CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby scoottruth » March 21st, 2019, 7:19 am

Has anybody ridden Pontiac? I am from traverse city on spring break looking for decent trail
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jreyst » March 25th, 2019, 8:41 am

Someone I know checked it out yesterday. Description: "SLOPFEST"
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Bunko » April 5th, 2019, 11:12 am

How are the trails looking? Anybody been out there in the last few days?
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby MIradler » April 9th, 2019, 9:51 pm

Bunko wrote:How are the trails looking? Anybody been out there in the last few days?

Rode it today. Two fallen trees obstructing the path. One towards the beginning of the trail and one towards the end. Aside from that conditions are good.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby JakeCamp » April 10th, 2019, 10:03 am

Pontiac was perfect on Tuesday 4/9!
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby oldkhs » May 16th, 2019, 8:29 pm

Finally got the bike out of hibernation today, PLRA was awesome. Thanks to those who did the trail work.
Is there somewhere else for trail updates. Don’t see much posting here?
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby jreyst » May 16th, 2019, 8:56 pm

SE Michigan Trail Conditions FB group gets updated a lot more than here.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby mjbl » June 29th, 2019, 11:01 am

Rode Thursday 6/27, fine condition. 1 large tree down before toilet bowl in some high speed rollers. Had to break real hard to avoid crashing into trail obstruction. Very fun ride.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby crustaceous_flora » July 5th, 2019, 8:03 pm

Love the new berms and jumps on the trail! Lots of face slappers and thick brush out there right now.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby mtbfree » July 15th, 2019, 10:17 am

Just a warning, I got some bad poison ivy on my upper arm at PLRA a couple weeks ago. It was after an overnight rain... trail wasn't muddy, but the face slappers were damp and hanging lower than usual, so I assume there's a poison ivy/oak/sumac vine that hung down and got me.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby macarone » July 15th, 2019, 10:42 am

mtbfree wrote:Just a warning, I got some bad poison ivy on my upper arm at PLRA a couple weeks ago. It was after an overnight rain... trail wasn't muddy, but the face slappers were damp and hanging lower than usual, so I assume there's a poison ivy/oak/sumac vine that hung down and got me.

Face slappers, damp hangers! IM OUT!


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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby DynoDon » July 15th, 2019, 1:32 pm

macarone wrote:
mtbfree wrote:Just a warning, I got some bad poison ivy on my upper arm at PLRA a couple weeks ago. It was after an overnight rain... trail wasn't muddy, but the face slappers were damp and hanging lower than usual, so I assume there's a poison ivy/oak/sumac vine that hung down and got me.

Face slappers, damp hangers! IM OUT!

There is a solution, anybody can cut that stuff, snips, scissors, weed whacker, DR Trimmer, brushog, DNR sure isn't going to do it, runner/hikers won't do it, trail days don't happen often enough to keep up with it.


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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby Mucky » August 9th, 2019, 6:44 pm

Trail was good today. Dry and loose on some hills. There where a few sections where there were huge patches of poison ivy at the edge of the trail. Beware
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby mtbrskier » August 30th, 2019, 10:06 pm

Rode PLRA today since I in that part of Metro Detroit for the first time in 3-4 years. It was my go-to trail from circa 2000-2015.

The trail is in excellent shape.

I bit it on that big sweeping-left downhill toward the end of the loop where it comes out of the woods and drops down that gravely outwash.
That thing is way more rutted and eroded than I remember but I was likely carrying too much speed into it at the top.
Erosion has always been a battle at PLRA.
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Re: CRAMBA: Pontiac Lake

Postby thejode » September 10th, 2019, 8:41 pm

True that. It's part of PLRA's charm. I brake like a little girl in there. Then let if rip on the last half. PLRA will not disappoint.
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