Midland City Forest - Trail, Midland, Michigan

Midland City Forest - Trail, Midland, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

The fire roads have been around a long time, but the singletrack has been added this year. The creekside loops are very technical with lots of ups and downs. The North and South loops are less technical with more flat parts. There are two main bridges recently installed by the city of Midland.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 13, 2015]
paulmich
Weekend Warrior

This is the best bike trail I have ever ridden on. There is really nothing within 25 miles as far as decent mountain bike trails for me so I travel to Midland when I can. There are wide trails and lots of singtrack with lots of obstacles. Its a clean trail - no mud or standing water. There are direction maps throughout the trails. Theres a few steep hills for a little downhill action- but nothing spectacular. Its a real nice set up. I went on a sunday and there was only a few bikers and a few hikers there so its not extremely busy. ITs located in the Midland business district which is a plus. YOu could spend all day at the Midland City Forest bike trail.

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 28, 2012]
Todd
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail for the first time a few days ago. It offers plenty of milage for a decent sork out from constant pedaling, but offers very little as far as technical difficulty of hill climbs. Basically a farely flat windy trail that at times can be a little sandy. The biggest problem that I had was that there are LOTS of other trails (2-track XC-ski and singletrack) that intersect or branch off the main riding loops. Very confusing. And to add to the confusion the trail signs are not logically located (all of the sign "posts" are marked for XC-skiing which have nothing to do with the bike trails). Many of the bike directional signs are placed well AFTER intersections, making it a lucky shot that you took the correct trail at the intersection. I got lost and turned around NUMEROUS times.

Customer Service

Four different loops are provided for about 13 miles of riding if riden continuously.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Haven state Park

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3
VALUE
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3
[Feb 28, 2012]
Al Kumaus
Cross Country Rider

For a city park trail that is close, it is a good hour workout. But burns road trails are far more challanging to a wider variety of riders. You also get a more lengthy trail ride. If you provide a rider of moderate ability a chance to cut a trail, odds are they will. This happens a lot at city forest, and the rider does not get a good experience or challange out of the ride. Thus slowing their developement to become a better rider.

Customer Service

Burns road trails yaaa!!

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Burns road trail system can be ridden almost year round. It is also a excellent hiking system of varried terrain. With close proximity to camping and refreshment and food. Only drawback is no outhouse system.

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2
VALUE
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2
[Apr 29, 2010]
jaredr68
Weekend Warrior

I just rode this trail earlier today, to me it did not live up to what I have been hearing about it. Me and a friend drove between 45 min to an hour to get to the trail and because of the drive to get their I am a little disappointed. Still an ok trail that I wouldn't mind having within 15 to 20 min of my home, I would still ride it a couple times a week if it were that close, but thats not the case for me. This trail does have a good amount of tight turns, some pretty tight areas between trees, and a couple of log mounds/jumps placed throughout the trail. However it did not have many drops or technical sections and also never really had any good down hill sections to get some speed going, and with the soft slightly sandy trail thats covered in pine needles the trail quickly takes away what speed you could get going down the small hills. This trail does provide a great workout because there are not many hills and the ones that are there are fairly small it has you constantly pedaling. Like I said it is a nice trail to have close by but its not really worth making a trip out to ride.

Customer Service

I would recommend the south loop as it does have most of the technical sections and is the longest followed by the gnu loop, but the north loop and frog holler loop are just the same thing over and over again for the most part.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Jun 14, 2007]
mysphyt
Weekend Warrior

Basically a flat 300 acre area of pine and mixed hardwood forest with a sandy bottom creek running accross it. The trails in the City Forest have been built to maximize the terrain available and to pack many miles of quality riding into a relatively small area.

Lots of tight singletrack with well maintained bridges, boards and stonework to keep them passable in all weather. Areas around the creek are very tight and technical with many short quick up and downs and off camber turns.

A quality riding experience the requires your full attention at all times.

New for this year is the Frog Hollow loop, starting off the speedway section of the south loop this 1.5 mile loop features a monster pit drop and otherwise mild tight singletrack through a pretty part of the park.

Customer Service

Starting at either the Monroe road parking lot or south picnic area combine the north and south loops to make a complete tour of the park and get a flavor of the area. Add the Gnu loop or take the creek portion of the south loop to add technical difficulty.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Haven in Sanford, MI is a Midland county park with more hills than city forest, duck under the expressway to access the 9+ mile technical stubway.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 21, 2004]
awol12
Weekend Warrior

WOW! This place is sweet. Some fun stunts and bridges (Thanks Boy Scouts). The single track at this place is amazing. I found it to be pretty technical and it worked me out hardcore. Very bumpy, would love to of had a full suspension here. highly recommond if you want some thing fun and technical in the mid-michigan area. I would even travel here from other parts of the state to give it a go.

Customer Service

North Loop to South Loop down the fast track to the GNU Loop was a good run.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Sep 25, 2003]
Nick
Cross Country Rider

Midland's City Forest Single Track is a great system for anyone who wants a good ride in about an hour or so. With choices of the North Loop, South Loop, or creekside sections, you can pick your challenge. The North and South Loops tend to be bumpy at times but have many fast areas where you could really increase your overall average. The creekside section is a little over 3 miles and is technical. Many ups and downs make this a choice for the intermediate to more advanced rider.

Customer Service

From the Monroe Lot, follow signs to mountain bike trail and take North loop. You will reach a junction. Take the south loop until you reach another junction just before a bridge. Take a left before the bridge for a more technical ride along the creekside. You will eventually come back a bridge you crossed earlier and will come back to the first junction. This time, follow North loop signs to the final junction, where you will take a left to the Monroe Lot.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Haven has a route similar to that of the City Forest. If you take a right turn about 1 or 2 miles in to the trail, you can gain access to the Stubway, a trail that leaves the park and goes off in

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 22, 2002]
Derek

This track is not too technical, it's on the faster side. It a nice ride to get in after work, it only takes an hour. Get the map at http://www.unixpertise.com/MMBA/mcfs.htm it is not always straight forward which way to go.

Customer Service

south loop then inner loop, total is about 12-13 miles.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Haven Rec. area in Sanford, MI. For more technical riding there are trails that go out of the park.

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3
VALUE
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[Oct 02, 2002]
Curt Peterson

Surprisingly enough there are short hills in this system that can get your heart pumping. Most people think of Midland as flat but the creek areathat runs thru the park has been utilized to provide for these hilly areas. This is a single track 8 mile total loop in a forested area that takes about an hr. to complete. There are some tricky side hill off camber turns and some exciting roller coaster type downhill then sharp up turns near the creek bed. The trail is well maintained and is now about 1 yr. old. The spring time wet areas were corrected with installation of over 18 bridglets and some sand/bark fill. Fall volunteer groups will hit the remaining low spots. This is mostly an intermediate trail with those shot sections of cranking uphills and a sand hill that only about 1 in 9 riders makes up. When really wet ( spring and fall after heavy rain) the ridges ajacent to the creek are quite slick due to clay. ) Beginners can walk the short steep downhills or offcamber side hill turns if necessary.

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Burns Rd. area just north of Pine Haven park in sanford has 4 seperate tight single track trails that are rideable even in very wet weather and are also a joy to ride. Pine Haven also has a nice 5mile single track loop. Maps for all Midland County trails can be seen at Rays Bike Shop in downtown Midland. Out of towners can easily spend 2 days in the Midland areas riding these trails without redoing any of the loops and they are all nicely forested and with views of streams. Burns Rd. trails are more advanced while Pine Haven is intermediate like the new City Forest trail.

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4
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