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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +134/127 ft
Total: 221 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bloomer Park

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#60 of 286 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#2656 in the world

A great free ride area you can go all day! giant logs, tight twisty riverside single track. there are tons of neat obstacles ie; picnic tables, pallets over 3' logs.If you run the trail from the yates parking lot stick to the river side as much as possible after about 1 1/2 miles of dirty nasty log filled, broken down tree rooted,(after a good rain it gets a little wet):) you'll come to a couple of fire roads stay straight eventually you will come to a clearing with a semi large steep hill to your left!!! as tempting as it is stay to the right and follow the the river trail again. you will eventually run out of single track there follow the trail to the left and it will open up to a fire road, follow that past the big hill and up and around the backside of the hill and you will then find one of the best, fastest(bring your knee and elbow pads) switchback sections in lower mich!!! tons of stairs, about 30 different ways to o down this hill system! after hurting your self very bad you get to head back the same way you came in!!!! have fun!!

First added by searsandrewj on Apr 30, 2020. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
john R. north to the end. entrance is right there.Or at the end of Dequinder rd. is a cider mill on the right hand side (Yates).you can park there and hop through a fence on the opposite side of the river.
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Q: Ive been told there is a way to get to this trail off oc the clinton river trail near the split to the Rochester river walk cany any one be a little more spacific as to where this is????
A: Yes it is maybe 1/2 mile East of the parking lot on Letica Drive in Rochester. Follow the Clinton River trail East and there will be a two-track that branches to the right. You can follow this to the lower portion of Bloomer Park's trails (two-track/fire road) and pick up the rest of the trail network from there.

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  • Chilly Varblow
    *****

    This trail is a lot of fun. It is a bit confusing at first, but once you figure out where everything is, it is awesome. There are tons of sweet switchbacks and rooty decent. There is also a velodrome.

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  • linuxrick
    ****

    Have ridden this a few times, not very difficult but a good way for beginners to get into it and be challenged. There are two or three uphill areas, one on a jedi mind trick edge where you need to keep focus. Also a short back and forth winding downhill section that is fun and a bit challenging.

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  • joejoethecircusmonkey
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    Just started riding Bloomer again after years being away, first few times got lot or ended missing parts of the full loop. But after two or three ride now in can find my way around the trail. They have a nice skills loop, but can get muddy fast with a little rain. Doesn't have the climbs like Stony but I think it's a little more technical.

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  • MikeyO
    ****

    Gets a 4 Star because it has no really good flow. It is more technical. Built as a switchback trail along the side of the hill, so you really just ride up and down the hill a few times. The Logs piles were poorly placed and some of the obstacles were available with awkward entrance and exits, lack of speed to really enjoy them. It is definitely an intermediate due to many of the downhill turns had root drops so you need to be focused. Enjoyable! Designed to really practice your control and skills. Agree that the markers are few and far between so you can get lost quickly.

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  • leadpncl
    ***

    Muddy trail starts off marked good but fails towards the end, it's like having sex without finishing it starts off great but ends shitty. Got me leaving pissed off

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  • Dach
    ***

    Good trails, but not well signed and gets confusing. Too many intersecting paths. Thankfullly I printed out a map and referenced it at least 10 times or I would have missed sections. If someone would mark the entire 6.4 mile track you're supposed to take, this could be a great trail.

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  • leadpncl
    *****

    I would call it intermediate I guess some spots I would call advanced it starts off all nice and friendly warms you up for some steep hillside trails with some step roots and switch backs, short trail but a good one

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  • Balztj
    *****

    Very technical with lots of diverse terrain. Really enjoyed the challenge and hope to get back here to check out some more trails.

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  • mwolvert
    ***

    The trail has a nice bit of flow and I really enjoyed the lungbuster section. However, the trail marking could really be improved. There are sporadic signs but if someone is new to the park and doesn't enter from the trailhead it would be pretty easy to ride the wrong way for a while. Also, the trail crosses other single track at some point and it isn't marked which way to go. The only trail maps I saw were away from the trail at the trailhead and near the Clinton River Trail.

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  • bikebrew
    *****

    This has been a great trail system for me to get back into mountain biking after a 15 yr break from it. There's a good variety of trail type at Bloomer. I would recommend a trail map, as there are a number of other trails that crisscross the mtb trails. I think there's enough easy flowy parts and difficult technical climbs to appeal to many different riders. Enjoy!

