River Bends Park

 20 votes

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°)

All Clear

15 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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Aug 11, 2017
Matthew Mueller
first mtb trail ride
Jul 26, 2017
Scott L.
Nice beginner course! 5.8mi
Jul 15, 2017
Chesney Ward
harder today for me because couldn't get riding shorts comfortable. lots of hard downhill root obstacles and uphill root climbs 5.1mi
Jul 9, 2017
Chesney Ward
much faster today, hard downhill at the end. don't take the orange or blue trail markers. 5.1mi
Jul 8, 2017
Adam K
10.2mi
Jul 7, 2017
Adam K
5.1mi
Jul 4, 2017
Chesney Ward
really fun trail with obstacles for all levels, lots of flat areas to break from hills, scenic route and heavily wooded 5.1mi
May 24, 2017
Alex Morisset

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  4.4 from 20 votes

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in Rochester

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#10

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#318

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Conditions


All Clear 15 days ago
Mostly Dry - First time there. Some challenges, although nothing too crazy. Only went over the bars once.
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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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