“A long and winding loop of singletrack with some great descents.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
The Green Loop is a good way to experience some of the easy and moderate singletrack in the South Marquette Trail System. You also have many options to add more distance with many extra options. It is fun riding and can be ridden in either direction.
The Green Loop starts on Carp Eh Diem
, a scenic trail along the ridges above the Carp River, rolling out on the contour on somewhat smooth trail. After crossing a bridge and passing multiple intersections with various downhill routes, this part of the ride gently climbs and contours around some small ridges above the Carp River.
Midway through, Carp Eh Diem
starts a twisting descent to a bench above the river near Morgan Creek Falls. From here, the route begins a climb out of the drainage with a quick steep pitch at first and then more moderately to an intersection with the Pipe Dreams
and Easy Street
is one of the longer trails at the high point of the Green Loop ride.
Turn left at the end of Carp Eh Diem
, climbing gradually to the west into a small drainage. The trail loops back on itself a couple of times as it climbs to the ridge above the Carp River.
The highest point of the ride is just past the midpoint of Easy Street
From there, the trail undulates and alternates between short sections of descending and climbing.
Stay on straight on Two Track Alley
and cross the Pioneer Loop
twice before a right turn on Smiley
. On this section, you'll have a perma-grin as you rocket over roots and a few sandy spots. Stay straight at the Pioneer Overlook Connector
and Porky Pine Pass
The gradual descent begins with some carving singletrack that winds down and around the trees. From there, the ride straightens out and then picks up some speed. You'll find some small optional table top jumps and man made rock roll downs throughout this section.
The finale of the Green Loop takes you under the fly-over on Flow
and wiggles you through more carving, smooth singletrack to the end of the trail. Stay left at Benson Grade
to return to the South Trails parking area.