Hanson Hills

4.00 out of 5
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↑ 4,000 ft
↓ 3,800 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     (97 total check-ins)
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  Mario Lucchesi   on Aug 31, 2019
  Leep Dog   on Jul 28, 2019
  Mike Mallon   on Jul 24, 2019
  Mike Mallon   on Jul 21, 2019
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Reviews (22)


July 30, 2019
Leep Dog Gramcounter  
Review: Rode the Main Loop this time. As usual the trail is awesome. However a few areas are getting overgrown. Still one of the best flow trails in Michigan.

Granny Gear

July 6, 2019
Caleb Cook Granny Gear  
Review: Very good trail. It dose need improvement on markings on the trail and overgrown in some areas.

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


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.


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.


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

Granny Gear

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

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!


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


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.

Hanson Hills MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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