CRAMBA: Stony Creek

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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » July 17th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Moist.
Moist and very buggy.

Lots of grip out there today.
A couple of puddles scattered about.

All the volunteer work done last month in the Pines really looks good after the recent rains.

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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby Trance » July 19th, 2019, 10:01 am

Pines, Snake, Roller Coaster, Back Nine, all in good shape yesterday. couple slick corners, nothing to be concerned with ... it was HOT though, so I quit early! Thanks to the trail work in the pines. The new gravel is in a good spot.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » July 21st, 2019, 3:44 pm

All good out there this afternoon.
Lots of traction.
The fallen trees have been cleared.
(Thanks to all who cleared fallen debris during their ride)
I trimmed a few face-slappers on my ride as well.
Enjoy.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » July 22nd, 2019, 12:58 pm

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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby Critter7r » July 27th, 2019, 9:09 am




"The goals of the redesign process were to: … and also made it possible
to remove the need for mountain bikes to ride of riding on the wider, winter trails."

Can someone decipher what that means?
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » July 27th, 2019, 11:55 am

Obviously a bit of a typo.
I believe it's referring to the desire for fat bikes to ride the snow-covered single track without causing a user conflict with the groomed XC ski trails.

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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby Critter7r » July 29th, 2019, 11:57 am

so … allowing for fatties on the ski trails instead of relegating all bikes to the two-track?
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » July 29th, 2019, 1:41 pm

No.
More-or-less the opposite of that.
The two track gets groomed for XC skiers a few days a year when there's adequate snow.
As it stands now, all bikes are banned from the entire area in the winter. (Nobody really cares unless there's groomed XC ski trails though.)
The hope is to have bikes gain access to the single track (Non-XC ski groomed) in the winter regardless of the snow conditions.

From the Stony Creek Metropark Winter Activities page:

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Fat-tire mountain biking is allowed only on the Trolley Trails. Bikes are prohibited on the cross-country ski trails when the trails are covered in snow

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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » September 12th, 2019, 4:50 pm

It's nice and grippy out there right now. Just a couple greasy spots.
All the main single track was clear of any fallen trees.
Even the Pines is great, thanks to all the volunteers that worked-it-over this past spring!
Enjoy.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » September 22nd, 2019, 10:51 am

Get out there this morning.
Tacky fast.
I don't recall any puddles.

Rant:
In years past, I'd get together a couple of folks and we'd go around the single track and "Dumb it down" a bit.
Re-burying exposed roots and "paving the trail" with strategic placement of rocks.
There would be some form of social media outcry about how it should be left alone and that riders need to learn how to ride "technical" trail features.

Can't help but notice over the years that when these "features" show up and are left alone, the trail tread gets widened, or worse yet, re-routed just to avoid the bumps.
So I find myself constantly attempting to do whatever it takes to keep the singletrack just that. Single Track.

So when we "dumb down" the trails by smoothing out an occasional root or 20, we're actually keeping the trail more challenging by trying to keep it from becoming 2-track wide.

Today I noticed that I've got an anonymous helper or two who share my opinions and had already closed-down a re-route or two before I got to them.
Thanks.

Rant off.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby PK » November 25th, 2019, 5:30 am

Keep in mind that Thanksgiving morning and Friday morning, there will be running races going on throughout the Shelden trails area.
These races start at 8:30 AM and utilize just about all the 2-track and the Pines single track.
The Rollercoaster and Back Nine singletrack are not used.
The races are usually pretty much wrapped-up around noon-ish...
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby Trance » November 25th, 2019, 7:50 am

Rode a couple laps of Snake, Roller Coaster, Back nine yesterday, mostly dry, no issues with mud at all. 2 tracks were more wet, but easy to go around/avoid. Fun ride, I was surprised with how good it was.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby crustaceous_flora » December 13th, 2019, 2:03 am

All of the singletrack(official and bandit) were perfect on December 10th. The terrain here is absolutely beautiful right now with all of the leaves down.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby MMMHills » December 20th, 2019, 9:57 pm

Coming down around new years and curious what trails are like down there, are they ridable or closed, or fatbike only. Tons of snow in Northern Michigan and hoping for some dirt.
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Re: CRAMBA: Stony Creek

Postby c0nsumer » December 20th, 2019, 10:26 pm

No snow down here around Stony. Trails are (currently) frozen and riding great, but there's a warmup coming for the next few days which'll make them crap. Hard to say what New Year's will hold, but the forecasts I'm seeing through the 29th say no to riding off road.
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