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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » August 25th, 2011, 11:25 am

Rode the trail today. It's a little slick out there. Also, there is a lot of overgrowth everywhere and there are 2 trees down on the south section. Log pile or chain saw?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Mike_D » August 25th, 2011, 11:48 am

LuckyCharm4x4 wrote:Rode the trail today. It's a little slick out there. Also, there is a lot of overgrowth everywhere and there are 2 trees down on the south section. Log pile or chain saw?


Logpile :!:
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Bigtymer » August 25th, 2011, 3:44 pm

There's nothing challenging about a log pile. They just slow you flow down.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Mike_D » August 25th, 2011, 4:05 pm

Bigtymer wrote:There's nothing challenging about a log pile. They just slow you flow down.


Agreed but there isn't really anything challenging at Bass anyway (being relatively flat) but the logpiles at least give the trail some flavor.....
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » August 25th, 2011, 6:27 pm

I agree about the flavor. I like how places like Novi Treefarm usually keep the trees that fall and either build a log ride or pile. Or how Fort Custer cut a section out of the log on the green loop. I like flavor, if I'm just riding down a hard packed trail then I might as well be on the sidewalk. I like being able to do obstacles while maintaining flow.
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Parking Question:

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » August 27th, 2011, 4:01 pm

Question for you guys. When you go to Bass River, where do you park? I see a lot of cars off the side of the main drag, but I never see any in the staging area. I usually park in the staging area because the bugs aren't as bad over there. Is this frowned upon (due to the horses) or is it alright?
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Mike_D » August 27th, 2011, 4:23 pm

LuckyCharm4x4 wrote:Question for you guys. When you go to Bass River, where do you park? I see a lot of cars off the side of the main drag, but I never see any in the staging area. I usually park in the staging area because the bugs aren't as bad over there. Is this frowned upon (due to the horses) or is it alright?


I've always parked alongside the road. Didn't even know there was a parking lot til I heard it thru the grapevine.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby ras220476 » August 31st, 2011, 8:58 pm

Rode this two loops of this trail for first time today at lunchtime. Trail was in good condition - not much overgrowth and not too many loose branches on the trail. Not sure if the tree near to the start of the 'south loop' is meant to be down across the trail but I just unclipped and cyclo-crossed over it...its about 2 ft off the ground so I didn't fancy bunny hopping over it!! There were a couple of points on the trial where better signing would help, esp for new riders, but luckily I had looked at the trail map quite a few times beforehand so knew where it went! Overall it's a nice trail, especially as I only work a few miles away and it means I can now ride over my lunch break, but the endless twists are mind-numbing and I'm sure the trail would be much better with some longer runs where you could get up some speed!!! :)
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » September 1st, 2011, 1:01 am

The downed tree on south has been there but is not part of the trail. I posted about it before. I agree about the signage and I have brought it up. I am hoping that is something that can be addressed. It's funny that you call it twisty and you didn't even ride East. Man are you in for a surprise!

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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby kms662 » September 4th, 2011, 11:17 am

Rode yesterday around 4:30 and trail is in great shape. I'd darn near say the best I've ever seen it save for the obvious signs of horses on the south loop between the trailhead and 104th Ave. Mosquitos weren't too bad...as long as you keep moving.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » September 12th, 2011, 8:18 pm

Trail day, next Sunday Sept. 18th, around 2:30 pm.

Quick afternoon trail day to get everything up to snuff for the best season at Bass, fall and early winter!

Bring trimming-type tools if you have them, maybe some rakes and shovels (although not planning on moving as much dirt as usual :P )

Any questions just post up here or PM me.

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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby purple helmet » September 15th, 2011, 4:46 pm

Good meeting with the guy that has a 50% chance of being the next land manager for Bass. We'll know in a few days whether he is going to be the go-to guy or not...
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby ignition16 » September 17th, 2011, 7:46 am

Rode the trail yesterday. 1st section (north loop) is in pretty good shape, just a little overgrown. 2nd section is in amazing shape. 3rd section is quite overgrown in several sections as well as having some horse damage. Also almost ran through a giant pile of horse droppings in the middle of the trail on the 3rd section too...

Wish I could make it for the trail day tomorrow, but unfortunately I am busy. After a little trimming, this trail will be in prime shape for the fall riding season! Then we'll just needs to figure out how to keep those dang horses off the singletrack.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby Go_Green » September 18th, 2011, 8:57 pm

I love doing night ride and winter rides out there.
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Re: Western: Bass River

Postby LuckyCharm4x4 » September 23rd, 2011, 8:55 pm

Everyone was too busy last Sunday for the trail day I presume? I saw some riders out there, but no one brought tools or help?
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