Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 6th, 2018, 4:52 pm

Sorry I realize super short notice but a few of us are meeting in the
main lot tomorrow morning (7/7) at 10am to do some general trimming if interested in helping?
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 8th, 2018, 9:48 am

I met Carl Loomis, Patrick Collins and Mike Robertson in the trailhead parking lot (Rich Faunce showed up a little later) at 10am on a beautiful day.
Rich put another last grace band aid on the BS bridge and did a lot of necessary trimming that the mowers couldn't reach.

Carl brought two hungry Billy Goat brush hogs and him and Patrick did some much needed mowing on the South loop and parts of the East and Crooked Vulture sections.
Mike and I concentrated on finishing Buckshaver and Dragon's Tail sections which I had started earlier in the week. It was pretty thick back there and needed some shock and awe!

We got alot accomplished and thank you to all of you decated trail guys that showed up to make a difference.

We will be out there again next Saturday if anyone wants to help. There are many log piles that need to be rebuilt,
face slappers always grow back and I'm sure the pumptrack could use some help.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jmf003 » August 13th, 2018, 9:05 am

Looking for some local knowledge. Would the trail heading east from the trailhead to the I-275 bike path be rideable on a road bike?

I recall it being a fairly smooth trail surface but haven't been on it in several years.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby WICCMB » August 14th, 2018, 8:43 am

jmf003 wrote:Looking for some local knowledge. Would the trail heading east from the trailhead to the I-275 bike path be rideable on a road bike?

I recall it being a fairly smooth trail surface but haven't been on it in several years.

Thanks!


You could ride it on a road bike, but it is soft in places, and gravelly in other places.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby jmf003 » August 14th, 2018, 12:51 pm

WICCMB wrote:
jmf003 wrote:Looking for some local knowledge. Would the trail heading east from the trailhead to the I-275 bike path be rideable on a road bike?

I recall it being a fairly smooth trail surface but haven't been on it in several years.

Thanks!


You could ride it on a road bike, but it is soft in places, and gravelly in other places.


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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby vertigo12369 » October 13th, 2018, 9:19 pm

Walked dragon's tail, West loop, east loop?, and cooked vulture today. Removed some deadfall on cooked vulture. Trails were quite muddy - kids had fun. Plan to ride it tomorrow when weather is warmer.

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby mgovolt » March 20th, 2019, 2:37 pm

Any adults interested in organizing a kids mountain bike club/team for the Plymouth Canton area?
Something along the lines of a weekly biking club where all kids are welcome, and then, come fall, a MISCA team (miscabike.org).
My kids did this last year but with the Milford club/team and I'd rather have a local team where their friends could participate. Problem is I don't have the skills or bandwidth to do it all myself.
I have lots of ideas but without a core group of parents, it won't work so looking here for interested parents (and their kids of course).

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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby pcollinskume » June 2nd, 2019, 10:07 pm

Trails are overgrown.
Mother nature is taking back her land.
Standing water everywhere (even in the spots that are usually dry).
No surprises.
At this rate...check back in August lol
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby guidobri » July 3rd, 2019, 10:24 am

Made a pass through dragons tail, East loop(?), and the pump track in the back... Dragons tail: Still muddy in low spots but its getting better. Unsure if it will ever fully dry up at this rate. Trails were overgrown and there were a few trees down. East Loop: Same... muddy in low spots but its much more dry than dragons tail. The downhill right before the wooden bridge was dry and fast. Theres a valley in the trail on this downhill that was either made by running water or bike tires, but it caught my front tire and we took a spill. No damage to anything but my ego lol... No down trees that I remember. Pump track was in good shape.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby guidobri » July 8th, 2019, 4:25 pm

Rider beware: Notice some poison ivy on the edge of the trail in the east loop. Just a friendly heads up.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby pcollinskume » July 10th, 2019, 11:46 am

As a FYI MT is way overgrown.
No surprises since it's in a flood plane and we had lots or rain.
I'm discussing workday options with the TC (Santacruz).

I would love for the Poto chapter to get out and involved with this trail. I know they have Poto, and DTE but this trail is the closest Poto trail to the metro and it does not represent the chapter well compared to the other trails. I'll likely coordinate mowers with Carl. We'll need at least 2, and I'll see if we can borrow any others.

It's been a rough year for the trail, but if we can get more than 3 people to help out we may be able to make some progress before winter...
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby pcollinskume » July 18th, 2019, 10:26 am

Workday(s) Scheduled.
1. 21-July @ 8 AM @ trailhead lot off MI Ave.
2. 3-Aug @ 8 AM @ trailhead lot off MI Ave.
3. 4-Aug @ 8 AM @ trailhead lot off MI Ave.

Main efforts for the 21 are cutting back the jungle. We'll have x2 Poto brush mowers on site. Bring trimmers/weed eaters, loppers, folding saws, bug spray, appropriate work clothes (ticks likely so plan accordingly), and water (it's gonna be warm!).
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » July 21st, 2019, 4:57 pm

a BIG thank you goes out to Patrick Collins, Carl Loomis, Rich Faunce and Bryan for coming out today and helping clear back the thick wet green overgrowth from the spring rains!!

We managed to get the South loop cleared, parts of Buckshaver, the north wetlands meadow section, ITC powerline and Crooked Vulture trails while Rich and I tackled the majority of the West loop up to Lucky Dawg. It was wet, humid and muddy but productive fun this morning and thanks for coming out to help everyone! More work to come soon.


if you would like to help make this trail better to ride come on out on Aug 3rd or 4th at 8am ready to work!
Gary
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Of all the paths you choose in life....make sure some of them are DIRT !!

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Total road/trail miles = 2800
Number of rides = 152
Trails ridden = 28 different in MI, 2 in Oregon
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby pcollinskume » July 31st, 2019, 8:52 pm

More work days coming!
Aug 3 & 4.
Meet at the MT parking lot @ 8 AM.
Dress accordingly.
Bring work gloves, weed eater etc if you got it.
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Re: Poto: Morton-Taylor Trails

Postby SANTA_CRUZ » August 3rd, 2019, 1:31 pm

Greeting fellow trail users! We had a productive trail work day thanks to Dave, Jason and Rich who joined me today to continue on our quest to make this trail ready to use for the remainder of the season. Jason worked on the South loop, Dave on the start of the East loop, Rich on the end of the West loop and I got a good chunk of the East loop past the ITC powerlines cleared and will finish it tomorrow. We are having another trail work day tomorrow morning (8-4) meeting at the trailhead parking lot between 8:00-8:15am to do some more, Dave and Jason please let me know how many hours you did today and I can enter them into the Poto chapter webpage. You guys are welcome back tomorrow and anytime in the future and thank you for showing up today! Every little bit helps to make this trail better for all users!! A big thanks to Rich for today and Patrick is joining us again tomorrow.

Thanks, Gary
I love mountain biking because I haven't found anything that is more FUN !!
Of all the paths you choose in life....make sure some of them are DIRT !!

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Number of rides = 152
Trails ridden = 28 different in MI, 2 in Oregon
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