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Heritage Park Ride

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A very well marked city park singletrack loop.


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10.9

Miles

17.5

KM

85%

Singletrack

779' 238 m

High

714' 218 m

Low

347' 106 m

Up

346' 106 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Several loops and terrain that's not overly difficult make this a good ride for kids, though you may want to shorten it.

Don't ride during spring freeze/thaw cycle.

Overview

Nine miles of old school Michigan singletrack including many log piles and a few wooden bridges. Enjoy this great network of trails that have continued to increase in length and the fun factor over the last few years. It's actually one of Michigan's best-kept secrets.

Need to Know

The number one tip is to bring bug spray. Next, expect a number of log roll-overs along the way. Most have ride-arounds, but some don't.

Description

This ride offers a little of everything that you'll find in Michigan: tight, twisty singletrack through heavily-wooded areas, open doubletrack, sweet flowing segments with switchbacks, some interesting technical areas (log piles, bridges, rock garden, downhill with drop-offs) and a VERY fast downhill we call "Big Bertha". Of course, you could always ride it backwards and call it a BIG KICK BUTT climb!

The ride is considered moderately technical. There aren't many big climbs, but there are three short and steep ones with switchbacks all in a row. Also, there are some off-camber climbs as well as on the descents.

The trails dry out fast in the rain, and this is one of the first areas to be ready after the spring thaw. There's some sand, but things still hold up well even into the late summer. And the sections that aren't sandy are really fast and fun when summer dry spells have hit.

The full ride is nearly 11 miles in length, but it's possible to shorten things at many different points depending on your appetite for mileage and available time (it can seem a lot longer when you are riding it). New signage installed in 2016 makes it one of Michigan's best marked trails! Two trailhead kiosks, one at the Stubnitz Center and one in the soccer parking lot. Paper maps available at both.

Note that there is a section of trail behind the Stubnitz Center that is marked "No Bikes".

History & Background

The area was a family farm until the early 70's.

Contacts

Shared By:

Todd Blumerick

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  4.4 from 21 votes

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Snow covered skinny
Nov 20, 2018 near Adrian, MI
Heads up!
Nov 20, 2018 near Adrian, MI
Watch out for the sand at the bottom of this hill when it's dry.
Jun 19, 2017 near Adrian, MI

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Oct 16, 2020
Rick Garcia
Aug 14, 2020
Brian Brichta
Great group of trails. A little sandy in places, but overall A+.
May 31, 2020
Clay Deppen
Very fun flows, somewhat technical. Gotta make sure grads are right for climbs. Need to train for steady climbs and work on speeding up downhill 10.9mi — 1h 20m
May 21, 2020
Jon Haynes
One section of orange trail near the disc golf course was washed out due to recent flooding. Trails were in good shape otherwise 6.9mi
Jul 6, 2019
Todd Talford
Great trail system. Best trail marking that I have seen. 7.9mi — 1h 00m
May 20, 2019
Ashley Rehard
Mar 1, 2019
Tony Fietz
Nov 19, 2018
Jeff Carter
14.6mi — 1h 39m