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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby michael48197 » July 23rd, 2013, 8:03 pm

We have finally arranged for ChrisInYpsi to get the brush mower from Action Rental on Carpenter Road for us to use this weekend at RHP. The mower at Carpenter Hardware off Plymouth Road is broken. I'll arrange to keep it for Friday and Saturday so that we can do all of the mowing needed at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek. I plan to spend much of the day on doing what needs to be done at RHP. I welcome any help that anyone can give on Friday. I have the Stihl trimmer that others could use. Any volunteers out there to take the brush mower for a trip around Hewens Creek on Saturday? Hopefully I can get Steve Wyatt to find a place to store it at Rolling Hills overnight.

Let me know if you're available to help me on Friday please.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby mpw29er » August 10th, 2013, 8:09 pm

I spun a few laps at dusk and the trail was prime. Thanks to everyone who has been working!

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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby dnale » August 10th, 2013, 8:26 pm

I rode earlier today too. Just a reminder that no matter how many times you ride a trail, there is still a chance for a crash. Evidence today was on the last section of trail before the water park I did a nice over the bars trick and landed on a stump just off the trail. I'm definitely stiff tonight.

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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » August 11th, 2013, 9:04 pm

Was away all weekend and rode a few trails in/near Midland, but spun a couple laps thru RHP tonight when I got home. I've been on a mission to ride as many trails as possible this year, but its always great to ride your "home trail" that you know every inch of.

RHP is in generally very good shape. The summer dry season sand is out in the usual spots, but there's more than I remember from prior years in the center of the crater. Looks like a few folks washed out in the sharp corner. Take caution down there until it firms up. And if anyone has a brush cutter out in RHP or Hewens we could use another pass on each side of the trail by the E-W fence out to the Munger mounds. Not a huge deal but it would be good to open it up a bit more to keep the leaning slappers away.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby michael48197 » November 13th, 2013, 9:00 pm

With the Black Friday Ride coming up on 11/29, there are a few projects I would like to complete beforehand. I intend to work on them this weekend and next if necessary and if the weather allows.

On Friday, I plan to modify the small mound in the crater at 1.0 Mile. Originally, the trail tread veered slightly right at the top of the mound and back to the left. Over the past two years, however, riders have been going over the top of the little mound. This summer it started to get very sandy and I even fell a couple of times on it. So, I plan to put a small log at the top of the mound and force traffic to the right back to the original line.

On Saturday, I want to start a bigger and more important project: Munger Mound Ridge Re-Route. I spent some time with Steve Wyatt last weekend and we agree to a modified line to avoid the back yard of the RHP neighbor's yard. Steve also found some pressure treated lumber for us to use in building up the bench cut that will be needed on the down slope off the ridge. So, if you have the time and energy this weekend, come out and give me a hand. Please let me know in advance if you can make it either Friday or Saturday.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby michael48197 » November 20th, 2013, 2:51 pm

RHP management has informed me that they will conducting controlled burns over the next few days. I hope they are done by the time of the Black Friday Ride next week.

"Areas planned for burns are Woodlot (where the red tree house is), near pond (I think this is the bluff over the pond), and both walnut prairie and underwood prairie (not sure but I think these are the open meadow inside the paved path near the start of the west meadow loop. Can't say what is order of burn or if able to get to all at this point. Steve"

I don't think they will be burning the west meadow.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby michael48197 » November 20th, 2013, 2:55 pm

REMINDER: Fifth Annual Black Friday MTB Ride

UPDATE: 29 people signed up so far so it should be a good crowd!!!

Come out to the Fifth Annual Black Friday MTB Ride at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek Parks in Ypsilanti Township on Friday 11/29 at 10 AM. This will be a no-drop group ride and is great for novice MTBer's to get exposure to single track riding and be a fun way to burn off that Thanksgiving feast and tryptophan overdose. The ride will be about 13 miles long covering about 5.5 miles at Hewens Creek and 5 miles at Rolling Hills along with a few miles of dirt road connecting the two parks. For those who haven't ridden or rarely ride at either trail, Hewens Creek is a flat, winding ride through meadows and new growth forest and great for beginning riders. The RHP trail on the other hand is very appropriately named. The trial twists and turns through 5 miles of forest and rolling hills that provide a great opportunity to improve on your bike handling skills especially on the 1.25-mile Munger loop on the west side of RHP which includes beautiful open meadows and some fun pump-track like riding on the Munger Mounds.

