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Level: Intermediate
Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +151/156 ft
Total: 37 riders
 

Mountain Biking Burns Rd

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#53 of 286 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#2320 in the world

This is somewhat of a Continuation of the Pine Haven Singletrack Trail. A bit more Technical. This is the scetion that those who have reviewed Pine Haven say is Through the Highway median and north. The singletrack is not marked the greatest, and one could get lost and end up riding for hours if they don't pay attention to their direction. It is not a well published trail system but the local Bike Shops in Midland have frequent rides on it, so you are bound to run into others. If it rains, you may want to give this one a few days to dry out.

First added by muttonmark on May 9, 2020. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
Take Us10 to River Rd Exit just West of Sanford Lake. Go north on River Rd until the road does a 90 degree curve to the West, River Rd has now become Burns Rd. When it Curves to the North, go straight through the curve, Burns Rd is now a Two Track. Take this two track until you cross the first Creek, and the Parking area is just ahead on the North side of the Road.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Sanford, Michigan

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Beginner | 12 mi

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  • scottkillingbeck
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    This might have been an awesome trail at one time, but you can hardly find it now due to low traffic. Appears to me that the big storm we had a while back has so many trees down that its basically been abandoned.

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  • *****

    Great, fun and challenging trail system. Not marked but lots of miles. I would recommend only riding with someone familiar with the area. Very technical on certain loops while others can be pretty straight forward. Love it in the fall especially at night. Also not groomed but between snowmobiles and bikers it tends to stay open most winters.

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  • chilewings
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    Uncrowded and seems like multiple trails being developed so definitely worth exploring. Tight singletrack with fun ups and downs with stream crossings (various bridges. Not much signage so worth a gps or Strava so you can find your car easily.

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  • Spencer Lindenberg
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    If you haven't been here, ride it the first couple times with someone who knows the trail - no signage and tons of trail mean you can easily get turned around. A group of dedicated riders meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm (as of summer 2015) and are very welcoming to those hoping to tag along and learn the ins and outs of Burns Rd.

    Some sections see little use and are thus overgrown or still very rough, but the well-used sections are awesome! Very tight and technical, Burns Rd will definitely make you a better rider. My favorites are the Verity Creek loop (nice trail along a creek ravine that crosses the creek at each end) and the Stubway (another section along a creek ravine with many shorts ascents and descents and a few plank bridges). There's enough trail out here to keep one exploring and finding new loops for an entire summer. The bugs can be pretty bad in early summer, but by mid-July they usually seem to die down.

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  • glowingrock
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    One of the most fun trails to ride in Mid-Michigan, especially the Verity Creek section which has an off camber trail along a river canyon where if you slip off of the 12 inch wide trail you could slide down 30 feet to, and possible into, the creek. Tight and twisty. Lots of well maintained bridges. Technical trail where it is tough to get up a lot of speed but will still keep your heart pumping as you attempt to avoid hitting the trees. Not well marked but worth the effort.

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  • glowingrock
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    One of the most fun trails to ride in Mid-Michigan, especially the Verity Creek section which has an off camber trail along a river canyon where if you slip off of the 12 inch wide trail you could slide down 30 feet to, and possible into, the creek. Tight and twisty. Lots of well maintained bridges. Technical trail where it is tough to get up a lot of speed but will still keep your heart pumping as you attempt to avoid hitting the trees. Not well marked but worth the effort.

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  • alankumaus@yahoo.com
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    total trail is close to 50 miles long. It has at least 6 trails of the north and south main trails. It is best started from the burns road parking spot. beginner to expert level.

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  • Dan_Davis
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    Technical and should rate very high on any Michigan list these trails will prep you for any test not a beginners trail and suggest you ride with someone that knows the loops great group rides always

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