Hess Lake - TRAIL

Hess Lake - Trail, Holly, Michigan

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minifreerider   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2009]

same as dirt little secret go up a little more)

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and its called holdridge

Similar Products Used: i like ad ride it every Thursday and Pontiac on tuesday
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Chad   [Jun 23, 1999]

Nicely groomed trails with loops for all skill levels. It's a more technical type of trail vs. the uphill/downhill of Poto. It's slower paced, but challenging. There is one loop of 18.3 miles and two others shorter than that 6 or so miles. You can make a day of it.

Customer Service

I-75 North to exit 101. Head west 1/4 mile, take dirt road on right, follow around to the brown "rec area" sign on left hand side.

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Correction   [Sep 01, 1999]

This is Holdridge Lake Mountain Bike Trail

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Jim Heading   [Oct 18, 1999]

There are three main loops here. The North Loop being a beginer trail winds through many feilds and has few climbs or log crossing. The North Loop is 4 miles in length. The West Loop is an intermediate trail with a few log crossings, a few moderate climbs, and one serious climb, "The Wall". There is a one mile tech loop off of the West Loop that has many log crossings and one tight switchback. The combined length of the West Loop is 6 miles. The East Loop or "Gruber's Grinder" ,after Paul Gruber the trails creator, is an expert only trail. It is 15.5 miles in length and takes an expert up to 2.5 hours to ride. It is very tight and has many log crossings, some as high as 5 feet. "Gruber's Grinder" has many short steep climbs and decents and many off camber sections. This trail is a total bithch but very rewarding when you are done. Have fun!

Customer Service

The West Loop or East Loop

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Davis Brockenshire   [Dec 05, 2000]

This place is not what it advertises! After 4 hours fighting traffic, we were VERY disappointed! It's not even fun to ride! No smile rating at all! The west loop is OK but was done in 30 minutes. Go to Bloomer park in Rochester instead!

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Gruber's grinder?

Similar Products Used: Highland lake, bloomer park, Windsor Ontario trails
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Ja   [Apr 28, 2001]

Depending on what type of ride you perfer, this can be a pretty nice place to ride. In most folks mind, the only reason wroth going is the east loop refered to as "Grubner's Grinder". It is a 17 mile trail with MANY log rolls and off-camber turns. Although I would reguard this trail as technical, it is defenitly a forward-moving trail. The hills are pretty rolling, and you will find less of the need to stop and rest than long technical trails usually do. This trail (luckily for most) is desighned as one long loop with two early exits, one at seven miles and another at ten, and if you have gotten to ten than you may as well finish the trail because the return loop is about as long and technical as the rest of the trail. This trail has a great michigan mountain bike association chapter to help keep in shape, but the trail has gotten a lot of use in it's short life, so you must do your part to make it a long healthy life by packing out at least your own trash and staying on the marked trail. If you can't clear an obstacle then walk over it, don't make a trail around it...there is still a lot of wildlife in this area and we don't want it to start looking like Bloomer. If you like to "shred" or "hammer" and don't like rides that require much indurance, than don't bother making the trip out to holly, but if you can appreciate a technical, well designed trail that requires good old fashioned skill, than this is defenitly the place....the rest of the trails here are pretty much rolling hardpack, nothing technical, but they are quite relaxing, and there is and interesting challenge dubbed "the hill" on the west loop.....oh yea, there is no beer to be found for miles

Customer Service

If from the D-town suburbs, take I-75 north to the Grange Hall road exit, cross back over the e-way (in other words, go west) to Hess road. Hess is the first road on the right, about a half mile down the road, take a right turn. The road is narrow and residential and curvy and one trail exits on it, so take is slow and watch for riders flying out of the woods. The trailhead is on the left about a half mile up Hess road

Similar Products Used: There aren't really any that I know of in the immediate area, but the most comparable is Highland in White Lake, I would consider this a faster moving version of highland if you have been there already
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correction   [Jul 02, 2002]

Like MMBA the first said this is Holdoridge Lakes Not Hess Lake trails. For more detailed reviews go to the Holdoridge Lakes section.

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Derek   [Jul 09, 2002]

Other than a little urban assault this was my first Michigan MTB ride. I thought it was OK. I didn't have any water with me so I couldn't ride any farther than I did but I would like to try the long loop. The ride is roling hills and not at all technical but the pace is high and it is a pretty good time. You can pedal through almost all the corners and get a little speed at some points. "The wall" was fun. I had the chance to sprint up it on a cheap borrowed bike in front of a couple of guys on $3000 dollar bikes that had just walked it so it made my day. The fact that this trail is close to school (GMI) gives it a bonus point. Alas it cannot compare with the trails back home. With up to 20 mile long DH runs I still dream of Norcal riding. Make to trip if you ever get the chance.

Customer Service

The way I went was on the shortest loop, (north I believe) then the middle loop. Total distance was about 11 miles. I didn't have a chance to ride the longest loop.

Similar Products Used: I don't know any other trails in the area but the picnic table behind the house is pretty fun to ride on.
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craig   [Oct 02, 2002]

I am new to mountain biking and just bought a schwinn sierra comfort bike. I am also over 300 pounds and haven't gotten on a bike in over 10 years. I found the north loop to be a great ride. Not all that challenging, but it did get the heart pumping and provided me with a great environment in which to get some exercise. The trail is well marked, clean and somewhat challenging to us new folks. I have been returning weekly and have gotten to where I ride the north loop 2-3 times in a row. I plan to attempt the harder loops in a couple of weeks. What this all boils down to is that if a 330 lb. newbie can do this trail without stopping, anyone can. Word to the wise: if you go, buy the annual pass...you will be back.

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begin with the north loop

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