Arcadia Dunes

4.57 out of 5
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↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The trail is part of an 11+ mile loop which heads both east and west towards Lake Michigan.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is this trail groomed in the winter -Guest

A: no

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Reviews (35)


September 5, 2019
Review: Could be the best hand built single track mountain bike trail in the state. Almost constant flow with lots of berms.

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Granny Gear

August 4, 2019
Review: The downhills were fast but I have ridden Pontiac Lake and Highland and the hills here are just as bad but not as technological. There is another trail to see the bluffs but it is not for bikes. You can just barely see Lake Michigan through the trees. In May, the race is really fun but the dirt roads kill you! I would rate this trail a black diamond! But it is really fun with all the bluffs.

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Granny Gear

May 28, 2019
shua52 Granny Gear  
Review: I've been mountain biking on and off and have recently gotten back into it. I really enjoyed this trail. Its super flowy, not alot of tech and has a good mixture of ascents and descents, nothing too steep. I liked it so much I'm considering making the 4 hr from Detroit again this month.


October 13, 2018
mitnworb Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail, but needs to be cleaned up. There must have been 50 trees down that you need to carry your bike over.

Bunny Hop

June 11, 2018
Review: Not sure why this is such a highly rated trail on here, because it's incredibly overrated. Barely any sustained downhills or climbs(which is unfortunate because there is a ton of elevation change in this area), barely any roots or rocks, and a noticeable lack of berms through turns on the short downhill shoots that do exist on this trail. There is legitimately one drop off of a rock, that's it. Not technical or hard whatsoever. It's basically really short up and down shoots the entire time. Absolutely beautiful area though, with amazing views just across the road on the actual dunes. Save yourself the trouble and drive 35-40 mins southeast and go to Marilla Trailhead for some legitimate climbs and dangerously fast downhills.

Granny Gear

August 17, 2017
Review: I hit this trail on my way back home from the 2017 M-22 Challenge weekend. It was close to dusk so I only made it halfway through when I decided to take the gravel road back as to not get caught on the trail in the dark. I'm a beginner on a Specialized Sport Disc. The trail was in great condition and gave a great challenge for my fitness and skill level. I can't wait to do the complete loop another time.


April 25, 2017
Joey B Gramcounter  
Review: Great fast flowing trail, with some moderate climbs built in. It's probably in the beginner to intermediate category, with the climbs and roots along the way. Fair amount of down leaves on the course, but not a huge deal. It was the day after a big rain when I rode, so I bet it would be even better when totally dry. Would definitely ride again.

Granny Gear

October 25, 2016
Angelina Granny Gear  
Review: Took a trip up with my friend. First season of real riding. We were surprised at the amount of climbing- it's never really any big inclines, but rather constant up and down. Strava read out 839 elevation. So around mile 7 we felt the exhaustion setting in for our level of riding. Many trees down when we went, making you stop and carry your bike around and a ton of bigger twigs getting caught in spokes and chain. The trail was very leafy and in many spots we weren't sure where to head. However, thanks to the marked trees, we made it. Trail well marked and scenery is beautiful but I didn't feel as much flow as I wanted - as soon as I started getting a rhythm I had to stop or slow up for one reason or another. Overall, fun but not exactly what I thought. May have been better without the leaves and down trees.


August 10, 2016
Review: Outstanding flow. Just moves like silk. Contour riding with enough dips that give you enough speed to feel that you are always going downhill. No rock dancing and roots are manageable. This would be remarkable in early spring or mid color. Worth the effort to drive to.

August 10, 2016
Review: I rode this trail for the first time last week, I was expecting a lot of sand. I was wrong. This trail is well maintained, hard packed black dirt. It is open with very few tight spots. It has a few moderate climbs but the long flow sections that followed were well worth it. We rode it clockwise and only one time so we were much slower than normal as we didn't know what was around the corners. I highly recommend this trail to anyone in the area. A full suspension is not needed, however i wouldn't recommend a rigid bike. Even a beginner could safely navigate this trail...There is 1 party store in Arcadia as far as we know and it doesn't open until 8 a.m. and has a very limited selection If you need water or fuel, get it before you head to the trail.

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Arcadia Dunes MTB Trail 4.57 out of 5 based on 35 ratings. 35 user reviews.
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