Andrew's University Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.22 out of 5
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Intermediate
11.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
687
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This is a newer trail system that is really starting to take off (9-27-2013). It is comprised of about 11 miles of tight, twisty, and technical singletrack with some short steep climbs. The trail is meant to be ridden counter-clockwise. There is some marking right now, however real signage is in the works.

http://www.andrews.edu/life/rec/area_recreation/andrewstrailmap.pdf
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (18)
 

Gramcounter


August 19, 2018
 
Review: Still needs better trailmarking.

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Granny Gear

July 22, 2018
 
Review: Andrews has a little bit for everyone. Up front, the Pink Loop is a great way for beginners to try features and short climbs. Best way is to ride Pink several times to build up endurance and skills that are needed for the rest of the park. The loops all connect to make a great ride full of natural and man made features. Each loop is marked with a colored arrow. However, if you are riding the big loop just follow the black arrows. First timers, I know from experience, can get lost quickly without knowing how the loops connect. Some loops get difficult very fast and it's easy to get turned around. This trail system is one of the best.

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Granny Gear

June 13, 2017
 
Review: Great ride this past weekend. This was my first time out at Andrews and we had an experienced rider in our group that knew the trails very well. This was a challenging ride but very fun. Thanks to the good people who maintain these trails.

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Gramcounter

November 14, 2016
roblem Gramcounter  
 
Review: When you cant find challenge at your next most challenging trail.. come to Andrews.. Fun and Exciting. Not for the faint of heart. I have not ridden a trail anywhere in the country like this one. Good advanced riding. (not like trials riding schooner trace in brown county) but steep banked gullies, short steep drops (1 around 50' starting at 30deg) twisty, tight technical.. It may be my favorite place yet.

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Granny Gear

August 8, 2016
 
Review: The trail markings have been updated and approved. The crew that maintains the trails feel that the markings are now adequate. If you have any issues or suggestions, please contact us at jpcrevier9@gmail.com

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Bunny Hop

July 18, 2016
Rev. 14 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I'm giving an update on to the previous review I did. This trail gets maintained, seems like every other week. I find a new berm here a new jump there, something fixed there. I would like to give 5 stars for all the hard work people are doing to these trails.

However, what is lacking is the proper posted signage. What they have posted are white metal signs with black arrows pointing where to go. They are not everywhere though. So a first timer could get upset until you find your way. I've had to assist a few people who thought they were lost and have them follow me out.

If the signs were more clear, this trail system would easily be 5 stars, no doubt about it. I'm serious when I say they keep this trail in pristine shape. Best trail system that I know of between Benton Harbor/St. Joseph and South Bend. It's really a lot of fun.

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Trailblazer


June 9, 2016
dzemens Trailblazer  
 
Review: Signage left a lot to be desired. Aboit half of the sign posts didn't have a map or any detail or information about where you were, or where you were going. Parked in TP2, rode puple, blue, orange and crisscrossed thru a field getting bulldozed and a retirement home parking lot to get back to TH. First time riding here, should've studied the map ahead of time! Trails were in great shape, signs of very recent trail work, cutting, trimming, dirt work, etc. Roller coaster. Lots of ups and downs this trail was a burner but lots of faster flowy stuff, too. Didn't see a lot of features but there were a few small jumps and bumps and log piles. I get the impression that once you learn the lay of the land and get a feel for the different segments, it would be a great rode. Wish I had more time to explore it. If I'm around this paRT of the state again I'll def ride here again. I give only 3 stars because of the poor signage and lack of instruction for returning to TH from various points on the trail.

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Trailblazer

July 18, 2016
Rev. 14 Trailblazer  
 
Review: I agree with you. I would give 5 stars if they would get the signage up everywhere so I have given it 4 stars. Just because of the work done to it.

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Granny Gear

April 23, 2016
 
Review: Super fun, relatively well maintained trails. It's kind of amazing how much is packed in here. I wouldn't consider these to be advanced trails. I think they're generally intermediate with some beginner mixed in. Great to spend an hour or two exploring.

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Bunny Hop

April 16, 2016
Rev. 14 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I don't know why some reviews here are bad. Here is my view. They have a facebook page called "The trails @Andrews." I have been told there is 14 miles and 5 different sections. What is nice is you can get in a 45-60 minute quick ride if you ride one section or you can do all sections, if you want several hours on the trail. You can take your pick.

Bikes I recommend for these trails: hard tails, XC full suspensions, Trail bikes, and possibly all mountain bikes. Enduro bikes or down hill bikes are over kill here and not needed. The best bikes for this trail I say are XC bikes or Trail bikes between 100mm - 130mm of rear travel.

There is some good short climbing, long climbing, fast flowy single track, technical areas, a couple downhill sections that are very easy for the intermediate and expert, a fire road section, flat easy single track, plenty of areas to jump and catch serious air if you want.

The system is maintained by a local MTBing trail group not affiliated with Andrews university. Andrews just owns the property, at least that is what I was told. Thank you to them for all the work they put into this trail, it's really changed in just a couple of seasons.

You will encounter some runners, and walkers/hikers at times but predominately you see MTBers. The runners and walkers mostly use the first section of the trail they never go to other sections so you can really rip it of you want on the other sections. The trail has signage and colored arrows to keep you going in the right direction but could use more as some sections are not marked too well. It is maintained well but not marked too well. I care more about the trail though and not the markings.

They have many berms set up to keep you rolling fast and there is some good jumps as well. There are no rock gardens that I have found, but I will admit to only have rode three sections of the trail. The trail can be muddy in some sections up to three days after a rain. I believe it is because the high trees not much sun gets into some areas. For the most part it's got it all. I like the section on the way back closer to the end of the ride. You find it to be very flowy, lots of berms, and pump track type of jumps. Drop you dropper post and pump the bike in those sections at some speed and it is really fun. It is typical Michigan looking trails with walnut trees, elm trees, and oak trees not so much in the way of pine trees. So, for South west Michigan I think it is enjoyable.

It is easily located as well. When you get into Berrien Springs from the overpass bridge on Highway 31, you will see an abandoned car lot called Bob Cooper's Auto and next to that is BP Gas station convenience store that has free air by the way. Across the street from these two is a street called Campbell Dr., go on this street and you'll pass a Korean SDA church and drive till you hit the parking area. You'll see it on the left, its less than a quarter mile from the church. You'll see the trailhead from the parking area.

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Granny Gear

December 7, 2015
lindjm1993 Granny Gear  
 
Review: My son and I really enjoy this trail. It is a challenge with many different types of riding...dirt, sandy, prairie grass, climbs and obstacles. There is a group of volunteers that maintain the trails and are doing a great job. After a recent wind storm the many downed trees have been moved and in some cases incorporated into the ride. New signage is being put in place. Thank you to all of the volunteers!

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Andrew's University Trail MTB Trail 4.22 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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