Holdridge Lakes - TRAIL

Holdridge Lakes - Trail, Holly, Michigan

There are three trails in this area north, west, and east. The north trail is about 2 miles and is pretty level, you can take your kids on this trail. The west trail is about 5.5 miles if you do all the loops. It is mostly rolling hills with one very steep climb. The east loop is 15.8 miles long and is called Grubers Grinder. At the start of this trail is a sign that warns of the length and difficulty. This trail is very similar to highland but is tighter with more log s to climb over.

User Reviews (46)

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Shannon   Weekend Warrior [Jul 16, 2012]

Its close, so this is my regular ride and I think this trail offers it all. You get good climbs, roots, some speedy downhills and if you only have 45 minutes to ride in a day, you can hit the west/north (and tech loop) and kill about 7.5 miles in no time for a good balanced ride. It does tend to drain slow, so I'd avoid after the rains. Enjoy!

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4
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4
MJD   Weekend Warrior [May 07, 2012]

East trail is nuts. If you are training for some kind of competition and need a lung and heart endurance builder then take the east. I am looking for a mix of everything but this only had constant inclines and declines. I did not enjoy it. I want to loose my breathe from the thrill of the trail not the physical demands of just riding up a hill. There are plenty of big hills on the road I live on to just ride up and down on if I want.

Customer Service

North and West.

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2
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5
Matthias   Racer [Mar 30, 2011]

UPDATE:

The West loop is where it's at if you want to have more fun than a workout. Recently 5+ dirt jumps have been added to this loop and they are nothing but pure fun in an otherwise XC-like trail. I know because I built them, and I plan to build about 10 or so more with one being such a monster than the MMBA will probably remove it, but we will see.

The jumps built offer ways around them and most are off the tech loop so if you're a puss then don't ride it.

These trails could be so much better so if you ride them often how about you contribute and come on out, start building, and removing speed killing stumps so we can all enjoy them a lot more!

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3
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3
Doctor_Salazar84   Cross Country Rider [Dec 25, 2009]

North Loop: a novice trail. about 2 miles long. a smooth flowing trail great warm up, or trail to learn on. the only difficult part of this loop is in the Frist 100yrd. the trail starts right into short downhill. it can be hard for newbies. the trail also is how u enter the grinder. the start of that trail is .5 mile into the north loop. or your can find the start of the grinder down Hess road.

Grubbers Grinder: Stop an go. This trail doesn't have the smoothest flow but on the other hand this trail forces you to learn how to carry your speed through the twisty turns. the trail has rooted down hills, a tight weave of trees, half dozen rock garden(a 29er wonderland), a multitude of log pyramids, and regular mile markers. Holdridge is littered with small lakes an early in the year there can be an excess of flooding, but most of the year it's really good earth to ride. I LOvE this trail.


The west loop: a lot faster. there's a number of rock, log or, earth piles to launch off. in side the west loop there's three smaller loops turtle, tech, an lake. the turtle trail is a quick 3/4 mile loop, the tech loop is about 4miles in just after "the wall" (a short steep sandy, rooted climb) the tech loop is a mile an contains log skinnies, a 3ft drop, and many other small obstacles. you many go around anything though. the lake loop is near the end. it to is about a mile long. this is the only section i ever skip. there are parts of this loop that are so rooted its can be extremely rough on my HT.

Customer Service

75 to Grange hall rd. turn west toward the car pool lot. just past the lot, will be Hess rd on your north side. turn on Hess, follow the road as it curves for about two miles. the trail head will be on your left.

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4
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3
Riding Flamingo   Weekend Warrior [May 05, 2009]

This trail (the east loop) is almost as good as Highland. It is just as tight and curvy but does not have as many climbs. There are more log and rock stack thou. The east loop takes just over 2 hours to complete. In the spring there are some muddy spots and there is loots of bugs in the summer. Over all lots of fun.

