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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby utabintarbo » October 1st, 2009, 6:33 am

There is still that tree across the trail before #3 in the North unit. Perhaps the park should be notified of that as well.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » October 7th, 2009, 5:06 pm

The south unit has a few more trees down after last night's storm, as I expected. The one previously reported to the park is still down as well. Two of the new ones shouldn't pose any problem, the third is blocking the trail at number 8, near where the camp road ends by the camping area. I reported all the downed trees to the park. The trail is mostly dry with a few small puddles and slick spots.

LOHS has one tree down at the top of the two track climb up from the benches, just before you come out into the field. Easy enough to see when climbing but be careful if you are riding the course in the opposite direction since it is just after you start down the hill. There are a lot of leaves and pine needles down making the trail less defined. I plan on taking out a blower sometime next week.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby utabintarbo » October 17th, 2009, 11:41 pm

Rode the North unit Saturday morning. The area just before the ranger's house is trashed:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj28 ... 0_0682.jpg
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Somebody kindasorta cut in a reroute, but it's pretty rough:
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj28 ... 0_0681.jpg

I'd avoid that stretch entirely.

Other than that, there is a lot of leaves and deadfall and a few other soft spots.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » October 18th, 2009, 6:15 am

Sometimes I wonder if we ride the same trail :) A couple of us rode mid day Saturday. Other than the section pictured the trail was in good shape. Even that stretch by the ranger's house was navigable, use the path to the left of the worst section. Just before that there will be a little mud but you can ride right through it. The leaves are starting to hide some of the roots and rocks on other areas of the trail.

The South unit is pretty much dry, just the usual soft spots and the LOHS sections are 100% dry. Again, watch out for hidden roots and rocks due to the leaves.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby utabintarbo » October 29th, 2009, 6:34 am

Trail was greasier than the floor at a KFC. A thin layer of mud covered a good portion of the trail, and provided some "puckery" moments. The leaves hid many of those spots, as well as rocks, roots, and sticks. Made for an interesting ride. :P
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 1st, 2009, 7:57 pm

The south unit has some mud hiding under the leaves but not too bad, just the normal stuff. There are three trees down west of the creek.

The LOHS trails are pretty much all dry except for a few sections in the grass. The singletrack is heavily covered with leaves and may be hard to follow. I intend to blow the leaves off in a few weeks.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 2nd, 2009, 5:35 pm

I cleared the leaves on the LOHS singletrack this afternoon and it was really slick under them. I thought it would be easier to do it now before they get matted down. Be careful if you are riding out there.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 3rd, 2009, 8:33 pm

LOHS trails about 90% dry. Blowing the leaves off yesterday really helped. There is one tree down in the singletrack in the first pines section, just after the bottom of a hill. I hope to get to it tomorrow or Thursday. BM South has dried a little but still puddles and mud hidden under the leaves and the trees still across the trail.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 8th, 2009, 5:07 pm

The south unit still has some trees down, I talked to a ranger today and marked them on a map for him. Some mud hiding under the leaves but not bad.

The north unit was clear until you came to the second bridge, shortly before the usually wet area and the boardwalks. The water level is way up and it was flooded before you got to the bridge and in areas after. Something must be blocking the water outlet and causing the lake to back up. I don't recall ever seeing it like that before.

I another section, the elevated section that was built earlier in the year where the beavers had caused flooding has been torn down and it looks like the DNR is attempting their own remedy.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby utabintarbo » November 8th, 2009, 6:49 pm

Steve_Kinley wrote:The north unit was clear until you came to the second bridge, shortly before the usually wet area and the boardwalks. The water level is way up and it was flooded before you got to the bridge and in areas after. Something must be blocking the water outlet and causing the lake to back up. I don't recall ever seeing it like that before.


Are you talking about the area by the Ranger's house?

Steve_Kinley wrote:I another section, the elevated section that was built earlier in the year where the beavers had caused flooding has been torn down and it looks like the DNR is attempting their own remedy.


Did you get some kind of confirmation that it is the DNR working on that? It didn't look like whoever did it was very careful about it.

Otherwise, the trail was in decent shape, other than being covered by an absurd amount of leaves. Leaves that hide rocks, roots, and deadfall. :P
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 8th, 2009, 7:18 pm

Did you get some kind of confirmation that it is the DNR working on that? It didn't look like whoever did it was very careful about it.

No confirmation but they had told me before they were planning on knocking it down. That, plus the gator tracks through it leads me to believe that the DNR is responsible.

And yes, the flooded section starts before the bridge prior to the ranger's old house.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 22nd, 2009, 2:33 pm

The flooded section by the ranger's old house is still bad. There are two freshly gnawed trees down near the bridge, evidence of the beaver population. A few other sections of the trail, both N&S, are a little slick in spots
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 24th, 2009, 9:46 pm

Two short trail extensions were completed at LOHS this week. We covered the old trail to route traffic onto the new sections to help pack it down some before the ground freezes. Total added distance is small but we have a new, longer section flagged and ready to start on that we hope to finish before the weather gets too bad. We have three more sections in the planning stage for next spring.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » November 30th, 2009, 8:23 pm

I worked with the LOHS grounds guys and we added another half mile of singletrack. It starts at the end of the singletrack section just before you come out near the ropes course, assuming you took the harder option after the culvert and went down in the valley before climbing out. It cuts through to the other path leading to the ropes course but you turn right and head back down that path before joining the new section on your left. At the end you then use a section of existing and new cut two track to take you back to the rest of the singletrack after the ropes course. We still need to add a little bridge over a ditch that is rideable but could cause problems in a race. I also need to go back and cut down any of the little stumps I missed. The new trail is soft in spots and can be slick when wet but we have ridden it a few times without any problems. At least we didn't add them the day before a race. :lol:

The new singletrack, combined with the two track and extensions finished last week means the course has been lengthened by about a mile. A lot of options now on what sections to use and how to join them together plus they can be ridden in either direction. We have our eyes on three additional singletrack sections but may not start them until spring.
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Re: Metro North: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » December 6th, 2009, 1:13 pm

The north unit has a tree down on the long downhill from Lake George Rd, shortly before the last corners near the bridge. The lake is up even higher now and I couldn't make it to the bridge; turned around and rode back to the trail that comes in from Predmore. I stopped by the ranger station but no one was in.
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