Michigan Mountain Biking Association
ChrisInYpsi wrote:Rode all the Ella Sharp loops today for the first time. Some newbie comments:
- Challenging to navigate due to many unmarked intersections, heavy leaf cover in some areas, and many side trails (bandit?) that aren't on the best map I could find.
- Most of the trails were trimmed well enough, and the undergrowth should start to die back further in the fall weather.
- West river trail was impassible. Riding from N to S I got through to just past where it tees off to the back side of 3/4, but after that there were several downed trees, muddy sections, and the bushes on the side of the trail have grown completely together. Looks like it's been like that for a while, so maybe the map I had is just old and shouldn't show it any longer?
- It took me a little while to find the dirt jump area, but once I found it I was impressed. Someone has clearly spent a ton of time and effort building those jumps and berms. I was riding my FS 29er which was like brining a knife to a gun fight for that section, but I rode around a bit to rail some of the berms and take some of the milder jumps. Very cool.
- Tons of people in the park (soccer tykes and their families in the morning, then cross country runners in the afternoon), but I didn't see any other riders.
- There was a dude sitting on the top of the hill in Probert where all the clear bottles are piled up. He had an unleashed Rott running around the area. He got up and walked away after I passed by. Reeked of funny cigarettes....
Pretty cool trails. Seems like the few who are maintaining the trails are giving it their all but could benefit from more help. Biggest thing I'd recommend as a newbie would be to update the trail map and/or improve the signage at the trail intersections. This should make a good fatbike trail in the snow, so I'm gonna come back for sure.
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