Van Michael Trail

4.67 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Van Michael Trail is a 3.9 mile directional trail that changes with the day of the week. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are counter clockwise. The entrance to Van Michael on these days is located on the Mosquito Flats beginners trail. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday the trail entrance is on the Mosquito Bites beginners trail. Van Michael is listed as advanced difficulty but its more due to the aerobic challenge rather than technical challenge. The majority of the trail is smooth but you will encounter roots and several rock sections. This trail is constantly up and down and twisty the entire way.
added by GoldenGooseSingletrack August 5, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Why is the back section of the VMT closed off? Why isn't there a sign saying so @ the trailhead? -Guest

A: Van Michael Trail is back open. KP has been restored.

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Reviews (24)

May 7, 2015
Review: Like all the trails at Blankets, this one is super fun.

Nothing really technical to speak of on this trail apart from some tight switchbacks. One in particular back by the lake has a pretty good drop off to the side.

The climbs are short, but some are brutally steep. It's best to ride this trail when you're fresh so you can really enjoy it.

The descents are fast and swoopy, punctuated with huge berms to keep your speed through the corners.

Similar Trail: Coldwater

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March 7, 2015
Review: My favorite trail in Blankets and Taylor Randahl. Fast and Flowing! Climbs burned my legs - but they're not super long climbs.

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July 21, 2014
Review: All of the new improvements are awesome!!! Great work to those that did all of it. I just wish the trail was longer.

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June 2, 2014
Review: Best trail at Blankets. Early in the day much less traffic than Dwelling.

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June 2, 2014
Review: This trail for me was a leg burner! Never really flat anywhere. It had some of the steeper climbs that Blankets Creek had to offer. The trail was for the most part smooth with occasional rocks and roots

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May 28, 2014
Review: This trail has spoiled me! The trail designers really knocked it out of the park and the maintenance has always been great. Now I spend my time in Colorado trying to find a trail system with this much love put into it...

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April 8, 2014
Review: Back section with rocky switchback has been cut off right now, but the rest of the trail is still in great shape. Some great, tough climbs and awesome descents going both direction. Get in the rhythm and this trail gets really fast.

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February 16, 2014
Review: It's all about Hurl Hill, tough as nails to get up. This is a great flowing up and down trail that has great climbs and berms on the corners.

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November 5, 2013
Review: VMT is fun! There is plenty of challenging climbing that always ends in scary fast descents. The hard corners all have high banked berms so you can flow like crazy. Better still, with the Tue, Thurs, Sat race cut loop you can hit some of the best parts of that trail over and over again. It's Georgia baby, you've got to go up to get down.

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December 21, 2012
Review: Single speeders beware! I took my trusty SS out today for my first time ever around VMT. Insane climbs, superb downhill sections with great banked corners, and a section or two that'll make the ol' bunghole pucker up! There are a few alt lines tossed in here and there, too. I rode it clockwise but it seems that either direction will be about a 50/50 of uphill/downhill. A definite must-ride at Blankets!

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Van Michael Trail MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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