Burchfield - Trail, Holt, Michigan

Burchfield - Trail, Holt, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

4 miles of twisty and technical with lots of man made stunts. 5 miles of double track.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 30, 2013]
reidabel
Cross Country Rider

The most recent review before this one was from nearly five years ago, and things have changed a LOT at Burchfield. The three teeter-totters have been removed, but several (non-articulating) stunts have been added. The new advanced trail has added a few miles of singletrack, as of 2011 or so. I believe it is around 10 miles total now, though I am not certain of that. Anybody who hasn't ridden this trail in a couple of years will be pleasantly surprised by all of the improvements.

The stunts all have bypasses, and new stunts are being constructed, with one very large one being built on Hansen's Be-Bop right now (May 2013). Stunt highlights include four varying lines at the end of the new Hellboy trail, Dragonball Run has reversed direction and has a couple of new stunts as well as refurbished older ones. Swamp Thing has reversed direction and has great flow despite no elevation changes.

Two new and long bridges on the new trail Glorious Poperd's were built as an Eagle Scout project. Another Eagle Scout project near the skinny log by Riverbend replaced a deteriorating boardwalk stunt with a two-line long stunt.

Hansen's Be-Bop, just North of the Riverbend lot, has just been rerouted out of the mud (mostly), and a large, advanced stunt is about half done and should be completed there within a few weeks of this review. Looman's Run has just seen a lot of rerouting and adds 1/4 mile of completely new singletrack.

Smokey and The Bandits just East of the MacNamara Landing parking lot has a sort of "mogul loop", with several six-foot high mounds to ride over in a circle, returning to the starting point, a 10-foot high downhill. Riding it over and over is a hard workout.

Let's get some new reviews on this site, Burchfield has changed so much that the older ones are not that relevant any more.

Most of the changes are South of the Riverbend lot, most of what is North of that remains the way it was - Randy's Maze, Annie's Playhouse, Kentaro's Monster.

Customer Service

Advanced trail - follow the green arrows.

Similar Products Used:

Anderson Park, Rose Lake (particularly when other trails are wet), River Trail (when the river is not overflowing). Anderson has some stunts, Rose Lake and the River Trail do not.

A bit further out - Brighton State Recreation Area, Ft. Custer, Yankee Springs. Sleepy Hollow has seen a lot of improvements.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 06, 2008]
tempest33b
Weekend Warrior

Great trail for an average ride. Nothing to difficult... unless you ride right along the river on some non-designated trails, thats where the fun is. This is a great trail though. Very well maintained and well used. Many people use these trails so make some friends.

Customer Service

Ride them all and find your favorite. I like to Make the figure 8 in the clockwise direction sticking to the trails designated red or yellow.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2006]
MTBMTH
Cross Country Rider

Burchfield is a great trail for a beginner or anyone not experienced with riding stunts. The stunts are at a level so that you can try all of them even if you have no experience (after two sessions there I made it over every one), but they stay fun since there are some harder lines. They could really improve by adding some bigger dirt jumps (and of course more stunts). The designers have really made the most of the terrain they had to work with. The trail usually stays pretty dry.

Customer Service

Start off of Nichols road and ride the south part of the advanced trail. This side is shorter and starts with a nice warmup trail. From there you can keep going south on some beginner trails or turn north and go back to the longer advanced section.

Similar Products Used:

Brighton

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
0
[Aug 08, 2006]
justbike
Weekend Warrior

I am new to riding(6 months)so i can not say that i have a lot of trails to compare this one to but i love riding hear. I ride this trail at least 3 times a week.When i rode it for the frist time i road all the trails i did not do all the obsticles but there are bypass's on all of them which is nice when you are learning.As i become a better rider i wish that the trail had more jumps and bigger hills. The rock garden's are sweet and there is some pretty big jumps.

Customer Service

Start at riverbend i allways start hear and go north on the blue trail till you get to swamp thing if you are new to this trail do not worry this is far from a advanced trail there is on large fallen tree to go over and a fun tetter at the end. It may take a long time to tell you the the route i take but i start this way because it is very easy biking and a good way to warm up the legs for the other trails. When you are done with swamp thing make sure at the end you go straight and stay on the advanced trails(once again this is far from advanced i did all this the frist time i came hear at the end of this trail there is some very fun rock gradens.Follow the blue trail all the way around and when you end up back at riverbend you a gone about 4.5 miles of easy flat riding. Now just go south east and there are a lot of fun trails out this way. Randy's maze is on of my favorits and at the end annies's playhouse.

Similar Products Used:

There is no trails in the lansing area that even come close to burchfield unless you like riding on pavment.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 13, 2004]
mess-downonly
Downhiller

kinda small im used to marquette with 12 foot drops and 15 foot high stunts. dirt jumps are tiny, dragons back is the hardest one and its easy, but its good to ride if your not very good or bored, but if youre a trail builder, build more please, dont want to be rude, but if you want some hardcore guys, get some big dops and 15-18 foot dirt jumps.still, this trail is well built and good for beginners to learn. its also fun to try crazy stuff like manuals and tricks on ladders because its so low and unintimidating.

Customer Service

the one with jumps

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 17, 2003]
mcballer52
Cross Country Rider

Best trails in the Lansing area. There are lots of stunts and a few smaller jumps to play on. Some rock crawls to ride over too. Great trail to work on your skills.

Customer Service

You have to do the advanced trail or it's no fun at all.

Similar Products Used:

Well, there aren't really any trails nearby, but yankee springs over in kalmazoo is one of my favorites. Eventually I hope to open a sweet trail with some crazy stunts up in bath (about 20 minutes north of holt), but that won't be for a while, unless the city or someone wants to make it a park, then I'll hurry it up.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 12, 2003]
Hassy
Racer

This is a great trail to really tune up on some of your technical skills and even try out some stunt-riding. Littered with plenty of obstacles and challenges, Burchfield is a unique trail in the Lansing area.

Customer Service

There are plenty of trails to discover in Burchfield park. I still am finding new trails after riding this park for the past few years.

Similar Products Used:

Fort Custer, Ionia, Yankee Spring, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 06, 2003]
MIFreeRider
Downhiller

Overall GREAT trail system!! This is where most of my stunt riding skills originated.

Similar Products Used:

Private trails, Commerce trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 03, 2003]
freeridefs
Weekend Warrior

Burchfield has rightfully gained a reputation in Michigan as the place to learn advanced biking skills or refine current skills like no other in the lower peninsula. It's a well designed mix of stunts and challenges that offer riders opportunities to learn techniques that will serve them well on any trail. It attracts riders of all skill levels, and although it's normal to see advanced mtb'ers who've traveled hours to enjoy the trail, it's also a mom and pop and kid place.

Similar Products Used:

Fort Custer...Ionia...Brighton

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 02, 2003]
Jake
Weekend Warrior

Burchfield has to be the best trail I have ever been on. It has something for riders of all skill levels, whether they are out for some xc conditioning or just to play on the stunts. I have taken my whole family to ride the park and they all enjoyed the experience, it makes the drive from out of town worth it every time. Hopefully other parks will choose to model their trail design after Burchfield in the future. Keep up the good work.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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