Crystal Mountain Bike Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.67 out of 5
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Beginner
21.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 2,000 ft
770
elevation (ft)

Shuttle
Trail Description
About this trail
Check out miles of improved trails and newly cut downhill trails. Crystal Mountain has 21 miles of beginner, intermediate and advanced on-site mountain bike trails that connect to the Betsie River Pathway, Home of the fall Peak2Peak Mountain bike race and the 22-mile Betsie Valley Rail-Trail.

Crystal Mountain also now has NEW technical downhill trails. There are currently 5 different runs that go from Beginner to Advanced with most of it being Intermediate. The downhill trails are a rowdy combination of technical singletrack, ladder bridges, rock gardens and fast open ski hill sections. All downhill trails are trail bike friendly with easy well marked bypasses. Lift access available daily Noon till 8pm during peak season. Must be 12 years old and purchase a lift ticket to ride the downhill trails

Crystal Mountain also offers bike and equipment rentals, weekly tours, events and mountain bike skills lessons taught by our inhouse IMBA Level II Certified Bike Specialist.

Check the website or call for a current list of events and schedule.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (6)
 

Granny Gear

August 26, 2018
Jankybike Granny Gear  
 
Review: Very fun bike park that was well maintained. While the black diamond trails were definitely not true black diamond, they were the most challenging in the park. This is a great park for riders from beginner to expert. I will be back

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Granny Gear

June 3, 2017
9feralpig9 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fun trail. Really well marked.

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Doubletrack


August 10, 2016
 
Review: This is for the downhill section of the mountain only. Not a whole lot here and gets pretty repetitive after a couple hours. Employees aren't familiar with the trails. Very short runs. On the other hand if you are just learning freeride it's not a bad place to learn off some very small features. The trails were pretty sandy. The lift crawls up the hill. Thanks goodness it's not a big hill. Several of the features were off line which didn't make much sense. Didn't seem like a whole lot of work was put into them. Not bad but not great. Didn't think it was worth $20 though.

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Gnarly

November 10, 2015
sissypants Gnarly  
 
Review: A nice xc route in addition to all the DH. The pineapple/crushed pineapple, aspen, and screaming eagle together make for a pretty good route, though it's not a super well-desigend mtb course per se. It's still fun to ride and will give a good workout.

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Trailblazer

May 29, 2015
dzemens Trailblazer  
 
Review: Crystal Mountain's trails include "miles of beginner, intermediate, and advanced on-site mountain bike trails that connect to the Betsie River Pathway, 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail, North Country Trail, and Arcadia Dunes", as well as a handful of downhill, lift-served trails on part of the ski area. This review is only for the downhill trails.

Aside from being a little sandy in some spots the trails seemed well-maintained. Features, obstacles and intersections/merges were well-marked, and the occasional low-hanging branch was painted for visibility.

There were a few spots where the trails' sandiness made me exercise a bit more caution. I'm not an avid DH rider, and although I've been riding singletrack for about 20 years, I'm still hesitant to take on drops over obstacles/features, especially when the landing looks like a sand trap.

As for technical difficulty, riding a hardtail I didn't have any trouble with most of the DH -- it's definitely not as advanced terrain as you will might find at Boyne Highlands for example, and with only 5 or 6 trails to choose from you might get a little bored if you're planning on an extended ride session, but they said the trails have been very popular so hopefully they will continue to enhance them and add more in the future.

Overall: if you're in the area and looking for something fun to do it is worth the trip but until they add some more DH trails I wouldn't go out of my way to ride them. If you've never really ridden DH before, the trails at Crystal would be a good place to get started -- and of course you can always ride the XC trails before or afterwards for a bit more variety in the ride.

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Gramcounter

August 28, 2013
Cremy1966 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Currently XC trails are in great shape, especially with the recent rain and lots of riders out, watch out for sandy sections.
DH trails are packed and fast, Once again sand can become an issue when its dry

Similar Trail: VASA Singtrack, Betsie River Pathway

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Crystal Mountain Bike Park MTB Trail 3.67 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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