MCMBA: Highland

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Abbyj » February 27th, 2018, 5:22 am

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby tmbrown » February 27th, 2018, 8:08 am

The trail is mostly high and dry, the locals have been ridding all loops since last Thursday, Fat was preferred, but there was a group of riders on Saturday riding Skinny tires without issue, pretty amazing considering the weekend before we riding on snow and ice.

Once again if you’re leaving ruts/Pizza cutters, walk that section, watch out for the freeze thaw cycle, sections could be quite slick after the sun hits frozen ground, and most of the time you will leave a pizza cutter.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Highlander » February 27th, 2018, 6:19 pm

A & B were very dry today. Wish I would have ridden my skinny instead of the fatty. Big a$$ tree down at mile 7. Seen Terry out there, so I'm sure he'll get it out of the way.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Uncle Rolls » March 5th, 2018, 2:14 pm

This time of year all trails are at risk of major damage from over anxious riders wanting to get out.

If there is residual snow and or overnight freezing conditions, the rule of thumb should be to "Stay Off" and ride pavement, (Sidewalks, Road, Subs, Commercial areas) or backroads to get your early season miles in until the trial have fully thawed and firmed up. These areas also provide a different form of riding for the off-season.

By doing this you avoid this risk to the trails that we love to ride, but also to yourself and your bike.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Highlander » March 9th, 2018, 7:43 am

Hiked the C loop yesterday with Bow saw & loppers, all clear except for large tree down at the beginning of the loop. Tree is along the side of the trail on a turn that goes down hill, may be clear enough to ride along side of, maybe just a new trail feature. Also some large deadfall crossing the trail at about mile marker 8. Too large for me to move, may need chain saw or a couple of people to move.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Hudnut » March 9th, 2018, 8:36 am

How's the trail surface? Any fatbike tracks out there?
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Highlander » March 10th, 2018, 6:07 am

There we no fat bike tracks, jut foot traffic. Would have bee a tough go on a fat bike.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby kcnado » March 19th, 2018, 11:08 am

If it wasn't still snow covered, it was a sloppy mud mess on Sunday afternoon. I was biking the backroads and did a quick pop in of the trails to check... getting impatient, but can't wait until they're clear and dry.
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MCMBA: Highland

Postby CannondaleMike » April 1st, 2018, 3:51 pm

Any updates on trail condition? Good to go?
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby AllMountin' » April 2nd, 2018, 5:11 am

CannondaleMike wrote:Any updates on trail condition? Good to go?
Was good Saturday morning, but it did rain. Prolly still good? There was a large tree down on d loop, I think between mile twelve and a horse trail crossing.

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby chefjj » April 9th, 2018, 8:40 pm

Anybody know what trail conditions are like?
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby mattu1665 » April 9th, 2018, 8:46 pm

chefjj wrote:Anybody know what trail conditions are like?
Snow covered. I live four miles from the trail and I have 2" of fresh snow on my back patio.

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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby largemelon » April 12th, 2018, 6:19 pm

Rode A and B. Surprisingly minimal down wood (cleared that) so thank you to whomever cleared before me.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby Hartwood » April 20th, 2018, 9:51 pm

Looking to ride Highland soon. I’m a newer rider (2 years) and have been waiting until my skills are worthy. Can you guys tell me how it compares to Poto? I’ve done that multiple times and am fine now, I’ve also done Big Kame no problem. Just looking for a comparison. I would start with loops A and B first. Thanks.
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Re: MCMBA: Highland

Postby jreyst » April 20th, 2018, 9:54 pm

If you've done Poto and Big Kame I recommend doing all 4 loops at Highland. Technically they're much more advanced than anything at DTE (DTE is fun and fast but not technically hard). Pay attention and try all four loops at Highland. There's several nice rooty downhill spots so pay attention to brakes and handling and you should be good. If you're fine with distance at Poto you should be ok with all four loops at Highland.
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