Yankee Springs - Trail, Middleville, Michigan

Yankee Springs - Trail, Middleville, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

One of the best and most publicized trail in Michigan. Trail brings trough forest and meadows. Can be very techical in sections.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 03, 2010]
oliveryan1111
Weekend Warrior

First time in Michigan in 3 years. This is a Great trail for Michigan folk. 12 miles. Ride it twice and you have yourself a short 24 mile epic. Fast fun and flowing sections. Don't slow down for the sand. Trail is well maintained single track. Should leave most smiling.

Don't drive all over. Ask park ranger for directions. Drive to "Deep Lake Unit." Look for MMBA (Mich Mt Bike Assoc) sign. Pay park entrance fee, park there.

Customer Service

Maps at trail-head. Miles 1-2 is a warm up. Between miles 4-7 is great rolling terrain up and down draws, over ridges and saddles, and small valleys. Around 8 mile is a great pine forest - no undergrowth = no ankle biters. Again, don't let the sand slow you down. Mile 9 and then 11-12 are good too. Sand again - Keep hammering the pedals and get after it. Not to technical, no drops greater than 1 foot the entire route, however some newbies might dismount at the first site of roots and sand.

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No. Not from Michigan. Trying Fort Custer 4th of July weekend though.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 24, 2009]
onlycrimson
Cross Country Rider

The Yankee springs trail has a good mixture of flats, hills, steep climbs, downhills and high speed turns. There is a fair amount of sand on the trail, but nothing to worry about. There are some nice drop offs and a few tight technical sections. The "pines" are is very awesome. The pines only have branches on the very top so it feels like you are in a huge room and it smells great! A few places had some nice deep ravines on either side. The trail is well marked and fairly hard to lose track of.

Customer Service

The staging area is not actually labeled Yankee Springs, it is labeled "Deep Lake Unit". This threw me off, but I found it. The first part of the loop is short and fairly flat, it comes back out to the staging area, but keep going straight to find the rest of the trail. The beginning part is useful for warmup.

Similar Products Used:

Fort Custer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 13, 2008]
LabDog
Cross Country Rider

13 Miles of various length loops. Nice variety of rocky root strewn hills, terrain breaks, wooded switchbacks, smooth single track and, of course, sand. Not so much a beginner’s course, but well suited for those looking for good workout on varied terrain with great views. Of the trails I've ridden in Michigan; Potawatomi, Pontiac Lk, Island Lk, N. Country, Yankee has all elements the Lower Peninsula has to offer for a challenging ride that gives back everything you put into it. Keeping in mind this is not Colorado or Moab or any other ridding Mecca, Yankee is a great place to gather and enjoy a good ride with friends. Major kudos to all those who keep the trail so well designed and ride-able.

Customer Service

All!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 09, 2006]
willie
Weekend Warrior

Yankee Springs is an ideal place to ride. The trails are laid out so it is fast! Good, though short, downhills mean one does not have to spend all day pedalling. The area is nice to look at. The pines section is one of my favorite parts. The only downside is the loose sand in some areas, but the rest of the trail is fast. I drive from Chicago just to ride this trail.

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This I would have to say Pickney, and Manistee trails are the next best in lower Michigan.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 13, 2006]
siezethecarp
Cross Country Rider

Good trails that offer everything. Really fast sections with big hills way in the back when you go down into the Devil's Soup Bowl. Flows very well. Try to go earlier in the summer because as the summer progresses there seems to be more sand that works its way up. I rode it last week and there was quite a bit of it. Overall it is a very entertaining trail to go, the only thing it is missing is a little north shore.

Customer Service

Do it all!!!!

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I haven't done very many other trails in the area

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 09, 2004]
slanard
Cross Country Rider

This was my first time riding here and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't encounter another rider at any point along the way. Also, because of recent rains, the sand that everyone complains about about was basically a none issue. Overall, the trail was great for an intermediate level rider. Newbies wouldn't like it. You can go as hard as you want because the hills never really get long enough or step enough to sap all your energy (i.e., like Highland). Signage was not especially good, especially at the start. It took me a while to realize the trail loops passed the trailhead (directly) about 2 miles in. It's fine once in the trees. There are some excellent downhills (mild drops) and a few pretty technical climbs (relatively speaking). I'll definitely be returning - but only after I try Fort Custer.

Customer Service

It is confusing the first couple miles but there is really only one main route. Grab a map at the camp checkin - it comes in handy.

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TBD - in Southeastern Michigan try Brighton, Island Lake (easy but fun), Potawotami, and Pontiac Lake.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 15, 2003]
Sexly
Racer

This trail is ok for beginers. It's not far away so I try to get there once a month.

Customer Service

Take off right from the parking lot and skip the short loop that starts up the road.

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Bass River

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 17, 2003]
mcballer52
Cross Country Rider

Great trail for high speeds. A banked corner at the top of a big hill reminded me of a rollercoaster. Possibly my favorite trail in Michigan.

Customer Service

Don't take the cutoffs! The trail is best when ridden all the way. "The Pines" is my favorite so far, but I haven't gone into the "devils soup bowl" yet.

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I haven't hit Fort Custer yet, but I heard it's just as good or better than Yankee Springs.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 11, 2003]
jvb
Cross Country Rider

This trail is one of my favorites on the west side of Michigan. My wife and I argue constantly about which is better...Yankee or Custer! Yankee is a good workout trail. Over the past five seasons this trail has seen a lot more use. Due to this, July/August are the worst times to ride due to all the loose sand. Let's face it all of the Western Michigan trails are resting 4 inches above the beach. Regardless I have never been disappointed after riding there. We typically ride two 11 mile loops (minus the warm up) each time we go, Light permitting! There isn't anything overly technical with this trail for the intermediate rider, there are just a lot of fun sections with "the pines" and "the luge" (the large downhill .3 mile after the pines) being two of them. Another fun thing is riding through quickly and guessing where the next tree is that is crossing the trail from the summer storms. If you ride there often, you know what I mean. But the Park/MMBA maintenance crew does a very good job with re-routing the trail or dispensing of the downed trees. This is a great trail!

Customer Service

don't miss the far corners of the entire loop!

Similar Products Used:

Custer Egypt Valley Owasippee

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 27, 2003]
Michigan_nitrox
Cross Country Rider

This trail was great, We drove the hour and a half today just to check it out. Lots of fast down hills and you know that mean some climbs. Trail is well maintained and laidout great..... Hats off to everyone that is involved in keeping the trail in that great shape.... and see you all next week end.

Customer Service

131 south to exit 61 go east till you get to the state park main entrance, follow that road about four mile to the camp groud.

Similar Products Used:

Bass River

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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