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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » August 25th, 2010, 5:31 pm

Dave and I were out doing some trail work today. We created some new drain nicks on the Orange Loop and we banked out a turn on the Black Loop. We also created a wider turn entering the fern area of the Black Loop to minimize braking bumps. This is an authorized re-route and should remain open. When folks get used to it being there I will cover the old line.

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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby kevin g » August 26th, 2010, 7:32 am

Thanks for banking that turn on the black loop. I went down hard there a couple of weeks ago (my first time on the trail this year) trying to take it too fast. Noticed the banking yesterday, good job.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby bignlow » August 30th, 2010, 4:39 am

WOW!! what a trail.

This is my new favorite and I would say nothing in this area competes with this for speed and fun. Lets just hope people don't start making bypasses like other trails around.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » September 4th, 2010, 7:16 pm

Luton received just the right amount of rain the past few days. Great conditions right now. One low tree on the Black Loop about 1/2 way through. Hope to get it out soon.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby georgemra » September 6th, 2010, 9:14 am

My hat's off to those that designed and maintain Luton trails, they were wonderful to ride. That tree that was low on the black loop is now a widow maker, and there is another tree about 400 yards later that requires a dismount to go under it. Again, these trails were just a delight to ride.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » September 9th, 2010, 4:27 pm

Luton is clear of all fallen trees as of today and is prime shape. Who beat me to the two fallen trees on the Black Loop? It was nice to just ride the bike rather than more trail work, thanks!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » September 13th, 2010, 2:42 pm

additional gravel will be delivered and spread on the east side of the Blue Loop on Tuesday 9/14. If we need a trail day to fine tune it I will post up here. Thanks to the folks and organizations that made donations for round two.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby compacted_graphite » September 14th, 2010, 12:10 pm

Rode the Luton Park while in town last week for the Midwest Mountain Bike Summit. Very nice trail - well laid out, looks like it will drain well, and there were no wet spots. Nicely organized and nice gradients. Well done!!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » September 16th, 2010, 10:58 am

All the crushed gravel has been delivered and spread on the Blue Loop. We will leave some boardwalks in place for a while to make sure we don't need them in some "new" location. 8 of the sections will find a new home at Ionia State Recreation Area, so I say to those that donated time, wood and money for these boardwalks, don't worry they are still serving a purpose at a trail in the Western Chapter. Thanks for helping with this project!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Slimm » September 17th, 2010, 9:12 pm

trail was prime tonight. the blue loop looks like it should remain dry now, for good. i just wish it wasn't quite so wide between orange and black.

only bad mud hole left is on the black dessert loop. maybe i'll hike in and fix it up this weekend if i get tired of riding.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby ReidRules18 » September 23rd, 2010, 5:20 am

It's been quite awhile since I rode Luton this year, and the trail as of 9/22 was in great shape. The added gravel was a huge benefit over the blue section of the trail!
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » September 27th, 2010, 12:40 pm

any trees down from the storm last Friday?
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby gtrowbridge » September 27th, 2010, 1:33 pm

RickPlite wrote:any trees down from the storm last Friday?


We rode friday evening and there weren't any down.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby gtrowbridge » October 6th, 2010, 7:51 pm

For those that made some of the boardwalks at Luton...make sure you get out to Ionia to experience how they are being used there. Instead of bridging muck, they bridge sand pits.

They really really worked well.

Thanks to Rick for donating them!

Ride Ionia! You won't find a better time of year than October.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby redrabbit » October 13th, 2010, 11:00 am

Parking lot was packed last night with cars parking along side the road. More and more people are coming to this trail. If you don't mind the short ride, it might still be worth it to park and ride there.

Trail was dry and hard with a layer of dust on everything to make it slippery. Today's rain might actualy help a little. There's a lot of wash out on the black loop around the corners and off camber which you need to be mindful off.

The gravel / millings on the blue loop in the wetter areas are a vast improvement. Thanks for all the hard work out there.
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