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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +160/159 ft
Total: 36 riders
 

Mountain Biking Robinette's Orchard

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#209 of 297 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#11790 in the world

This is about 5.25 miles of trail that starts in the orchard and enters a wooded area with many turns and hills. The trail is open during the day, seven days a week. There is a $3 fee per ride or you may purchase an annual pass for $30. You must register and sign a waiver. There are rules posted at the trailhead. Helmets MUST be worn!

First added by mlorenz242 on May 2, 2020. Last updated May 2, 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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Robinette's Apple Haus & Gift Barn 3142 4 Mile Rd. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525. (East Beltline and 4 Mile Rd.)
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  • ABhardtail   ✓ supporter
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    I love this trail! Only 5 miles but all the hills still make it a workout. As of July 2020 the trails were in great shape, probably courtesy of a local trail running club. The setting is beautiful and offers impressive variety for its length: fast rolling stretches past the apple trees, twisty sections through the woods, occasional blind drops, tight switchbacks, challenging rooty climbs, and equally rooty descents where it's possible to pick up way more speed than would be safe to carry on anything but a well tuned full suspension rig. Near the beginning of one loop there's an especially long and straight downhill run flanked closely by lovely columns of evergreens which is the highlight of the trail for me. I think there were a few sandy spots, but not bad at all for W Michigan. Downsides: it can be a little confusing to navigate between the loops without an electronic map and there's a small fee to ride.

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  • MegMar03
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    I read a lot of negative reviews here regarding the maintenance of the trails, so thought to add that they are now well cared for. Even the falling leaves were blown off the trail. This is a great little course for working on your skills and strength (not to be confused with endurance) due to lots of around the blind corner, punchy short surprise climbs. Learning the course helps a ton for gearing properly in anticipation of such climbs. The drops are fun, a little technical in some sections but not bad at all. The only downside is that the trails are broken into 3 sections, which require you to navigate through and around the present orchard to drop into the woods and trails again. I would use Strava to help locate where you need to go, it's not very clear.

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  • JVS
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    Fantastic place to run, ride at your own risk ... It is not fast or flowing, but if you want to work on your technical riding, it's very tight and challenging.

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  • Katie Bgrass
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    It's now 2016 and the trail is even more overgrown than when others reviewed. Lots of ruts and washed out sections. Snagged my limbs on several overgrown black raspberry bushes.

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  • Mateo Juez
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    This should be an intermediate trail, if it were maintained and not mega eroded with big rooty drops. It doesn't appear very many people ride here, the singletrack disappears into the grass in many spots. I was tempted to ask for my money back. If you're looking for overgrown technical and sketchy, this is it. Technical only in its disrepair. Great place to run tho.

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  • Colton Lock
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    This is worth a ride every once in a while - not my go to. Its been taken over by runners and is quite overgrown.

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    Overgrown is putting it nicely. Maybe use the $3 charge to maintain. How about better markers in lot so u know where to go. Much better and more trails elsewhere in the area. On a positive the people at the winery were very nice.

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  • wfd350
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    Rode here on 6-17-12, like previous reviewer, not a fan of the 3 bucks, but understandable. Very overgrown (or narrow if you prefer) but a close location and fun ride make it worth going back. Very beginning of trail has no ruts, just gotta ride through the field towards the Beltline.

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  • tsrkempton
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    Besides the three dollars I enjoyed the quick and convenient location of the trail. After getting through the field the trail quickly becomes entertaining. There were more fallen limbs in the path than expected, as well as some branch trimming that could improve the trail. But over all it was a good quick ride, an is perfect when you do not have much time.

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  • mlorenz242
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    I don't think this trail gets enough credit. It's only 4 or 5 miles, but it keeps you on your toes. It has hills, roots, twists, and turns and it's I can't wait to go back.* Review edited 3/27/2012

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