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Ludington School Forest 2/16/18 weekend update.

Kudos to the folks in Ludington. Everyone knew well enough to stay off the trails Wednesday and Thursday. I put a fine tooth comb to the slush that was the Ludington School Forest trail system last night. It should set … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Trails 2-13-18

Trails are awesome. I think we’ll be fine through this little thaw Wed and Thurs, just might not be able to ride in the late afternoons. Thursday afternoon might be sketchy, just go with 2-3 PSI to start and if … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest Sunday, February 11, 2018

First full run with new track sled. Trails closed now. But should be good Monday after work.

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Ludington School Forest ~ February 9, 2018

At lunch yesterday I threw a frame around an ice fishing sled we had as a groomer a while back, it’s been in my garage as we’ve not had a winter like this since we started grooming operations. The idea … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest February 5, 2018

It is amazing what just pulling a truck tire around trails with a solid base can do. I was the first one around so, the first pass was soft but very rideable. When I went back over my tracks for … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest Sunday, February 4, 2018

Brutal grooming session tonight, all I could pull, after getting stuck twice with groomer in the first 100 yards, was the truck tire. So I got around the trails with that, moving the snow off. Hopefully that will set up … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest, Sunday, February 4, 2018

It’s kind of killing me not to groom the Ludington School Forest this morning but the snow is really grainy and it would not set up by the time people would probably start riding it. So, dust off your XC … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest January 28, 2018

I went over the Ludington school forest trails with a variety of grooming apparati. When it freezes tonight it should be pretty good there are several spots that are glare ice, so studded tires, if you have them, would be … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest week of January 22 conditions.

Looking at the forecast I do not know that there will be any grooming done this week in the Ludington school forest. It looks like Riders have stayed off the trails during this thaw for the most part, the few … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest trail report Tuesday, January 16, 2018

All trails groomed last night, and I hit the walking trails as hard as I could, but they are still very rough from walking. It looks like there is a two day warm up in the future this weekend so … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 13 Ludington school Forest report

I went out late last night and groomed the Ludington school forest walking trails with the drag to try and knock down some of the footprints, the biking trails were very good so I didn’t do much of them. I … Continue reading

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Ludington school for a trail report Friday evening January 12, 2018

Ludington trails are pretty good there may be a little icy in spots and there’s a dusting of snow or whatever’s belief that the crossed but they are totally rideable

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Ludington School Forest Trail report 1/12/18

I’m going to head out at lunch and see what’s up. It looks like people stayed off them for the most part. We could use the higher end 3″ of the snow that’s in the forecast, so a little snow … Continue reading

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As warm weather approaches please read this…

It’s our groomers worst nightmare, a brief warm spell after weeks of below freezing temps. Read about warm weather riding tips from our friends at the NMMBA.

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Ludington school forest report January 8, 2018

The best I can say about the Ludington school forest trails is that I hope the beach is rideable. The Ludington school forest trails are closed. Probably until Friday, I was in there at lunch with the Rokon and couldn’t … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest January 5, 2018

Three of us ride in my last trip around with tire and Rokon and the first lap was a little sketchy but the second laps were good. Dave is currently out there with snowmobile and the stag doing disc golf … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Trails 1/5/18

Hit everything again with the Rokon and tires today at lunch. We’re going to try to ride tonight (meet at Bryant crossing at 6) Dave is currently dropping reinforcements (his snowmobile) at my house for the disc golf and sections … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest January 4, 2018

Basically just trying to keep the trails open now using Rokon and the two van tires, I made another pass tonight and made it but I don’t think it’s rideable hopefully it stops snowing soon and we can get back … Continue reading

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Ludington school forest January 3, 2018

I made a pass with the Rokon and Two van tires, basically trying to scrape today’s snow fall down to yesterday‘s groom. If anybody rides today I’d be very curious to see how that rode. Should be pretty good as … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Jan. 2, 2018

The Ludington school forest was just groomed, and should be ready to ride by 5 o’clock tonight. I noticed one set of tracks, someone with too much air, riding on freshly groomed trail. If you notice that a trail is … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12-29-17 Update

Ludington is groomed and should be magical after about 3 PM today it’s going to need some time to set up everything has been gone over at least once and the northside the through trail and all of the walking … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/28/17

Ludington is riding great this morning. Rode in two laps of everything but the orange loop on the south side, just one lap there. Ride the north side in the direction of the Singletrack Showdown arrows. The last half mile … Continue reading

