CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Dirtdevil » August 8th, 2013, 8:16 pm

iamkickstand wrote:Rumor I heard was a guy died, helmet embedded with rocks. I don't however trust my source at all.


I heard the same thing from a gal who frequents the trail. Supposedly a guy slammed into a tree, broke his neck & died. Very sad regardless of how it happened :cry:

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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby compacted_graphite » August 10th, 2013, 9:04 am

Trail Coordinator comments regarding braking bumps: there are some locations around the trail where trail design and trail maintenance affect braking bumps. The stretches before the rock garden developing braking bumps unless annually reoccuring maintenance provides relief. Over time, the trail troughs out in the middle, and then rain water travels down the center of the trail, accelerating the erosion and brake bump development. Two years ago we sent a trail crew to that location to knock the downhill side of the trough back down the slope, so that the camber of the trail would let water drain down the slope, not the trail. This year, we concentrated on drainage improvements on the trail day from mile 4 to 6, so the front side of the trail system did not get its required annual repair.

Nice picture, incidently, of the rock garden. The rock garden is at roughly mile 2.9ish. Trail was free of obstructions as of Thursday PM. There were a couple of wet spots.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby brokenbones » August 14th, 2013, 9:06 pm

Anyone know who strung orange Surveyors? tape all over the trail a couple weeks ago, and more importantly, why It's still there?

Other than that, the trail has been great the last two nights, with just a few (usual) damp spots. No obstructions.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » August 23rd, 2013, 11:48 pm

ArcticRobot wrote:
brokenbones wrote:Anyone know who strung orange Surveyors? tape all over the trail a couple weeks ago, and more importantly, why It's still there?

Other than that, the trail has been great the last two nights, with just a few (usual) damp spots. No obstructions.


I was wondering the same thing.


You mean you guys haven't heard? Due to the increasing amount of complaints about erosion and brake bumps out there, the DNR has decided to pave the MTB trail. The orange tape is to guide the construction crew.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby compacted_graphite » August 24th, 2013, 8:25 pm

Trail coordinator notes Saturday August 24, 2013: the orange tape seen in the woods is for defining survey coordinates for natural gas deposits. Surveyors are looking for gas, but park supervision indicates that drilling rigs would not be placed on park property. That's not to say that if gas is present, drilling might be done outside of park boundaries and reach under the park boundaries. Drilling rigs have been seen on the NE corner of Teggerdine and White Lake Road, and also on the NW property edge of Indian Springs Metro Park.

As for trimming the trail, how many people might be able to make a trail day on September 7, 2013? Trail coordinators are really anxious to organize a trail day to start armoring the last drop, but if people are willing to trim brush, we can do that, too.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby MtnBikerMi » August 29th, 2013, 7:13 pm

Lots of evidence of a 4-Wheeler on the trails today. Not sure if it is related to gas surveys, but looked excessive as it appeared they were blazing new trails when the mtb trail was to narrow for them. Mostly after the 2 mile hill and a mile or so past the airfield road. Otherwise trail was in good shape.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby steveracer » August 29th, 2013, 9:31 pm

I noticed evidence of the gas surveys, and am concerned this is going to change the landscape of the park. It is a shame.
Also the trail is quite loose in quite a few spots, be aware of what is ahead, and watch out for the poison ivy. It itches like *beep* right now.... :evil:
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby wspfan » August 30th, 2013, 8:14 pm

Much bigger than an ATV back there. rode a couple laps and paid special attention to the equipment tracks. I was hoping it wasn't a new method for trimming the trail. After the air field there is quite a bit of damage to the canopy to the point of broken limbs that you really need to duck under. Was hoping that the park would not allow this activity on the trail. Looked like the put in a reroute for us just after campground road, but it looks like they came in off the equestrian trail. Looked to be small tractor or bobcat with tracks.

That said I thought the rain the night before helped the trail a little and was a fun ride as always.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby thunderzy » August 31st, 2013, 6:24 am

Any ride pontiac today? Curious to know how wet it is?
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby steveracer » August 31st, 2013, 8:16 am

AaronEvan wrote:Where is the poison ivy?

All over my right arm and right leg.


Just don't fall or touch anything and you will be fine.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby lawn dart » September 8th, 2013, 8:21 pm

Trail was in great shape this pm.

Found a spare tube at about mile 3. Posted in Lost & Found.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby oldkhs » September 10th, 2013, 9:34 pm

You da man for picking the hottest day to ride. Thanks for your support on the trail.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Critter7r » September 11th, 2013, 9:31 pm

Waterford got a downpour(!!) for about 30 minutes tonight on my way home from work, I suspect it also hit PLRA, so the trail should be dust free tomorrow!
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby coreytrek » September 20th, 2013, 8:14 pm

trail is wet as of mid afternoon today. Orange cord from time to time. Looks like someone recently did some trail maintenance, nice work.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby mrbikester » October 11th, 2013, 8:06 pm

Trail in overall good shape today. First time riding it this year and surprised how loose gravely some areas are and the exposed roots since last riding here.
Still that climb at around 3 miles in sure is a lung buster.
Perfect weather!
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