Customer Service

East loop

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5
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4
laithef   Cross Country Rider [Jul 03, 2007]

** Recommend long sleeve jersey in summer months ** (trail over grown)

The 'East' trail (a.k.a Grubers Grinder) is 15.8 miles long, well marked, very twisty, with short but frequent climbs, moderately technical with fun obstacles, a little bit of everything on this trail. I am an intermediate rider and a clydesdale (meaning 250+ lbs) and rode the trail in about 2 hrs and 20 minutes. I agree that you shouldn't bring a brand new mountain biker to this trail... BUT... I don't agree that this is an 'expert' only trail (you can always ride a little slower).

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5
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3
Laithef   Cross Country Rider [Jul 03, 2007]

The 'East' Trail (a.k.a. Gruber's Grinder) is 15.8 miles long, well marked, overgrown in the summer (**strongly recommend long sleeves in summer months**), very twisty, moderately technical, with a little bit of everything, the climbs are frequent but very short, there are a handful of marked shortcuts. I am a intermediately skilled rider and a clydesdale (to be translated as +250lbs) and was able to ride this course in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. I do agree that this is not a trail for someone brand new to mountain biking... BUT... I don't agree that this is an 'expert only' trail. We had a very good time riding this trail... do yourself a favor and make the trip out to Holly, MI and ride this trail... worse case scenario you can ride a little slower through this trail and still have a great time.

Similar Products Used: Pontiac Lake
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5
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3
ryguy79   Cross Country Rider [Apr 23, 2007]

Gruber's Grinder is long and slow like everyone has said. I used to ride that a few times each summer on weekends. The west loop is where its at! I usually rode Holdridge after work in the evenings when I lived in Michigan. The west loop was a perfect after work ride. A couple loops on the West loop usually took me a little over an hour, including the tech loop and the lakeshore loop. The west loop is just good fun, not too technical, but has some really great fun flowy spots. I would still ride it regularly if I hadn't moved away. I give it a 5 overall because its just a fun trail to ride.

Customer Service

Lapping the West loop.

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5
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3
Todd HOckenberry   Weekend Warrior [Jul 21, 2003]

This trail is just a few minutes from my parents house in Holly. I rode it when visiting from Colorado about a month ago. For Michigan it is pretty challenging and a blast. I like raging through narrow woods at high speeds, not knowing whats around the corner...non-existent in CO. The wall is very challenging. You can loop it and try again and again until you get it right...fantastic. I even saw a group of deer on the trail. Be prepared to get muddy. I fell a few times. Once over my bars trying to hop a log another time at a very high speed in a mud pit. I recommend this trail to anybody.

Customer Service

East

Similar Products Used: Island Lake
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4
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4
Paul LaRue   Weekend Warrior [Jul 20, 2003]

Just finished the full 15+ miles of the east trail for the first time a couple days ago. I've ridden it a few times before, but ran out of water at about the 10 mile point, and took the shortcut back. To be honest I have mixed feeling about this trail. On one hand I like a challenge, but there are a couple parts of the trail that have "impossibly difficult" climbs (imagine climbing a hill of ball-bearing-like stones that roll out from under your tire), and one or two other points that are just plain dangerous. For example, one particular very steep decent contains a stone about the size of a bowling ball that is broken at about the angle of a log splitting (read head splitting) axe. Yes, I went over the handlebars avoiding this stone. The difficulty of the trail requires that you either travel very slowly, or count on getting hurt. Because I ended up riding so slowly I didn't get a really good cardio workout. Having said that, the 3-4 foot log piles are fun, most of the trail is pretty safe, and you really feel like you accomplished something when you finish. I'd recommend that most people ride the west (intermediate) trail two or three times instead of the east trail. The west trail is fairly fast, with far fewer chances to get hurt. The north trail is good for a warm up or cool down, just watch out for kids. I’m not sure that I’ll ever ride the east trail again, and I’ve heard several people say that it’s more like just crashing from one tree to the next that riding. I’d like to see a little more work done to the trail so a few more people besides the extreme riders would enjoy riding it. I tip my helmet to the “professionals” that can supposedly finish the east trail in 1.5 hours -- they are bad dudes.

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4
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3
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