Red Loop

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  4.7 from 3 votes
blue  Intermediate from 2 votes
Rank: #1 in the Fort Custer State Recreation Area area
#51 in MI, #2,161 Overall
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Aug 18 Green
Trail in the area near Augusta,
“The Red Loop has the most technical sections and biggest climbs of the three loops in the park.”
Eric Greene on Sep 20, 2013
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8.113.1 milesKilometers 245’75 m Ascent 875’267 m High 1% Avg Grade (1°)
Singletrack Type -245’-75 m Descent 816’249 m Low 9% Max Grade (5°)
Dogs: Leashed
Family Friendly - The park is frequented by families camping, swimming, and riding.
Bikes are allowed on the Red Loop , Green Loop, Yellow Loop and Blue Loop only. Stay off the horse trails. All trails are directional (counterclockwise.) The park does close at night. The trails DO pass through hunting land, wear blaze orange in season.
The Red Trail at Fort Custer Recreation Area is one way (counterclockwise.) Most riders start at the mountain bike trailhead parking lot. The trail is well signed. Red Trail features many stretches of beginner / intermediate singletrack, with some sections of more advanced technical sections. Arguably these sections are the hardest available in this trail system, which is why most riders rate this the more advanced trail at The Fort. Honestly, it's a very fun trail even if you dismount and walk the few features above your skill level. To skip the most advanced section, take the "Easy" bypass around "Granny's Garden" at marker #6. Beware of the various trail crossing with horse trails and two tracks. The trail leads directly back to the parking lot.

The Red Trail features a good mix of meadow and wooded trails and uses many of the landscape features left from the military base, such as "The Trenches" section at the very start. If the trail has seen a lot of rain, it will be very apparent in the first mile or so of the trail.

The trail is maintained by Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association, please direct any issues with the trail to them via their website at
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4.4 (12)
A combination of the best singletrack of the area into one loop.
near Augusta, MI
3.7 (3)
Cut through the natural area on this flowing singletrack with over five miles...
near Zeeland, MI

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PHOTOS of Red Loop
  4.0 from 2 votes
Hard packed rock descent into a fast singletrack on the Red Loop (Springfield, MI)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Typical harder section along this ride (Springfield, MI)