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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mountainbikemike » May 1st, 2013, 2:40 pm

I went for a jog there last Sunday and it was a mess! South loop completely impassible, East loop ok in parts until you get to the bit close to the light industrial park and then it is impassible also. Didn't even bother with the West loop. If you go there I'd stick to the gravel paths.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jwhitey » May 3rd, 2013, 10:35 am

Is it possible that MT will be rideable tomorrow PM?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby beenfarr » May 3rd, 2013, 3:53 pm

jwhitey wrote:Is it possible that MT will be rideable tomorrow PM?


I rode it this morning at around 10. It was my first time riding on any mtb trail. I stuck to the east side and went home soaked. Had to walk the bike in a couple of places through ankle deep water. went home after about 3 miles of riding. Some parts were great, others were like pudding, and then there was the ankle deep swamp water. I would wait.... :lol:

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby shadehoss » May 3rd, 2013, 4:38 pm

I was out there Wednesday and rode the gravel path, just peeking in on the singletrack here and there. Unfortunately, it looks like the Morty is still a few weeks away from being ready if we are lucky. Saw a couple people coming out of the south loop and riding into the east loop, I gues they didnt care that they were leaving deep ruts in the very soft mud. Please stay off till ready to prevent even more damage. I believe I saw a post a little ways back from SantaCruz sayi ng he didnt think it would be ready till June. Thats probably a very accurate time frame, looking at the current state of the trail.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » May 4th, 2013, 6:45 am

Yes, I walked Thursday and its a mess.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » May 4th, 2013, 9:54 am

Yesterday (5-3-13)....Buckshaver section underwater.
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This is what most of the trail is like.This is on the West loop.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mountainbikemike » May 4th, 2013, 5:03 pm

Going to be messy for tomorrow's demo ride.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » May 4th, 2013, 6:33 pm

The only rideable portion would be the East loop to Lilley. It's on higher ground and dries up the quickest.
But, Crooked Vulture is a mess and riders should take the gravel path back to the parking lot to avoid the MUD.
Stay off of the South Loop, Buckshaver, West Loop, etc. I hear Lucky Dawg is okay, but most people at the demo won't know how to get there.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » May 4th, 2013, 6:40 pm

In other news.....

I finished the Up & Over log bridge which is towards the end of the East trail just before you get to Lilley road. Rich finished the ramps on the
log piles, Randy took out a couple of potentially dangerous dead trees (still leaning against stuff) and James provided moral support & conversation.

It is 23 feet long, 4 feet high and 3 feet wide. If you don't want to take the easy route at the top of the hill, but chicken out at the bridge,
you can take the bypass to the right of it which climbs up one side of the hill and then decends down the other side. 2 log piles to hop over at the peak.

James posted pix on the Morton-Taylor Facebook page.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby troth » May 8th, 2013, 4:24 pm

James,
Thought you'd be interested to know the bypass next to Up & Over can indeed be climbed in the reverse direction without too much trouble. Not wearing plastic soled SPD shoes on a demo bike's platform pedals made all the difference in the world.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » May 8th, 2013, 4:35 pm

I knew you could do it!

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jwhitey » May 15th, 2013, 10:48 am

Is the trail drying out at all?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby opjames » May 15th, 2013, 9:42 pm

jwhitey wrote:Is the trail drying out at all?

Yes it is. Most of the trail is dry enough to ride. There are still a few squishy spots here and there, but it only takes a few seconds to dismount and tiptoe over them. I posted a report on the Morton-Taylor mountain bike trails facebook page. Check it out if you haven't yet.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby ibisman » May 16th, 2013, 5:43 am

I will get that tree on lucky dawg.
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the virgins?
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Miles for 2014--1636.9--miles for 2013... 1770.25 miles. 0 road miles
all on teenie, tiny, normal sized wheels (well now fat bike tires too..but they are still 26")
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jwhitey » May 16th, 2013, 7:23 am

Thanks James, I don't do face book so I have not seen that. I rode elsewhere yesterday before going to Canton for an appointment. If it stays dry I'll plan to ride MT on my next Canton trip.
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