Merrell Trail

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8.3 Miles 13.4 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

635' 193 m

Ascent

-638' -194 m

Descent

937' 285 m

High

813' 248 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Minor Issues

64 days agoUpdate

A fast flow trail that will keep you smiling as you rip the berms, table tops & fast descents

scott tenCate

Overview

The trail is closed to all user group traffic within 24 hours of receiving .75" + of rain.
The Merrell Trail is located 8 miles North of downtown Grand Rapids. It's open to all user groups but was mechanically built to be optimized by mountain bikers.

Need To Know

The Merrell Trail is one way direction By Day. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday follow RED Arrows in a counter clockwise direction. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, Follow Yellow arrows in a clockwise direction. The trail is also open for night riding.

Description

The Merrell Trail is West Michigan's only true flow trail. It was designed by Alex Stewart of Spectrum Trail Building and Built by his crew and over 4,000 volunteer hours by the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. The trail is for intermediate and experienced riders as it has a number of fast descents, table top jumps, roots, rocks and elevated bridges and structures. All trail segments are designated intermediate with the exception of Sawtooth which is an advanced section of trail.

The Merrell Trail is well marked with arrows and intersection posts displaying marker numbers and maps.

Use the two connector trails between posts 10 & 11 and 12 & 13 to cycle the downhill trail segments on the East side of the trail network.

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Nov 14, 2016
Chad Wallinga
Nov 12, 2016
Bill Olson
Nov 5, 2016
Adam Montero
17mi
Oct 27, 2016
Bryan Molloseau
Love this trail - it's not 8.3 as listed however. I usually do 2 loops - 11.2mi. In order to get close to 8.3, you have to double up some spots. 11.2mi — 1h 12m
Oct 23, 2016
Matt Ivons
Oct 8, 2016
Humberto Alvarado
Sep 8, 2016
Bonnie Owens
I love the trail so much !!
Sep 8, 2016
Kyle Hansen

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Conditions


Minor Issues 64 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Hero dirt!
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Great flow trail. The climbs are worth it for the descents. Apr 28, 2014


Wow. It was my first time on both the Luton Trail and Merrill Trail. What a great trail!! I can't wait to go next time. Accolades to the designers! Fast, fun, and challenging, but not so challenging for an "older" guy like me! Aug 4, 2014


Any condition reports for today? Not sure how much rain we got this morning. It looks nice outside right now. Sep 4, 2014


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