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Red Loop

Intermediate
 4.6 (22)

The Red Loop has the most technical sections and biggest climbs of the three loops in the park.


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8.1

Miles

13.1

KM

Singletrack

875' 267 m

High

816' 249 m

Low

245' 75 m

Up

245' 75 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly The park offers overnight camping, swimming, kayaking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding and riding. There are groomed trails for winter fat bike riding.

The Red Trail at Fort Custer Recreation Area is BIDIRECTIONAL. Ride COUNTERCLOCKWISE on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (ascending marker numbers). CLOCKWISE on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (descending marker numbers).

Bikes are allowed on the Red Loop, Green Loop, Yellow Loop and Blue Loop only. Stay off the horse trails. All trails are directional. The park closes trail access at 10:00 pm. The trails DO pass through hunting land, so wear blaze orange in season.

Description

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. 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.

Trail runners and hikers also use this trail. They are encouraged to travel opposite the biking direction.

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 swmmba.com

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ESG Greene

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  4.6 from 22 votes

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Photos

Hard packed rock descent into a fast singletrack on the Red Loop
Sep 11, 2015 near Springf…, MI
A log skinny on the Red Loop.
May 27, 2017 near Augusta, MI
Lush green forest. Smooth singletrack
Jul 26, 2020 near Augusta, MI
Are you even riding a trail in the Midwest without a log ride?
Jul 26, 2020 near Augusta, MI
Another mini-wood berm
Jul 26, 2020 near Augusta, MI
Typical harder section along this ride
Oct 7, 2013 near Springf…, MI

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Jul 15, 2020
Jon Doyle
9.3mi
Jun 6, 2020
Matthew Ellerbrock
May 30, 2020
Landon Carpentet
4.6mi — 1h 10m
May 30, 2020
Akbar Rajani
May 24, 2020
Akbar Rajani
Nov 10, 2019
T.j. Plegue
Sep 7, 2019
Dom P
15mi — 11h 30m
Aug 17, 2019
speed racer
8.1mi