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12/27/17 Ludington School Forest

Groomed this morning. Back side of orange loop is ugly. Too much snow to make the ridge climb, had to abort through the woods with pan up, then circled back and got as far as I could and did the … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/22/17

Six man hours later, the north-south through trail and the north section of singletrack are repaired from Tuesday’s ill advised cycling adventure by what I am sure are newcomers to the sport. I taped off the north section so that … Continue reading

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12/21 Ludington SFT

Rode everything this afternoon and with studded Tires 90 percent of the Ludington trails are awesome. I’m not sure about non studded tires but the trail was very fast and smooth with the exception of a half a mile of … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/20/17

I’m going to start this trail report with a little lecture from atop my lofty soap box, so if you just want the trail conditions, skip below the photo. Probably ought to add an exclaimer here… the following rant is … Continue reading

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Big M Outer Loop

95 percent of the Outerloop is passable, volunteers have made it all the way around with our tracksled and Riders have made it all the way around to pack that in but the last 5 miles are still a little … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/16/17

Trails good. Come on up. Disc golf is sketchy but main trails awesome.

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Ludington School Forest Trails 12/15/17 mid day update

I took an extra few minutes at lunch and blasted around trails with the Rokon, there will be spots that are well packed but narrow (Rokon only) and some not very well packed but wider (Rokon and pan up and … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/15/17

Dang, yesterday afternoon I went out after the morning groom and conditions were actually very good. ANd then we got three more inches of this horrible snow, light fluffy, nothing to it. With 1-3 more forecasted today. I’m going to … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/14/17 am

All of the loops in the Ludington school forest and our connector in the disc golf course have been groomed with some sort of implement. The northern section has been done with the Pan down most of the way around, … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12/13/17 PM

Not rideable. Plan on grooming first thing. Hopefully that will set up. But the snow is really dry.

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Ludington School Forest 12-13-17

Took the morning off to fix my garage door and that went better than expected so I did a quick groom of the School Forest Trails, a bunch of new disc golf and most of the walking trails. So the … Continue reading

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12/10/17 Ludington School Forest.

Just got back from the first groom of the season. Perfect conditions to get a solid foundation down and ride it in the weekend. If you like the groomed fat bike trails the the Shoreline Cycling Club maintains consider joining … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12-7-17

First one of the year. YES!!! We got about 5 inches of snow in Ludington last night and today. I’m sure that folks will be out tonight to ride it, and that will be all the grooming we probably need. … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Update 2/23/17

Trails are good to go. We just have to watch for the normal spring rains and star off them when they’re wet. I’d like to think we could leave those winter fat Bike signs up in case winter returns but … Continue reading

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Ludington trail update 2-13-17

School Forest is a ribbon of ice and the Dragon (see images) has patchy ice all the way around. We’ll see what today’s sunshine does for Cartier Park. Pretty sure the SFT system will be ice for a while. I’m … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Update 2-7-17 PM

I was wrong. A quick drive by after returning from store showed the trails to be an opaque layer of slush, which will likely turn to sheer ice overnight. A little snow would help.  Yup. Back to being right again. … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Report 2-7-17

I got talked into trying out the SFT trails last night, I’d thought that it had been too warm and they’d be too soft, I was wrong. They were great. It got very close to freezing last night so they … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Update 2-1-17

The trails didn’t absolutely need it last night, but looking at the weather forecast I thought that it was a good time to really go out and lay down some good tracks with the groomer, so I hit all of … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Update 1-31-17

Looks like we’re back in business. A group went out and rode all the trails Monday night and reported back they’re awesoem. We got another 2-3 inches last night and if it snows all day today, I may go ride. … Continue reading

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Ludington Update 1-27-17

The SFT trails are kind of still a mess from the thaw and now cool down. They’re icy in spots from the grooming we did what seems like years ago. We’ve had NO new snow in two weeks maybe. None … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Report 1-13-17

We didn’t get enough snow to groom yesterday but several people have ridden and reported that there was enough snow to cover up the ice and they’ve packed it down to where Tom says they are a 5 on a … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Update 1-9-17

Just got done grooming all of SFT. It’s snowing pretty good at the moment though. Will probably need another groom after the snow, the rain and the forecasted 40 degree temps tomorrow but we’ll have a solid base to work … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Update 1-8-17

Trails were great again today. We’re supposed to get 1-3 tonight. If that happens then we’ll probably groom Monday night and then hope everyone stays off it on Tuesday when it rains. We’ll have a good base and the warm … Continue reading

