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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby jrshome » July 10th, 2009, 3:28 pm

I hit Yankee on my way out to South Haven this week, fun trail, the sand was crazy though. I have one question for you Yankee riders, are you supposed to ride that Devils Soup Bowl? The trails down into that thing were so washed out I could barely walk a bike down alone ride down. I got about halfway and the skeeters convinced me that it was a bad idea.... Or maybe I was trying to get in at the wrong spot. Just wondering
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby sworks88 » July 10th, 2009, 3:47 pm

That is a hiking trail.....down into the bowl. It is very sketchy even for hiking. Yankee is the definition of SAND!!!!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby jrshome » July 10th, 2009, 8:18 pm

[quote="sworks88"]That is a hiking trail.....down into the bowl. It is very sketchy even for hiking. Yankee is the definition of SAND!!!![/quote

OK, I had seen the name before on the board and was thinking bike, then I started down it, no way that was happening......
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bigtymer » July 14th, 2009, 8:57 am

Yankee is the best trail on this side of the state. Stop complaining!!!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Irish57 » July 23rd, 2009, 10:50 pm

Got out to Yankee Springs and I found the trail really in good shape other than the sand ( not complaining -actually did pretty well for me) Made it out to the devils soup bowl and took the 2nd shortcut back. I should ride this trail more since it's only about a half-hour from where I work. A good trail to get in shape! All in all a nice day!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby sworks88 » July 24th, 2009, 7:27 am

There is a lot of sand...but you couldnt call it Yankee without it! Choppe and I rode out there last night and the trail was in decent shape. Looks like a lot of people are still riding out there and that is good!!!!
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby PieterHemmo » August 7th, 2009, 4:45 pm

Fun ride and a good workout. If you struggle with sand, this it the place to get it figured out.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby SteveF » August 11th, 2009, 6:29 am

rode here sunday--all the rain saturday made for a pretty firm surface, at least til later in the day when some of the sand started drying out and getting deeper and looser. Lots of exposed roots and gravel (up to baseball sized stones) on climbs and descents as erosion has it's way but overall not a bad ride.

I would likely ride elswhere after a dry stretch of any length but this is a good place to go right after a rain this time of year.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Riceman » August 31st, 2009, 8:20 am

First ride at Yankee this year. I've been out there off and on for the last 14 years. I don't know if it's due to all the rain or what, but seems like there are a few spots that need some new passes. The one big one that I can think of is about 3/4th of the way through the big loop. There is a tree with roots shooting all over and hard for a small 26" bike to get over. I didn't see any path around it.

Just a suggestion.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bigtymer » September 1st, 2009, 9:36 pm

Lift your front tire up . Those roots make yankee. Sounds like you need to mtn bike more.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby kms662 » September 2nd, 2009, 1:28 pm

Or get a 29er...
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby sworks88 » September 2nd, 2009, 3:00 pm

Bigtymer wrote:Lift your front tire up . Those roots make yankee. Sounds like you need to mtn bike more.


It seems like every time someone has a gripe about this trail that you slam them with some comment like this one. The guy clearly stated that it was his first ride out there this year and offered his opinion of the trail. I know the section that he was talking about and it not an easy task to clear that section. Indeed the roots and sand are what make Yankee Springs the trail that it is....but I feel there is a better way to approach someone who has only ridden out there one time this year.

Riceman....that section is tough. The best approach is to hop off your bike and survey the area. Find a line you think will work and attack it. If you fail. Try again. I make that section about 1 our of 5 trips through. Don't get frustrated with the trail....just learn how to tackle the nasty obstacles. This is what I do. If you think I am full of crap....well.....maybe I am.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby blamp28 » September 2nd, 2009, 4:31 pm

That section (near mile 10) has been a challenge for me this year for some reason. I think the erosion has just made it tougher than it was or my skills have decreased but I have been riding this trail for nine years. I just can't seem to pick a good line through it sometimes. This is not a complaint but an observation. I like the challenge the various sections of this trail have included and remember fondly when some of the sections were a little tougher. I have always used the more challenging features of any trail I frequent as a personal on-going gauge of my skills and or fitness.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Bigtymer » September 3rd, 2009, 9:47 am

Good for you bro! I'll leave that task for you.
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Re: Western: Yankee Springs

Postby Irish57 » September 22nd, 2009, 6:54 pm

I definitely got challenged today- butt whuppin. Actually the sand hardened up some after the rain making it easier to get through. But there are areas that you have to thread your way through which makes it challenging because you don't want to go to slow or fast. Oh well. BTW-there is a tree down at about 1.5 miles on the deep Lake Trail. If your ready for it you can get over it . Just a heads up!
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