SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

For posting trail-specific conditions and problems

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby jreyst » October 18th, 2017, 8:57 pm

Yes, please leave the leaves! The trails deal with water much better when they're leaf covered.
--
John Reyst
Primary: 2020 Giant Trance 3 29er
Winter: 2018 Specialized Fatboy
Backup: 2013 Salsa Spearfish 1
User avatar
jreyst
 
Posts: 197
Joined: August 5th, 2009, 10:31 am

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » October 18th, 2017, 9:00 pm

Yes, please leave the leaves! The trails deal with water much better when they're leaf covered.


Don't worry, we have no intention of clearing the trail. The leaves should break down earlier next year as it appears that the trail is getting more traffic since the redo this summer.
Hammer Nutrition Endurance Fuels and Supplements
Save 15% off your first order by clicking the link below!
http://www.hammernutrition.com/affiliates/34155
http://www.miscabike.org
Steve_Kinley
 
Posts: 2799
Joined: June 20th, 2002, 3:35 pm

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby madmike23 » November 27th, 2017, 10:04 am

Rode LOHS Trail on Saturday 11/25. Trail was in great shape. Lots of leaves, but other than that, completely rideable and no mud. I forgot how much climbing there was on the is trail. It was a refreshing change.
User avatar
madmike23
 
Posts: 428
Joined: November 13th, 2006, 1:04 pm

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » November 27th, 2017, 2:57 pm

I forgot how much climbing there was on the is trail. It was a refreshing change.


Yes. Lots of riders totally underestimate the trail. I myself rode it over fifty times this year. The leaves are better worn in this year than last year at this time.
Let's make 26ers great again!
User avatar
flamingo
 
Posts: 651
Joined: May 12th, 2009, 8:51 am
Location: Oxford, MI

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » March 22nd, 2018, 9:13 am

Stopped in on my way from work yesterday just to have a quick look. Walked the first mile of the trail. The very entrance is still a big no go - there is still snow. I was expecting to see lots of mud afterwards but to my surprise the trail was in a reasonable shape. There were few slickish areas that can be walked around but no deep mud. The trail was definitively good for fat bikes. Looks like it is drying nicely so I can imagine that by Monday it should be ok to ride. Even if the entrance is still wet one can use the old one I suppose. The first section of the trail is usually the muddiest so I imagine from what I saw is that the rest of the trail should be OK.
Let's make 26ers great again!
User avatar
flamingo
 
Posts: 651
Joined: May 12th, 2009, 8:51 am
Location: Oxford, MI

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby KLydesdale » March 22nd, 2018, 1:10 pm

I fatbiked there last evening and it was a really fun ride. Most of the trail was dry, leaf covered or had hard crunchy snow on it. Just a few splattery sections.

Image
Image
Image

Image
Image
KLydesdale
 
Posts: 2220
Joined: June 20th, 2002, 10:15 am
Location: Clarkston

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » April 13th, 2018, 9:59 pm

Rode it this afternoon. The trail still has some soft spots and puddles but is good enough not to leave ruts. Just in case I used the old entrance (it is more fun anyways). Dragon chase is still very soft in one area and it will need some trimming as there are some potential face slappers. The fields (no longer official part of the trail) has also one section that is very soft (just before the last climb towards the exit). Considering the time of the year the trail is unusually clean when it comes to twigs and branches.
Let's make 26ers great again!
User avatar
flamingo
 
Posts: 651
Joined: May 12th, 2009, 8:51 am
Location: Oxford, MI

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » April 14th, 2018, 6:27 am

Yes, the trail overall was in pretty good shape until this rain. I plan on scheduling a trail day next month to both trim and make some tweaks to the trail. Eventually the old entrance and the east section you rode will become overgrown and not fun to ride since they are no longer part of the official trail and will not be maintained. The grass paths through the field may not be cut either unless another school group is planning on using them.
Hammer Nutrition Endurance Fuels and Supplements
Save 15% off your first order by clicking the link below!
http://www.hammernutrition.com/affiliates/34155
http://www.miscabike.org
Steve_Kinley
 
Posts: 2799
Joined: June 20th, 2002, 3:35 pm

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby AaronEvan » July 11th, 2018, 2:52 pm

