Mid-State: Ella Sharp

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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby ChrisInYpsi » September 1st, 2013, 7:10 pm

I'm planning to ride Ella Sharp for the first time either tomorrow or next weekend. I'm checking out the map but don't quite understand the best way to connect the various trails (1, 2, 3, 4, D, M, S, T, P, H, N). Is there a recommended way to string all the trails together (preferred order perhaps)? Do they all connect to each other or do you have to ride the park roads to get from one loop to the next?

Thanks for any advice.
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby jake » September 1st, 2013, 7:22 pm

There is no loop that connects the sections together. The park roads break up the sections to much. I have a couple of preferred routes. 1: North, east river, driving range, probert, hedgerow, schoolhouse, tunnel and the museum. 2: museum, schoolhouse, hedgerow, driving range (backwards), pines, north.

I typically skip sections 1-4 just because I don't like them, but route 2 would easily link to 1-4 after exiting the north section.

What time are you thinking about riding I may be able to show you around depending on the time?
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Shall » October 29th, 2014, 9:26 pm

Right now they have posted a survey on the city parks and rec page about development of parks and activity for the city/county strategic plan, u have to write in mountain biking by the way, but everyone should tell everyone they know that ride the trails should take this and write in there comment. There has been numerous comments in the past about previous meeting with the sharp park board and attempt to change how these trails r maintained and that there has been resistance in the past. Right now the city is trying to figure out how to draw young professional to jackson. Derek Dobbies sits on the Ella sharp board and the committee for parks and rec. He's involved in everything and all for a photo op or to be mentioned as someone working for change. We may have to form a group, jackson mountain bike club or something, but with some organization a group may be able to give some feedback on how to improve and develop a good plan for sustainable trail maintenance and make some changes to parts of the trails so they flow better. I can't think if a city in michigan that has a trail system this long as close to the downtown center and it something that needs to be developed and explored. If anyone is interested let me know, a group can meet up for a beer or coffee and brainstorm....my brain tends to work better with beer however
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby Laser4G63 » March 17th, 2018, 2:21 pm

Holy forgotten trail, Batman!

It appears someone on a motorcycle has been riding the north trail. Might be a fat bike. Whatever it is it has huge knobs (1").
Some fragile soul on MMBA tattled on me. What is this, kindergarten? Grow up!
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Re: Mid-State: Ella Sharp

Postby zap427 » September 8th, 2018, 4:48 pm

I have only lived in Jackson for about 25 years (yea, I am old) but I do remember how challenging the sharp park trails are / were. I am intending to get back into MB after a long hiatus and with Sharp so near the house I am excited. If anyone is looking after or trying to look after the trails I am willing to help.
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