Ella Sharp Park - Trail, Jackson, Michigan

Ella Sharp Park - Trail, Jackson, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

All types, mostly intermediate

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[Sep 17, 2016]
smitty39
Cross Country Rider

REVIEW AS OF SEPT 2016: I wanted to post a current review since the only reviews on here are pretty old. There are 9 separate trails, when all looped together make about 9 miles.

The trails are currently well maintained by the CCC and other volunteers. While I'm a relative mtb neophyte, I do realize this trail system is a bit different than some of the "core" spots in the area. But the museum, old stone wall and city park give the trails a neat feel. If you ride hard you will get a good workout, and there are a few relatively technical rooty steep climbs to negotiate.

Each trailhead is marked with a sign, and look for directional arrows as you ride. Most trailheads are marked with a brown sign indicating their name and approximate length, but some are only marked with a yellow "Trail" sign. If you see a trail with no sign, it is either the exit of one of the marked trails, or a bypass or random trail that may or may not lead to anywhere in particular.

A current map can be found here: http://www.otwjackson.com/trails---rides.html

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Trails 1 thru 4
Intermediate level (approx. 2.5 miles point-to-point)
These trails are more technical than most of the other trails. They have small hills and many quick switchbacks. The trailhead is located on Birchwood Drive, 0.1 miles from the intersection at the Putt Putt golf course (and former swimming pool). Upon completion of Section 2 (you will be at the top of a hill with lots of tall pines), turn left and go down the hill as the trail arrows indicate.

If you want to begin at Sections 3&4, there is a trailhead (marked with a yellow sign) directly across the road from the back of the large gravel parking lot for the soccer fields.


West River
Beginner level (approx. 0.5 miles point-to-point)
This trail connects Sections 1-4 to the North side. The easiest way to pick up West River is when finishing Section 4, turn left at the "T" and that is the West River trail. There is also a trailhead on Birchwood Dr. near the bottom of the golf driving range.

Following the West River trail can be difficult, as it uses parts of Trails 1-4. If you get confused, you can always backtrack to Birchwood Dr and take the East River trail straight to the North Loop (the East River trailhead is about 50 yards down the road from the West River trail).


North Loop
Intermediate level (approx. 1.5 miles point-to-point)
This trail is a tight single track winding around a couple waterways. It has 2 small bridge crossings and has been described as "a bunch of fun." The trailhead is located across the road from the exit of the West River trail.

There is an alternative trailhead that includes a short steep climb for more advanced riders. It can be found approximately 0.1 miles east down the road (towards the river) from the other trailhead.



East River
Beginner level (approx. 0.5 miles point-to-point)
This trail connects the North Loop to the Driving Range trail. After completing the North Loop, go straight across the road. Take the first left up the short but somewhat steep hill, and bear left when you reach the top. Follow the trail through the pines, then as you exit the pines at the bottom of a hill, go left on the service drive (there are no cars). Take the service drive straight into the woods for the second segment of the East River trail.

For beginner riders, the pines can be bypassed by going straight past the chain link fence instead of taking the first left up the hill.


Driving Range
Beginner level (approx. 0.6 miles point-to-point)
This trail is a tight, quick single track that's mostly flat. When you finish the East River trail, make a left onto the road and ride for about 0.2 miles to the Driving Range trailhead. The Driving Range trail has an area where it may be difficult to figure out which way the trail goes; while in the woods at top of the biggest hill on this trail, go left (not straight).


Probert Rd.
Intermediate level (approx. 0.7 miles loop)
This trail is a tight single track with some steep climbs near the beginning. To find the Probert Rd. trailhead, after finishing the Driving Range trail make a left onto the road. Go straight thru the intersection approximately 0.2 miles and look for the trailhead on the right side of the road.


Hedge Row
Beginner level (approx. 0.3 miles point-to-point)
This is a light, hilly connection (with some moguls for fun) between the Probert Rd. and Museum Loop trails. After completing the Probert Trail, make a left onto the road and ride back to where you exited the Driving Range Trail earlier. The Hedge Row trailhead is located directly across the road from the Driving Range trail exit.


Museum Loop
Beginner level (approx. 0.5 miles loop)
This is a tight single track, with some (or lotsa depending on your point of view) roots and a section that runs along the back of the historic stone wall. The Museum Loop trailhead is located in the woods directly across the road from the Hedge Row trail.


School House
Intermediate level (approx. 1.4 miles loop)
This trail is a fast single track, with small quick roller coaster hills near its end. When you leave the Museum Loop, make a right on the road and ride to the intersection. Cross the intersection (Stonewall Rd.) and look for the trailhead directly across the road. Upon finishing, head back towards the Museum and find your car!

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4
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3
[Jul 15, 2009]
Laser4G63
Cross Country Rider

Decent trails and well maintained by the CCC. Some technical with roots and rocks. Though there isn't any good climbs, there are come small hills to tackle. Except for the technical parts, you can get going pretty good on most trails.

Customer Service

For a good workout I will ride these trails in this order:

North Loop, East River, 3-4, 1-2, Driving Range, Hedge Row, Museum, School Trail, Tunnel Trail and then in reverse order starting with the School Trail again.

