Chad Irey of Dirt Artisans in Cincinnati pushes dirt along a hillside behind Highpointe Apartments for a hiking and biking trail within the city of Allegan. (Photo by Virginia Ransbottom)Eric Berendsen works with Mel Brummel on the trail. (Photo by Virginia Ransbottom)

Allegan mountain bike trail ready for the public

By: 
Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

The City of Allegan now has an off-road biking and hiking trail in its midst.

Construction began Wed­nes­day, Dec. 2, behind the water tower on Hooker Road. Crews dug out trails along the hilly terrain behind Highpointe Apartments. Work concluded Friday, Dec. 4, at the trailhead near the city limit sign where Hooker Road becomes 114th Avenue.

Teaming up to develop the trails were Professional Trailbuilders Association members Chad Irey, owner of Dirt Artisans of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ben Appleby, owner of Linear Active of Zanesville, Ohio.

Joining them in moving dirt were Allegan City police officer Mel Brummel and three fellow mountain bikers and hikers who also turned their personal connection to the outdoors into a trail-developing job.

“We would like to wrap the world in trails,” said Irey while pushing up soil through the woods with a customized Ditch Witch. “Allegan has good dirt—it’s sandy so it makes the job go faster.”

While Irey operated the heavy equipment, Appleby, the project engineer, surveyed two trails. The other trail is an “easy” trail for a future project.

The trail finished on Friday starts out pretty flat but halfway through gets more challenging with inclines, moguls and a few switchbacks that peer over a cliff’s edge. The 3-foot-wide natural trail surface follows the terrain’s contours and paths of least resistance

Contact Virginia Ransbottom at vransbottom@allegannews.com or at (269) 673-5534.

 

 

For the full story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 10 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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