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Level: Beginner
Length: 3.4 mi (5.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +10/ -10 ft
Total: 43 riders

Mountain Biking Aspen Park

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#81 of 317 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#3,040 in the world

This is my favorite trail of all I've riden. The trails are marked very well and there are a lot of points where you can get off the trail or join on it to make your own personalized ride. It is easy enough for the not so experienced, but it can be a good ride for the experts as well. Not the most technical or the hardest workout in the world, just moderate, but had to rate it a 10 overall and the goofy rating system wouldn't let me unless i rated the technical aspects a 10. (One side note - no logs or rock gardens or any rooty areas). About 98% single track with a little two track in there. Its a very smooth ride with a bunch of different areas along the trail. You start with mild hills and lots of smooth turns and small elevation changes. It goes into a more open straight away area, then into the climbs. This is a smooth ride with lots of different terrain (being half deciduous and half coniferous). Its got switchbacks, fair climbs, differing types of climbs, smooth terrain, and a great layout. Very beautiful and its free. Perfect fun ride.

First added by hillsdalemc on Oct 16, 2004. Last updated May 11, 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 exit 279 off of I-75 and head north on old 27, you'll be heading into the city of gaylord. You will turn right onto commerce road about 1.5 miles after you exited I-75. I believe this is the second light you will come to, either way Commerce road will be at a light right before Kmart. You will wind down this road past the post office and near an elk viewing area. This road will come to a "dead end" near an apartment complex on the left, but it is quite clear you can keep going straight into the park. This is easy to get to. It only takes about 5 mins to get here from I-75. The trailhead is just before the parking lot and is clearly marked.
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  • Leep Dog

    Still one of my favorite rides. Not as technical as some, but very good condition and lots of various types of terrain to keep it interesting.

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  • Joel Kooienga

    this is a very fun trail to ride. I personally think it is right between a beginner and intermediate difficulty. this is a must stop for someone who is passing through and can spare an hour.

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  • sweetcat

    We rode this trail in August. It is a very compact trail in most sections folding back on itself as it goes up and down the ridge. There are a lot of roots and a few rocky areas and it is tight amongst the trees. I am a beginner to intermediate trail rider and I wasn't able to get as much flow as I would have liked because of the roots and the sharpness of the turns on some of the descents. I did love the part through the pine forest - which was flat , smooth and lovely! It was a nice break from all the twisting and turning. There are several places you can bail out if you want to as it crosses the asphalt park road many times. This was a very good place for me to work on my confidence. It is a very nice park. It wasn't my favorite of the trails we have done in Michigan but it was good practice and fun.

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  • ****

    Great ride, some hills, sand, tree roots.. Overall great trail, bike odometer said 7 miles. The trail sings say 6- no matter. Nice place.

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  • aceratek

    This trail was very easy to find and follow. I am glad that this can be one of my regular tracks because it offers what I need for an easy work out day. I have been on trails that are much worse than this, but also ones that offered more thrills. The only negative I can really think of is that it crosses over paved pathway several times which distracts you from feeling like you are actually out in the wilderness. Most mountain biking trails are in the middle of no-where, this particular trail is in the middle of a city park that has a lot of foot traffic and people in general. Paved parking lot and bathroom facilities reminds me of a zoo.

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  • DavidPeckjr

    This is my local trail and I have ridden weekly for the last two years. Mostly an easy trail with a few moderate sections. It crosses a paved trail several times and does give you options to bail. I have been cleaning up the sand pits. Is it an epic ride? Nope. But not a bad one if you are in the area. 6 miles on the bike computer, of mostly singletrack and a couple places for double track. The first half is fairly easy, my son of 6 ride it. The 4th section is a bit challenging and has the longest climb. Things calm down for the next couple of sections. The last one has a fast downhill section then runs you up and down the ridge. It will get the heart going a bit. Then you are back at the parking lot. This is a good multi-lap trail, otherwise you will feel you have not done much. There is also 2.5 miles of paved trail that is lighted at night. I have 72 photos of Aspen Park on my facebook. Search for "david earl peck jr" and then look for the Aspen park album.
    * Review edited 8/12/2012* Review edited 8/17/2012

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  • acousticshade

    Mix of some fast flat sections, short up/downhills and some moderate climbs & decents. Some rooty areas, nothing too technial or challenging, but a nice ride that you can lengthen or shorten as you need.

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  • crash1

    I like to ride this trail if I have an hour or so at lunch time or something. Its a 5.5 mi loop , a couple nice little climb, a little bit technical through the woods, and some good areas to just mash and flow.

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  • Zoo1424   ✓ supporter

    A friend of mine really talked these trails up. I was a bit disappointed. While this is a well maintained & thought out trail, it isn't that long & I wouldn't go out of my way to ride here again. If I was going to be in the area, I would bring my bike & ride it again.

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  • muttonmark

    Very easy to follow? I guess not in the fall. With all of the leaves down, this is not the best time to go for your first time. I lost the trail many times. According to my garmin watch, 5.5 miles, and not real good flow. It has some decent decents and a couple of decent off camber climbs in the last mile and a half. I had always wanted to ride this loop, and was feeling disapointed when done. Very tight, twisty, Rooty, and just kind of choppy.

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