River Bends Park

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Trail

5.1 Miles 8.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

127' 39 m

Ascent

-128' -39 m

Descent

664' 203 m

High

629' 192 m

Low

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Minor Issues

3 days agoUpdate

Riding all of River Bends' singletrack, including the swamp loop.

Steve Vigneau

Overview

Swamp loop may be muddy, if so, avoid it and cut out early.
This is a full lap of River Bends Park, featuring the main loop (River Bends Park: Yellow Loop), the south end (River Bends Park: Blue Loop), and the swamp loop (River Bends Park: Orange Loop).

Description

The route is relatively flat but flowing, something that beginners can take their time on or experienced riders can push a bit on and have fun. There are a few log piles, the fast Dragstrip section, and a couple of optional more-technical sections to provide a bit of a challenge.

Most of the trail is one way, except for a small two-way section at the northern end of the Blue trail in the south end of the park. This two way section runs along the top of hand-dug tailings from the construction of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal and generally has good visibility, but keep your eyes open for riders coming from the other direction.

History & Background

This trail system was developed by CRAMBA-IMBA (formerly the Michigan Mountain Biking Association Metro North Chapter) in conjunction with Shelby Township's Parks, Recreation and Maintenance department. Some of the trail was originally old, casually created / bandit trail, but most of it is new, sustainably designed for longevity, safety, and accessibility for users of all types.

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Apr 24, 2017
Jason Kotarski
Apr 24, 2017
Rodney Hulbert
Lower sections are muddy. Walk your bike around. 12.9mi
Apr 21, 2017
Nick Talbert
Nov 26, 2016
Mark Keating
Nov 7, 2016
Shane Kent
River bends is awesome! Day or night it's a great ride.
Sep 22, 2016
T.J. M.
Sep 22, 2016
Chris Stiffler
7mi
Sep 10, 2016
Erik Schleede

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  4.4 from 13 votes

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Conditions


Minor Issues 3 days ago
Some Mud
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Just got back from riding River Bends mountain bike trails, trail is in great shape before tonights rains. Oct 2, 2014


I love this trail, now if it would just dry out :~/ Jun 28, 2015


Most of the leaves are down and the trail is in great shape. Oct 31, 2015


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