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River Bends Park

Intermediate
 4.3 (73) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

95%

Singletrack

664' 202 m

High

639' 195 m

Low

86' 26 m

Up

84' 26 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

E-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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Vigneau with improvements by Bryan Peña-Cruz and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 73 votes

#1

in Rochester

#149

Overall
  4.3 from 73 votes
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#6

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Photos

Awesome new skinny added!
Aug 31, 2020 near Utica, MI
Brand new five foot tall table top roll in. The other side is steep, and FUN!
Aug 31, 2020 near Utica, MI
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

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Check-Ins

Apr 11, 2021
Michael Kollewehr
Apr 10, 2021
Michael Kollewehr
Mar 24, 2021
Cyndi Schutter
Great conditions
Oct 12, 2020
Rob Thornburg
3 total loops, 2 of which included the blue loop. Beautiful fall day with sun and in the mid 60s. Actually ridden 10/11. Super fun and fast.
Sep 23, 2020
Shin Field
坂は前半のみ。後半のブルーに入ってからのレッド、イエロー後半は傾斜少なくダラダラと走れる。ブルーの小川沿いは眺めがよく、レッドの草っ原は夕方鹿がよくでるので気分良く走れます。…
Aug 23, 2020
Timothy Laakso
Great new obstacles added 8.5mi
Aug 19, 2020
Sneha Inguva
8mi — 1h 11m
Aug 13, 2020
Sneha Inguva
5.4mi — 0h 40m