Al Sable Land Preserve - TRAIL

Al Sable Land Preserve - Trail, Portage, Michigan

good for all levels, take it slow and enjoy the varied surroundings, or ride hard for a good challenge.

User Reviews (22)

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Wrobo84   Weekend Warrior [Sep 03, 2008]

The outer loop of the trail is just shy of six miles, it is quite easy to pull off two consistent loops. The difficulty level is for a beginner or weekend warrior. There are no real tough obstacles or drop offs. The hardest obstacle is the deep sand that is found in numerous locations. There are a few hew climbs but small in comparison to Ft. Custer. The ride is perfect for weekday riding in preparation for weekends at Ft. Custer, and the trail is a well kept secret with very little traffic. The majority of the traffic that you encounter is joggers and walkers.

Customer Service

I-94 to the 9th Street Exit, go southbound on 9th street and then turn left on 8th street. Take 8th street a few miles down and hang a left on Texas Drive. The trail starts in an unmarked gravel parking lot on the left hand side just after the Boy Scout Reservation.

Similar Products Used: Fort Custer and Yankee Springs
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4
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3
marcopolocity   Weekend Warrior [May 01, 2004]

I liked the open plains and pines. I rate it as an intermediate trial. The short cuts make the trail doable for older kids. I can take the full trail while the wife and kids can cut it short. It's not worth a day trip but if your passing through Kalamazoo, stop in. A good trail to hike.

Customer Service

The only trail......5.86 miles.

Similar Products Used: Fort Custer State Park
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3
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3
Jas   Cross Country Rider [Sep 11, 2003]

Nice trail for beginners. Not too much technical stuff (basically there's only one log). The climbs are not very steep, but should provide a good workout. For the intermediates and above, this is a FAST fun trail. Go a couple of rounds. One full loop is roughly 5.8 miles. For the adventerous types, there a steep and short downhill section (unmarked) under the lookout right after Atwater trail (go straight after coming out of Atwater). Close to the lookout, there's also a scary "staircases" of ruts.

Customer Service

Take I94 and exit at Oakland. There's construction but its not too bad (September 2003)

Similar Products Used: None, other than Fort Custer
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4
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3
vtwinbiker69   Cross Country Rider [Aug 24, 2003]

Lived in the area for almost 3 years and never knew there was a trail back there. Just got my first real bike on friday so sunday I was sitting around and went on here and saw the reviews so thought i would go check it out. I hoped on my bike and rode on over and only ended up being like 3 miles away. Looked for a map at the trailhead but there was none to be see so just heading out and followed the arrows. I was very surprised how nice it was back in there. I had gone to the boyscout camp growing up and use to think it was out in the middle of B.F.E. but now i live out in the area and this is far from being the country like I remember it was when i was growing up, especially with Portage and Oshtemo expanding the way they are. Had to stop a few times to make sure i was on the right trail like someone else mentions some of the signs are missing. Finished one loop around the outside and only had like 8 milesish on my computer so heading out again. Anyways had a very good time on this little trail. I shattered my leg a little under a year ago and am just starting to walk without a limp and borrowed my buddies Fisher-Tassajara a few weeks ago and put like 80 some miles on it in a week and didn't feel to bad on my leg so I figure time for me to get a real bike. Well anyways I bought a 2004 Tassaja friday and have slmost 70 miles on it so far and love it. I will be sure to hit this up atleasat a few times aweek while i am getting in shape. I gave it 5 for Overall cause it is very close to town and like other people said you forget your around town. Has some nice areas to get up to speed and the hill at the end is a nice ending to the trail. Just gave it 3 for difficulty and arobic sure cause have nothing to compare it to. This is my first trail since when i was in highschool and that was 10 years ago so guess its as difficult as you make it. Oh yeah and by the way this isn't in portage. Only bike trail in portage is the bicentenial park-celery flats and that just a paved area mainly for rollerbladers. This is really in Texas corners so when your done be sure to go west down texas drive and stop at one of the nice bar/resterants there for something to eat or drink.

Customer Service

Oakland drive is pretty messed up right now so best way off I-94 is the Oshtemo exit a few miles west of portage. Take 9th steet south till you it turns into O ave. Drive down past Kvcc till you get the the first street which is 8th. turn left and go about 3 miles till you get almost to texas corners. A block before you get the the 4-way the is a sign for Texas Dr. turn left there and go about a mile if that and right after the boyscout camp there is the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: First real trail i have ridden in this area. Going to hit up Fort Custer in a few more weeks when I get use to riding for more then one weekend.
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5
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3
ric   [Apr 10, 2000]

Great after work trail or as a warmup for Custer. Wide multi-use trail to start for about a mile. Trail then turns to single track through a field for a couple miles. Then dives into the woods for some ups and downs. Overall fairly easy, so ride it as fast as you can. Normally takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Customer Service

follow the markers with the numbers for the outside loop, or follow the shortcuts through the middle. DONT ride on the hiking trail!

Similar Products Used: Fort Custer, Yankee Springs
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2
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Ben A   [Jul 27, 2000]

Rather smooth and non-technical. A great trail if you are a new mountain biker. I have riden my cyclocross bike out there a couple of times because it is a little more 700 friendly than custer or TK Lawless.

Customer Service

Although there are a few diferent trails, only one is Ok'd for bikes. I.e. Only ride this one! A biker hitin a hiker would not be god for two wheeled PR...

Similar Products Used: Tk lawless south of here - Ok to moderate.
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3
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Flyin Elvis   [Feb 21, 2001]

Pretty much flat, with nice wooded areas. Watch out for the hikers and dogs. Many people bring dogs to the park regularly. It is a great place to ride for several hours, because it is not all that difficult. I have ridden as many as ten laps (@60 miles). You can ride your bike there from anywhere in the Kalamazoo area.

Customer Service

Follow the markers, it's about 6 miles, maybe a little over.

Similar Products Used: Ft. Custer, Yankee Springs, TK Lawless.
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3
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Bill Hartman   [Mar 04, 2001]

Its fun! I live not far, so its easy for me to ride from my house. Its a good trail to do a few times in a circle...i think each lap is about 6.5-7.5 miles depending on what short cuts you take. I reccomend that you check out the overlook platform in spring..its a beautiful view. Its a good place to learn the basics of mountain biking if you take it slow, and its a good place to master technique at very high speeds. There are a few secret extremely fun and challenging parts just off the main trail. Keep an eye out for them, they make you feel like you arent in Portage anymore!

Customer Service

From the Oakland Drive Exit of I-94 (just east of I-94 and 131) go south on Oakland to Milham then go straight through an intersection and it is on your right a few miles down.

Similar Products Used: Fort Custer, Yankee Springs
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4
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Ken Wolff   [Jan 13, 2002]

Good beginner trail, flat with one minor hill at the end. Needs better maintenance, but now with the MMBA getting involved it should get better.

However, the name of the trail is Al Sabo not Al Sable.

Customer Service

All

Similar Products Used: Ft. Custer , Yankee Springs,TK Lawless
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3
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Eric S.   [Feb 06, 2002]

This is a good trial to ride if you don't have the time to get to Fort Custer or Yankee Springs. It's never been crowded and times i've went. There are many hikers on this trail so you have to watch out for them. Some good uphills and only one real downhill. Couple sand spots which is expected on the west side of the state. If you ride it fast it can prove to be fun.

Customer Service

There is only one route as far as i remember.

Similar Products Used: Fort Custer, Yankee Springs
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4
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