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Level: Beginner
Length: 32 mi (51.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +888/ -932 ft
Total: 130 riders
 

Mountain Biking Glacial Hills

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#29 of 322 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#999 in the world

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.

First added by JJBartos on Jul 28, 2013. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Three parking lots provide access to the trail system. Directions to each as follows from Bellaire: *Orchard Hill parking lot - take Forest Home west from M-88 at the north end of downtown. Then turn north (right) on Orchard Hill. Parking lot is 1/2 mile ahead on west (left side). This entry point is about 1 mile from downtown Bellaire so many choose to ride from town. *Vandermark Road parking lot - Take Bellaire Highway west from M-88 at the 90 degree turn in downtown Bellaire. Vandermark Road is about 1 mile from town; turn north (right) onto Vandermark. Road comes up quickly as it is on a curve. Parking lot is approximately 1/2 mile up the road on the right side. *Eckhardt Road parking lot - Take Bellaire Highway west from M-88 at the 90 degree curve in downtown Bellaire. Eckhardt Road is approximately 1.5 miles west of town. Turn north (right) on Eckhardt Road. Parking lot is one mile down on east (right side)


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

Q: directions to glacial hills mtb trailhead
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.