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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +182/176 ft
Total: 178 riders
 

Mountain Biking Luton Park Trail

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#22 of 286 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#730 in the world

Luton Park is a multi-use trail system. Please yield to hikers and trail runners. There is a total of 9 miles of trail utilizing a stacked loop system with flatter beginner trails (the Blue and Green Loops) and tighter, hillier advanced trails that include logs and rocks gardens (the Yellow, Orange, Red and Black Loops). The area incorporates pines, meadows, hardwoods, marshes and three bridge crossings over Rum Creek. Please avoid this trail after heavy rain due to the high clay content and low marsh areas near Rum Creek. Luton Park is closed to night riding since all Kent County Parks are only open from dawn to dusk. The good news is that this area is closed to hunting but open to bikes and hiking all year long.

First added by mlorenz242 on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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From 10 mile and Wolverine Blvd in Rockford, MI: Go east on 10 Mile Rd. one mile to the trailhead on your right
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  • Joey B
    ****

    I overall enjoyed Luton. There is a main connector track, with multiple loops that you spend 90% of your time on. I thought these got progressively better as the ride went on. The final loop was by far the best with fantastic flow, make sure not to skip it at the end! The signage was fairly mediocre, as there will be splits in the trail suddenly, with one path with obstacles, and another without, and you'll have no clue which is which. Some simple signs could really help out here. A low/moderate amount of sand sort of took away from the fun as well, but didn't ruin the ride. I would overall recommend if you're in the area!

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  • McSnicker
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    Rode it after a night of rain which I think helped it in most places as there was more than a few sandy spots. However was pretty muddy in others. Overall the trail was in good shape. The trails aren't marked the best when it comes to which rout is the easiest vs the more technical on the same trail.

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  • KRR
    ****

    Don't let the blue loop fool you as the other loops are solid.Black and Red loops are a blast, the others are pretty fun too. I am not from the area, started at the Merrell trail first. Merrell for me didn't live up to the hype. IMO this a better trail hands down. No tech like Merrell just fun, flowing and fast singletrack!

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  • MIchigan MTB
    *****

    Multiple trail options off of the main 2 track trail that is blue trail. Orange trail is short but has a few downhill portions that are fun. Yellow is tough due to a longer climb in the beginning and it is also sandy throughout. Black is longer and really fun, another decent climb in the beginning and lots of up and down but somewhat flowy. Red is my least favorite (maybe because its at the end and i'm dead) because its very stop and go. You have some fun downhill but lots of climbing on this trail.

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  • Cassidy
    *****

    I loved this trail when I lived in Grand Rapids! This is a great trail for beginners as the length is so customisable based on which loops you ride. What I mean is that the trail is comprised of multiple loops (I think 6 of them?) that branch off of the main loop. So if you're new to the sport you can just do one of the loops and see how you feel. You can easily go back to the car if you want to, or you can do another loop. You can also easily re-do a section of trail if you had a lot of fun (Black was my favorite).
    I also liked the way the trail was set up because I often rode this after work and decided if I wanted to do another loop based on how much daylight I had left. It's nice not being worries about getting caught a few miles from the trailhead as it begins to get dark.
    Nothing too exciting for advanced riders, but a lot of fun nonetheless.

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  • 0720656
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    Lots of people tend to be out here. Hiking, Trail Running but more bikes than anything else. two best trails are the Black and the Red. Great heart pumping rides make sure to take multiple laps.

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  • Timmer_71
    *****

    Great trail! Not too difficult, but some fun and flowey trails here. The main loop (blue) is super easy with several more difficult trails branching off the main loop and returning near where they started. Pretty cool setup. Similar to Merrell (which is just down the road), but just a bit easier.

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  • sissypants
    *****

    A wonderful two-some together with Merrell. Every loop at Luton has unique character and makes for an interesting ride. I regularly do this trail after Merrell because I'm gassed out and like an easier trail. Well-built!

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  • ak_cruise
    *****

    Great multi-loop park with trails for all skill levels. Love this park!

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  • Mateo Juez
    ****

    This trail is awesome. it's an intermediate trail that's very beginner friendly. There are several loops that spin-off the main loop. You can make it a short 2 mile ride, or if you ride all the loops, it's about 9 miles, or you can mix and match your favorite loops. There is also a kids loop near the parking lot. The signage is very good, there's maps posted at each loop intersection. Well maintained, If I lived closer, I'd be here all the time.

    I found it to be a fast trail. While there are occasional obstacles (roots, 10" drops, rock gardens, log piles), I found them to be fairly easy and fun (and bypassable), The Black loop is my favorite, next time I want to do a few laps of it. A good place to work on going faster, as the ups and downs are fairly tame, even tho you can build some flow.
    The trail is very pretty with rocky creek beds and a variety of trees and different forest zones.
    The the parking lot has some great features like 2 changing booths, a port-a-john, picnic tables, grills and 10 bike stands for working on your ride.
    this is the best trail to ride while all the others are still wet from a rain. the trail surface is perfect a day after the rain. when it's been dry, watch out for sand traps, seriously.
    watch for other trail users and be cool.
    I'd like to make a day of Luton Park and Merrel Trail and Rockford Brewing Co., all about within 5 miles

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  • shootswithfilm
    ****

    This is a fun trail. Each loop loops back into a main loop, so it's easy to pick and choose how long you want your ride to be. The intermediate Loop has a lot of roots and rocks and curves and is quite challenging and fun. The red and yellow loops have a lot of curves and steep climbs as well as some fast down hills and narrow passages. The blue and green loops are the most easy loops and still quite a bit of fun with rocks and some fun hills. This park has something for everybody.

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  • James W. Crissman

    The blue loop is the hub -- very beginner friendly. The other 4 loops come off the blue, and are really fun and flowy. Lots of banked turns and roller-coasters. And there is a changing room in the parking lot. Recommend eating at Flo's Italian Sports bar, one exit south on Post Rd just west of I-131.

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  • jdelamater
    *****

    This is a great trail if you have kids just starting! Some challenges for them to get their confidence up.

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  • TheMayor
    *****

    A fast and flows trail system. A few sandy areas, but nothing bad. The trails dry fast after a rain. Definitely a trail to hit if in the Grand Rapids area. A totally different experience than the Merrell trails just a few miles away.
    One note. The teahead is not as marked on the map. Mountain bikers are no longer supposed to use that trailhead. There is a new trailhead off Mile 10 road.

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  • Erlstn
    ****

    Trail is in great shape as of 6/6/15...rode until dark because we were having so much fun. If I had the black loop on my property I would never leave home.

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  • MIchigan MTB
    ****

    Fun ride. Not too many technical portions here. There is some sandy spots that you run into. Much of the downhill is straight and you gain a lot of speed. There are a few spots with some good flow.

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  • Erlstn
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    Really enjoyed this trail. Was confused by loop "colors" at the beginning but figured it out as I rode. I wonder if it gets really loose and sandy during a dry spell, but rode very well today. Loved the black loop!

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  • Gary Schomberger
    ****

    Smooth xc trail that begs for speed. Watch for the trippy effect of zipping through old ccc pine groves.

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