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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby c0nsumer » September 30th, 2012, 10:06 pm

Rode this for the first time this evening and really enjoyed myself. I found this trail interesting, because having just ridden Merrell before it seemed to be a manually built flow trail, while Merrell was (obviously) the machine-built type. The two are really nice compliments to each other.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » December 21st, 2012, 4:57 pm

conditions update: the parking lot and trail head are soft with puddles but the ground is firming up. It is suppose to be in the 20's at night for the next week or so and in the low 30's for highs. The trails should be good starting tomorrow. Same holds true for the Merrell Trail. We have about a 1/2" of snow on the ground and it has stopped snowing.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby gtrowbridge » February 24th, 2013, 8:30 pm

trout_smith wrote:Anyone have an update on conditions? Anyone ridden it on a nonfat bike lately?


Was out there today. No one had been riding anything as far as I could see. Blue loop was ridable because the snowshoers have packed in a nice trail. Occasional skier has hit other loops. We did laps on the blue. I did my best to widen and pack it with my moonlander while my buddy used his 29r. At the trail head only 2 other bikers and they said Merrel trail had no activity. Definitly needs more fat bike activity to improve it for everyone.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » February 24th, 2013, 10:12 pm

gtrowbridge wrote:
trout_smith wrote:Anyone have an update on conditions? Anyone ridden it on a nonfat bike lately?


Was out there today. No one had been riding anything as far as I could see. Blue loop was ridable because the snowshoers have packed in a nice trail. Occasional skier has hit other loops. We did laps on the blue. I did my best to widen and pack it with my moonlander while my buddy used his 29r. At the trail head only 2 other bikers and they said Merrel trail had no activity. Definitly needs more fat bike activity to improve it for everyone.


With all the fat bike rage, 1 would think the trails would be all packed down from all the fat bikes. I know if I had 1, I would be riding that on the trails instead of riding the spin trainer indoors. Anyone want to trade their fat bike for my spin trainer? :wink: :lol:
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby kms662 » April 28th, 2013, 6:16 pm

Rode Luton today and it's in great shape. One soft spot on the blue between exit of orange and entrance to black.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » June 26th, 2013, 9:33 pm

Heads up: This Saturday 6-29 a group of 300 adventure racers will be riding through Luton Park for one of their challenges between 8am-12pm. They won't be parking at Luton, just riding through so they will be spread out pretty well. Personally I would recommend choosing another location to ride Saturday a.m. but it is up to you, the park will remain open to all users during the event.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » July 15th, 2013, 11:57 pm

Did the Rockford/Belmont area trails get rain last night? It looked like it was a possibility judging by the size of the storm clouds over that way? Just wondering if they (Luton or Merrell) would be rideable Tuesday morning.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby kms662 » July 20th, 2013, 6:23 pm

Trees down in two places near the start of the red loop. Gonna take a chainsaw the clear them out.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » July 22nd, 2013, 7:27 pm

Mark H. wrote:Should of road the bike out there first before walking with the saw. Tree removed (not by me) trail is not wet or muddy at all, not near as much rain as the south end of the county last night.


Sorry Mark, I got them out this a.m. I posted such on Facebook from my phone but forgot to make a comment here.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby toobadtwo » August 26th, 2013, 10:03 pm

Going to be in the G R area on thur and fri of this week. The girl freind is working there and I have the afternoon to ride. Looking for info on where the trail heads are for Luton and Merrell . I guess the cannonsburg also. We are staying at a hotel on paris and belt line I think. I think this seems to be south and east of the trail???
I would appreciate any help. Thanks
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Slimm » August 26th, 2013, 11:31 pm

toobadtwo wrote:Going to be in the G R area on thur and fri of this week. The girl freind is working there and I have the afternoon to ride. Looking for info on where the trail heads are for Luton and Merrell . I guess the cannonsburg also. We are staying at a hotel on paris and belt line I think. I think this seems to be south and east of the trail???
I would appreciate any help. Thanks


go to the trail guide here:

http://mmba.org/trail-guide/

and you can see where the trail heads are located.

luton is easy to find. merrell is south off 10 mile and there is a bank at the light where you turn. the trail head parking is next to the big white water tower. cant miss it. both are worth the drive from where you are staying. you wont be sorry

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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Slimm » August 26th, 2013, 11:33 pm

tree down at the bottom of the first hill on the yellow loop. kind of sneeks up on you
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 27th, 2013, 3:46 am

Slimm wrote:tree down at the bottom of the first hill on the yellow loop. kind of sneeks up on you


Hey Brad, any chance you can cut that one out?
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby toobadtwo » August 28th, 2013, 6:07 am

Thanks for the directions, looking forward to trying some other trails out there other than the usual trails I ride in the Detroit area
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » October 4th, 2013, 12:45 pm

RickPlite wrote:
Mike_D wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
Mike_D wrote:How was the rainfall overnight up Rockford way? Precip maps make it look like less than a 1/4" so really not much? Assuming no more rain today/tonite, would it be ready to ride tomorrow late morning on Saturday w/o pizza cutting it?



We received 1/2" of rain last night and early this a.m. so right now I would say it is fine to ride. Tomorrow might be a different story. Feel free to ask here again tomorrow and I will report back


I think you meant "Fine to ride tomorrow" unless we get more rain today/tonite just so other trolls on the board know that it is NOT ok to ride today?



it IS ok today, we only got 1/2" last night. Tomorrow might not be good if we get more rain. Follow?


I dig. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks Rick!!!
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