Hungerford Lake Trail - Trail, Big Rapids, Michigan

Hungerford Lake Trail - Trail, Big Rapids, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

Mix of nice tight single track and some 2 track/xc ski trai. At least 12 miles of designated bike trails. Until a few years ago you had to ride the shared horse and wider xc ski trails that are heavily used by horses. There has been added designated bike single track that is off limits to horses. The trails are much improved and not used much. Try to get a map through the Manistee National Forest office in Cadillac or Manistee because it gets a little confusing with all the 2 tracks, dirt roads, horse and ski trails. Just follow the "bike" markers. The MTB trail is basically a 9 mile circle loop, with a 2 or 3 mile connector across the middle of the circle going east/west.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 29, 2015]
ride
Racer

ok but for those people who mind horse poop, DONT FORGET PEOPLE GET LOST ! the trails are clear most of the time . I mean we are in a FOREST!

Customer Service

any

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 15, 2012]
tempest33b
Cross Country Rider

Used to be shared with horses but was still fun, There is more bike only trail now. I've never seen another rider on the trails when I've been out there and that sucks for everyone else. Its a great trail, good climbs and some good flow.

Customer Service

Find out for yourself what you like

Similar Products Used:

Yankee Springs, Burchfield

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 29, 2011]
alexcornwell
Cross Country Rider

Trail has 2 loops the A loop with ~7 miles and B loop with ~12 miles. the A loop includes no elements like the one pictured above but there are two elements including a 35ft long elevated plank-way. more elements to come. i am part of the maintenance crew, the trail is raked each spring and consistently cleared. the guys on FSU's adventure racing teem say they do the b loop in about 50 min

Customer Service

B (pay attention if you are some where horses have gone then you are not on the rite trail)

Similar Products Used:

Yankee Springs, Fort Custer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 10, 2007]
Jon
Weekend Warrior

Well, could be a great trail that is local for me, BUT the horses rule the park. Meaning over 25% of the 12 mile loop is all chopped up by horse hooves, not much fun. There is also the typical sand traps for this area, so you have to be on your toes and there are some parts you have to get off the bike and walk it because of the deep sand. Overall, has great potential but the horses have ruined it and it is not worth riding unless you live in the Big Rapids area even then expect to be frustrated.

Customer Service

clockwise

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 14, 2006]
Special Goodness
Racer

This trail has two or three tough climbs and is long enough to make you feel like you actually did something. Less than a month ago the trail markers were replaced, so you can almost find your way around without getting lost...almost. GET A MAP! You wont see any other riders at this trail, so if you get lost or hurt you are on your own. Disk brakes are a must! Rim brake pads will be toast after 2 rides. I suggest walking or carrying your bike over the sand in the powerline cuts. No need to get all that extra sand in your drivetrain. I HAVE FOUND QUICKSAND NEAR THE POWERLINE CUTS! BE CAREFUL! As you get further toward the back of the trail you will see fewer and fewer horse tracks. Apparently people riding horses can't read. Strange.

As far as the trail goes I would call it mostly single-track. You will have to ride on double-track for several sections. If you are looking for "tight" single-track, look elsewhere. The trail is mostly sand, gets muddy, lacks rocks, and has lots of trail trash to ride over. I've tried to clear most of the unrideable trash, but there are still a couple trees down that you will have to carry your bike over (to tall for anyone to ride or jump over). Don't try to ride the ramps over the fallen trees. They are OLD and rotten and were built out of deadfall. Why do people do that!?!?

Customer Service

Ride the trail as a figure of eight. From the parking lot, take the left fork (follow the blue markers left) up the long climb. Turn right at the second bike trail. The first right is a huge disapointment, and just turns you around. The second right is ...nevermind...GET A MAP. Don't trust the map though. It's wrong. The only acurate parts of the map are the roads and powerline cuts, but you can use those to find your way back to the parking lot.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 16, 2003]
craig and randy
Cross Country Rider

If you take a 250 pound cow and put that on top of a horse and ride it on a designated mountain bike trail the mountain bike trail will lose. This could be a nice trail but the horses and the cows that ride the horses have ruined it. Most of the trail is choppy from the horses and there are some real sandy spots from the horses tearing it up. It is marked no horses but stupid horse people can't read. I do not recommend using this trail until they stop the horses from using it. I would rate this trail a 4 if it wasn't beat up from the horses but since it is it gets a 2. This trail is a waste of time. Better off going to the North Country Trail if you are up that way.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 16, 2003]
craig and randy
Cross Country Rider

If you take a 250 pound cow and put that on top of a horse and ride it on a designated mountain bike trail the mountain bike trail will lose. This could be a nice trail but the horses and the cows that ride the horses have ruined it. Most of the trail is choppy from the horses and there are some real sandy spots from the horses tearing it up. It is marked no horses but stupid horse people can't read. I do not recommend using this trail until they stop the horses from using it. I would rate this trail a 4 if it wasn't beat up from the horses but since it is it gets a 2. This trail is a waste of time. Better off going to the North Country Trail if you are up that way.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 11, 2003]
jvb
Cross Country Rider

At first I was not impressed, but as we all know not all first impressions are correct. The first three miles were a bit choppy due to the storms in the area knocking over trees and those horses beating up the once wet ground. Although some of the trails are designated "bikers only" and we know that horses can't read and some of their riders are just plain stupid, there are areas that are just plain torn up. Let's not forget the piles of stench laid behind. Anyway as you get further out from the campgrounds, trailhead and boatlaunch/swimming area the trail tend to become much nicer and much more fun. I stayed on the outside of the large loop going clockwise. As you get out toward the top of the map be ready for a fairly good upper body workout as you go over bump after bump similar to that quick set in "the Pines" at Yankee. Keep in mind that Hungerford literally has hundreds of them. Sometimes you are going downhill and riding them, sometimes uphill. I assume they were made by some forestry tool many years ago. Very Cool and nothing like I have ridden anywhere else, although I haven't ridden on the East Side much other than a couple of races. The rest of the ride was decent with a couple of log piles and a couple of surprising ramps up and over some fallen logs. One of which is 3 to 4 feet off the ground. The second one was in need of some maintenance as it was missing a couple of pieces on the ladder on the back side. The entire trail is in need of some work as some of the markers were missing and others were blocked by vegetation. All in all this trail is pretty good once you get out away from the horse destruction, with lots of potential. It is a good ride for those of you going through mid-Michigan on your way back or to the North part of the state.

Customer Service

Go from swimming area or trail head, clockwice along outside of large loop. $3.00 parking required

Similar Products Used:

owassippee (muskegon/Montague) Big M (Manistee) Egypt Valley (CSGA) (Grand Rapids)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 25, 2001]
Rascal

Nice trail only 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids that hardly gets ridden. Now, get there and ride.

Customer Service

Take the outer loop clockwise, then cut back across the bisecting east/west trail when you've gone around about 6 or 7 miles from the lot, take that bisecting trail west back to the outer trail, turn left, and return back to the lot on the outer trail in a counter-clockwise direction (same way you started). This makes a nice ride. Confused??? Just get a map and check it out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 12, 2002]
reldnasa

DO NOT ENTER THIS TRAIL
A couple friends and I went to this trail thinking that it would be really cool, but it sucks. Some parts of the trail are marked but most of it is not. We went through most of the trail......and then all of a sudden the trail just stops!! in a forest with downed trees. So we headed out to a road and asked for directions from someone about 5 miles down the street. Don't ever go here!

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used:

Ionia, Cannonsburg, Bass River, Robinettes

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
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