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Ludington SFT Update 1-7-17

Trails have been groomed and/or ridden in and are pretty awesome. Snow cover is light but the grooming last night (Thanks TP) kind of bonded the snow to the ice that was there and there are very few icy spots. … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest Update 1-5-17

We got about an inch of snow last night. Hoping for 3-5 more before the weekend. If so we will probably just hold a Saturday morning fattie ride and pack it in manually. Hoping to set up a base for … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12-26-16

Got a text that Mike groomed. Awaiting trail report. Todd says trails fricking awesome. Little bit of a warm up Wednesday, as long as they don’t get chewed up too bad they should return to awesome Thursday.

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Ludington School Forest report 12-21-16

The trails held up through today’s thaw quite well, and with temps hovering around freezing until Sunday I think they’ll hold up well. We’re planning to groom as soon as there is a 12 hour window where the temps are … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12-19-16

Wow, 15 inches of snow, 3 days and 9 man hours later, the Ludington School Forest trails will probably set up great by morning. Of course we’re getting a little thaw. The Rokon is absolutely the machine for 1-6 inches … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest 12-18-16

Had anyone ridden the trails on Friday at about midnight, they would have had the best time. And then 15 inches of new powder fell from the sky. We have the foundation of a good trail and should have the … Continue reading

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Ludington School Forest sketchy 12-17

Went out yesterday mid-storm and groomed, then we got another 6″ so I will be heading out again tonight. Should be back in good shape Sunday.

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Ludington School Forest 12-15-16 Update

Trails still in great shape after the Sunday groom. We all rode two laps last night and those tracks made it even better. We got rid of one tree on the orange loop. As soon as we get a couple … Continue reading

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12-11-16 Ludington School Forest Groomed

  I got out last night for the first full groom with the Rokon and Mike’s rolling groomer. It worked very well and I got our three loops done, the north south through trail and a section through the disc … Continue reading

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Cartier Park Trail Map

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New Cartier Park Trails

Todd and Dave have been busy working on the new Cartier Park Loops and they’re pretty fun I have to say. Here’s a GPS track of what I’ve found so far.

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Ludington School Forest is sooooo fast

Trails are dry and summer riding has begun. As with all trails though it’s best to stay off them when they’re wet.

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Ludington SFT Groomed on 3-2

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Ludington SFT Update 2-11

Seven of us rode in the SFT system last night and conditions were quite good. Surprisingly. Waiting to see what the weather does before we make a grooming decision. But they are rideable, and each lap makes them more so.

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Ludington fat bike trail report updated 1-29-16

Ludington School Forest trails We’ll be keeping a running log of trail grooming reports so you can get a good idea of how the trail conditions are in the Ludington School Forest (see links to GPS data and trail maps … Continue reading

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School Forest Trails open and awesome

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Annual Meeting November 23

Hello Club members, The busy holiday season is coming up fast so we will have our annual meeting before the chaos starts. This year’s meeting will be on Sunday Nov. 23rd at 3:00. It will again be held at Quiring … Continue reading

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Fat Bike Winter Etiquette

We swiped this from the VASA site because we think it’s important as ambassadors of cycling that we try and present a good image of cyclists everywhere. These are rules for riding the ski trails on Friday nights in TC, … Continue reading

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Fat bikes and the Victorian Sleighbell Parade

More to come, but a GOOD TIME was had by all.

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Celebrate Global Fat Bike Day with the SCC

We have two things going on during Global Fat Bike Day (December 7th). In the morning is a group ride going point-to-point between Manistee and Camp Douglas-Smith on Hamlin Lake (direction will be determined a few days before the ride … Continue reading

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MittCrit is successful

While most of the cyclists in Michigan were most likely out enjoying the trails on a beautiful fall day that was the morning and early afternoon of October 12, 2013 a small group of dedicated, and not-so-dedicated, riders lined up … Continue reading

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Ride Guide Online

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Your next bike?

Here’s a video of Jeff B. and Andy K. riding fat tire bikes on the beach north of Ludington the other day. Certain conditions don’t necessitate a fat tire bike, but if conditions change then you can be left riding … Continue reading

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Singletrack Showdown

Greetings fellow mountain bikers, I had an idea last weekend while I was riding some new singletrack that our club, the Shoreline Cycling Club, built in our school forest. We need a bike race in town, and it didn’t seem … Continue reading

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