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Level: Beginner
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +201/227 ft
Total: 37 riders

Mountain Biking Ithaca Jailhouse Trail

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#121 of 307 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#4,359 in the world

4.5 miles of twisty singletrack with plenty of roots. What this trail lacks in climbing, it makes up for in tight, twisting trail.

First added by volklgirl on Aug 18, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From US-127 head west towards downtown Ithaca (Center St.) Turn left (south) on South River Rd. and follow the signs to the fairgrounds. Turn right into the fairgrounds then stay left as the road forks. Head straight back to the huge tree in the middle of the field. The trailhead is right ahead. No toilet or shower facilities available unless one of the fairs or horse shows are happening.
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  • Mario Lucchesi

    Nice trail but it has a large tree down blocking the trail and we were not able to clear it.

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  • Stoudt

    Had fun riding this trail. We are pretty new to M biking so to us this trail was a little tuff with all the tight turns and roots. Course was in great shape dry and free of trees and branches.

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  • Todd Lovas III

    Sadly this trail is currently unrideable. The lack of any trail care has resulted in multiple parts of the trail to be fully grown through and fallen trees all over the trail, too big to bunny hop. Don't ride until further notice.

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  • Erlstn

    This trail is always fun...it does need some maintenance though. Lots of branches and even a few trees on the trail now...

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  • Erlstn

    Not challenging enough to get 4 stars but very fun nonetheless. Maintenance was good except for one tree down. Had a great time!

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  • [email protected]

    The trail system is at the Ithaca fairgrounds near the town of Ithaca. There is 4.5 miles of Singletrack that confusingly intersects at .7 mile walking loop. The system was a boy scout project. Today, it is extremely overgrown and cluttered with sticks and downed trees. Almost unridable. The singletrack loop is very tight and windy with no real elevation change. It cleaned up it would be an okay place for beginners at best. Don't waste your time here at its current state.

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  • Erlstn

    Very good beginner trail...a few hills but no real lung burners. Good design and well-maintained

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  • Zoo1424   ✓ supporter

    Rode this for the first time yesterday. This is a fun, twisty, trail. It is hard to believe they packed in 4 miles of trail in such a small area. You definitely have to be on your toes, as just when you think you have the trail down, it throws a couple of surprise turns in & it's all you can do to not smack a tree. At four miles, you have to do a few loops to make it worth the trip, but it is a fun trail to ride.

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  • mlorenz242

    I clocked about 4.5 miles on my gps for this trail. Tight and twisty is right, can't carry much speed. Would probably be a worth riding in mid to late summer when it is bone dry. This trail is in a low wet area and doesn't shed water. Kinda swamp-like in areas, I expected to see a hobbit or maybe bigfoot in some areas. Lots of deer and rodent tracks.

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  • muttonmark

    This trail is packed into a very small chunk of timber next to the fairgrounds, so the 4+ miles are tight and twisty. However, it is mostly clay, and not much of the trail gets sunlight, and to go in late May in Michigan is a bad mistake. Very slick in some spot, and loose and sticky in the other spots. When we first started at the trailhead, it didn't look like it had much traffic, and we soon found out why. This probably won't dry out until late June or so. For me to travel around an hour to ride, I would rather go somewhere else.

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  • gtpsrock

    Just rode it for my first time and was quite impressed. It amazed me that there was 4+ miles packed in there. Lots of corners and quite a few small but fun ups and downs. Trail is marked quite well and even most hazards (stumps and stuff) were painted bright orange. I ran it without stopping and playing around, but there was a new teeter-totter thingie that surprised me. Oh! Watch out for the pot-heads going the wrong way on the trail (I thought I was going the wrong way after passing 4 of them)... they certainly weren't there to exercise if you know what I mean!* Review edited 7/29/2010

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  • volklgirl

    This is a short but fun romp through the woods with plenty of roots and lots of twisty stuff. Most of it is well marked - just follow the orange posts. All the stunts are on the by-pass and none are very technical.

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