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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » June 9th, 2012, 11:47 am

Weed whacked the last wooded section from the parking area back to the orange loop. Opened up nicely now.


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Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » June 30th, 2012, 4:53 pm

Rode HC and RHP this afternoon in the heat. The good news is the flying/biting/stinging bugs aren't a problem for now. The trail is ?ber dry - even the bridge section in the first mile is dusty. The wooded sections are in great shape.

The bad news is the meadow sections are very overgrown. I cut a bunch of face slippers back with a pair of hand loppers, but the trail really needs a once over w power tools.

I also found two ticks today. I saw the first one after the HC loop but before RHP. The second one was found when I got home. If you choose to ride HC before it's trimmed please check carefully for ticks when you are done.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » July 9th, 2012, 6:53 pm

Did some trimming of the central loop with the stihl, and cut back some of the large autumn olives there too. I just focused on the first 2/3 of the central loop, and am planning on mowing there Sunday a.m. If anyone can help to walk/ride the rest of the trail, as I do not know the condition of the rest.

Oh yeah, holy tick f**k. I lost count of how many ticks I pulled of of me. Probably in the area of 2 dozen, mostly on my jeans. I even had one in my pocket, and another trying to get through one of the seams in my jeans! Pulled 5 of my clothes again after I got home after a good check at the trailhead. Check yourself! Mosquitoes and deer flies were not bad though.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » July 14th, 2012, 9:38 pm

Picked up the brush mower today and did some mowing of the central loop this evening. I was also able to mow the central loop out and back, the meadow section of the orange loop, and the intersection of the central (yellow) and red loops. I will be back tomorrow at 9 a.m. to do more mowing, if anyone wants to do some work out there.

Things that I know need to be done:
There are alot of face slappers and some autumn olive in the second half of the field section that need trimmed. Requires hand saw and pruners. I will bring mine to loan out.
The central loop field section may need raked in a few places.
The intersection of the yellow and orange loops need cleaned up and raked, alot of small deadfall in the trail.

If someone could ride the rest of the trail and report back as to what other areas need work, it would be appreciated.

I am happy to report that I did not pick up any ticks today, and the mowing will probably help alleviate the problem for riders and hikers alike.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » July 15th, 2012, 9:18 pm

More mowing this morning. Central (yellow) loop weeds/rose/blackberry are beat back pretty good and is in decent shape. It still could use a pass with a finish mower though.

There are still some face slappers and a few overgrown olive trees that need trimmed back.
The intersection of the yellow and orange loops need cleaned up and raked, alot of small deadfall in the trail.

Also mowed 90% of the 'flooded woods' bypass, the last little bit was too rough to take the mower over.
I also mowed the hike path and the shortcut that goes from the hike path to about the middle of the central loop.

Again no ticks today!
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » July 21st, 2012, 8:08 pm

parttime wrote:There are still some face slappers and a few overgrown olive trees that need trimmed back.


Groomed the yellow loop up to Y8, pruning or even cutting down some bigger olive branches.

Great job on the mowing, parttime. It looks really wide and open.



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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » July 21st, 2012, 8:42 pm

parttime wrote:Again no ticks today!


I was not so lucky today, found a wood tick starting to dig. Be careful out there, for it seems to be a bad season for them!



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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » September 15th, 2012, 6:55 pm

I haven't been on Hewens Creek in a while, but I might swing by tomorrow on the way to Rolling Hills. How is HC now adays?
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » September 15th, 2012, 7:15 pm

ChrisInYpsi wrote:I haven't been on Hewens Creek in a while, but I might swing by tomorrow on the way to Rolling Hills. How is HC now adays?


It was in good shape earlier this week when I did a couple laps. A few arm grabbers and a few branches to be cut back, but overall very good shape.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » September 16th, 2012, 1:00 pm

Went thru it this morning and someone (hiker John I think) cleared some hanging branches. The surface is still very open from parttime's effort. There's a new tree down in the woods right before the big downhill. I lifted it aside a little, but it's gonna have to be cut ; maybe with a hand saw my next trip in.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » September 17th, 2012, 12:42 pm

I spent some time yesterday clearing the sticks off the trail tread, and the low branches in the first and last wooded sections. They should be in really good shape. It looks like our vandaltastic friend stopped by sometime this week also, as a few logs in the first wooded section were moved around, but nothing too bad. The log ride in the first section still needs to be fixed though.

BikeHewensCreek wrote: There's a new tree down in the woods right before the big downhill. I lifted it aside a little, but it's gonna have to be cut ; maybe with a hand saw my next trip in.


I should be able to get to this tree tomorrow (Tues.) evening. I also have a map box to install then also!
Bob, do you have a few maps for it, and maybe a Poto sticker for it?
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » September 19th, 2012, 6:50 pm

New map box is installed on the front sign. Someone moved the tree out of the way before I could get to it. Moved lots of derailleur twigs in that area out of the way though.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » September 24th, 2012, 5:46 pm

Great map box parttime. I put a handful of maps in it tonight and will try to keep it stocked.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby mikesathome2 » November 12th, 2012, 8:45 am

Rode on 11.11.12 (first time at Hewens) the trail was mostly dry and in good shape. some sections were heavy with lots of leaf cover.
First time impression - Tail is easy to navigate with map in hand and markers on the trees
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby michael48197 » November 18th, 2012, 7:13 am

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4th ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY RIDE, 11/23, 10 AM at Rolling Hills & Hewens Creek

REGISTER AT EVENT BRITE: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2898259791

Come out to the Fourth Annual Black Friday MTB Ride at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek Parks in Ypsilanti Township on Friday 11/23 at 10 AM. This will be a no-drop group ride and is great for novice MTBer's to get exposure to single track riding and be a great way to burn off that Thanksgiving feast and tryptophan overdose. The ride will be about 13 miles covering about 5.5 miles at Hewens Creek and 5 miles at Rolling Hills along with a few miles of dirt road connecting the two parks. For those who haven't ridden or rarely ride at RHP, you will get a chance to see new 1.25-mile Munger loop on the west side of RHP which includes some fun pump-track like riding on the Munger Mounds and beautiful open meadows.

Meet at the Rolling Hills Headquarters building (the lodge) at 9:45 AM and then we will head out by 10-10:15 AM. After the ride, we will have some pizza and refreshments at the lodge at 11:30 AM. Please register in advance at Event Brite to attend so I can get a good estimate of riders for the pizza and beverages. Rain date will be Saturday 11/24 at 10 AM. Look for changes on the Rolling Hills or Hewens Creek forums on the MMBA website.

It will be very busy at RHP as there is also a Disc Golf event on the same day who will use the Lodge immediately after us. Please park in the MTB trail head parking lot - enter the park, go straight through the traffic circle and park in the first lot on your right next to a big pavillion ~1/4 mile away from the circle. The Lodge will be about 200 yards away on your left.

Unfortunately, there will be a gate charge this year to enter RHP. It is a Washtenaw County Park so if you already have WCP sticker you are good to go. Otherwise, park entry will cost $5 for everyone as I negotiated a discount for non-Washtenaw residents.

Last but definitiely not least, we have to thank DeWight and crew at Wheels in Motion for supporting the MTB community by sponsoring this event and paying for the food and refreshments.

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