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Postby RickPlite » June 6th, 2008, 12:45 pm

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look at the map in this thread. park at D&W and ride est on 10 Mile about .08 miles and you will see a small MTB sign at a chained and locked two track. Enter here or you can also ride in at the Kies two-track entrance next to the old barn.
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Postby psycho » June 6th, 2008, 4:02 pm

Thanx for the heads up, we're going to hit her Monday night!!! 8) Or the first night it doesn't rain :roll:

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Postby RickPlite » June 6th, 2008, 9:40 pm

the tree has been removed and the mowed portion of the farm field trail section has been pin flagged to lead the way. If we all ride to the edge of the field and next to the flags it will break down and pack in quicker. I don't think it needs anything more than riding, think cyclocross!
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Postby de5m0mike » June 11th, 2008, 7:13 am

Rode yesterday and the trail is in surprisingly good condition after all the storms we just had. There are only a couple puddles remaining and a little bit of mud but no large branches or trees were nocked over the trail. Or if they were they've been removed already. The trail is 100% rideable.
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Postby psycho » June 14th, 2008, 9:01 am

We had a chance to hit Luton Park last night. Very nice beginner to intermediate trail. It reminded me of Ionia many years ago.

Just one word of caution to the new riders there, the bridge on the Green loop has metal exposed and a narrow crossing, if you are unsure about your ability to cross this I would strongly suggest walking it.

The rest of the trail is very rider friendly, my hats off to the crew that built this fine trail. I will be hitting it many times as it is close to my way home everyday :D

Below is a very rough map of the area, I will update it as I become more familiar with the trail. I hope this helps those how are new to this trail.

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edit to remove old map! :lol:
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Deer

Postby de5m0mike » June 25th, 2008, 1:12 pm

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this but this trail is just crawling with deer. I ride this trail as much as 4 times a week and I've probably seen deer out there 75% of those times. A couple weeks ago I saw 6 of them hanging out in one of the fields. And then last night when I was going through one of the faster parts of the trail I spooked a deer who was hanging out near the edge of the trail. I'm usually so focused on the trail when I'm riding that I don't see them until I'm right next to them. So when I got pretty close to one yesterday and it jumped up and ran off it startled me so much that I almost crashed my bike. I swear it's only a matter of time before I actually hit one.

Trail is still in good condition and getting better every day. I can't wait for the new section they are working on this weekend. Hope they are able to finish it.
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Re: Deer

Postby cramer » June 25th, 2008, 3:49 pm

de5m0mike wrote:Trail is still in good condition and getting better every day. I can't wait for the new section they are working on this weekend. Hope they are able to finish it.


It's in good condition because of people like you that are getting out there and riding it regularly and packing down the new trail. Thanks!

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Postby psycho » June 27th, 2008, 7:21 pm

New map, hope this helps! :D

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Orange Section

Postby de5m0mike » July 1st, 2008, 6:25 pm

Had a chance to check out the new orange section today. Even though it's not done yet you can tell it's going to be pretty good. It will definitely ad a degree of difficulty to the trail system that should appeal to more advanced riders. I can't wait to get out and start working on it so it can be opened up.
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New Orange Section

Postby kskinner » July 16th, 2008, 7:47 pm

I finally get out to ride the new orange section. I like the added degree of difficulty to this trail. One question came to mind while riding it. Which direction are we to ride this section? I assumed counter-clockwise. I rode it both ways either way is great!

Thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this trail what it is!
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Postby RickPlite » July 16th, 2008, 8:21 pm

it will be arrowed in the counter clockwise direction soon. come out to the workday this Sunday at 9am!
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Boulder Pile

Postby de5m0mike » August 21st, 2008, 9:51 am

What do you guys think of the new boulder pile on the orange loop that a friend and I have been working on. Anyone on here ridden over it yet? I think it's great but have seen a few people go around it. Just wondering if people thought it needed improvement or if it's good the way it is. I'd love to get a couple more of the big boulders up there to add on to that section but that will probably have to wait for a day when there are more than two people out there to help move them.
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Luton Park Trail work day

Postby RickPlite » October 13th, 2008, 11:58 am

Join us for another trail day at Luton Park this Sat Oct. 18th at 9am. Meet at the Keis Ave barn and we will walk in from there. We plan to open the new Yellow loop! This will add another mile or so to the system bring the total to about 4.5 miles. This section will be contain some hills for a change. Bring gloves, bug spray, water. We will provide lunch about 1:00 pm. Rain or shine.
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Postby cramer » October 18th, 2008, 5:17 pm

I couldn't make the trail day today but my wife and I got a chance to get out and ride it this afternoon. WOW! That new section is going to be freaking great! With the extra distance and the wide variety of terrain out there, this is fast becoming a super cool trail. There are enough miles there now that if you haven't ridden it yet, you really should get out there and give it a try.

PLEASE don't park at the trailhead on 10 mile or the barn on Kies though. I think some people think the rules only apply to other people. I noticed half the cars parking there were hikers and there's nothing we can do about that but I hate to see people parking there to ride as it could possibly jeopardize our access there and maybe even future access at other Kent Country parks.

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Luton Park Yellow Loop

Postby RickPlite » October 19th, 2008, 6:54 pm

Thanks to all the hard work that went into the Yellow loop on 10-18-08. We now have close to 5 miles of trail with this last mile containing the most hills yet. A great alternative to the Ski Area since the Game Area is closed for the season. This park is open year round and no hunting is allowed. Please help ride the yellow loop in, it needs some traffic. PLEASE don't park at the barn on Keis Ave or on the side of 10 Mile Road. This has been mentioned dozens of times. Until we have a trail head parking lot built please park at D&W Plaza on 10 mile road and ride to the north trail head to enter the park.
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