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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby lunge bob sweatpants » September 17th, 2012, 11:30 am

bgerlach wrote:Mercifully, no break ins this summer at Arcadia Dunes. The Benzie County Sheriff's Office indicated to us last fall that they had arrested a suspect but were not sure if that person was responsible for all the thefts.

Also, we have completed (with the help of some great volunteers) a reroute around what we call the Meadow. The Meadow had become cupped and very sandy - the reroute stays in the forest and has some excellent elevation change to it. It should be more sustainable and more enjoyable to ride.


Hope they got the guy.

Thanks you for your efforts here. When I rode the trail in August, the Meadow (if I am talking about the same part of the trail) was very very sandy and rutted in places. I'm anxious to ride the reroute.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Glacial Hills » September 18th, 2012, 7:47 pm

lunge bob sweatpants wrote:
bgerlach wrote:Mercifully, no break ins this summer at Arcadia Dunes. The Benzie County Sheriff's Office indicated to us last fall that they had arrested a suspect but were not sure if that person was responsible for all the thefts.

Also, we have completed (with the help of some great volunteers) a reroute around what we call the Meadow. The Meadow had become cupped and very sandy - the reroute stays in the forest and has some excellent elevation change to it. It should be more sustainable and more enjoyable to ride.


Hope they got the guy.

Thanks you for your efforts here. When I rode the trail in August, the Meadow (if I am talking about the same part of the trail) was very very sandy and rutted in places. I'm anxious to ride the reroute.


Yep, that would be the Meadow - feedback on the reroute has been very good.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby volklgirl » September 20th, 2012, 8:16 pm

Thanks for the reroute, guys! (That said though.......)

I rode counterclockwise last weekend and found that the Meadow reroute lacks the Arcadia mystique that makes you WANT to climb knowing that there's an amazing rollercoaster of fun awaiting you at the top. Going this direction, the reroute just climbs and climbs and climbs and climbs with no reward in sight. While it's got great tread and is better than the Meadow, I found it disappointing and grueling and ended up suffering through the remainder (and funnest part) of the trail. :cry: I was so tired, in fact, that I rode off the log bridge for the first time in a couple of years.

I guess I'll try the trail going clockwise next time to see if I like it any better that way.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Glacial Hills » September 21st, 2012, 9:19 am

volklgirl wrote:Thanks for the reroute, guys! (That said though.......)

I rode counterclockwise last weekend and found that the Meadow reroute lacks the Arcadia mystique that makes you WANT to climb knowing that there's an amazing rollercoaster of fun awaiting you at the top. Going this direction, the reroute just climbs and climbs and climbs and climbs with no reward in sight. While it's got great tread and is better than the Meadow, I found it disappointing and grueling and ended up suffering through the remainder (and funnest part) of the trail. :cry: I was so tired, in fact, that I rode off the log bridge for the first time in a couple of years.

I guess I'll try the trail going clockwise next time to see if I like it any better that way.



Thanks for the feedback - I can see counterclockwise would be more climbing. Sorry you are disappointed.

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby volklgirl » September 21st, 2012, 1:10 pm

Hey, no prob at all. It just gives me an excuse to finally try the "correct" direction! :wink:
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby JF » November 16th, 2012, 10:18 pm

Anyone know if Arcadia is safe to ride during hunting season this weekend?
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby AllMountin' » November 16th, 2012, 11:18 pm

JF wrote:Anyone know if Arcadia is safe to ride during hunting season this weekend?


Info on hunting can be found here: http://www.gtrlc.org/preserves/hunting-rules/

It appears that hunting is permitted at Arcadia, and extra doe permits were issued this year to control the population. Apparently, the deer are eating too much of the desirable vegetation. From that link:

Unless otherwise noted below (Preserve Specific ?Permitted Seasons?), rules regulating hunting on Conservancy Preserves open to hunting are the same as those set forth by the MDNR.


Trails are NOT closed during hunting seasons.


Due to the meandering design of the trails on the Preserves please familiarize yourself with the location of all trails and other structures before proceeding with hunting.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Glacial Hills » June 23rd, 2013, 6:31 pm

clydeone wrote:any info on trail conditions? will be on vacation very close to this trail this week.


Might see a little sand unless we get some rain. We trimmed it back hard last month so shrubs, etc. should not be a problem although there will be some ferns in a few spots.
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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Glacial Hills » October 8th, 2013, 5:37 pm

MLKuhl wrote:Planning on heading up for a day of riding in a couple weeks as long as weather looks good. Will be my first time riding here, how is it during bow season? I read not recommended during gun season. Also, any problems with break in's recently. Thanks in advance.


There are a few bow hunters there but no instances of conflicts. No break-ins this year - Sheriff Department is pretty sure they caught the culprits last year.

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Re: Arcadia Dunes

Postby lunge bob sweatpants » July 7th, 2014, 9:46 am

This is a late report for last week (limited internet service on vacation). There was a large chainsaw worthy tree down between trail map marker 1 and trail map marker 5 (not mile markers).

I love this trail.
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Re: NMMBA: Arcadia Dunes

Postby Shirlzz » August 23rd, 2016, 7:30 am

Yep - I went, too. Perfect! Seems like Arcadia does very well with rain unlike our trails in Chicago.
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