Hanson Hills

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.95 out of 5
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Intermediate
24.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,000 ft
↓ 3,800 ft
1,156
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The first part of the trail is flat for nearly a mile but it is fairly senic, after that you start getting on to the skill hills and near an area that looks basically like sand dunes. Some nice views and rolling terrain. This doesn't get too technical but some of the climbs can be very very long. A good test for a beginner but nothing unenjoyable. Some nice winding single track with about 20% dual track as well. Very nice place to ride, doesn't have too many roots, but it does have some nice hills (i mean its on a ski hill).

recomended route...? check out the senic overlook
added by hillsdalemcBunny Hop
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (83 total check-ins)
  anyroadhome   on Jan 12, 2019
  Steve Keeley   on Nov 25, 2018
  Steve Keeley   on Nov 10, 2018
  12345sg   on Nov 4, 2018
  Vince Call   on Oct 7, 2018
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Granny Gear

September 30, 2018
TonitaO Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice trail, some really flowy spots, nothing too difficult just plain fun. We will definitely go back when we are in the area.

Similar Trail: DTE Green

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Gramcounter

July 5, 2018
Leep Dog Gramcounter  
 
Review: Another quick ride at Hanson, but this time I did the Green Loop (easy) as a warm up and then the Yellow Loop (main). Trails are in excellent condition and fun to ride. Always try to make time to stop on the way up north.

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Gramcounter

June 9, 2018
Leep Dog Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode the outer loop and it was a bit overgrown, but that is to be expected this time of year. Trail was in great shape. Good flow. Love Hanson Hills.

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Gramcounter

July 31, 2017
 
Review: Nice trails with good variety - but lots of sand.

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Granny Gear

May 22, 2017
 
Review: Fun trail! Some good long intermediate climbs and fast downhills. Lots of sand. Great scenery. Loved it!

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Granny Gear

September 1, 2016
sweetcat Granny Gear  
 
Review: I LOVE this place! As a beginner - intermediate trail rider Hanson Hills has a lot for me to do. They even have a place for my fat tire! We rode the beginner loop as a warm up a couple of times and it really allows you to build up some confidence if you are a beginner. It is only about 3 miles but there are a few short climbs to get started and then you get some nice flowing single track with a few dips and turns and NO ROOTS! It goes through fern fields and trees and crosses a few logging type roads. There isn't a lot of sand on the beginner loop so you can really work on your speed. There was one downed tree on the beginning hill this time but if you veer far to the left you can easily roll or hop over it. We also worked our way further up the hill to a slightly more difficult route that takes you up to the summit. There are some obstacles on this part but there are ride arounds in place too. I like to bike up but I have a fear about coming down! So for me the most challenging part of this ride was the bit of sand and rock on the way down. The big "CAUTION STEEP DOWNHILL" sign sort of freaked me out a bit. It's really not bad. The sand is a bit scary for a novice. It brings you out around the side of the ski slope back to the parking area. Every time I go to Michigan I go to Hanson Hills and I ride the beginner trail and then try to add another trail in to increase my distance and difficulty. I always have a good time and feel as if I have pushed myself to add to my mt. biking experience without scaring myself too much! Big Thank you to whomever designs and takes care of these trails!

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Gnarly


July 16, 2016
Vince Call Gnarly  
 
Review: Fun flow hardwood forest, well marked single track system, separate from the wide winter ski trail system.

Similar Trail: Glacial Hills

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Gramcounter

July 12, 2016
davdordun Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail lives up to it's name. There are plenty of hills to go up. If you are looking for a good cardiovascular work out this is the place. I rode the red trail or outer loop of 11 miles. I would not rate this and intermediate trail. While there were some mildly challenging down hill runs, there was nothing that would intimidate a newbie. I now this Cuzz I'm a noob. Would have given a higher rating, but this trail is in need of some maintenance. Several areas that are so over grown that it is hard to see what is coming up. Also, I got bloodied by picker bushes that had grown across the trail. Overall, an enjoyable ride though.

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Gnarly


December 13, 2015
olli79a Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a solid trail system. I rode both the main trail and the beginner trail and would like to return to see the outer trail sometime.

Some decent climbing is involved and some of the descents are fun. Gravity hill was cool except the sandy pit at the bottom. I didn't feel the most comfortable throttling that fast down. There is a bit of sand that will keep you on your toes in spots.

My only issue with the trail were all the down trees across the paths. The trail seemed to be in great shape and that leads me to believe it's taken care of but there had to be at least 7-10 trees across sections that either you had to try to ride a ways around or stop and lift it up and over. After 5 or 6 I let loose a few F bombs due to losing some good flow.

It's a good solid trail that I'm planning to visit again at some point in 2016.

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Bunny Hop

August 10, 2015
 
Review: The geography at Hanson Hills is beautiful -- rolling hills, almost all oak canopy, lots of bracken fern. The soil is very sandy, so design errors -- long straight down hills -- that allow water to carry the sand to the bottom are often a challenge. They need to take some design cues from Arcadia Dunes to really take advantage of the beautiful geography. An IMBA design team could do wonders here. Also, the outer loop needed pruning pretty badly when we rode it a couple of weeks ago. Oh, and there is a new brew pub in downtown Grayling about 2 miles away. Yeah!

Similar Trail: Yankee Springs

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Hanson Hills MTB Trail 3.95 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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