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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby Sortaslow » February 16th, 2014, 7:30 pm

c0nsumer wrote:
Sortaslow wrote:Bald Mountain North is like the Platinum of snow biking right now. Wow. Get out b4 the thaw.


Agreed -- It was beautiful out there. I tried calling you when I stopped to pee on your car tire, but I didn't have service. Oh well.
ah, did you really ride there?
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby c0nsumer » February 16th, 2014, 7:42 pm

Sortaslow wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:
Sortaslow wrote:Bald Mountain North is like the Platinum of snow biking right now. Wow. Get out b4 the thaw.


Agreed -- It was beautiful out there. I tried calling you when I stopped to pee on your car tire, but I didn't have service. Oh well.
ah, did you really ride there?


Yep, we did. It was outstanding today.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby Sortaslow » February 16th, 2014, 7:56 pm

So those were your tracks!
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby c0nsumer » February 16th, 2014, 8:28 pm

Sortaslow wrote:So those were your tracks!


Nope, you were in front of us... I think the tracks you saw were these folks:

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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby flamingo » March 23rd, 2014, 6:48 pm

Just finished my first ride of the season in Michigan over at BM north. Used studed tires. Was hoping for smooth thick layer of ice over the trail. Unfortunately the trail is still covered by semi packed snow. it is rideable with studded tires but it is extremally chopy. In many areas the snow is not packed enough and the tires sink. Then there are some areas of pure slick ice. The ideal bike for those conditions would be a fatty with studed tires. Rode over to Addison but gave up after 100ft. The snow was so deep and not packed enough that the tires were sinking in it. While riding over the wooden bridges noticed that the layer of snow there is around 6 inches. Man, with still this much snow on the trails an still freezing temperatures at nights I dont see the trails to be good for riding until May. :(
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby Steve_Kinley » March 23rd, 2014, 8:43 pm

The south unit has been packed pretty well by the snowmobiles this winter and still has a pretty firm base, although a little bumpy from the walkers in spots. I noticed that the fat bikers were riding on the sides of the trail where the trail was smoother.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby flamingo » March 26th, 2014, 7:04 pm

Did another ride this evening. Somehow the deep loose sections were gone, or it helped to follow tracks left by a snow bike earlier today. Managed to ride the entire loop non stop. Studed tires are awesome. I guess with the mild weather coming tomorrow this will be it for snow/ice riding this year.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby CannondaleMike » March 27th, 2014, 9:28 pm

Does anyone have the road conditions around Bald Mountain & the roads to the North? Was hoping to gain some fat bike mileage as I assume the trails will be slush this weekend....
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby utabintarbo » March 28th, 2014, 6:25 am

CannondaleMike wrote:Does anyone have the road conditions around Bald Mountain & the roads to the North? Was hoping to gain some fat bike mileage as I assume the trails will be slush this weekend....


The roads to the south and east were pretty decent, but not perfect, on Wednesday. Things got a bit messier the further north I went. I'd want fenders. :P
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby CannondaleMike » March 31st, 2014, 11:10 pm

Roads on Sunday were not too bad around Bald Mountain and North. Could not ride the trail, too slushy. Rode approximately 30 miles. Fenders are a must! Tried the Poly Ann as well....it was a no go. Needs several more weeks for snow melt and to dry, even for fat bikes.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby PTrek13 » April 8th, 2014, 11:51 am

Has anyone ridden the North Unit in the past few days? Wondering how bad the conditions are.. Thanks for any update.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby c0nsumer » April 8th, 2014, 12:10 pm

PTrek13 wrote:Has anyone ridden the North Unit in the past few days? Wondering how bad the conditions are.. Thanks for any update.


Judging by the shoulders of roads in the area on Sunday, it's going to be terrible and should be avoided. On Sunday I sank two inches into the shoulder just stepping off the road to pee. The woods themselves still had snow in them.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby flamingo » April 9th, 2014, 11:28 am

Rode the gravel roads around yesterday. Walked into the north east entrance from the Lake George Rd. As you can see. It is either snow or mud. There is still plenty of snow in the woods as well. Addison Oaks does not look much better. It will be at least 2 weeks till we can ride in my opinion.

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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby bmiller » April 20th, 2014, 7:10 pm

At least 30 trees down at the north unit. Only a few wet spots. Fun ride because of the weather.
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Re: CRAMBA: Bald Mountain

Postby bmiller » April 20th, 2014, 7:11 pm

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