Rose Lake - TRAIL

Rose Lake - Trail, East Lansing, Michigan

Unmarked Singletrak. A bit sandy in spots and low in other that can hold water. Can be muddy at times. Trail isn't marked, but isn't too bad to explore. Ride tires that are decent in sand/soft stuff. Somewhat technical, a few short climbs, some log crossings. Decent fun place near East Lansing. Better than Sleepy Hollow in my opinion. The trail is shared and non-directional with horses/hikers. Generally pretty empty.

User Reviews (18)

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F7Cannon   Cross Country Rider [Nov 16, 2011]

This trail is best ridden in the late fall and early winter IMO when the ground is nice and firm. For anybody saying this place is totally
flat and not technical I can guarantee they haven't ridden all of it. The trail is what it is but it's fairly close.It's unmarked, fairly short, and has no designated trail cordinator but I guarantee if you come out for a group ride with me and some of my hommies you will get in a good workout and not think it's all so easy any more.Great trail to ride after work during the week when it start's to get dark early. Save the good out of town trails for the weekend. Also it can be ridden at night unlike a lot of the other trails around.

Customer Service

Everything, and then ride it again backwards right afterwards and then tell me how easy and flat it is!

Similar Products Used: Burchfield, Bennett Park, Anderson Park, Sleepy Hollow.
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3
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3
conman#1   Cross Country Rider [Mar 31, 2010]

i made a few jumps and docks there shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Customer Service

try to find um! its worth it

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5
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4
Trail Newbie   Weekend Warrior [Jul 29, 2009]

This trail is great for anyone in the area whole wants to practice trail riding without all of the traffic like at Burchfield. I have recently found this trail and couldn't be happier. I had to clear the path on some parts, but for the most part it was in good shape.

Customer Service

Take any trail that goes off the main artery. Every trail has something different to offer.

It took me a while to find out where to park to get onto the trail. I used the one on Peacock. It is a dirt road but the best parking that isn't so close to a road.

Similar Products Used: Burchfield
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3
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2
sbatt   Cross Country Rider [Jan 21, 2007]

Went walking there yesterday in cold packed snow. Saw one set of biking tracks. I'll bring my skis or bike next time. I think this terrain is very promising (except for a bit of sand). There are some cool sections that need work on clearing and there are no toys/stunts as far as I have discovered, but the main existing trails are okay and it's much closer to East Lansing than Burchfield. It would be cool to build in a few more twisty loops.

Customer Service

Take Woodbury Rd north off I69 to the first parking area on left (about 1/2 mile up just before the crest of the hill. There are several parking areas all around this spot; Woodbury (east side) is paved; Peacock is not (west side).

For the ride, stay off the central trunk as much as possible.

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4
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3
kayakclc   Cross Country Rider [Jun 22, 2005]

Basically this is a great practice trail, it has a little bit of almost everything. It has fast sweeping turns, tight turny sections, soft sand (If you do the Iceman, you need to practice this.), log piles, rocky hills, roots, mud and small drops. And everything can be ridden both directions, so keep your eyes open. Basically, I believe you ride and enjoy a trail for what it is, but the beauty of this trail is it's versatility. Ride smooth and fast like Island Lakes (or the vasa single track), rough with roots and rocks and hills (although smaller) like Poto or practice log piles for when you ride Burchfield or Custer (the log piles are smaller but more difficult at rose lake).

Customer Service

That's the beauty of it, make it up as you go. What's your goal for that day!!! Learning the trail. Think of it as a rectangle cut down the middle by the east/west main trail (the part everyone says is boring, ride it so you'll recognize when you cross it). Then there's a complete outer circle from which all trails (but 2) will bring you back to the main trail. Of the 2 trails that don't bring you back, the one on the south side is just a circle itself and brings you back to where you were, the other (on the north) is a long trail out to another circle and you head back in. If you miss the circle you come out on the road about 1/3 mi from where you parked. Just start over.

Similar Products Used: Potowatomi, Island Lakes, Ft. Custer, Burchfield
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4
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3
Green Giant   [Aug 11, 1999]

Singletrak that can be technical at times and in spots. A few log crossings, creek crossings etc. Not spectacular, but not bad. Wouldn't mind seeing a loop marked. Wear bright clothes or don't ride at all during hunting season. Gives you the feeling at times that you are in the middle of nowhere. Can be muddy. More technical and IMO fun than Sleepy Hollow. Given the area if Poto is a 5 star this place is like 3-3.5ish. If you are a student at MSU the best close place I know of.

Customer Service

There isn't one. After crossing the bridge head left and explore.

Similar Products Used: All the michigan regulars.
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3
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Andrew Sandri   [Apr 15, 2000]

These trails are nothing but a good time. Main trail has shit loads of trails splintering off. Some have slight hills but overall it is relatively easy. What makes these fun trails is their muilitude. Easch side trail has trails off of it. Allows for exploration. Impossible to get lost, all trails lead back to the main. Great scenry, Rose lake is phat. Probably about 10-15 miles; good for all level riders except for a few trails that have some grueling hills. Good, all around scenic and riding enjoyment.
Hint: Fun trail is the last one on the right off the main trail before the bridge. Hills are fun

Customer Service

Bussiness 69 in E. Lansing untill it turns into 69 going to flint. Take woodbury exit, (first exit after bussiness turns into highway)turn left, first parking lot on left.

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3
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Jimmy   [Apr 15, 2002]

When I lived around East Lansing I used to ride this trail all the time. Rose Lake was the best trail in the Lansing area. I have not been back in about a year, but I'm hoping to get back there soon! Some areas are really sandy... parts are really muddy in the spring and fall. I wouldn't recommend riding here in autumn because it is a hunting area, though if you have the cajones or sheer stupidity, the fall colors are really nice. Since this is a hunting area, there's lots of wildlife (ducks, blue herons, deer, etc.) to look at if you take a break by the lake. There are quite a few trails and since there is no map, it is possible to get lost in here, but if you just follow the trail you are on, eventually you will come out to a road. Moderate difficulty.

Customer Service

None... explorer until your heart's content

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4
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Jonah Koski   [May 08, 2002]

I have ridden this trail once and loved it. It is a little sandy in some places,but if your riding in the spring it's mostly mud. The A-frames are pretty rad but sometimes there's a log missing and a six inch gap where it was. I have a shock but it didn't help much if I went to slow. My friend has full suspension and he still tacked up to endo's. There are only two killer hills one of which I cleaned. This is a graet trail for any rider. Stay safe!

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4
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Drew   [Jun 14, 2002]

This is a fairly cool intermediate trail. It's not really marked at all, so you can just keep turning when the trail forks and ride for hours. However, you're likely to pass the parking lot often enough. It's somewhat narrow but has faster sections as well. Considering how flat the Lansing area is, the trail does a good job with the contours. This is rather sandy trail that can get overgrown with plants and picker bushes in the summertime, but don't let this stop you from riding here. If you're not down with the super-technical/North Shore-riding at Burchfield Park, this is the best place to ride in the Lansing area.

Customer Service

all over the frickin' place

Similar Products Used: Burchfield Park (Holt), Fort Custer (Augusta)
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3
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