Glacial Hills

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.35 out of 5
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Beginner
32.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,900 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
653
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Trail system has been designed for both mountain bikers and hikers. Mountain bikers will find a flowy trail designed for riders of all abilities provided they have enough leg strength for some of the climbs and enough bike control for the downhills. Riders looking for the most elevation change should choose the outside loop on the trail west of Orchard Hill (just stay left or right at each intersection depending on your chosen direction of travel). The trail east of Orchard Hill has more elevation change with longer climbs and faster downhills. Current trail maps are available at gtrlc.org.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 

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Q: Bathrooms -Guest

A: Porta-Potty at Eckhardt & Vandermark parking lots.

Patrick Boyd answered on November 2, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: directions to glacial hills mtb trailhead -Guest

A: Head west out of Bellaire on Bellaire Highway (Cayuga in town); uphill for about 1 mile then downhill about a half mile to Vandermark Rd (road only goes north). Travel uphill through a thick woods about 3/4 of a mile past several homes. Vandermark trailhead parking will be on your right. To find the Eckhardt Rd. Trailhead travel west out of town on the same road - Bellaire Highway. Pass Vandermark Road and continue to the next road, Eckhardt - less than a half mile from Vandermark Road. Turn right (north) on Eckhardt and drive through several curves (over a mile) and a large sign will indicate Glacial Hills Eckhardt Road trailhead on your right. Parking is just a short trek down the gravel driveway.

oldmanandakona answered on July 3, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (34)
 

Gnarly


October 31, 2018
Vince Call Gnarly  
 
Review: Fun last of season gold color. Fast hard pack flow.

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Gramcounter

August 21, 2018
 
Review: Note*** They need to make this directional by day of the week or something. I nearly flattened an older woman coming the opposite way the day before the race. I was at nearly 20mph at that point. Had to lock up he brakes and totally eat it myself to avoid a crash that probably would have ended her life.

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Gramcounter

August 21, 2018
 
Review: A little trickier than most beginner trails due to tight downhill turns on hardpack with a layer of sand above it. As mentioned in other reviews though, no rocks or roots. Very fast and fun trail though. Not sure where they get 32 miles from though. I only saw 9 in the race

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Granny Gear

July 29, 2018
 
Review: Awesome fast flowing trail! It's rated as beginner, and while there are not any real technical futures, I would call this more intermediate. First time riders should use caution as there are tons of fast sections that go into sharp blind corners that you can be carrying way to much speed and could end up taking some very steeps crashes. Very cool trail though, can't wait to go again.

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Gnarly


July 4, 2018
Vince Call Gnarly  
 
Review: Always a fun flow trail. Lots of Holiday Trail users, walking, running, biking.

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Doubletrack

June 27, 2018
uglywerm Doubletrack  
 
Review: Great trail! Very well marked and very well laid out. The climbs don't even feel like you're climbing but are followed nice flowy descents. Highly recommend to ride.

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Gramcounter

May 28, 2018
jdelamater Gramcounter  
 
Review: A must ride! Not a lot of technical spots, but fast and exciting!

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Gnarly


May 23, 2018
Vince Call Gnarly  
 
Review: Spring time wild flowers at their peak, fun fast flowing trails, got 20 miles in of fast spring ride in lush green hardwood's.

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Bunny Hop

February 21, 2018
ryguy79 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This would be a 5 if there were any rocks, roots, or other technical features. I wish the trail builders had used a lighter touch. Mostly machine built trail but there is a little hand built trail that is so much better than the rest. Just not enough of it! Other than that, its a great trail network and it doesn't hurt that I can ride it directly from home. I love that its not just one or a few loops like some trails downstate. You can mix it up and have a different ride every time. The trails are fast and overall have good flow. Intersections are all well marked and mapped. Great place to really hone your cornering skills as there are lots and lots of turns! Fat bike trails in the winter are groomed by a great group of volunteers.

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Granny Gear

November 2, 2017
 
Review: Fantastic trail! This is probably one of the best trails in Michigan and certainly a hidden gem. The ride is fast, fun and flowy. The trail is mostly smooth with few obstacles and continuous change in grade. The trails were well maintained and well marked with maps at every junction. Certainly worth the drive!

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Glacial Hills MTB Trail 4.35 out of 5 based on 34 ratings. 34 user reviews.
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