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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,357/1 ft
Total: 325 riders
 

Mountain Biking Novi Tree Farm (Lakeshore Park)

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#12 of 286 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#333 in the world

Starts on right hand side and is all pure sweet single track. It is technical and has many manmade stunts(rockgardens, log jumps) with bypass at each. The main feature is "THE CRATER". Which is a popular spot to stop and do some jumping and hucking. Opportunity to get sweet air.

First added by hockeydaddy on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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any freeway to 696 to novi exit. North on Novi to old novi rd. left on Old Novi to Lakeveiw rd. Left on Lakeveiw. Park is on left about 1/4 mile. Trail head is in very back of parking lots.
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Q: Is this a decent trail for a beginner? I've never ridden a singletrack before. Thanks!
A: I don't know how old this question is, but from what I've riden of it (had to bail last year when I was there due to rain) it is very beginner friendly. If you run into anything that worries you, you can either ride around it, or walk around it. No shame in that for a new rider, enjoy!

Q: Where on the map is the pump track? We started out at Lakeshore Park and ended up at another parking lot (near 12 1/2 mile road). Not sure how this happened. Had to bike on roads to get back to the car.

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  • loganllama
    *****

    This is a great trail system. Lots of fast, flowy turns. Easy to put down a lot of miles because the climbs aren't too long or steep. There's a few obstacles like log rolls and a drop or two. The obstacles and features appear to be a few years old but have aged well and are still stable/safe. The pump track/skills area to the SE of the main trailhead was a nice addition. One of the better trails in SE Michigan.

    *The parking lot is closed for construction. There's room for a few cars in the entrance, lots on 12 1/2 mile rd, or I parked at the park down the road from the trailhead.

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  • Chilly Varblow
    ****

    There are some fun trail features (and a pump track), but the trail itself can get slow and annoying.

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  • KRR
    ***

    Decent trail, not sure how its rated higher than other area trails like Maybury or Island Lake. The first few miles are fun but the middle is slower paced zing zanging back and forth over the same terrain. Good trail but I prefer ILRA,BRA,PLRA and Maybury

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  • spoonless
    *****

    Probably the best trail in southeastern Michigan. Team Tree Farm, the club that maintains the trail is awesome and do a great job keeping it rideable and fun. New features and obstacles continue to pop up year after year, keeping the trail from getting stale over the years. Drainage used to be an issue in years past, but it looks like the vast majority of the problem spots have been addressed. This season I've seen almost no muddy spots or areas with excessive erosion. It is flat, but flowy enough to let you keep your speed. Lost of warning before technical features, and almost all have bypasses. Great for beginners to intermediate. Advanced riders might not find it challenging but will still likely find it a fun ride.

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  • CaptainFalafel
    **

    Just a rooty trail with barely any elevation change whatsoever. Some fun "obstacles", and you can get air at the Crater section, but that's about it. Other trails in the area offer much more in terms of speed, elevation change, and technical riding.

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  • leadpncl
    *****

    As of May 16th the trail is way to muddy '???? on one of my favorite spots

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  • JayB119
    *****

    Trail is really well maintained and marked. Fun for all levels of riders. There is multiple technical obstacles throughout the trail. Almost all of them have ride around's if you don't want to go over them. No extremely difficult climbs.

    Also there is a multi-use trail that can be used to cut out early if needed. You can access it from almost anywhere except the far southwest part of the trail.

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  • maurikio
    *****

    Very nice, fun, well mantained, beautiful, and easy to follow track. I enjoyed a lot the "most difficult" sections along the 10 miles. Can't wait to come back. No regrets even after 50min drive from Windsor, Canada.

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  • Spectral Icon
    *****

    One of the more fun sub-technical trails out there. I reccomend the "expert parts" of the trail that split from the main path. Overall a beautiful trail.

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  • zap2155
    ****

    The trail itself is very well maintained and a lot of fun to ride. Some of the things that I really like about it has to be the optional advanced features such as rock gardens, log piles, and several skinnies that really test your abilities. My friend and I had high hopes for the "Crater" but unfortunately it wasn't nearly as big as we thought it would be, even though the two jumps seem to be in decent condition the ride in is full of rocks making it very difficult to get a clean ride in and big air. The pump track on the other hand was a lot bigger than I had expected, and looks and rides great. Overall a nice trail and will plan on coming back in the near future.

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  • Joe Cady
    ****

    First time riding in over 15 years and first time on a MTB. Trails were easy to follow and quite a few challenges on the easy paths to help build skill. Will ride here often.

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  • TonitaO
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    We rode this trail 2 weeks in a row and have had a blast! We are far from pro but we know how to have fun :) I like that there are options to some of the harder obstacles - not quite ready for those yet. This will be our go-to trail to build confidence and endurance.

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  • COBHCCam
    ****

    Well marked, not physically taxing, but a lot of mental work, tons of twists and turns? And very scenic

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  • Richard Hespen
    ****

    A fun, flowy trail system with plenty of fun technical features. It is not nearly as sandy as many other trails in the area.

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  • Dach
    ****

    Good trail with some technical stuff to play on. Flow is not the best but very well signed.

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  • Joey B
    ****

    One of my favorite local trails. Great for beginners, but has several features in the 'expert section' in the first couple of miles that are challenging. This section can also be completely skipped if you don't feel up to it. No major climbing, but a good amount of scattered obstacles throughout the course, with lots of varied difficulty. Easy to follow as it is a loop.

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  • mattmadd
    *****

    Awesome trail! Lots of different choices of trails, from beginner to more advanced trails. The trail crosses a 2 way path at many points, so you can make the ride as long as you want. Pump track and skills area near the end of the trails. Very little climbing, but there are some rooty climbs that are more advanced, and a few nice rooty decents.

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  • MikeyO
    *****

    I liked this trail but I have been biking for years. My wife who has never done a single-track did very well, but I will say this is more of an intermediate trail due to the many switchbacks and roots while pedaling uphill. It is a great spot for trying your technical skills. But this should be a 5th or sixth time trail not a first time. The man-made stuff makes it fun. It is a slower trail due to switch backs and very little elevation.

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  • rcab23
    ****

    Great beginner trail for anyone to get into. also can be technical as you get faster and try expert!

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