CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby gman122889 » December 28th, 2013, 3:08 pm

Interesting, I rode around 10:30am and the trail was perfect! A few fallen trees here and there but nothing to worry about jumping out at you. Lots of snowmobile tracks in the beginning and the end where it isn't really singletrack. Definitely a fun ride for me though, sorry a little bit later didn't work out for you!
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby johnboy » December 28th, 2013, 3:37 pm

gman122889 wrote:Interesting, I rode around 10:30am and the trail was perfect! A few fallen trees here and there but nothing to worry about jumping out at you. Lots of snowmobile tracks in the beginning and the end where it isn't really singletrack. Definitely a fun ride for me though, sorry a little bit later didn't work out for you!


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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » December 31st, 2013, 5:40 pm

Rode the south part of the trail today. An inch or so of fresh snow atop a nice solid packed line made for a pretty nice ride. Lots of ice under the snow so studs were useful but not required.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby smartblast.org » January 4th, 2014, 8:11 pm

Rode the north half today....two hours as most hills required walking up.. Only foot traffic and one small tree down. Snow tomorrow will make it even harder.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby ihateplaindave » January 22nd, 2014, 11:18 am

I've heard rumors of people riding recently. Anyone know the conditions?
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby c0nsumer » January 22nd, 2014, 12:25 pm

ihateplaindave wrote:I've heard rumors of people riding recently. Anyone know the conditions?


I rode on Monday, and where I was able to follow snowmobile trails it was brilliant. The non-snowmobile-ridden stuff was nearly unridable.

EDIT: Note that this was on a fatbike and some of the snowmobile trails were still very difficult riding. I'm not sure how a normal MTB would fare on some of it.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby oldkhs » January 22nd, 2014, 12:30 pm

Cold.
Sorry, I am curious too. Been a while....
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jumbo » February 8th, 2014, 9:17 am

Any chance PL is ridable today?
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » February 8th, 2014, 10:47 am

jumbo wrote:Any chance PL is ridable today?


Ummm... I would think the guy with the brand new fatbike would be telling us how rideable it is. If I had just bought one, PLRA is the first place I'd head with it. :wink: :lol:

With the sled traffic that place gets when we have a good dump of snow, there's usually something that's rideable out there, even if it's just on the old Maceday roadbed, campground road and around the campground area.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jumbo » February 8th, 2014, 5:22 pm

You are absolutely right Klydesdale. I headed out and tried to ride the back half of the MTB trail starting at the campground road. Wasn't gonna happen though as the only users of the trail had been hikers not snowmobiles. Instead, I rode to the campground and found some well traveled snowmobile tracks and went exploring. I think I was riding horse trails. Riding Fat is not fast, but it is a blast.


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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby spartanOCR » February 10th, 2014, 6:45 am

I went out yesterday, and put down cross country ski tracks up to marker #7 before I had to start heading back to the parking lot for lack of daylight. The snow was very deep in areas the snowmobilers didn't get to. I made it up and down every hill without issue. If I hadn't sold my fatty back in 2012, I would be taking it out there today.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby drmoorejr » March 26th, 2014, 8:53 am

Has anyone been out there lately? I was wondering if the trail may be ridable this weekend.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby plaindave » March 26th, 2014, 5:15 pm

Highly doubtful its ridable. I live near there and there is still a lot of snow in the woods. Besides that the soil will be a mess. Check out this site from the National Weather Service http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/maps.php it shows the soil temperatures. It may be warm outside, but two inches down it's frozen solid. So that means mud on the top that the bikes will just mess up.

If you feel like riding and go to Pontiac or Highland and hit the gravel roads around there. You can easily get miles in and trash your bike in the mud.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby drmoorejr » March 27th, 2014, 7:32 am

No, I figured it was probably a mess. This is why I don't get the Time Time there os so early in the season. Last few years I skipped it for the Cohutta100, but this year I thought I'd go to PLRA TT... maybe I won't.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby KLydesdale » March 27th, 2014, 1:07 pm

drmoorejr wrote:No, I figured it was probably a mess. This is why I don't get the Time Time there os so early in the season. Last few years I skipped it for the Cohutta100, but this year I thought I'd go to PLRA TT... maybe I won't.


Here is a list of the PLRA Spring "Good to Go" dates I have been keeping track of for the last decade based on personal experience and/or reports on this forum. Holding a race there the last weekend in April doesn't seem so early in the season based on this history.

2004: March 28
2005: April 3
2006: March 17
2007: March 25
2008: April 5
2009: March 28
2010: March 19
2011: April 10
2012: March 14
2013: April 5
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