MCMBA: Highland

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby jjmcwill » September 14th, 2013, 3:18 pm

Trails in great shape.

Riding A, B, C in the opposite direction was tough!
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby irishpitbull » September 14th, 2013, 3:35 pm

ADCBA backwards is a riot.

Nice work on clearing the down tress before the events guys!
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Bob Yankus » September 15th, 2013, 8:57 am

FYI
The trail was originally built and designed to ridden in both directions.
Current conditions of erosion on the down hills, make for difficult uphills in reverse.
Wish I could of been around to reverse it every 3 years.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby amadkins » September 15th, 2013, 11:06 am

Bob Yankus wrote:FYI
The trail was originally built and designed to ridden in both directions.
Current conditions of erosion on the down hills, make for difficult uphills in reverse.
Wish I could of been around to reverse it every 3 years.
Bob Yankus, From the north shore of Lake Superior


Why not do it now? A trail day to tighten up some of the loose spots and flip signage, and off we go.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Bob Yankus » September 15th, 2013, 12:17 pm

I hate to tell this, but I had also laid out and scouted a E and F loop. Would of added those a few years later.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Intense Rider » September 15th, 2013, 3:41 pm

Fun ride yesterday!

Based on the 8 or so people I talked with in the parking lot after the overwhelming opinion amongst us seemed to be, leave D as is, A and B could go either way and definitely flip C.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Gfish29 » September 15th, 2013, 11:48 pm

Bob Yankus wrote:I hate to tell this, but I had also laid out and scouted a E and F loop. Would of added those a few years later.
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I am curious to know if E or F loops would have been across/other side of Beaumont Rd?
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Bob Yankus » September 16th, 2013, 4:06 am

I am curious to know if E or F loops would have been across/other side of Beaumont Rd?


Yes, F would of crossed.
While scouting and laying the trail out, I met many diverse groups of users of this paradise. Felt a little sad to be taking it over.
It was actually hard not to increase the trail distance.
It's been almost 20 years,
I feel now any of the badly eroded sections should be reclaimed and rerouted. That was done many times initially when the trail was built,when errors were made.
My short reroutes would be built and at the last moment it would be opened and joined. Often, within minutes riders would come by me without a clue. Nature reclaims everything one day.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby BSPLEET » September 16th, 2013, 11:35 am

Every spring I meet with park management to discuss our plans for the year, and we always talk about trail expansion. The park management always has the same response. We cannot go into the field trial area. Which is about the only area left for expansion? We do have some trail in there right now and the park doesn’t want any more. But we will keep on trying. Reversing the trail could be a topic for discussion next spring.

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Mr Wonderful » September 19th, 2013, 8:54 am

There's an orienteering meet out of the MTB trailhead area on Saturday, ~12-3 pm. I will tell them to watch for bikes (and horses); please note some folks will be a bit tired by the end of their run, esp. as they encounter A near the trailhead.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby davedejonge » September 19th, 2013, 3:14 pm

BSPLEET wrote:Every spring I meet with park management to discuss our plans for the year, and we always talk about trail expansion. The park management always has the same response. We cannot go into the field trial area. Which is about the only area left for expansion? We do have some trail in there right now and the park doesn’t want any more. But we will keep on trying. Reversing the trail could be a topic for discussion next spring.

Bob Spleet, Highland Rec. Trail Coordinator



I'm all for reversing directions on all loops, maybe it could be reversed every year. Would this positively or negatively impact the trail?
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby AllMountin' » September 19th, 2013, 3:31 pm

There is one downhill rock garden(maybe return of A loop?) that would turn into a short uphill rock garden. I did the first annual reverse ride there, and judging by the number of riders who ended up walking that bit, I'm guessing it would be modded with a cheater line inside of a week, were that the normal direction.

Aside from that, I would guess that most of the armoring was done with the current direction in mind. Not arguing against it, though. I wish more trails adopted the Merrell schedule, with reversals by day. Doubles the number of trails if we did it everywhere.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby tmbrown » September 22nd, 2013, 11:50 am

There's two trees down on B-loop, the first one 4.25 miles in, the second one just before the 6 mile marker. (Saturday around 5:00 pm)

The rest of the trails in great shape :D

I saw a couple hunters out on C-loop, it would be a good idea to wear some orange attire.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby jbolenbaugh » September 25th, 2013, 9:28 am

Tree(s) Down Just Before B Cutoff. Three main logs across will need chainsaw. Or borrow one of the hunters shot guns and blow it to pieces.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby flamingo » October 9th, 2013, 11:26 am

Did ABC and D at night yesterday. No fallen trees. Trail is getting covered up with leafs. Specially the D loop. Otherwise it was in great shape.
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