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8.3 mile 13.4 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 635' 193 m
Descent: -638' -194 m
High: 937' 285 m
Low: 813' 248 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)


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

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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.

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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.


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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May 18, 2019
Daniel Gudenau
Apr 20, 2019
Sydney Wenger
Feb 1, 2019
Carl K
Was told it will be groomed tonight. Still a great ride. 6.4mi
Oct 27, 2018
Ryan Mills
Sep 23, 2018
Devin McCauley
Sep 23, 2018
Laura Sponaas
Great time with our 11 year olds!!! 5.8mi
Sep 18, 2018
Chad Sperry
nice trail, nothing very difficult, moderate climbs and a few features. 16mi
Sep 16, 2018
Laura Sponaas
I forgot to lock the car... went back to lock and for bug spray. DD not stopping, also getting bit by mosquitoes. Jeff could not get her to wait. 3.5mi

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Can you hike this trail? Jul 13, 2017
Great Trail, has good balance of ups and downs no super long uphills and not super technical and fun fun fun to hit the momentum flow. Jul 23, 2018
San Holo
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San Holo   Capri, IT
Is this trail hike-able during the mtb off season or in general? Nov 13, 2018

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