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Merrell Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (130) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

937' 285 m

High

813' 248 m

Low

635' 193 m

Up

638' 194 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Drops/Jumps

The trail is closed to all user group traffic within 24 hours of receiving .75" + of rain.

Overview

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

scott tenCate with improvements by McKenna Heldt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 130 votes

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  4.7 from 130 votes
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Photos

Through the Keyhole
Sep 2, 2017 near Rockford, MI
The devil dancer elevated bridge and boulder ride option
Sep 1, 2013 near Rockford, MI
Phaser at Merrell Trail, full. Red direction.
Jul 5, 2017 near Rockford, MI
Perfect Flow.
Jun 5, 2016 near Rockford, MI
Logness Monster
Sep 2, 2013 near Rockford, MI
Boulder Gap Jump- Earl Hillaker
Sep 2, 2013 near Rockford, MI

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Nov 10, 2020
Rick Garcia
Oct 10, 2020
Rob Brown
Aug 30, 2020
Bobby Armock
Fell hard twice. 1- sawbooth off the wood bank into the creek -slight strain right hamstring over bank 2- chameleon too fast around a corner 6.1mi — 1h 11m
Aug 5, 2020
Erick Swanson
Super fun! Really well built trail. Nothing crazy technical but some cool obstacles. The flow is by far the best part. 11.7mi — 1h 42m
Aug 3, 2020
Brian Kernohan
6.9mi
Jul 31, 2020
Nate Hunt
Red is a lot of fun. Siren over Phaser for best downhill and cutting out a huge climb.
Jul 13, 2020
Jordan Sternik
Jul 7, 2020
Mark Giles