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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby Bento » February 2nd, 2014, 7:28 pm

Rode and walked a shortcut Poto. Each section of the trail was different. Some snow shoe, some XC ski, some snow machine and some foot traffic but no tire tracks. I rolled Bud and HD with a few wrinkles in the sidewall.

The ticket booth loop (post 5 to 6 to 4) and after Blind Lk (after 12) to where the Poto joins the Crooked Lk trail (post 9) required a fair bit of bike pushing. Other than that, it was foot packed and slightly bumpy. If under 3 mph avg for a loop is your thing, then have at it. I would think a skinny MTB would be much worse, unless you have advanced skillz.
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby tadraper » February 8th, 2014, 5:20 pm

Any reports from that last couple days? thinking about making a trip out there tomorrow.

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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby Bento » February 9th, 2014, 7:22 am

Yestrrday, I rode the same loop as I did last week. About the same conditions. My average speed was still under 3 mph. If you keep to Crooked/Silver Lk trails it should be much easier, as they see way more traffic. It did seem like someone groomed the trail after Hankerd until the Waterloo split or there abouts. It likely was a camper's sled. Some of the sections are not even seeing foot traffic. The section near Blind Lk has only seen snowshoes. Lots of core work trying to keep on the narrow path.

With a little more fat traffic, the shortcut Poto could be awesome.
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby tadraper » February 16th, 2014, 10:17 am

Rode part of the POTO today the trail is just in great shape, thanks to the skiers, snow shoes, runners, and i think snowmobile tracks.. get out and ride great day for it!!!!!
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby glr » February 16th, 2014, 7:52 pm

Did you start right from silver lake?
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby tadraper » February 16th, 2014, 8:00 pm

Yep started at the parking lot.. Someone was out before us this morning on standard tires looks like they had a good ride.... trail was packed very well.

we are planning on going Wednesday night at 7:15pm before the rain thursday..
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby glr » February 16th, 2014, 8:03 pm

fat bike, poto, night ride, sounds interesting.......
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby Bento » February 17th, 2014, 1:03 pm

Unless you have advanced skills or like to curse, I would leave the northern loops to the XC skiers.
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby tadraper » February 17th, 2014, 1:06 pm

oh yeah we did the crooked lake loop it was in great condition.
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby tadraper » February 22nd, 2014, 12:15 pm

The POTO was pretty good this morning for FAT biking!!!
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby Endo » February 23rd, 2014, 5:25 pm

Poto shortcut loop is good. North loop is harsh. I tried and had to turn around. Someone with heavy feet walked on it and murdered the Gosling loop when it was warm.
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby Steve_Balogh » February 23rd, 2014, 7:27 pm

I attempted Gosling, then went back and made a left on Patterson. Re-entering the trail there I found it hasn't been touched since the last snowfall. I walked the uphills and rode the downhills there, and eventually encountered some out-and-back hiker tracks I could ride. Once I got to where the shortcut was, the trail was rideable again.
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby Scaryrider » March 4th, 2014, 10:41 pm

Rode the groomed Crooked Lake loop again tonight on fat bike. It is AWESOME! Get your fatties out there and ride it. This weather can't last too much longer- we are likely to see a prolonged period of crappy trails with all the snow that needs to go. Thanks to Jason and crew for all your efforts ... my only question is who do I pay for this great service?
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby jajones » March 5th, 2014, 9:13 pm

Poto IMBA Potawatomi Trail Coordinator
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Re: Poto: Potawatomi

Postby tadraper » March 6th, 2014, 1:29 pm

I rode Crooked Lake today for lunch!! the entire ride the trail was *beep* great, lots of fat tracks out there..

thanks Jason and crew the groomed area really has setup nicely. :mrgreen:
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