Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jmf003 » October 29th, 2014, 11:11 am

Deadfall across the trail in Olson park. About 7" diameter...too large for me to move. A couple hundred yards before the teeter totter.

An entire section of woods and trail was bulldozed in the south end of Stapp Nature Area. Google Maps shows the affected area extending well inside the Nature Area but that seems nuts so maybe the map is wrong?
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » October 29th, 2014, 11:15 am

jmf003 wrote:Deadfall across the trail in Olson park. About 7" diameter...too large for me to move. A couple hundred yards before the teeter totter.

An entire section of woods and trail was bulldozed in the south end of Stapp Nature Area. Google Maps shows the affected area extending well inside the Nature Area but that seems nuts so maybe the map is wrong?


that would be for the new 1st Martin Development... Apartments going in, Ive met with them a year or two ago and they were on-board with putting in a connector trail on their property connecting Stapp and Leslie. I haven?t been out that way in a while so haven?t seen what it currently looks like.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Bcar » October 29th, 2014, 12:24 pm

map isnt 100% correct. 1st martin actually donated some land to the city to increase the size of the park (and to gain approval for their project.). their delv plan is on the web.

http://annarborchronicle.com/tag/stapp-nature-area/
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jmf003 » October 29th, 2014, 2:37 pm

Bcar wrote:map isnt 100% correct. 1st martin actually donated some land to the city to increase the size of the park (and to gain approval for their project.). their delv plan is on the web.

http://annarborchronicle.com/tag/stapp-nature-area/


That map makes a lot more sense!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby shredbetty61 » April 19th, 2015, 8:59 am

Could someone send me the A2 loop in detail? I've ridden much of it with help from riders I've met on the trail, but haven't figured out the connections. K-L was new to me last year, what a place! I loved it, seeing the trillium in bloom and at the same time the view of HRD from above. Couldn't find where to go after Sunset park either. Thanks Mary
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby DynoDon » April 19th, 2015, 9:28 am

That is a hard trail to ride, there is no way to figure it out for me. I've ridden it with others, but I'm not sure they knew the whole thing either, then I was just following, when I go out by myself I get very confused. I enjoyed the trail, but not getting lost.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby jmf003 » October 14th, 2015, 8:49 am

chong wrote:...I haven't been able to find the Ridge and Downhill trails. Are those over in the Cedar Bend Nature Area?...


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Next question. There is singletrack that parallels the the railroad tracks off Dhu Varren. I rode it a few days ago and it wasn't as wet as I remember, but a lot of the bridges were in pretty bad shape. I'm wondering if the folks doing most of the work (I'd be happy to get more involved on the weekends) are letting this section be reclaimed by nature?


Not sure what the official Poto chapter position is on maintaining that trail but it doesn't get a lot of use because it's almost always very wet, like you remember.

The Poto chapter is always looking for volunteers to do trail maintenance. Your ability to put in some time would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby BLKXJ 96 » April 8th, 2017, 9:56 pm

Rode here today, some wet sections that can easily be walked around. Part by the teeter totter is the worst.....walk around this and you're in good shape. Other than that, some muddy spots here and there, all and all trail is in good shape.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Scaryrider » January 1st, 2018, 10:48 pm

Snow condition update: Barton Dam- well packed wide track. Keebler-Langford-Hilltop/Girl Scout Camp- decent and ride-able foot traveled trail. Some less traveled routes are a bit challenging but all is ride-able on 4" or wider tires. M-14 connector is ridden in with multiple fat bike runs- all ride-able to Pontiac Trail. Leslie, Black Pond to the ladder bridge and on to the north- ride-able foot traveled trail. Olson and Traver Creek- not ridden as of yesterday. Stay tuned. :D
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby John Beeson » January 3rd, 2018, 1:33 pm

Olson has been groomed by the Poto chptr! Group ride there tonight at 6pm!
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby ihateplaindave » January 8th, 2018, 1:49 pm

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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Scaryrider » January 8th, 2018, 4:49 pm

That is correct.
Most of the Ann Arbor parks that the Ann Arbor Loop are in are CLOSED from 3 p.m. to midnight- 7 days a week from today- January 8th through January 31st. for the deer cull.
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Re: Poto: Olson Park/Ann Arbor Loop

Postby Brenton » July 9th, 2019, 4:01 pm

Rode here for the first time in four or more years. First part of the trail was as fun as I recall. However, sadly I don't think this trail gets much love since DTE was established. The other half was extremely overgrown and unrideable in areas.

Note: I'm describing the Olson trail not the A2 loop as a whole.
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Re: northeast trail

Postby Leroi Brown » July 16th, 2019, 10:39 am

cychow wrote:does anyone know how the arrows work on the trails. I looked at the map and it seems like some of the trails have arrows going both directions>... :?:


My understanding, having ridden the A2 loop MANY times over the last 15+ years, is that all sections are bi-directional, except for Olson Park, which are counter-clockwise.
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