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4
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2
[Apr 16, 2009]
prison138
Weekend Warrior

I grew up on those trails. They got me into mountain biking.most of the trails are fairly easy.The probert trail is by far the hardest with some pretty steep climbs.all and all good beginner and afternoon riding and you don't have to go far from home.

Customer Service

probert trail in the back of the park by the river. the tunnel trail on the other side of stonewall by the golf course

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4
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3
[May 22, 2007]
Steve Jones
Weekend Warrior

My neighborhood borders Sharp Park so convenience-wise, these trails can't be beat. They aren't too crowded(except for the deer), and give you a great workout if you ride the entire circuit. I'm not to crazy about short, technical rides, so I usually skip trails 1-4, but ride on all of the others. Beware of the roots on the museum loop. Best to stay off the saddle. If not, a bruised bum is in your future. Nice to know I don't have to drive anywhere to get this kind of ride.

Favorite trail: schoolhouse loop. Quite a few good intermediate hills near the end.

Least favorite: Tunnel trail. Flat and muddy, doesn't go anywhere, yet seems to last forever. Almost as if this one is an afterthought compared to the others.

Customer Service

From the south entrance of the park on Probert: you can jump halfway onto the probert trail. From there: East river, North Loop, West River, Driving Range, Hedgerow, Museum Loop, Schoolhouse, Tunnel, then back to the first half of Probert, exiting the same way you came in. Works for me because of how close that park entrance is to my house.

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4
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4
[May 20, 2004]
enduro_phreak
Cross Country Rider

First off, I'd like to give big props to the Cascades Cycling Club for building and maintaining the trails at Ella Sharp - for those of us mountain bikers in Ann Arbor, it's great to be able to ride there. The trails at Ella Sharp don't have any stunts or difficult obstacles, but can make for a challenging cross-country ride. I am an excellent rider and am comfortable riding extremely technical trails as well as difficult stunts. Ella Sharp isn't going to test your ability to stay on a 50-foot ladder, but it will test your bike-handling skills, especially if you put some effort into riding the trails. If you ride them hard, it's an extremely good workout and your bike-handling skills will improve as well. Put it this way: if you are looking to get a good x-country workout, Ella Sharp is an excellent place to ride. Check the Cascades Cycling Club for a good description of the trails (http://www.cascadescyclingclub.org/TrailsDesc.htm) and check the MMBA site (http://www.mmba.org/trails.php?trail=32) for trail maps.

Customer Service

Follow the Cascades descriptions for the best route.

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Burchfield up at Holt is awesome as well!

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4
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4
[Apr 17, 1999]
Chad

love it great work out!

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3
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[Jul 10, 1999]
jake

very fun course. I;m only a begginer and its the best area within an hour of here. Lots of sharp turns and hills. i have a blast here.

Customer Service

schoolyard route

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go to fort custer. it's awesome

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4
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[Aug 19, 1999]
ipso facto

it doesn't really go anywhere, lots of redundant switchbacks and climbing, and kind of a nice ride about the park. nice root (pun) selection. good for just tooling around, nice workout if you can stay with the bike through the hairpins. watch those staircases and don't go trailblazing across the little meadow near there, unless you like riding through deep ruts. i cannot be held responsible for your use of this information. i'm more into trails that get me somewhere; like away from that filthy city.

Customer Service

follow the yellow brick road to the mini golf place, go anywhere east and north of the soccer fields/picnic area, or southwest of the planetarium. the round house is a great view of nothing much.

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rail trail north of ella sharp on fourth. it's fun to the west, once you get off the blacktop. i hear it runs all the way to concord, but i've only taken it as far as moscow road. the areas to the north and south of the trail appear to be mostly privately owned up to there. shame they feel the need to put up 'no trespassing' signs. couldn't even seen a house in cases. plan on doing a little pruning. runs to airline drive if you follow the tracks and not the road. runs (sort of) to airline drive to the east.

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3
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[Mar 27, 2000]
Joel

This is a fun group of trails to do if you are in the general area. Every inch of space is used to make a bunch of short loops in wooded areas of park. No great views or huge hills. Some technical turns if you ride fast enough. I wouldn't go out of my way to ride here but it beats watching TV!

Customer Service

All, it's a bunch of short loops.

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The rail trail the other dude mentioned, if you want to haul butt in a straight line. Mini Kal-Haven w/o maintaince budget.

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3
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[Apr 23, 2000]
Laurie

I lived in Jackson last summer and rode these trails almost 5 times a week. It's not hard, but it is a great work out without having to go far! Watch out for the deer. The deer and I have come face to face when niether of us was expecting it. This season I am already missing not having such fun, trails so dang close.

Customer Service

School yard route, aka the tunnel. If you ride in at the putt putt, turn right. Follow the blacktop until you come to what seems to be the end of the park. Cross this street (don't remember the name, but it is kinda busy) and look on the ground for the beginning of the trail, follow through the grass and you will soon be in the woods. Have fun!

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4
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