MCMBA: Island Lake

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby jreyst » February 20th, 2020, 8:25 pm

Some ideas for the yellow bridge I had...
https://photos.app.goo.gl/BWCr4fHNnquDPWVB6
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby steveracer » February 21st, 2020, 10:55 pm

3. Providing it is only a few yards to the right to raise the trail a few feet to get out of the flood plane. Don’t lose the character of that climb. It is an important feature of the trail.


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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » March 11th, 2020, 8:32 pm

Trail Day 03/14/20 @ 9am - 4pm

Come help us cut some new trail! We're doing a much needed reroute on Blue. We're going to get rid of the dangerous turn under the RR bridge.

MCMBA will provide bagels, lunch, and we'll have a good assortment of tools. Helpful items to bring if you have them: shovels, loppers, bow saws, and work gloves. It'll be a little chilly in the morning, so dress accordingly.

We are meeting in the 1st turnout on the left, 1/4 mile after passing under the railroad trestle. (Between Riverbend and Spring Mill Pond)

Any help you can give will be appreciated!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby jreyst » March 11th, 2020, 10:40 pm

Planning to be there Mark! Will a heavy duty wheelbarrow be helpful or no?
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » March 12th, 2020, 2:23 am

jreyst wrote:Planning to be there Mark! Will a heavy duty wheelbarrow be helpful or no?

I do have 2 places where there is limestone dropped. Another wheelbarrow could be useful. Thanks.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Saratoga08 » March 16th, 2020, 4:27 pm

Trail was in good shape this AM. Great job on the blue loop re-route.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby getoutside2play » March 18th, 2020, 5:53 pm

jreyst wrote:Some ideas for the yellow bridge I had...
https://photos.app.goo.gl/BWCr4fHNnquDPWVB6


#1 or #3. Let's keep as much vert and difficulty in the trail as possible.

I understand the reason for the new blue reroute but I miss the old trail section that was cut off already. The climbs always got my heart up and the sweeping turns at the top and down to the gravel pit section were super fun. Hopefully there is a plan to add additional single track past the parking lot instead of that wide open climb section?

That said, thank you to all of the volunteers that build and maintain the trails. I am not trying to come across as negative or unappreciative, just offering my 2 cents.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby elangley » April 1st, 2020, 7:24 am

Large tree down on yellow, about 75 yards after the bridge off Kensington rd. I'm sure the park staff is on limited hours during these weeks so be careful if it's there awhile. Just an FYI for everyone, as it come up in a fast section.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mrbikester » May 22nd, 2020, 12:58 pm

Yesterday,Friday, The Blue trail was in great shape. On the Yellow about a half mile before the Grand River clinmb there is a log across the trail about a foot off the ground so have to get off bike to clear.

Also, at the end of the wooden bridge just before the Grand River climb it is very wet and muddy. Wasn't sure how deep water was so dismounted and walked around it.

Otherwise all is good and a great day to ride.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mjbl » May 30th, 2020, 3:03 pm

I hit ILRA earlier this week. Re route is great. Low area before main bridge was hard but under water. Area after short bridge was very muddy and dis mount should be followed there. The rest of the trail was safe, fine and fun.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby blackborrow » June 4th, 2020, 1:11 pm

Great reroute on blue. On the downhill just before you make hard right to rejoin the original trail it is already developing a lot of brake chatter.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mrbikester » June 9th, 2020, 1:58 pm

I agree about the brake chatter at end of new reroute. Very bumpy before the right turn.

Monday morning the trail was great and noticing fewer walkers and bikers on the trails.

Slowly getting back to the "Before Times".
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby b_b » June 9th, 2020, 2:01 pm

Yeah that's a pretty fast straight downhill into a relatively sharp turn.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby steveracer » June 9th, 2020, 2:34 pm

b_b wrote:Yeah that's a pretty fast straight downhill into a relatively sharp turn.
Best part of the reroute. See how late you can brake and make the turn.


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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Ecruz » June 11th, 2020, 1:45 pm

Any reports on the trail, since the storms last night? I'm hoping to hit it on my way home from work today, but don't want to go if it's a mess.

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