Trail Day

I spent an hour or so down near Saugatuck at the Shore Acres Bike Park working on a trail re-route this afternoon. It’s the first time I’ve been to this trail, and unfortunately, it’s the first time I’ve ever done trail work at any of the local trails on designated trail days. So, both of these first experiences were way overdue.

Shore Acres Bike Park is situated adjacent to the Felt Mansion and the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The bike park includes a BMX track, about 2.5 miles of mountain bike single track, and a disc golf course. Mark, the trail manager, has worked diligently over the past several years developing the mountain bike trail around the disc golf course and has really developed a fun, technical, but flowing trail.

The new section we cut in today was a reroute of a hill climb that inadvertently encroached upon the adjacent State Park property. Mark had already marked out the new trail a week ago with orange flags and began blocking off the old trail sections. Today’s chore was to mow weeds, trim trees, move logs, rake in, and tamp down the new trail section. Despite the fact that there were only two of us working on the trail today, it didn’t take an exceptionally long time and we were able to knock it out with time to spare for a ride.

Now the trail simply needs riders. I plan on making another trek down there tomorrow, biking from my house. This should present a good ride as its 13.5 miles there, meaning I should be able to put 30-40 miles in getting there and back including a few loops. I sure hope I run into some other riders down there.

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