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Rouge Park MTB Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.8 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 85' 26 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 618' 188 m
Low: 596' 182 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Chris Frey

Three miles of singletrack in the City of Detroit, built by the MCMBA and SCA.

Chris Frey

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Avoid after heavy rains and during freeze/thaw cycles.

Description

The Rouge Park Trail is a beginner to intermediate singletrack trail in the City of Detroit's Rouge Park in the Warrendale neighborhood. This trail is located close to Dearborn, Redford, Hines Drive, the Rouge Gateway Trail, Eliza Howell Park, and more. The singletrack is short but has plenty of character and challenge. It basically travels along the banks of the Rouge River from Tireman north to Joy Road, crosses the river, and heads south back to the corner of Spinoza and Tireman. The natural beauty in the middle of an urban area makes this a special place.

Starting at the trailhead, the trail proceeds clockwise, heading north parallel to Outer Drive with some switchbacks. Near the corner where Outer Drive crosses over Joy Rd, the trail swoops down and heads east towards the river. It exits the forest onto the sidewalk on Joy Rd. Take Joy Rd. east on the bridge over the river, and then jump back into the woods.

The trail winds through the forest some more before briefly jumping out into some open space across from the aero-modelers' field. The trail then winds south following the ridgeline before exiting onto the sidewalk where Spinoza meets Tireman. Follow the sidewalk west on Tireman and jump back into the trail after crossing the bridge over the river. Finish the loop and exit back to trailhead.

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Jun 14, 2018
Gregory Newton
The trail was overgrown in some parts. We got off trail a couple of times. Trees tipped over on the trail. Lots of homeless walking the trails. 1.8mi — 1h 00m
Oct 22, 2017
Adrian Laurenzi
Sep 22, 2016
Lars Pearson
Loose earth throughout, adding to the difficulty of navigating ravine-edge sections. Lots of leaves and detritus made trail hard to find in some areas

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  2.3 from 4 votes

#2

in Rouge Park

#26961

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#2

in Rouge Park

#451

in Michigan

#26,961

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Photos

GirlBike group ride at the Rouge Park MTB Trailhead
Feb 28, 2016 near Dearbor…, MI
Finishing up the Spinoza side of the Rouge Park MTB singletrack trail.
Feb 28, 2016 near Dearbor…, MI
The Rouge Park MTB Trail - secluded singletrack in a natural setting just west of the big city.
Feb 28, 2016 near Dearbor…, MI

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