MCMBA: Island Lake

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Roy » December 4th, 2013, 8:39 am

Just stay away on the first weekend of the first 4" deep snowfall.
During the week you should not have a problem.

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby b_b » December 4th, 2013, 11:01 am

I think I've seen only one. It came from the opposite direction and I had to take evasive maneuvers!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Friend Or Foe » December 4th, 2013, 5:22 pm

the spring mill pond area is where you really need your head on swivel. it's wide open with some hills & dunes. the snowmobilers get going pretty fast thru there. most of the other areas in ILRA are pretty tight & tough to build up a lot of speed.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby efernando » December 5th, 2013, 3:58 pm

Has anybody tried to ride today (Thurs)? I am thinking it's too soft, but hoping for good news.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby berto2cj » December 5th, 2013, 4:37 pm

efernando wrote:Has anybody tried to ride today (Thurs)? I am thinking it's too soft, but hoping for good news.



I saw a few ppl on Strava road it backwards today....they did 2 laps so it couldn't have been that bad.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Chippewa93 » December 5th, 2013, 10:31 pm

Wrote it tonite. Not to bad but I did feel like I was pulling a boat anchor at times


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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby ej132 » December 7th, 2013, 1:39 pm

Thanks for the info about the snowmobiles.

Is island lakes direction reversed in the winter or normally DOT? I saw what Berto said. Just wanna be going the way I'm supposed to be!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby EnRaz » December 7th, 2013, 6:36 pm

ILRA is a one-way trail. However, riding in reverse direction is allowed at night w/lights. This way, any traffic travelling the normal direction can be seen with plenty of time to pull over and let those riders pass.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Chippewa93 » December 11th, 2013, 7:27 am

Anybody know what the trail is like? Thinking about going for a night ride on Thursday


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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby ibisman » December 11th, 2013, 10:28 am

You can reverse direction in the winter...nobody is going all that fast anyway.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Roy » December 11th, 2013, 2:47 pm

No,
but I am not in charge!
Years ago when it was reversed people rode it the wrong direction for years after.
I would say go ahead and ride in reverse, but do it in off peak hours or in the dark. The loupe south of the river is probably open enough to be sorta save.
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Have fun and report back your adventure.


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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » December 11th, 2013, 3:16 pm

I really don't see the issue with riding in whatever direction you choose after the snow flies but I ride backwards only after dark.

So few of us ride during the winter I don't fear that people will carry over with it in the warmer seasons. Go ride and have fun!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby ej132 » December 12th, 2013, 11:16 am

Thanks for the information on when riding in reverse is acceptable. It will be interesting to try the trail from a different point of view
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Ti_fighter » December 15th, 2013, 10:50 pm

Trail was interesting enough on Sat, in the normal direction.
4" of virgin powder made for tough slogging but it got a bit easier once I passed a skier or two heading the other way. Trail will be really good once traffic compacts down the snow.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby hala514 » December 19th, 2013, 9:47 am

Thinking about attempting ILRA on my standard non-fatbike today before it warms up too much. Can anyone weigh in on the feasibility of this? Possible, or exercise in futility?
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