Michigan Mountain Biking Association
hotspurr wrote:Hi All,
I made my annual Spring trail inspection hike at Sharon Mills today. On the basis of what I observed, I recommend not riding the trail for another week. It should be okay by Easter weekend, barring any large rain events. More specifically, there are some muddy areas along the western fence line in the northern field and a puddle covering the tail in the southwestern corner of the northern field.
Elsewhere, there are about 5 big trees down across the trail, but they can be stepped across until we can get a crew out there to remove them.
The trail across the northern side of the central east-west tree line is somewhat overgrown due to the fact that we cannot get the big mower down it. It’s passable though, just covered with leaves and twigs.
The main issue one will face riding the trail in the near future, however, is the disruption caused by the addition of a new power line. Construction has cut off the trail located in the northwest corner of the park. Temporarily, trail users will have to follow a construction road from the existing trail in the center of the northern part of the trail to beyond the power line towers near the west end of the park where they can rejoin the original trail. I will try to get back out to the park soon and flag this alternative route. When the construction is over we will re-establish the trail in the northwest corner of the park. There is also a construction zone along the eastern fence line that must be crossed, but the distance is relatively short and the existing trail on the other side of the disturbance can be seen. I will try to put up a map showing the temporary routes shortly.
Dog walkers are reminded to clean up after their pets when using the trail.