Is the trail marked? I'll jumping on from BMS. It's been a few years since I was out there, plus it was in the winter after the race so I was able to find my way.
AaronEvan
 
Posts: 26
Joined: May 12th, 2011, 6:52 am

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » August 11th, 2018, 8:34 am

The trail has been marked with various color tape for the MiSCA race in September. Do not use the markings to try and follow the regular trail. The normal route arrows will get refreshed soon and hopefully additional reflective markers put in.
Hammer Nutrition Endurance Fuels and Supplements
Save 15% off your first order by clicking the link below!
http://www.hammernutrition.com/affiliates/34155
http://www.miscabike.org
Steve_Kinley
 
Posts: 2799
Joined: June 20th, 2002, 3:35 pm

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » February 24th, 2019, 7:27 pm

Somebody rode a snowmobile on the first 3 miles of the trail and neatly groomed it. The rest of the trail has a narrow patch of the snow compacted by few fatbikes. It should be stud or fat rideable once it freezes again.
Let's make 26ers great again!
User avatar
flamingo
 
Posts: 651
Joined: May 12th, 2009, 8:51 am
Location: Oxford, MI

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby Steve_Kinley » April 16th, 2020, 12:58 pm

Today we took the first steps in a trail redesign to insure that the entire trail is on LO property. We had come to discover that we had exceeded the property lines in several places due to a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately as we work through this process the trail will shrink in length to just over 3 miles and some fun sections will be lost.

The NW corner has been changed to where the access is now in the first mile of trail and you can either turn to the left to get to the rocky sections, or continue on to the right to bypass the section. After the first mile the trail no longer continues down the two track to the pines but instead turns right where the winter loop did to continue on the rest of the trail. There are signs at both of these changes.

We will also be closing the 180 downhill and climb, the trail after the ditch, and most of Kinley's Korners. We have cut a path to the section of trail that accesses Bald Mountain. Eventually we plan on having signs for these areas as well.

The intent is to first get our house in order and then perhaps approach the other property owners about using some of the old trail. While in this transition phase it is vitally important that closed sections remain closed. We have had issues in the past where closed sections have been continually reopened. Please respect these actions; failure to abide by the new trail route could jeopardize future trail access at the school. Also, please inform anyone you know that may ride these trails as not everyone accesses this page.

As we move forward we will keep you updated. Thanks to all that have supported the trail in the past and hopefully you will continue to do so.
Hammer Nutrition Endurance Fuels and Supplements
Save 15% off your first order by clicking the link below!
http://www.hammernutrition.com/affiliates/34155
http://www.miscabike.org
Steve_Kinley
 
Posts: 2799
Joined: June 20th, 2002, 3:35 pm

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby flamingo » April 17th, 2020, 7:01 pm

RIP Lake Orion Highschool trail. No longer a destination trail for 3 miles worth of it. Our lovely government doing what is the best for people :roll:
Let's make 26ers great again!
User avatar
flamingo
 
Posts: 651
Joined: May 12th, 2009, 8:51 am
Location: Oxford, MI

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby KLydesdale » April 19th, 2020, 10:38 am

flamingo wrote:Our lovely government doing what is the best for people :roll:


If it wasn’t for the government/DNR the land in question here would have been likely been developed a long time ago.
KLydesdale
 
Posts: 2220
Joined: June 20th, 2002, 10:15 am
Location: Clarkston

Re: SE Michigan: Lake Orion High School Trails

Postby c0nsumer » April 19th, 2020, 5:56 pm

flamingo wrote:RIP Lake Orion Highschool trail. No longer a destination trail for 3 miles worth of it. Our lovely government doing what is the best for people :roll:


It's more of a lesson to get permission before you build on state land. It should have been no surprise that the DNR eventually shut down trail that was built without permission.
Steve Vigneau
CRAMBA-IMBA Treasurer

Unless otherwise stated the content of my posts are my opinion and should not be taken as the official stance of, nor representative of, CRAMBA-IMBA.
User avatar
c0nsumer
 
Posts: 7747
Joined: May 18th, 2008, 11:35 am
Location: Shelby Township, MI

PreviousNext

Return to Trail Conditions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Cruzin Kevin and 10 guests