“This ride features an old forest road climb to a tight singletrack descent from Horton Trailhead.”
— Tim Haggerty
This ride features a climb up an old logging road on Spring Ridge Trail (TR561)
to Allegheny Mtn to a great downhill on Horton Trail (TR530)
that starts steep and gradually becomes less steep. The DH is tight with some off-camber rocky sections as well as three bike-able creek crossings.
Need to Know
These trails are cleared of downed trees in spring by the USFS seasonal trail crew. This trail is best in the fall to early spring before the nettles grow thick.
There is parking at the base of Horton Trail (TR530)
as well as at the base of Spring Ridge Trail (TR561)
. Begin off of either of these parking lots and head up Spring Ridge Trail (TR561)
from County Rd 29.
Spring Ridge Trail (TR561)
is an old logging road, making it a wide trail that is not technical. There are two or three grass clearings on Spring Ridge. At the first clearing, stay to the left of the clearing and follow the blue blazes.
Continue on the trail until you reach the Allegheny Mtn Trail (TR532)
where you'll turn left. Your DH will begin as you start on the Allegheny Mtn Trail through a grass clearing towards a four-way trail intersection.
Take a left down Horton Trail (TR530)
, continuing downhill. The beginning of Horton Trail (TR530)
is steep and the product of erosion with exposed roots and shale for about 0.5 miles. Then the grade will slacken and you'll continue down a tight singletrack with occasional rocky sections, off-camber, and a few creek crossings for a little over two miles of DH back to the car and/or County Road 29.
History & Background
Horton Trail (TR530)
is named after a settlement along Gandy Creek north of Whitmer. Trails such as this one were the routes loggers followed over the mountains to get to work.