Hanson Hills Bike Trail - TRAIL

Hanson Hills Bike Trail - Trail, Grayling, Michigan

The trail is fairly new, it has some nice singletrack and really great downhills. It is a pretty short loop, not more than 4 miles.

User Reviews (9)

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rm25x   Weekend Warrior [Nov 18, 2013]

Just wanted to update this with the trail map. Looks like the trail is now over 18 miles. I have just moved to Grayling and unfortunately due to the weather have not had a chance to ride here yet though so do not pay attention to any of my ratings.

Click the link for a trail map and events calendar:
http://hansonhills.org/Mt.html

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3
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3
car_auctioneer   Cross Country Rider [Jul 27, 2009]

I spent a weekend in this area and rode several different trail systems. Hanson Hills was easy to find and the trail was VERY well marked (once I found the MTB system, see below). It's impossible to get lost here. MMBA has done a great job with signage.

That said, the trail is rather boring. Yes, there are some climbs, but overall it's not too technically challenging. After about five miles I was thinking, "Okay, had enough, where's my car?".

I have since learned that local riders familiar with the trail know of several unmarked loops that promise a better ride, but as a visitor I stick with the map and the signs. If the facility has more and better trails to offer, put them on the map!

Customer Service

Take M-93 southwest out of Gaylord. You'll see a huge Hanson Hills sign a few miles out of town. Once in the parking lot, the trailhead starts next to the red building next to the pond (not the main ski lodge). Building has a MMBA sign hanging in the window. Follow the trail around to the right, staying on the wide section, about 1/2 mile until you come to a clearing. The well-marked MTB trail seems to start there, really. You'll see the sign.

Similar Products Used: Boyne Mountain, Aspen Park (Gaylord), Hanson Hills, Shingle Mill Pathway. Recommend in that order. Shingle Mill definitely not worth the effort to get there, if you ask me.

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3
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3
redsoxman   Cross Country Rider [May 28, 2008]

I am writting this to update the reviews. It is now a 10 mile loop that is fast flowing and well maintained. Much of it is single track with a few climbs that are not too draining. The last mile has some fun downhill. Very fun, fun ride that everyone should try. Also there is a mogul that splits two trees that should be marked on the downside of a fast hill---if it isn't then god bless!

Customer Service

enter the trailhead at the parking lot and always stay left.

Similar Products Used: get to Alpena/ossineke area and ride Chippewa Hills
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4
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3
craig   Cross Country Rider [Jun 07, 2004]

Just raced at Hanson this weekend. The trail is very nice - especially the new singletrack. It is now 8.5 miles in length, with most of the two track being replaced by new singletrack. There are some nice climbs and some FAST downhill sections (short and smooth - don't want to get the DH guys excited). If you haven't ridden it this year, take another look.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise fron ski hill parking lot.

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5
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4
Brad   [May 03, 2000]

If you do not ride much the uphills will be challenging but the downhills make up for it. The trail is really short but worth more than one lap. It could be marked better but is there are usually some arrows that Fun Promotions puts there for the race held there. Riders of all levels will enjoy this trail. If the actual bike trail bores you, there are are over thirty miles of marked cross country ski trails of different lengths and difficulties all of which have good size hills.

Customer Service

Head out M-72 toward Traverse City. There is a stop light at the M-93 intersection where you need to go left. Not more than 1 mile from the intersection there is a big sign on your left for Hanson Hills Ski Park.

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4
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Brad   [May 03, 2000]

If you do not ride much the uphills will be challenging but the downhills make up for it. The trail is really short but worth more than one lap. It could be marked better but is there are usually some arrows that Fun Promotions puts there for the race held there. Riders of all levels will enjoy this trail. If the actual bike trail bores you, there are are over thirty miles of marked cross country ski trails of different lengths and difficulties all of which have good size hills.

Customer Service

Head out M-72 toward Traverse City. There is a stop light at the M-93 intersection where you need to go left. Not more than 1 mile from the intersection there is a big sign on your left for Hanson Hills Ski Park.

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4
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Tom Babcock   [May 24, 2000]

I rode this trail for the first time a few weeks ago. Its about a 4.5 mile loop with a couple of awesome climbs. It also has some great winding single track and fast downhills. The only down side to hanson hills is the sandy two track you take to get into the woods, but other than that it is a great trail for all types of riders. FUN Promotions race on June 17 and 18

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4
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Ted Schlaack   [Jun 29, 2001]

I rode this trail for the first time a few weeks ago while on vacation at my parents. A4.5 mile loop with a couple of long but smooth and graduated climbs. It also has some sandy, single track and sandy downhills. This is that breakaway type of deceiving sand. You know the type that appears to be solid until you stand out of the saddle and spin out. My daughter and I raced the FUN Promotions race on June 3 and had a ball. A very pretty Michigan trail, unlike some of the Texas trails that are challenging but not as scenic.
This is a great beginner trail with a wide single track and no technical areas at all. Short, Easy but fun! Thanks for all of the Michigan hospitality, and when in Dallas check out "The Breaks at Bar H or Erwin Park!
Three Flamers

Customer Service

I 75 to Grayling M72 then go ask someone. Because I will get you lost

Similar Products Used: Sorry all I can rate is Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston Texas.
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3
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DanO   [Apr 23, 2002]

Great trail! long steady uphills followed by some fun downhills. not a very technical ride, but still very fun. great trail for the whole family. Very hard to find though, it is somewhat of a secret trail in the area. to get to the trail once you are at Hanson Hills, get on the main 2-track and start off taking the path furthest to the right, and a sandy 2-track should lead you to the trail. About 6 miles in length because more trail has been added recently. At the top of a large hill, the trail splits in 2, take the left for the 6 mile loop and right trail for the 4 mile loop. Fun ride and a great workout. The trail is marked with small white diamonds on various trees, just follow those and you should be all set. Have fun riding!

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