Boyne Highlands

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4.11 out of 5
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8.0
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
983
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From scenic views to exhilarating challenges, Boyne Highlands offers choices for every rider. For a challenging ride, hop on the chairlift to access Michigan's only list served Bike Park at Boyne Highlands and be ready for a fast moving experience. Modeled after the popular North Shore designs of the upper northwest and Vancouver areas, the Bike Park features naturally cut mountain biking trails with banked turns, heart-stopping jumps and narrow passages that require expert maneuvering. New this summer is the Skills Park which is designed to introduce beginning and novice mountain bikers to the freeride and downhill elements that are found in our Bike Park. Elements are designed to inspire confidence for riders of all ages and include a flow track with berms and rollers, skinny bridges, a teeter-totter, ladder features, a small drop and more!

If rolling terrain is what you seek tour miles of single and wide track cross country trails through woodlands for views of Little Traverse Bay and the Pleasantview Valley. For those seeking a leisurely scenic ride, take a ride on wide and wooded trails rated as easy and enjoy some beautiful scenery and catch a glimpse of wildlife.

In addition to the resort's extensive offering, Boyne Highlands' offers many additional nearby biking opportunities. There are five access points to the North Country Trail suitable for biking within 10 minutes of the Main Lodge. The Little Traverse Wheelway offers fantastic views of Little Traverse Bay and easy access to the quaint downtown districts of Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Bay View and Harbor Springs as it winds 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs. Plus our sister resort Boyne Mountain, offers over 32 miles of mountain bike trails including a seven mile paved loop that tours the resort.

Hours
Access to the trails is available via the MacGully Chairlift. During the peak summer season the lift is open Wednesday through Friday from 2pm-8pm, Saturday 12pm-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. For early and late summer hours please visit BOYNE.com or contact the Adventure Center at 231.526.3835.

Entry Fees
Access passes are required and are available from the Adventure Center, located in the lobby of the Main Lodge. Riders access the trail system via the MacGully chairlift to the top of the mountain ($16 for a ½ day pass and all session passes are available from $20-26; discounted Weekender and Summer Bike Passes are also available). From the top of the mountain, you can then enter several trails or try the challenging Bike Park.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

October 17, 2018
epmtb Granny Gear  
 
Review: Best full dh in lower mi lots of cool jumps and wood features great place for anyone who loves jumps and dh

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Doubletrack


August 28, 2017
PhatPedals Doubletrack  
 
Review: Awesome DH fun and great XC trails in a beautiful part of Michigan!

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Doubletrack


August 10, 2016
 
Review: This place is a ton of fun to ride. Features and lines are well thought out. I could have easily spent all day here. Mortician and Shock were fun rides and definitely made with expert riders in mind. Wall rides, drops and jumps make it a wild ride. When getting into the singletrack the roots and narrow trail make navigating a good challenge. I rode the downhill park area only. I rode it on my all mountain bike with 150mm travel though I would recommend an enduro. The only drawback I can say is that it was exceptionally dry and there were some really sandy areas that made going into some of the big jumps a little sketchy. Great fun to be had here and I will be back!

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Granny Gear

February 13, 2016
trevrev97 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I ride here all the time at least twice a week. If you are looking for buff "dumb downed" single track this is not your place. Real mountain biking here, you might hit a root or a rock, oh no! The signage has gotten much better but there is enough trail off the property to get a little lost.

Similar Trail: NCT off of Kipp road.

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Trailblazer


May 29, 2015
dzemens Trailblazer  
 
Review: This review is for the DH bike park only.

Boyne's Bike Park consists of 13 marked trails with heavy-metal themed names, and a small skills park located behind the tennis courts. Lift service Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day for about $20/day.

More difficult than most trail systems, state parks, etc. As a whole, the freeride park at Boyne is geared more towards more advanced riders. I did not ride every trail, and some are easier than others, but it's not something I would recommend for novice riders. For those, Boyne offers a number of XC trails which would be a better option.

The course is fast throughout, from the top and in to the singletrack you're hauling ass. Be cautious on the two-track where it can be pretty sandy, but otherwise the trails were relatively firm. Whoops and bumps and roots and rock gardens and banked switchbacks, as well as jumps, bridges, and drops up to about 15'.

There were definitely some trails that I couldn't ride on hardtail even with an all-mountain geo and 140mm travel, part of that is probably my lack of experience with DH courses but there are gnarly-steep switchbacks on Trooper that I had to dismount for.

I didn't end up riding all of the trails but from what I did ride, Kylesa/Mortician was a great jam if you wanted to hit some features, or if you were after pure single-track then Opeth-Mayhem-Atershock was killer, with the longer Isis also in contention.

Overall: The trails really were a lot of fun and it's a great weekend getaway with some friends -- I'll definitely be back! Great variety of terrain from technical single-track to park/features and drops.

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August 31, 2014
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Review: Let me preface this review by saying that I only rode the XC and rode the blue route both up and down. So, I cannot speak to the bike park or extreme routes. I will also comment that I have ridden around 20-25 trails around the country and most all trails in the GR area many times. So, perhaps not the most experience rider, but more than most. I was really looking forward to riding this trail on vacation, given the beauty of the terrain and the reputation of BH. I was however, thoroughly disappointed and frustrated. This trail ranks in the top three worst rides of my life. The trail was super bumpy and rutty and it did not have any flow to it. So, it was not super technical, but it was was also hard to gain any speed or flow with the trail. The trail also did not seem to be maintained and was overgrown with thorny bushes in many places. The trail markings also proved to be very ineffective, especially on the way up (the map was essentially worthless). Many of the signs were on the ground. Then I got caught what was marked as the green route for three loops before I was able to actually find my way off. Never even made it to the top because I could not find the trail after that. Perhaps I am spoiled with hand-crafted trails here in lower West Michigan, but if you are in the area and want to good ride, I would not recommend this trail.

Similar Trail: Boyne Mountain

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Gramcounter

July 23, 2013
SKIGAN14 Gramcounter  
 
Review: TONS of fun! Some there to challenge everybody. One of the best places to ride in the L.P.

Similar Trail: Copper Ridge Freeride, Crystal Mountain DH

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Gramcounter

August 31, 2012
mattox09 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Wicked fun! Both the X-country and the downhill. X-country is very well marked and has a ton of variety for both weekend warriors and hardcore mountain bikers. Downhill is where it's at. Awesome fun and super fast. Beware or sand tho. Wear your safety equipment if you do the downhill.

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Gramcounter

June 5, 2012
msujedi Gramcounter  
 
Review: A ski hill ride is a different sort of a ride. There is no 'uphill trail'. Getting to the top requires uphill road riding off property. Or, a lift ticket? I've not seen the chairs run in the summer. The singletrack is well made, pretty fast with some narrow 15"-18" wood bridges within the twisty descending trail with a fair drop if you don't stay on the bridge. There are some really fun half-pipe switchback sections that are twice as long and steep as the one at Pontiac Lake. The road to the top is 3 to 4 miles with about 8 miles of singletrack. The North Country trail, East of Boyne Highlands by only a few miles, can extend your ride. It is less technical, but it's still mountain biking ... not just dirt path riding. It does take 2 to 3 road miles to get from one to the other.

* Review edited 6/4/2012

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