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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » May 8th, 2014, 8:53 pm

Hi All,

Big thanks are due to Washtenaw County Parks Dept. for sending a crew out to the Park today with a big mower to help us re-establish the "lost" trail in the northwest corner of the Park. Almost the entire trail is now mowable with a riding mower, which will greatly simplify maintenance. Kudos to Ed and Kevin for their help.

Having the replacement trail mowed greatly reduces the list of things we need to accomplish this weekend to get the trail in tip-top shape for the riding season. Come on out and help us finish up and take a ride, too.

Nature note of the day: Both Kevin and I saw large garter snakes and the spring peepers were in full voice. SMP is a great place for herp lovers.

Cheers, Norm
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » May 10th, 2014, 3:50 pm

Thanks to all who showed up for the trail work day this morning. The whole trail is now officially open for the year.

The work today consisted of some clean-up and additional flagging on the new section of trail in the NW corner of the park, further rennovation of the northside of the central treeline, and mowing in a short re-route around a perennially wet area in the SW corner of the northern Ag field.

Major props to Greg and Dan for providing and operating the mechanized equipment that made the jobs go so quickly and effectively.

What the trail needs now is riding to establish the tread in the new and rennovated areas and everywhere else to keep the vegetative growth down. Go for a RIDE!

Nature note: A northern oriole was spotted by the new re-route,
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby glr » May 21st, 2014, 9:29 am

Glad I got my ride in yesterday! the new reroute in the northwest corner is great, a little rough but well laid out and a nice climb. as per usual the grass is a growin' but it was still very rideable. the reclaimed trail in the middle fencerow is awesome. it is a completely different trail than last year. also the river was hoppin' with critters. certainly a great place for an evening ride. if you haven't been here before, its worth the trip.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 22nd, 2014, 2:56 pm

Might be able to sneak out to Sharon Mills this weekend. I haven't been out there for a while and it sounds like some recent improvements have been made. Is the map on the MMBA Trail Guide still fairly accurate? http://mmba.org/library/maps/sharonmill ... 5Oct08.jpg
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby glr » May 22nd, 2014, 6:52 pm

glr wrote:Glad I got my ride in yesterday! the new reroute in the northwest corner is great, a little rough but well laid out and a nice climb. as per usual the grass is a growin' but it was still very rideable. the reclaimed trail in the middle fencerow is awesome. it is a completely different trail than last year. also the river was hoppin' with critters. certainly a great place for an evening ride. if you haven't been here before, its worth the trip.


Chris that map is close enough. might want to bring the fat bike as the northwest corner is a little rough. lots of fun though.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 24th, 2014, 9:20 pm

Had a very nice ride here this morning. The trails are in good shape right now, although the grass in the reclaimed tree line section is already growing fast in a few areas.

Good job getting it back in shape. Thanks.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » May 26th, 2014, 9:56 am

Hi All,

A new/revised map of the Sharon MIlls trail has been posted in the Trail Description section of the Chapter's website. In particular, it shows the re-alignment of the trail in the northwestern corner of the park. Get out and ride, the trail needs it.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby glr » June 3rd, 2014, 3:46 pm

all trails mowed as of today, once the rain gets through should be great for the weekend.
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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » July 29th, 2014, 7:14 am

Hi All,

The main trail is in fine shape. The parallel trails down the old road bed in the middle of the ark were mowed yesterday, however, there are still a few overhanging grass, shrub and tree face slappers. We'll try to get to them later this week. There are also four trees down on the stretch of trail that comes up from the river behind the houses across from the Mill parking lot. We may be able to get WCPR to remove them this week.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » August 9th, 2014, 9:10 am

Hi All,

The face slappers and ankle biters along the north and south sides of the old road bed have been trimmed back. The County has mowed roughly the north half of the main trail. The grass in the south half of the main trail and along the old road bed is getting long but it's still rideable/hikeable. Note, however, that recent storms have brought down some trees. There are four trees down on the river loop behind the houses near the dam. There are also four trees down along the south side of the old central road bed. If you are walking it's no problem to get around them. If you are biking you may have to carry your bike a few yards. We hope to get them cleared this week.
You may also notice that the weeds in the old field have been mowed on the hillside in the NE corner of the park. This was done by the County Parks Dept. to control invasive vegetation. The trail is still visible as the grassier, cleaner area.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » August 12th, 2014, 1:42 pm

Hi All,

Big thanks to Brian and the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission work crew who today cleared all the recently fallen trees from the trail. The trail is now passable again by bikes.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby hotspurr » September 4th, 2014, 7:55 am

Hi All,

The trail is open and in good shape for riding. The main trail is beautiful thanks to Dan and the WCPRC crew. The single track loop along the old roadbed was mowed yesterday.

Note that powerline maintenance crews have been doing some clearing that intersects with the trail in a few places. Where this occurrs we have used surveyors flags to indicate the correct route. Ignore the color of the flags (orange, white or pink). We just used what wew had on hand for marking.

The fall color season will soon be upon us. It's a great time to ride this trail with its sweeping vistas and colorful riverside. Sandhill cranes and turkeys are being commonly observed.

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Re: Poto: Sharon Mills

Postby Geff » September 4th, 2014, 8:14 am

Thanks for this update Norm. I will be out there riding this coming Saturday since it is so close to a friend's acreage where a bunch will be watching U of M v Notre Dame and big bonfire, etc.
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