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River Bends Park

Intermediate

Trail

5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 86' 26 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 664' 202 m
Low: 639' 195 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

Dogs

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

Steve Vigneau

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

Features Pump Track

Swamp loop may be muddy, if so, avoid it and cut out early.

Overview

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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Check-Ins

May 9, 2020
Jose PerezBetancourt
Nice flow 6mi
May 4, 2020
Cyndi Schutter
Fast and dry
Apr 24, 2020
Ella Dziedzic
First time here! Very well maintained trails. Fun for beginner mountain bikers
Dec 8, 2019
Jeff Strobehn
talon 3
Sep 24, 2019
Nick Tocco
Sep 8, 2019
Jason Folt
Aug 31, 2019
Matt Wie8
Aug 17, 2019
Audrey Almquist
5.4mi — 1h 00m

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 64 votes

#1

in Rochester

#144

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#1

in Rochester

#6

in Michigan

#144

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Photos

Tight climb between some trees.
Sep 28, 2014 near Utica, MI
Looking south at the beginning of the Blue trail along the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal tailings. Note the blue corrugated plastic sign that is used to mark the trail.
Sep 28, 2014 near Utica, MI
Trailhead kiosk. White painted line is for a cross-country running race and leads to the start of the singletrack.
Sep 28, 2014 near Shelby, MI
Heading north on the rollers along the canal tailings after turning left at the intersection with the Blue Loop.
Sep 28, 2014 near Utica, MI
Slightly banked bridge just after the end of the very first phase of construction at River Bends, just before the Dragstrip.
Sep 28, 2014 near Utica, MI
Gentle descent, just before the steepest climb on the Yellow Loop trail.
Sep 28, 2014 near Utica, MI

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