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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 3/6/2014

Postby ibisman » March 6th, 2014, 11:12 am

headed out early this sunny morning to check conditions at Morton/Taylor. I rode a total of 5.3 miles all at 5 to 6 MPH. Very hard ride. The packed down trail is 8" to 12"wide and soft everywhere. The gravel path is the best but I did ride east loop past the power lines, crooked vulture backwards from the start of the west loop and back and forth all over. Going to be a while for easy rides.
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east loop heading west to the parking lot.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » March 23rd, 2014, 7:06 am

Heading out tomorrow morning to check conditions.
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Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby possium8 » March 23rd, 2014, 11:31 am

Was out this afternoon the pathways will be rideable with the freezing temps this week the trails look a little iffy. But I have to complain about people and walking their dogs out there please pick up your dogs crap and have them on a leash.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » March 24th, 2014, 11:34 am

What he said. The trails are all a muddy mess. The gravel pathways are rideable. Going to be June before they are dried out.
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Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby blues-brewer » April 9th, 2014, 1:47 pm

Anyone been out on the trail lately? Just wondering conditions? I assume after such a long and harsh winter it's probably a mud pit still. Anyway, just wondering conditions.... anxious to get out for a ride (first of the year)
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » April 9th, 2014, 5:36 pm

I'm going out tomorrow with my chainsaw and checking out the conditions and I will post tomorrow afternoon.
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Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 4/10/2014

Postby ibisman » April 10th, 2014, 11:59 am

Walked most of the trail (that was not under water), and there is nothing to ride but the gravel pathways. someone was riding the east loop but it to is way too wet. Surprising I found no trees down on the areas I could get to. going to be several weeks at least.
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Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 4/10/2014

Postby blues-brewer » April 10th, 2014, 12:36 pm

ibisman wrote:Walked most of the trail (that was not under water), and there is nothing to ride but the gravel pathways. someone was riding the east loop but it to is way too wet. Surprising I found no trees down on the areas I could get to. going to be several weeks at least.
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Thanks for the update and pics. Hopefully in a few weeks it'll be ready!
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » April 18th, 2014, 8:04 pm

I rode through the park today down the gravel paths and agree with Dave (ibisman), the trail is drying out in some areas, but there is a bunch of mud,
so please don't attempt to ride this trail yet until we get some consistently warm days to dry it out. I too saw a lot of pizza cutter tracks from idiots that
just don't give a crap and give it a go anyways. The gravel pathways though were dry for the most part and fun to ride on in the nice sunshine we had
today and I saw a lot of people out taking advantage of it. The pump track is rideable, but still awaiting a shipment of dirt from the township.

I stopped by Sweet Bikes in Canton and there were a lot of people coming in to get their bikes fixed or buy parts, so spring is getting people out :D
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 4/24/2014

Postby ibisman » April 24th, 2014, 11:51 am

I walked the trail again and while it looks better (lots of tires tracks in the mud), east loop is mostly dry on the main trail..the side loops are all wet and muddy, crooked vulture is a muddy mess, west loop is muddy in spots and a large tree down about 1/2 mile west of the west loop trail head sign, lucky dog is almost all dry but for a few mud pits. it will be a couple more weeks before the higher sections will be dry and June before the low areas will be dry enough to ride.
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31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Steve_Balogh » May 7th, 2014, 6:18 pm

Monday night I rode the two track to the new section going out past the ITC Substation. Getting past the sub-station means riding past where the construction ends; looks like they will connect to the park by Saltz road. I never knew that loop around the marsh was there. There's also a dirt path on the large hill overlooking the marsh and the substation. I checked out the west loop afterwards, was too muddy to ride, but appears a few people rode it anyways. Saw a few ruts.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 5/9/2014

Postby ibisman » May 9th, 2014, 9:21 am

as Steve said the trail is still muddy. I rode the 2 track and checked the east loop( still muddy), crooked vulture( still muddy),Image ext.loop of crooked vulture (still muddy), everything is still a muddy mess eImagexcept...the pump track.Image
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the virgins?
USMC 1968-1972
31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails 5/9/2014

Postby ibisman » May 9th, 2014, 11:30 am

I'm modifying my June prediction as to when Morton/Taylor will be dry to my birthday, July 13th :\
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the virgins?
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31,159.9 total trail miles since 2002
Miles for 2014--1741.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby Genetic_ » May 19th, 2014, 7:31 am

Is there a downloadable GPX file for a recommended loop of MT?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 25th, 2014, 6:53 pm

Tried to ride the Mort tonight. Epic muddy and mosquito infested fail. No fun.

Stay away. People are doing some serious damage.

I thought you guys were kidding about July, but now I know that is not unrealistic.
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