Thanks to all for your comments and input. I'm pleased that riders are enjoying the trail. Thanks mainly to Norm Roller for the trail design. I'm just one of the worker bees that carved the trail out of the wilderness. ;-}
As for trail length, I measured 3.1 miles several times on my bike so we'll go with that length for now. I'm working on a GPS of the trail, but am a bit of a novice with the GPS unit so haven't quite got it sorted out yet. Considering the tight, twisty terrain, however, I'm not sure the GPS will be that accurate anyway. TDB I suppose. Look for RHP on the Trail Conditions forum when I get the map sorted out in the near future.
With the rain today (Sunday), I'll remind you to keep off the trail for a few days until it dries out. Given the hilly terrain and sandy soil, RHP dries fairly quickly, but take care to avoid damaging the trail nonetheless. The down/up section along both sides of the gravel road between ~1.6 and 1.8 miles is the only section that seems to dry slowly. It's easy enough to avoid this area by using the grass paths in the park.
FYI, here are the plans for RHP in 2010 thus far:
1. build a kiosk at the edge of the central parking lot across the park road from the trail head (RHP staff will do this soon).
2. stock the kiosk with fodder such as 'rules of the road', MMBA and Poto chapter info and a map when completed (that's on me).
3. work on various trail improvements including:
- build a small log pile at the end of the first section using the remains of a recently downed tree
- bench cut and widen the exit of the sharp S-bend before the drainage ditch crossing at the end of the first section
- slightly reroute the overly steep climb at ~1.4 miles as it's too steep to be sustainable and rideable by novices
- fix up some of the log piles to make them more stable and less steep especially on the back side
- build a large log pile next to the smaller one already there in the section after the back gate (~2.0 miles) using logs set aside by RHP
- bench cut a number of off-camber areas (e.g., much of the grassy knoll on the bluff above the pond and in the following downhill section toward the gravel road)
- knock down some of the wash board bumps especially in the last section
- armor the sharp downhill S-bend with paving stones or the like in the second section along the gravel road
4. coordinate with RHP staff on the expansion plans of the park
- Washtenaw County Parks has major expansion plans for the park to the north
- the MMBA-Poto RHP team will work with RHP staff to find the best use of terrain for all user groups
- planning will take place this spring and summer with new MTB trail cutting potentially occuring this fall (1.5 or more miles trail possible)
So, I'd appreciate all the help I can get on the trail improvement work. Send me an Email directly to get added to my RHP trail crew Email list if you are interested in helping out. Please DON'T take it upon yourself to do any of this work at RHP without coordinating with me first. Thanks.
Between now and the next RHP expansion phase in the fall, the main MTB trail building efforts in the area will be expansion of the nearby Hewens Creek Park (HCP) trail (~1.5 miles away on Stony Creek south to Bemis east) which now measures ~4.5 miles. Norm Roller and Bob Hollen (HCP Coordinator) are planning to implement already standing plans to expand HCP by 3+ miles this spring. Keep on eye of the Trailwork Tuesday forum for trail day activities at HCP and RHP.
Contact me directly with any questions or comments. Get out and ride!!
RHP Trail Coordinatormconnolly62@yahoo.com