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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +414/423 ft
Total: 127 riders

Mountain Biking Arcadia Dunes

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#8 of 300 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#214 in the world

The trail is part of an 11+ mile loop which heads both east and west towards Lake Michigan.

First added by muttonmark on Mar 18, 2011. Last updated May 7, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take M-22 north of Arcadia until you come to a curve that heads to the east. When the curve turns back to the north stay straight onto Matzinger road. The next intersection is St Pierre Rd, turn north. The trailhead is just ahead on your right.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Arcadia, Michigan

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Q: Is this trail groomed in the winter
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  • Steve Keeley

    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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  • trailandonly

    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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  • shua52

    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.

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  • mitnworb

    Great trail, but needs to be cleaned up. There must have been 50 trees down that you need to carry your bike over.

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  • CaptainFalafel

    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.

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  • DanielPeterson

    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.

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  • Joey B

    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.

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  • Angelina

    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.

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  • woodboystudio@gmail.com

    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.

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  • Vince Call

    Fun fast Flowy single track, wet late fall leaves made for challenging cornering

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  • Matthew Vernon

    Great flow with smooth banked turns. Fun for a beginner and fast flow for the more advanced. Bi-directional flow makes for some very scary chance meetings with opposing traffic.

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  • jacks974

    Great flow. Excellent use of natural landscape to crest flowing trails. Well maintained. Tons of fun. Some small good hills to get the heart rate up.

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  • James W. Crissman

    This is the most beautiful trail in lower Michigan. Tall mature trees provide almost complete shade over a carpet of greenery and wild flowers. The trail design, with long swoopy traverses of some very steep hills, with frequent grade reversals, have meant that even with the light sandy soil, there is very little evidence of erosion or sand traps in the bottoms. The design and terrain are similar Glacial Hills, but narrower, which I like. But Glacial Hills is a lot longer and has Short's Brewery just 3 miles away. Do both.

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  • afullsodacan

    Very fun and flowy Trail. Very unique ride, it is super cool to ride bike up to the dunes with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan.

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  • Erlstn

    Very fun ride...IMO should alternate directions per day but no big deal. Worth the drive and will be back to ride other direction

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  • jjbreithaupt17@yahoo.com

    Some of the best singletrack in Michigan. 11 plus miles of clean dirt with minimal roots and ruts. St. Pierre Trailhead is the best access point. Lots of short, quick climbs and fun winding descents. Great flow as previously mentioned. Well designed trail by Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy who also manages this pristine protected area. Trail winds through beech - maple forest. Beautiful views of Lake Michigan once the leaves fall. Add this one to your list.

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  • Safetynate

    ...... of little turns and short ups and downs. I love the on coming traffic. It keeps you on your toes. It is almost all in a pristine woods with little crossings through meadows. I was hopping to get some shore riding, but not here.

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  • Safetynate

    This trail was amazing. I do not think some of the reviews were accurate. I parked at the St. Pierre Trail Head. Scoped the sign and rode it clockwise by making a left at the first T onto the Chestnut Trail then the 10 Mi Dry Hill Trail Loop. It was the smoothest, quietest trail that I have been on. Almost no roots and the turns had tiny berms that you could really work. There are NO switch backs and NO view of the lake. You are at least a half a mile away from the lake when you park, then pedal in the opposite direction. You only ascend maybe 100 feet at the most. The uphills are very short and gradual. The downhills are also barely a slope and you will find yourself pedaling on them for some speed to glide up the next little hill. It has a great smooth flow with lots of

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  • Terry Porter

    Fun trail system near Lake Michigan. I have only been there 1x but plan to ride it again this coming summer.

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