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Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +104/94 ft
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Mountain Biking Copper Ridge Freeride

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#117 of 298 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#7,995 in the world

Maze of drops, bridges, jumps, table tops, etc. Great introduction to freeride.

First added by SKIGAN14 on Jan 1, 2013. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the Copper Ridge Sign (on Silver Lake rd) go up the hill where the big mirror is at the top then there should be a series of parking lots that are linked together going all the way back to the woods go to the lot that is closest to the woods there should be a two track sized opening going back into the woods that some people hike on. All the Freeride trails go across around and over that opening from almost every direction. To get to the beginning of the trails stay to the most left trail and walk all the way up until you get to a opening where many trails branch of from it. It is a long way to the top but totally worth it if you have any more questions call a local bike shop.
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  • Sean Kickbush
    *****

    The best place in TC to ride IF you know where you're going. It took me years to make perfect loops there. Has trail for every skill set and skill level. My suggestion is hire Mitten Outfitters guide Service for an hour or two or tackle a local when they ride by to figure it out. Save yourself the hassle

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  • ittakes2freestyle
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    This trail system would be a 5 if there where trail signs. There are no trail signs to tell you where you are at all. The 1st day there I spent a lot of time looking for the freeride area. I highly suggest downloading Trailforks so you can see where the Onion trail is and use the gps to get you there. Same with Stoner's Secret Stash and FMR. The freeride area is def in the Onion trail area. Getting up there sucks big balls since you hafta guess on how to get there. Some steep climbs. I finally was able to kinda figure out where I was on the 2nd day. I highly suggest maybe connecting with a local to guide you. The freeride trails are sick fun and have big jumps, gaps, tables, drops, etc. Flows really well but finding it sucks! If they had some trail signs here it would be 5 stars no problem!

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  • JeffHiatt
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    I couldn't find it at all, so I can't say whether it was good or bad. Next time I'm in Traverse City I would really like to ride this.

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  • jacks974
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    Has tons of potential. Not well marked. Also the jumps are all larger than I'm comfortable with but great to work up to. Also biking to the top is quite difficult... I usually walk up if going to the free ride section and this is the only trail that I walk on.

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  • dzemens
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    This has potential to be a great freeride skills park but in its current state it leaves a lot to be desired. Inadequate signage, no trail map, it's hard to know where you're going or where to go. Additionally many of the features were in need of maintenance and some (presumably) sections of the trail are overgrown and covered in leaves.

    Copper Ridge is a far cry from a "beginner" freeride/dh area (Cannonsburg skills park, Crystal Mountain). While there are some reasonably intermediate features like the tabletop jumps and some small gap jumps, and 3-5' drops, many of the features are massive -- a 20' bridge drop is one of the first features you'll see hiking to the top, an enormous step down gap jump, etc.

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  • texfrost@gmail.com
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    I came here after seeing the review that said "great intro to freeride". With that in mind, I was upset. The features saw, 90% of them are well beyond "intro". I am by no means an expert but I ride Crystal Mountain often enough and my local skills part to be able to hit some decently midsized features. Everything here was too big for me.

    Would also be a good idea to have at least 5 inches of full suspension, a triple crown bike would not be overkill.

    Maybe there are some beginner and intermediate areas, but if so, I couldn't find them. It really is a maze, and it is not well signed at all. Ride with caution, and preferably with someone who knows their way.

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