants.

There were times when I had to stop and take a really good look to see where the trail was before I could continue. It took me two hours of hard pushing, pulling labor and going over everything at least twice before the path was useable again. But, the section where you come out of the woods off of the West loop was so thick that the little lawn mower met it's match and I couldn't do anything with it. It needs some machete or sickle action if some kind soul wants to develop some upper body strength and clear that last section of 5 foot high growth in what must be the wettest section of this area.

I'm really feeling it today in my shoulders and lower back. Please go out and hike/bike it to help re-establish the cooridor in the next month.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Zach_T » July 30th, 2013, 10:13 am

Thanks for the hard work SC! I will be going out later today around 5:30, assuming it doesn't rain :roll:
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mountainbikemike » July 30th, 2013, 8:48 pm

I hacked away at the wetlands loop today and finished about 2/3 of the thick stuff by the West loop exit. The Mosquitoes nearly carried me away and the what I cleared could use a clean up with a weed whacker or such tool.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » August 2nd, 2013, 12:09 pm

I trimmed from where I left off by Up 'n' Over, to the woods past the power lines on the East loop. That should make the entire East loop good for the next few days. At least, until the jungle grows back.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 8/6/2013

Postby ibisman » August 6th, 2013, 11:21 am

I did 3 laps this morning during,after and then during more rain then did some trimming coming east from Sheldon RD. there is still a couple muddy spots the worst is right before the second woodenbridge from the parking lot..you have to make a sharp turn to the right to get up onto the bridge and its deep mud, and then the bridge is very slick. There is a BIG tree down at Lilley RD. where you can go high or low and turn onto Lilley RD. its on the high loop. Thanks Gary for the trimming on the wetlands..nice! I'm going to trim the weeds against the fence going towards Lilley RD. Thursday.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » August 6th, 2013, 3:28 pm

Thanks for the trail report ibisman!

I cut most of the woody plants back in that section along the fence last Thursday, so a "weed wacker" should have an easier time trimming back the grasses and softer weeds that have reached into the trail.
That tree you mentioned is the one I was talking about last week. I still haven't been able to procure a chainsaw for it's removal.
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