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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +215/ -216 ft
Total: 257 riders

Mountain Biking Merrell Trail

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#8 of 317 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#257 in the world

Great, technical single track ride. Rock piles and bridges for an entertaining ride.

First added by on Oct 2, 2012. Last updated Nov 15, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: no
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
131 and 10 mile road. Entrance to trail is behind Macatawa Bank.
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Rider questions

Q: I know the direction alternates depending on the day, and 1 direction is definitely more flowy with Siren and Phaser going mostly downhill. The other direction climbs a bit more up those sections. Does anyone know which days are which?
A: Red Direction is MWF and Sunday

Q: sorry, mad a mistake

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  • Datsun280z

    Has some good climbs and a some downhill flow sections. I drove 2hrs and it was worth it for sure!

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  • Jacob Butler

    Amazing variety for such a short trail.

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  • MI_99XPL

    Fun trail with lots of rock features and a few skinny wood bridges to try out. They also have side trails around features if that's not your thing.
    Very well marked and lots of cut offs if you need to make a shorter loop. Cycle computer says 7.5 miles, GPS computer is saying 7.0 miles on the full lap. Either way a great trail to ride for a short ride or take a few laps for a longer ride.

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  • Chilly Varblow

    This is a fun flow trail with a load of cool features. The is everying from rock rolls to jumps on this trail. Also, there are some big hills that are tons of fun.

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  • GhostMTB

    Awesome trail, I am from Ontario - Canada and up in the GR area for business frequently. I have made a habit of bringing my MTB with me and hitting these trails. I love that they are directional (one-way) depending on the day. No risks to collide if you decide for some spirited riding. The Wynalda loop is an awesome work out!

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  • MIchigan MTB

    Favorite trail in the GR area. Probably one of the best in the LP.

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  • CaptainFalafel

    This is actually an amazing trail. It has everything from sections of flowy tabletops, to rooty singletrack, and some fun rock obstacles to play on. Very well marked and maintained. I'll definitely be back to ride this trail when I'm in the area.

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  • Trek1536

    Great ride with technical components for skill building. Great elevation change and scenery. One of my favorites.

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  • David G. Kintner Jr.

    Awesome. I have been riding this trail for about 6 years and it is a great trail to have fun on.

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  • Steven Brett

    Awesome trail..well maintained

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  • Levi Vandervelde

    Best trail in GR area. Super flowy, no long descents or climbs. Trails and directions are all well marked.

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  • Woodchuck

    Great trail that is easy to access. Well maintained and well marked. Something for everyone.

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  • Joey B

    Terrific intermediate course! Lots of obstacles throughout the course, which can be avoided if you want. Handful of solid climbs, with fast flowing downhill sections. Sweet wooden banked turn to ride as well. There was an expert section about halfway through the course, with pretty technical area of roots that was a little over my head. This can be avoided as well. Great trail length for riding 1-2 loops if you've got the energy. Had a blast here, would recommend to everyone.

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  • 0720656

    Great place to go and enjoy a fun day of riding. Nothing too technical but a great place to put some laps in!

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  • Timmer_71

    I love this trail! Fast, Flowey, smooth. Like riding a roller coaster. People of Rockford are blessed to have this and Luton just down the road. Both awsome trails.

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  • trac

    fast flowing...man made bridges.rocks, roots. pretty. enjoy the xcntry flow...trail alternates direction acccording to day...very enjoyable

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  • Michael Franko

    good trail, typical of the area. will add detail when I ride it again

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  • Rick Plite

    very fun mechanically built trail. there are also some hand built stuff that is pretty twisty, rocky, rooty

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  • ittakes2freestyle

    Really fast and flowy trail. Not very technical and one trail with some rocks and roots. Basically an XC riders paradise.

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  • overdrive29

    What an awesome trail. Safe to say it's my new favorite for lower Michigan, has such a nice roll and flow to it and when you add speed you have so many chances for air. Great banks, berms, rollers and jumps and so many nice man made features keep this trail interesting around every corner. Definitely worth the 2-1/2 hour drive there!!!!

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