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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » November 18th, 2012, 2:38 pm

New tree down near Y3 with no ride around. Gonna take a chain saw to clear it out.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby mmrobertson69 » November 22nd, 2012, 8:38 am

I ride this trail a fair amount, but don't know where Y3 is.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » January 31st, 2013, 8:24 pm

Ypsi Twp is seeking community input on the future of their parks. Hewens Creek is a township park, and it might be a good idea to respond to their survey and use the success and high usage of Hewens (and Rolling Hills even though its a county park) as a reason to recommend even more MTB trails in the township. Just posting here to get the word out to area MTB peeps.

Nice background summary today in AA.com, and a link to the survey is at the bottom of the article: http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ ... _ypsilanti
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » March 5th, 2013, 6:32 am

Trees down from heavy snow this week. Cleared yellow loop from Y10 to parking lot, plus the orange loop. Rest still needs to be checked.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby parttime » April 28th, 2013, 2:35 pm

Checked out hewen's yesterday and the trail is pretty wet still, and may need the rest of the week (or longer) to dry out. The yellow loop was mostly wet, the red loop had a few wet spots mostly in the southwest corner. I think it is even too wet to mow at this point. I didn't check out the orange loop. There was also alot of small debris down mostly on the red loop. Temporary plan is to head out next weekend with a rake to do some cleanup and see how it is drying.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » May 4th, 2013, 7:59 pm

Replaced some of the old or mangled trail markers in the park today, along with cleaning up the eastern RED loop. Trail is not bad. Ride on!

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby bk246 » May 9th, 2013, 6:30 pm

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » May 11th, 2013, 7:55 pm

Red loop raked and cleaned up today. Also took out some trees and over hangers to open it up a bit more.

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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » May 15th, 2013, 7:58 pm

Spun thru Hewens tonight. Very fast right now. The boardwalks area is a little soft as usual, but other than that the trail is dry.

I find it amazing that the grass is still growing over the trail in the meadow sections. Seems like after several years it should be packed dirt by now, but the grass doesn't want to give it up. I'd guess about half the trail is grass covered right now. More traffic will surely help to ride it in.

I found 3 ticks after my ride tonight. I also did Rolling Hills so I'm not sue which trail I picked them up, but I'd guess it was Hewens due to all the ankle slappers on the trail. Get out there and ride, but be sure to check yourself well for ticks.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby glr » June 8th, 2013, 9:28 pm

Never made it out, my little guy was sick so I'm going to try this coming week, does the trail connect to RHP?
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » June 22nd, 2013, 8:50 pm

Thanks to whoever was pruning the face slappers on the trail. Please toss them off the trail to cut down on the thorns and having them get caught in bike spokes.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » June 26th, 2013, 8:45 pm

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We are closing off the orange loop of the trail due to our concerns for privacy of the the neighbors of the park. Some users have been crossing over into the adjacent private property, looking for help to find their way out of the park.

Please show our respect for the neighbors of this park. Likewise please watch out for users of the trail who may be new and/or lost in the park and please help them to find their way out.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby ChrisInYpsi » June 26th, 2013, 9:19 pm

Bummer. Closed permanently or is there a plan to reopen after some sort of change? I'd be willing to help with signage if needed.
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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby BikeHewensCreek » June 26th, 2013, 9:28 pm

Unless we can come up with some way to make sure users won't cross the fence line and intrude on the neighbors private property we'll keep it closed. It passes so close to the houses that users are freaking out when they're lost without a clue how to get back that they trespass to seek help. I guess some users are hiking in without a map, GPS, or maybe even a phone to find their way out. Bad news for the rest of the users, but the neighbors have to be respected.

I guess there's a similar situation at Rolling Hills now, where the neighbors are concerned about their privacy. The last thing we want to do is ride disrespectfully and lose the trails altogether.


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Re: Poto: Hewens Creek

Postby mpaquette70 » May 31st, 2014, 12:28 pm

There is a very large branch that fell between Y5 & Y6. It's from a dead tree on the right and is passable but should be removed. Other than that the trails are in great shape.
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