Meet at the Rolling Hills Headquarters building (the lodge) at 9:45 AM and then we will head out by 10-10:15 AM. After the ride, we will have some pizza and refreshments at the lodge at about Noon. Please register in advance at Event Brite http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9026232705 to attend so a good estimate of riders can be made for the pizza and beverages. Rain date will be Saturday 11/30 at 10 AM. Look for changes on the Rolling Hills or Hewens Creek forums on the MMBA website or the Poto Yahoo! Group Email list.

Please park in the MTB trail head parking lot - enter the park, go straight through the traffic circle and park in the first lot on your right next to a big pavillion ~1/4 mile away from the circle. The Lodge will be about 200 yards away on your left.

There will again be a gate charge this year to enter RHP. It is a Washtenaw County Park so if you already have WCP sticker you are good to go. Otherwise, park entry will cost $5 for everyone as a discount for non-Washtenaw residents was arranged.

Last but definitiely not least, we have to thank DeWight and crew at Wheels in Motion for supporting the MTB community by sponsoring this event and paying for the food and refreshments.

RollingHillsMTB@gmail.com
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » November 28th, 2013, 12:55 pm

Sign is removed. Trail is good to go.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby c0nsumer » November 28th, 2013, 9:50 pm

michael48197 wrote:Weather should be perfect tomorrow....30 F, totally sunny, minimal wind... should be a great day for a group ride. 60 people registered which is a record. I definitely didn't buy enough refreshment. If you have any to spare bring it along. Looking forward to a great day tomorrow.


I just registered, and I'm looking forward to it. :D Long drive, but I've never been there before, so I'm keen on seeing it.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby G.Cook » December 15th, 2013, 10:18 pm

and then RHP is a tight twisty trail for the Fat-Bike on a "normal" day . The texture of the snow was a contributing factor , I think , in the tracking of the ride . Something I was thinking about when making my way around the N. loop of the Poto Sat.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Steve_Balogh » December 19th, 2013, 11:16 pm

Had the day off work, got out to the trail just after sunrise. First lap was tough, did the second in the opposite direction, and the third was easiest. I didn't do the Munger mound section. Well packed down now, but hard to say how long the snow will hold up for.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Kazie » January 10th, 2014, 8:07 am

I went to RHP last evening. The trail was covered by a foot of snow. I and my studded skinnies couldn't take it. I did a few laps on the pavement and went home.

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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Luis_LS » January 13th, 2014, 10:51 pm

Steve_Balogh wrote:I managed to pack down the trail a little ways past the crater. Ran out of water and time. Conditions varied from 1/2 inch to drifts almost up to my hubs. Crunchy snow made riding difficult. Only encountered one short section of hiker prints, not many people were out there, no skiers either. I'd ride out a ways, ride back, then continue on, ride back, reverse and so on so there'd be around and 8-10" wide track layed down. When I left, a couple of guys went out on regular MTB's, not sure how it went for them. I told them where my tracks would end. When I reached the point of stopping, I had a nice ride back.


Thank you Steve for your advice.
We when into the trial for very shot distance (~100 yards). It was to difficult for our skinnies :oops:
We rode some miles on pavement only.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby ChrisInYpsi » January 17th, 2014, 10:29 pm

Did a full lap tonight in the dark. Lotsa work. There were tracks up to the gravel road crossing by the log skinny, but the rest was unridden. Nothing but 8 bazillion frozen hiker footprints in crusty deep snow with a few inches of fresh powder on top. Was like riding through a minefield for several miles. Did a fair bit of hiking up hills and through deep drifts.

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So there's a track on the whole trail now at least. Much but not all will be rideable, although not easily. If anyone wants to help ride in the trail you might consider doing a reverse lap since the tracks on first half of the trail are fairly wide already.
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Re: Poto: Rolling Hills Park

Postby Steve_Balogh » January 23rd, 2014, 10:16 pm

Kazie wrote:My tires are Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 2.35 front and rear... But it may be something more to do with my bike. It's a Spesh Epic. It's very difficult for me to keep the balance and go straight in very, very slow speed where it slips and slides every few inches. It's not a bike designed to go slow in the first place... It's a good practice for balancing, though.


Trying to think back riding a normal bike - can you/did you try locking out your suspension? I seem to remember sometimes suspension acts funny on icy conditions. I had better luck with a hard tail with a rigid fork. From the start to the crater was probably a good ride for you, but afterwards I remember some good bumps where I let a bit of air our of my rear tire.
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