Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 12/13/2013

Postby ibisman » December 13th, 2013, 2:39 pm

yea..Friday the 13th. my lucky day. I did a couple laps this morning and only saw old fat tire bike tracks from a couple days ago. Trail is rutted in spots but frozen solid and I was able to ride all sections and ramps without problems. I had my studded tires on but they are not needed yet but they are not coming off until April.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Steve_Balogh » December 15th, 2013, 8:02 am

Rode some of the western side of the trails, tried out some new tires which didn't quite meet my expectations, so I spent some time in the parking lot swapping out the front. Then went back and did a few more sections. The snow was coming down pretty good. A few trail runners were out there as well, looks like they were doing laps around the pond by the lot as well as the two track leading to it. Hard to tell in the winter, but did one section by the free ride platform get clobbered by a lot of fallen trees? Looks like that was an alternate route towards Lucky Dawg. I could be wrong as fresh snow can be deceiving at times.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » December 15th, 2013, 9:20 am

Yes, we have been clearing downed trees all year. I saw some fat bike tracks and figured it was you Steve. Trail is shaping up eh?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Steve_Balogh » December 15th, 2013, 4:35 pm

Can't say we didn't get any snow this year :D I went back today and tried to ride my snow covered tracks from yesterday, quite a workout, climbed a few hills. Did several laps of Buckshaver, West Loop, and one lap of the Wetlands hill. Someone pulled a sled through the West loop, making the first pass tough where there were footprints over it. However, going back over my tracks got easier.

The old fat bike tracks you saw Friday were from someone else - it's been a while since I've rode this trail. Maybe a few more will come out and pack it down more.
With snow this deep I wanted to make a few passes so if it thaws and re-freezes as predicted around Tuesday, those tracks will not be narrow icy ruts. But typically people on foot will follow them.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » December 15th, 2013, 6:26 pm

Cool! I might go out there Tuesday morning.
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Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ChrisInYpsi » December 18th, 2013, 2:16 pm

Rode the Mort this morning and really enjoyed it. It has a few inches less snow than Rolling Hills, and the warmer temps today made the snow grippier. Rode all the loops except for the West (my clipless pedals froze up so I took the 2-track trails back). Some of the loops hadn't been ridden/hiked at all (Lucky Dog, Clowns Revenge) and others had plenty of hiking prints and ski tracks. Lots of deer tracks too, and I saw 4 or 5 out on the East loop by the up and over. Any bike tracks from the weekend had been pretty much snowed over or trampled down.

Had a nice endo when I slid off the side of the bridge after that first downhill on Crooked Vulture. Busted my rear shifter off the bars so I rode the north side loops single speed for some extra challenge.

Trail is very rideable and quite fun. Get out before it warms up and rains....

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails12/23/2013

Postby ibisman » December 23rd, 2013, 10:23 am

I'm heading out for a ride tomorrow morning around 10 am if anyone wants to join me. The ground is solid with ice and some soft spots.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 2/26/2013

Postby ibisman » December 26th, 2013, 12:00 pm

I rode the east loop, crooked vulture, crooked vulture ext. loop, west loop, up to lucky dawg where I crashed and broke the rear derailleur and cracked my helmet on a log. It is all ice under 3" of fresh powder. I had studded tires that helped get as far as I did. I rode buckshaver about 1/2 way and was thinking ' boy this is really smooth' and I heard loud crack and found myself on a large ice rink. I didn't know how deep the water was so I back tracked out to the parking lot.
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its ALL ice. Saturday is the next attempt.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 2/26/2013

Postby Steve_Balogh » December 26th, 2013, 9:45 pm

ibisman wrote:...


Saw your friend out at Commerce, he bailed because of ice, so I swapped wheel sets for the one with the DIY studs. I did pretty well with those sheet metal screws, they dig much farther than stock tires. I did a few laps there and another fat bike was also out there. I noticed the snow changed from powder to more of a packing type when I finished.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » December 27th, 2013, 12:31 am

Cool. Wait until I razz Kevin. :)
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » December 30th, 2013, 10:29 pm

Last ride of 2013. 10am.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 12/31/2013

Postby ibisman » December 31st, 2013, 12:08 pm

last ride for 2013 and it was awesome. Ice from one end to another. when you see deer and coyote tracks sliding and falling ..its slick. Just over 8 miles in 1:35 minutes. I had to reride the section that took out my rear derailleur and helmet last Thursday. Many foot prints and not many tire tracks. Thursday looks to be even colder. studded tires were a major help.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » December 31st, 2013, 5:10 pm

Buckshaver is flooded and iced over in spots and may break through.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » January 4th, 2014, 6:09 pm

Thanks for the update ibisman!
I love mountain biking because I haven't found anything that is more FUN !!
Of all the paths you choose in life....make sure some of them are DIRT !!

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » January 12th, 2014, 7:15 am

I wanted to try out my snowshoes yesterday so I parked at Sheldon rd. Crossing. Too too mushy.there is no way to ride these trails. Maybe by next week if it freezes hard. Let it melt down naturally and freeze before rutting it up. It will be rideable if you let it stay smooth.
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