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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +250/147 ft
Total: 136 riders

Mountain Biking River Bends Mountain Bike Trail

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#28 of 307 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#914 in the world

Easy trail with mild climbs and lots of twists, making this an excellent beginners trail.

First added by Peng Shi on Nov 3, 2013. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Enter River Bends Park from the 22 mile road entrance (next to the railway track). Drive to the south west end of the parking lot.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Shelby Township, Michigan

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  • colemowl

    Love riding this trail. Has some great flow and punchy climbs. Not overly technical and most technical sections have a bypass make it very beginner friendly. The climbs are short, steep, and over quickly. The flow is great and you get some solid speed in several sections. The trail is always well maintained by CRAMBA, always in top notch shape.

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  • Joe Czeder

    One of my favorite trails in the area some fun down hill sections and a couple smaller climbs

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  • McSnicker

    This is my backyard trail so I ride here all the time. It stays wet a long time after a rain. It's a great place for a beginner rider. Very flat trail but it's fun to rip around. A good amount of features for the size.

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  • Chilly Varblow

    The trail is nice for being in the city, but it could use work. There are a few fun features, but it is hard to keep speed. The trail consists of flat turn after flat turn.

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  • Pmabry

    This is a nice, flowing, easy to intermediate trail. Great for winter rides. Just finished a ride there today. Trail is in very good shape thanks to the folks at CRAMBA. It is just 5 minutes from my house so I am definitely a bit biased.

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  • shane0009

    They recently added a new red trail, adding ~ 1.25 miles from the main loop. They've also added some elements to the main loop earlier in the year.
    Fairly easy trail, nice to have close to home

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  • fuzzysb

    Well, what can you say. Nice place to crank one out or take the grandkid which is what I did this day. I miss the easy coast. Sorry it's just not very challenging

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  • zmcarthur

    Just rode this trail on 06/07/2018. First time riding this trail and I had a good time. Definitely a nice trail for any new rider trying to become more comfortable on the singletrack. There are a few features that can be avoided if your not ready to tackle them and a pretty fun roller section towards the end of the trail. Also, you'll be happy to know that these trails are very well marked and it is difficult to get lost. My only real con would be that there are a lot of flat sections and not too many downhill sections. So be prepared to be constantly peddling most of the time. Still fun, and I will definitely be returning.

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  • linuxrick

    Easy trails, great for winter riding and is one of the few that is groomed for it. I have been here a few times and still seem to miss my turns and get lost or off track.

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  • GrinchGreenMonster

    Great trail with a little bit of everything. Minimal climbs, not too technical, well marked trails.

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  • James Michael

    Did parts of this trail and it was really well groomed and fun. Not very technical but is still challenging/too much for someone new on a mtb outside of the green loop. The directions to get to the trail head are wrong as well, you need to enter the park somewhere at the north end of the trail.

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  • Highspeedgt

    Went this yesterday (June 3rd) and rode the yellow loop. Was a great ride with very minimal mud. Only place I really encountered muddiness was between markers 13 and 14.

    The trails are great with some jumps, log piles, obstacles and downhills. The climbs are pretty minimal, so the trail overall was pretty fast. I came across several groups of deer hanging out near the trails, which was pretty cool to see. I rode right past one group before they even realized I was there (that or they are just used to it and weren't frightened).

    This will be my go to during the summer since it's so close by.

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  • MikeyO

    I really enjoyed this trail, Rode 5/18/17 and it was dry 98% of the trail, a few spots of mud. The Orange trail was still completely mud. It has a lot of turns and quick uphills but nothing very long. Great practice with cutting between two trees, probably at lease 30-40 shoots. Very good balance between technical and speed.

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  • dhopt10

    Fun ride, trails are well marked, but very muddy as of 5/13/2017

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  • dork

    Fun trail well kept I'll be riding there quite often

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    I do this tral all the time and it's great. I think it's shorter than the estimate given but still extremely enjoyable.

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  • Balztj

    Good trail, a pretty easy and flowed nicely. I loved close to it so I rode it a few times, a nice workout but got kind of boring at times.

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  • gvsmitty19

    Riverbends is awesome! Super smooth, less muddy than Clinton River Park, and extremely well marked. It has some decent hills, and trails for every skill type.

    I rode the yellow intermediate trail after doing Clinton River Park (easily connected to eachother).

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  • Steve James

    I hit these trails on 5/10/16 after if had been lightly raining for a few hours. There were a few slippery mud spots but for the most part the track was fast and fun. I enjoy the switchbacks and the little obstacles like the rocks and the log piles. There is one long and sweeping descent with some loose gravel that really makes you think about your line.

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  • Tim Fausch

    River Bends is a bit of a mess right now. Rode there yesterday and it was very muddy and starting to get overgrown in spots. The new road construction in the park interrupts the MTB trail in at least two new spots, and is impassable at the moment in one spot. That said, the trail is fun and fast and worth doing a couple loops, especially once they finish the construction.

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