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Al Sable Land Preserve

Average Rating:    (3.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

good for all levels, take it slow and enjoy the varied surroundings, or ride hard for a good challenge.
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Latitude
42.19565083636797
Longitude
-85.69722175598145
Trail Directions
I-94 to Oakland Drive South. Right at Milham Rd. 5-6 miles, entrance on right, just before the boy scout camp.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Portage
   


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Review Date
September 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Wrobo84 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Custer and Yankee Springs



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Review Date
May 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: marcopolocity ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
The only trail......5.86 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Custer State Park



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Review Date
September 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jas ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None, other than Fort Custer



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Review Date
August 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: vtwinbiker69 ,  Cross Country Rider , from Texas Corners,MI

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
July 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ryan , from Kalamazoo

Summary:
I am a beginer biker and this is my first real non paved bike ride. I enjoyed it greatly although I had a hrad time finding it. I am planing to go back later this week. The trail itself was not hard but a lot of fun. I am also going back to hike the part not allowing bikes.

Recommended Route:
All biking trails



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