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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby owosso bob » July 6th, 2011, 1:07 pm

Rode this the middle of June and the new sections are a definite improvement . ChrisR was our mechanic on the Northwest Tour and was telling me and SteveF all the work they are planning . I took a little bark off the trees in that new section home with me .Thanks for all the work ! owosso bob
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby Jayers » July 11th, 2011, 10:13 am

Reroutes? Cool. I'm staying at Timber Ridge in August and intend to ride this most every morning. Looking forward to the new sections. Is there a map online with them yet?
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby jallen317 » July 13th, 2011, 6:50 pm

Yesterday I rode the whole loop for the first time. . Very fast, Very fun with some sand more so in the beginning than anywhere else. Other than that it was great
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby poirier » July 23rd, 2011, 6:05 pm

Trail was in great condition today. Sandy but fun!
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby printenv » July 25th, 2011, 4:37 pm

I moved up to Traverse City at the start of June. I have heard that there is a plethora of unmarked trails/double track around the Vasa Singletrack. I was wondering if this has ever been mapped out, and if so, how would I get a copy of this map?

I am willing to ride with people to learn the area as well, but one major caveat is that I am slow and stop a lot because I am getting back into shape.
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby Nelg » July 25th, 2011, 4:53 pm

printenv wrote:I moved up to Traverse City at the start of June. I have heard that there is a plethora of unmarked trails/double track around the Vasa Singletrack. I was wondering if this has ever been mapped out, and if so, how would I get a copy of this map?

I am willing to ride with people to learn the area as well, but one major caveat is that I am slow and stop a lot because I am getting back into shape.


First of all, Welcome!

Second, I'd do the Thursday night ride starting from the single track parking lot at 6:30. There are a couple guys that know the trails like the back of their hand and it's a more mild pace than the Monday night hammer heads.

What part of TC are you in? We'll have to hook up for some rides!
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby detroitjohnny » July 25th, 2011, 4:56 pm

^^^^^^ this is your best bet. I've been on these (but its been a couple years) and you will learn a lot. Plus, you'll meet great people. Real "no drop" rides too.
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby printenv » July 25th, 2011, 5:15 pm

I will have to check out the Thursday night ride then. I live near Boardman Lake (middle TC, not sure, 3 miles from the bay).
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby ihateplaindave » July 26th, 2011, 8:41 am

The MMBA website shows the trailhead in what looks like a subdivision just west of Boardman Lake. Is this right?
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby Nelg » July 26th, 2011, 8:54 am

ihateplaindave wrote:The MMBA website shows the trailhead in what looks like a subdivision just west of Boardman Lake. Is this right?


What are you talking about, it's over on Supply road. ;)

Actually, nice catch, it's fixed!
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby Jayers » July 27th, 2011, 12:25 pm

Hmm, I'll be staying at Timberridge next week. I might pop over to the trail head on Thursday for that ride.
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby c0nsumer » July 27th, 2011, 12:38 pm

Jayers wrote:Hmm, I'll be staying at Timberridge next week. I might pop over to the trail head on Thursday for that ride.


Just ride the VASA Pathway from Timber Ridge to the single track. The two intersect.
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby Jayers » July 27th, 2011, 12:45 pm

c0nsumer wrote:
Jayers wrote:Hmm, I'll be staying at Timberridge next week. I might pop over to the trail head on Thursday for that ride.


Just ride the VASA Pathway from Timber Ridge to the single track. The two intersect.


Oh, yeah. We try to get a spot in the back of the campground so I just ride right out the back of the site onto their internal trails, over to the VASA, then hit the singletrack. All before breakfast. Spent a week doing it last year, and looking forward to doing it again this year.
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby Nelg » July 27th, 2011, 12:49 pm

c0nsumer wrote:
Jayers wrote:Hmm, I'll be staying at Timberridge next week. I might pop over to the trail head on Thursday for that ride.


Just ride the VASA Pathway from Timber Ridge to the single track. The two intersect.


If you do this, keep in mind that marker 15 is the end and parking lot of the single track. You'll hit marker 13 on the 25k ski loop by Jackpine Valley and can ride that to the lot.

Quite honestly, you are better off driving since it usually goes pretty late and there is typically snacks and beverages afterwards. You may need a headlamp to get back on the 25k if you want to take part in any post ride socializing.

My only suggestions beyond that will be to bring a sense of adventure and wear clear or amber lens glasses.
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Re: Northern: VASA Singletrack

Postby detroitjohnny » July 27th, 2011, 1:06 pm

Nelg wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:
Jayers wrote:Hmm, I'll be staying at Timberridge next week. I might pop over to the trail head on Thursday for that ride.


Just ride the VASA Pathway from Timber Ridge to the single track. The two intersect.


If you do this, keep in mind that marker 15 is the end and parking lot of the single track. You'll hit marker 13 on the 25k ski loop by Jackpine Valley and can ride that to the lot.

Quite honestly, you are better off driving since it usually goes pretty late and there is typically snacks and beverages afterwards. You may need a headlamp to get back on the 25k if you want to take part in any post ride socializing.

My only suggestions beyond that will be to bring a sense of adventure and wear clear or amber lens glasses.



Clear or amber glasses are a must. There are plenty of sections that even in the middle of the day are too dark for traditional sunglasses.
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