MTB Project Logo

River Bends Park

 26 votes

Length

5.1 Miles 8.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

127' 39 m

Ascent

-128' -39 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

664' 203 m

High

629' 192 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 50 days ago
Muddy History

Getting forecast...

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.

Contacts

You & this Featured Ride


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Dec 1, 2017
Rick G
Oct 29, 2017
Nathan Levi
Great trail for beginners & sweet for intermediate riders looking to light up the afterburners. Couple of skinnies and rollers 5.1mi
Sep 29, 2017
Chesney Ward
good ride. took our time today 5.1mi
Sep 13, 2017
Cody Yettaw
6mi
Sep 4, 2017
Pauljin MK
11mi
Aug 26, 2017
Robert Monchamp
Aug 25, 2017
Rose B
Aug 22, 2017
Rose B

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 26 votes

#1

in Rochester

#298

Overall
  4.3 from 26 votes
5 Star
42%
4 Star
46%
3 Star
12%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in Rochester

#11

in Michigan

#298

Overall
348 Views Last Month
7,983 Since Sep 28, 2014
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

23%
59%
14%
5%
0%
0%
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

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter