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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby pharus » July 2nd, 2010, 4:08 pm

I just rode the new trail. Very nicely done! My appreciation goes out to everyone who must have worked very hard to put this trail together. I will help out if at all possible at the next trail day.

There is still one tree down, marked to be cut. Would it be possible to just build up the dirt around it and ride over it?
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby dinov » July 3rd, 2010, 2:31 pm

Rode the the trail today with my son great work on the trail he only ten but he was able to make it thru the whole trail minus the the downed without bailing any of the climbs..
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby PK » July 4th, 2010, 10:50 am

We got out there last week and "tweaked" the trail a little.
It's pretty good now. The soil appears to be clay and thus it's fast already. It's like the trail has been there for years. No slow, soft tread.
It's a good little trail. Hopefully, it will grow soon.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby E-Man » July 4th, 2010, 10:29 pm

Hit the trail up on Saturday. Nice work. The trail rides pretty fast for being newly cut. Loose in a few corners but other than that it was good. A few tight radius corners out there. I also rode some of the 2-track -- that is really fast but with a lot of blind corners I can see that being dangerous with other trail users. I also hit some of the older singletrack - that is quite overgrown - that stuff is pretty straight and dumped me out at the railroad tracks. I gotta try to put together a little loop. I can see this trail looking something like addison oaks -- single track intermixed with some double track main trail and useuse the double track to carry the rider from one patch of singel track to antoher. It looks like there is great potential out there and some decent elevation change - 5 miles of trail would great if it could be fit in.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby madmike23 » July 5th, 2010, 9:01 am

I had some running around to do on Saturday and decided to throw my bike on the Jeep and stop in and check it out. There was a guy named Mark who rode a blue Santa Cruz Blur who rode the singletrack with me. I was really suprised at how nice it was. FANTASTIC JOB! I then rode the nature trail and decided to run one more lap of the singletrack. I hope the trail keeps expanding. There is a lot of room back there and lots possibilities!

Thanks Mark for showing me around.

Really nice. I appreciate your efforts trail crews!
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby pharus » July 6th, 2010, 9:31 am

I found that piece of old single track that runs straight along a ridge. I kept going on it, hoping it would end at some point that could tie back to a parking lot, or another section of two-track, but it just seem to die out either at the river, or at the railroad track. Is there a starting point to that trail that I missed? I would be nice to be able to tie that in with the new single track and make a whole loop (loupe?) out of it.

I would be willing to bring a machete with me to cut back some of the overgrowth on the old single-track, would this be ok? I was scratched up and bloody coming back out of there!

I'd also be willing to help make some trail markers or signs.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 6th, 2010, 9:36 am

pharus wrote:I found that piece of old single track that runs straight along a ridge. I kept going on it, hoping it would end at some point that could tie back to a parking lot, or another section of two-track, but it just seem to die out either at the river, or at the railroad track. Is there a starting point to that trail that I missed? I would be nice to be able to tie that in with the new single track and make a whole loop (loupe?) out of it.


I'm looking at what can be done to connect the two, but I believe that most of this trail is on the city of Utica's property. So, it's there, but I believe that it falls out of the park's jurisdiction.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby pharus » July 6th, 2010, 10:41 am

c0nsumer wrote: believe that most of this trail is on the city of Utica's property. So, it's there, but I believe that it falls out of the park's jurisdiction.


Would anybody mind if I trimmed back some overgrowth on the old single-track trail?
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby PK » July 6th, 2010, 12:16 pm

Hopefully CONSUMER will find out what the park thinks of trimming that section? (Maybe they know who to ask if it's "OK"?)

Speaking as a MMBA trail coordinator, a somewhat official answer would go something like this:

"We were permitted access to an area of woods within Riverbends park property in which to create a single track, mountainbike / multi purpose trail. That trail has been completed and the MMBA has been asked to propose more trail within the park."

Sometimes when unapproved trail work gets done while the land managers are working with us, it REALLY hurts the whole process. Read into all this whatever you like, but I'd suggest we keep bothering CONSUMER to get us permission first.
I too rode the single track mentioned above and I agree, it would be quite easy to just trim away and gain that mileage in the area. Considering how eager the park is for us to get this trail system done, I'd say to wait a bit.....My guess is, we'll be adding more trail by this fall.

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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby E-Man » July 6th, 2010, 10:37 pm

I rode some of that old singletrack. Nothing really exciting about it just straight and overgrown. I think the best bet is to take a left after you exit the newly cut trail and loop back to the trail via the double track or the longer route is to take a right after exiting the new singletrack and ride it until it loops back into the paved trail - then take the paved trail back to the short bit of double track that turns into the new singletrack.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby Toy529 » July 8th, 2010, 9:02 am

I rode it last night, the trail has got faster than the last time I rode it. Just like everywhere else it could use some rain. I can not wait to see if/what the next phase will be. Like E-man posted before the blind corners are a little dangerous
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby onlycrimson » July 8th, 2010, 3:38 pm

I rode the new track today. I think we should berm a couple corners and maybe take out a couple saplings that hit your shoulders. Otherwise it was in good shape, but needed some water because it was super dusty. I think I rode it 6 times and also rose the two track and old single track. The old single track is actually pretty good, hopefully we can tie it all together eventually. I made a video as well. Excuse the quality, I'm trying to find a program that can actually render HD for cheap.

http://www.vimeo.com/13182860
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 8th, 2010, 9:58 pm

onlycrimson wrote:I rode the new track today. I think we should berm a couple corners and maybe take out a couple saplings that hit your shoulders. Otherwise it was in good shape, but needed some water because it was super dusty. I think I rode it 6 times and also rose the two track and old single track. The old single track is actually pretty good, hopefully we can tie it all together eventually. I made a video as well. Excuse the quality, I'm trying to find a program that can actually render HD for cheap.

http://www.vimeo.com/13182860


Thanks for putting that together. It's really great to see how it's coming along. (I haven't been able to get out there since last Friday.)

The one tree that's marked CUT will be removed, it's just taking a little longer than anticipated. It should be sorted out soon, though.
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby Toy529 » July 9th, 2010, 11:14 am

That tree that needs to be cut and the saplings are no big deal . . just keeps you on your toes
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Re: Metro North: River Bends

Postby c0nsumer » July 10th, 2010, 9:19 pm

The one remaining deadfall tree that wasn't removed the day the trail was built is now cleared, so it's completely rideable end to end. I'm really surprised (and pleased) how well it's packing it. It doesn't feel like a month old trail at all.
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