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Postby bill_m » April 4th, 2005, 1:30 pm

Its called Keubler Langford Park and MTB'ing is legit in the park. Its a good climb too. The Girl Scout Camp is private property, but there is some question right now as to the Girl Scouts over-stepping the property lines. I saw a map on a visit to city hall and their land is a lot smaller than what all of their fire rings would lead you to believe. Awesome piece of property!! Sit tight on that one for now.

If you take KL up to where the entrance to Bird Hills is, turn left, go under M-14, and take your first left it will take you right to the upper entrance of the Bluffs. This back way keeps you off of Main St and away from any traffic.
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Postby HappyHelmet » April 4th, 2005, 1:38 pm

bill_m wrote:The Girl Scout Camp is private property, but there is some question right now as to the Girl Scouts over-stepping the property lines. I saw a map on a visit to city hall and their land is a lot smaller than what all of their fire rings would lead you to believe. .


*beep* Girl Scouts! It's not enough that they conspire to add poundage to my midriff, but they have to claim trail that's not even theirs? I bet they're practicing all kinds of dark arts up there in the night! Rise up bikers, take back our land! Whoo, getting lightheaded here! Need a sleeve of Thin Mints.
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Postby scat silvurz » April 4th, 2005, 2:18 pm

Yup, we must be on the same page - I always go into the bluffs from the office bldg parking lot via going under the m14 underpass...I will leave that area alone for later!
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Postby bill_m » May 19th, 2005, 5:00 pm

I went out in the rain this evening and did some repairs on both of the A-Frame stunts at Olson (aka Northeast) Park. Thanks to whoever closed off the old A-frame over the creek. It needed some work but now it is good to go!

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Postby Coyo Te » May 20th, 2005, 10:50 pm

Is this trail/park still officially closed to the general public (non mtbikers)?
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Postby bill_m » May 24th, 2005, 2:52 pm

The Park is now officially open! The gates are open as well so there is plenty of parking.

Here is a pretty cool article that I saw in the newest NAP newsletter:

Wild at Olson Park by Barb Barton

Wild indigo duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) is a State
Special Concern species that occurs in several of Ann
Arbor's natural areas. The largest population was
found in Olson Park (formerly Northeast Area Park).
In 2001 NAP set out to relocate larvae before construction
of the soccer fields began. The historic larval
food-plant for this butterfly was wild indigo, a rare
prairie plant. The butterflies have switched to using
the non-native crown vetch, which has probably saved
them from extinction. Crown vetch is quite abundant
at Olson Park, so while the butterflies were in their larval
stage, crews went out and removed several large
swaths of vetch and transplanted them, larvae and all,
into an area that was to be left untouched by construction
activities. Wild indigos are still thriving at Olson
Park, although their numbers are lower than before.
We hope that by moving some of the larvae to a safe
place, we have lowered the effects of the construction
activity and preserved this little brown butterfly.


Click here for a full copy of the newsletter. The Olson article is on the last page.

This is a little bittersweet as I like the butterflys, but it is kind of nuts that they spent a bunch of time and money to relocate an invasive species. Planting wild indigo would have been much cooler.:roll:
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Postby Kona Hopper » June 30th, 2005, 1:16 pm

Trail is a surprise. It's like an oasis that gets bigger once you get into it.
lots of challenges too considering the small space provided. A good ride-
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Postby chris_f » August 18th, 2005, 12:04 pm

BRIDGE OUT!

The black diamond bridge left of the wooden walking bridge is broken and out. Looks like someone tried to block it off with fallen branches; I added some further up where that section of trail starts.

Let us all know if volunteers are needed to help repair.
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Postby bill_m » August 18th, 2005, 12:36 pm

Yes, the A-frame has died. Every time I checked it you could tell that it is closed. Thanks for adding to the brush piles!

We have the lumber to re-build it. We just need to put together a crew to do it. If you are interested in helping, I will post the time/date here once we have it.
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Olsen, Leslie park trail, west side of M-14

Postby sisu » August 26th, 2005, 6:28 am

Many thanks to those who mowed the trail, it looks great. I'd be happy to help next time. Is it ok w/ AA parks dept to mow that east connector trail in Olsen? ie the trail that follows the eastern edge of the park along the row of new condos.

I'm impressed with how much mowing someone did, ie parts of Leslie and the trail immediately west of M-14. It really makes it a sweet trail. . .
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Postby sisu » August 26th, 2005, 6:48 am

My new favorite AA Loop is to park at Bandemer, start on the west side of M-14, then over to the east side of M-14/Cloverdale over to Leslie park and the ladder trail. When I emerge from the ladder trail I head through the park and then down that dirt road that leads to Dhu Varren. I cross Dhu Varren, ride Olsen park and then backtrack to Bandemer. Hit the Bluffs if I have time. Usually out-n-back rides are a bore, but not on a twisty, up-n-down trail like this.

The only glitch is that dirt road piece. Any idea whose land that is? It is adjacent to Leslie Park and the golf course, so I wonder if the city owns it. Next time you ride down that dirt road (heading north to Dhu Varren) notice the large parcel of woods to your right. A ribbon of singletrack there would make a nice connector between the ladder trail and Olsen.
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Postby bill_m » August 26th, 2005, 7:29 am

That parcel is privately owned. It is on the City of AA's list of aqusitions to save it from development, but the owner's have to agree on timing, terms, etc. For the time being, it is just a nice connector. I especially like the dirt piles they put in to try and prevent vehicular traffic on the two track. You can ride over the top and between the mounds!

We scoped out the woods a few years ago. It would be a very cool trail!

Oh yeah, that was me making good use of the new Poto Chapter mower!! Thanks for noticing.
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Postby bill_m » September 4th, 2005, 2:21 pm

The original A-Frame across the creek is back and better than before!! The Pond Loop is a must ride from now on.

Thank you to the crew that made this project happen. Great work!!
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Postby bill_m » September 16th, 2005, 12:45 pm

I just received some bad news today. A runner was recently injured on one of
the two "stunts" at Olson Park and is attempting to sue the City of Ann Arbor.
As a precaution, the City has decided that the two stunts must be taken down for
the time being. The materials are being saved off site, but the next time you
ride at the park you will see that they are missing.

I have made sure that the city has the IMBA liability resources and will help
them however I can. But for now I am asking that we, the MTB community, lay low
and allow the stunts to be absent for a while until this thing calms down.
Please do not attempt to re-build them.

I will pass along updates as I receive them.
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Postby Leroi Brown » September 16th, 2005, 1:14 pm

Great! Just what we need! The sickness of our sue-happy society has now spread to runners. What was he doing messing around on mountainbike stunts anyways?? Per IMBA guidelines, there are trails around all of those stunts, thus, not necessitating his even being on them.

I mean, I hope he's not seriously injured, but why sue the City? This is ridiculous!
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