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  • Marcellin
    *****

    I'm a beginner but have really enjoyed tackling hear trails. Challenging for a beginner but each time I get out there I get faster. There is a little bit of everything on these trails so it's super fun and doesn't get old.

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  • Jliberatore
    *****

    I was very surprised with the trails here. The trails are a great mix of uphill and downhill. They are in great shape and are pretty fun. I also found some more downhill oriented trails on the western side of the park that look like they haven't been ridden in a while.

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  • Bobbie DesMarais
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    When I first biked here it was several night rides and I really didn't feel completely comfortable, but now it has become a staple in my weeks trails because I can do it at night or day. You can also get on and off the trails rather easy which is unlike the other places I frequent.

    My only complaints are that Bloomer isn't as well marked, but I have a printed trail map in case I need it. It is almost always wet, and when it does rain it takes forever for it to dry up.

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  • Phil Munroe
    *****

    I just finished riding this tonight and it was a great ride. I haven't ridden any singletrack in 20 years since I lived in Breckenridge, but this is a great trail. Good elevation to challenge your lungs a little bit, and enough roots on the switchbacks to test your technical skills. After riding it the first time I can't wait to get back on it as I know it a little more now. It will take several rides to know the trail. It is marked but it is a little hard getting around if you don't pay attention.

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  • BROXTER
    *****

    I am a beginner and this was way more than I expected. Some of the slopes get pretty fast and there are several sections where you are riding between two trees with minimum handlebar clearance. The back half of the trail is very smooth and moderately fast with enough obstacles to keep it interesting. The first half however is nuts! There are a few dirt and crate jumps with tight switch backs filled with roots. The scariest part (for a beginner at least) is the ridge section. This is very tight, and pretty fast and if you fall to your right you will fall pretty far down and pretty hard. After this is the large switchback section which is perfectly mapped so you can hit it with some speed.

    Overall I would consider this between intermediate and advanced. As a beginner this trail should NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. know the course before you ride it or you could accidentally ramp off a ridge or hit a big jump. Regardless.... This place is sickkkkkk.

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  • dzemens
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    I've been riding Bloomer Park trails since about 1995. It's changed a bit over time (generally for the better) -- trails are now better maintained and marked and single-direction. I don't personally think it's that well-marked, but I also don't pay much attention to the markings because it's all pretty good riding once you know your way around the system and discover some of the alternate routes or connectors and shortcuts.

    It's definitely a "network" and not a "loop" trail, and that's one of the things I like about it -- you can make the ride as short (or long) or as gnarly (or mellow) as you want on any given day. I feel like every time I ride there, I take a slightly different route, and even now I still feel like I'm finding zones that I've never ridden before. There are several sections of bandit or near-bandit trails that join the two-track north of the park's boundary. In these sections of what is otherwise fairly flat, twisty single-track, there are occasionally some pretty rad features built back in the woods, but they aren't well-maintained, and just this year one of the skinny bridges over a log-pile has been completely decimated over the winter.

    I typically enter from Letica Drive and take the trail to the first river bend, sometimes dipping in to the second bandit trail, other times going straightaway to the Yates end and then heading back "up" into Bloomer from that side.

    Lately I have been ducking off the two-track around the #22 marker, following the singletrack past and behind the sledding hill, to the tech loop, optional Lungbuster, then the ridge, then switchbacks. That's about a 5 mile ride, more like 7 if you add in the Lungbuster and double up on some of the funner sections.

    I like the ridge line, and of course the switchbacks. If you're more gravity-oriented there is an alternate loop at the far SE edge of the park that's rollicking and takes jumps over 2 or 3 log piles -- sometimes I take this little line twice :) and of course there is the old decrepit "staircase" just West of the toll booth that descends down behind the Stone Shelter. It is only about a 30-second descent but it's one of my favorite ways to end a ride before heading back to the parking lot on Letica.

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  • bonusballs
    *****

    This is a really fun trail although navigation can be pretty confusing. There is a bunch of beginner trail and some advanced stuff that I won't go down... Or up. There are some rooty steep uphills that are pretty narrow and have a pretty nice dropoff on one side. It will prove to be very uncomfortable to ride especially with clipless pedals. I probably should have ridden platforms for my first ride. My first time there I fell four times and also went over the bars. The previous reviewer was spot on saying give bloomer the respect it deserves.

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