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Re: LOHS - Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Svtrich1 » September 2nd, 2014, 6:18 pm

Hit the trail tonight. The rain tore it up pretty good, predictably the downhills are the worst. No standing water or mud on the entire trail. There were lots of branches down but nothing that I didn't roll right over.

Anyone know the length of the full trail?
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Re: LOHS - Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » June 1st, 2015, 1:31 pm

My standard answer is that the trail is all uphill so it drains well. :lol: Usually the trail does dry fairly quickly but some of the grassy areas can be soggy while the athletic fields drain and also out in the fields. I plan on starting to go through the trails this week and do some trimming so I should be able to give feedback by tomorrow.
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Re: LOHS - Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby DNR_Bald Mountain » February 21st, 2016, 11:30 am

Good Morning,

Just a quick FYI as I was out on the south unit trails of Bald Mountain this morning I discovered an ATV had rode through our trails and damaged them pretty significantly. As I was going past the junction between Bald Mountain South and the LOHS trails I noticed that the ATV had gone into those trails as well and did some damage to the area I saw. I am still trying to figure out where the ATV came from as one of our barrier post was cut yesterday on East Greenshield, but if there were any ATV tracks there, they were gone at this point. It may be a possibility the ATV entered the trails from the High School, but I am not entirely sure.

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area
1330 E Greenshield
Lake Orion MI, 48360
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Re: LOHS - Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » February 21st, 2016, 6:27 pm

Paul, thanks for the heads up. I will let the school know to keep an eye out.
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Re: LOHS - Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Mr.Cheetah » February 25th, 2016, 8:11 am

Was able to do a lap the on Tuesday before the snow came and the trail was prime.
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Re: LOHS - Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby KLydesdale » February 25th, 2016, 8:42 am

DNR_Bald Mountain wrote:..... It may be a possibility the ATV entered the trails from the High School, but I am not entirely sure.


That looked to be the case to me when I rode at LOHS on Tuesday night. There were 4wheeler tracks on the trail along the pond behind the tennis courts down into the connector section going into Bald Mountain. That seems to be a shortcut for people on snowmobiles to get from the neighborhoods south of the school into the rec area. Had one guy on a snowmobile last year tell me he does that so he doesn't have to ride in dirt on Greenshield.
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » March 30th, 2017, 11:46 am

Anybody has ridden it lately?
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » March 30th, 2017, 1:51 pm

The school was out there the other day to unplug an outlet that was causing one of the ponds to overflow. They also cut out a few of the trees but there are still more to be cut out. Overall they said the trails were very wet and shouldn't be ridden. With the rain we had today and forecasted it will be quite some time before the trail is ready to ride. :cry:
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » April 10th, 2017, 11:02 am

Any more updates for this week. I hope the trail would dry a bit.
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » April 18th, 2017, 6:36 am

I finally dared to venture in yesterday. Overall considering the spring weather the trail is not in a bad condition. It is definitively rideable. There is only one major wet spot and only few minor ones. Well, don't expect your bike to be spotless when you finish riding it. As for broken trees. I managed to pull one of the trail with my bare hands. Then there is one humongous one I would say at mile six. I hope school will take care of it soon because it leans low on the trail and it is ready to crush somebody who will try to pass underneath. There is also one massive dead tree still standing which I would say sooner rather than later will come crushing down on the trail and hopefully not people. I think I am only the second regular rider to have ridden it this year. The leaf cover is still pretty thick and the trail is hard to find in some places.
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby carsonreinke » May 29th, 2017, 7:21 am

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This might be the massive tree you were talking of. This is almost impassable and busting through is quite difficult.

I rode yesterday before the rain and there were several muddy sections.


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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » May 29th, 2017, 2:55 pm

There is now a reroute around the tree. The last two sections of singletrack have been closed off in preparation for trail changes that will remove almost all of the doubletrack and make the trail a continuous singletrack loop to avoid most other school grounds users. Trail trimming has also started to get the trail back into riding shape.
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » June 5th, 2017, 11:45 am

Did three laps last saturday. I think I ran into Mr Kinley trimming the trail. Thanks again if it was you. I know that beggars can't be choosers but the grass in the dragon chase area has been cut and now I am getting lost again at the intersections (they all look alike). Can we have some of those pink ribbons. Also I noticed that towards the very end some of the single track has been blocked out. Wonder why?
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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » June 5th, 2017, 6:24 pm

Yes, that was me. The Dragon Chase section is actually the singletrack before you come to the field. When you exit the the Dragon Chase stay to the right side of the field and go up that small hill and the trail that takes you up toward the school and practice field.

We are no longer using the east singletrack after the Dragon Chase, the field trails (other than the one mentioned previously) nor the last section of singletrack right before Bald Mountain. We are building new sections to connect the remaining singletrack into one continuous loop with very little double track. This is being done to avoid conflicts with other users from the school. We expect to have the work completed later this summer.

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Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » June 24th, 2017, 6:35 am

LOHS Inaugural Trail Ride

The new reroutes are complete and will be opened by Sunday morning June 25th. There is a LOHS trail ride scheduled at 10:00 am on Sunday the 25th. Meet at the north end of the big parking lot, near the end of the soccer field. This will be a slow paced ride so all riders of all abilities are welcome. Frequent stops will be scheduled for regrouping; there is some climbing on the trail.

The new trail entrance is off the north end of the upper parking lot and angles down across the trail and then curves around to the singletrack. We will use the same section as the exit trail but it is nice and wide and has good visibility.

The trail should be fun and fast to the entrance once it is worn in but it is nowhere close at this point having just been cut across a field. We will be doing some work on the new field sections to help smooth them out but for now the best way to smooth them out is by riding it. It will take a lot of riders to tame the beast.

For those that can't make it the trail should be marked with temporary signs. Just remember to start your ride at the end of the parking lot as some of the older sections are no longer used or now going in a reverse direction.
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