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Berrien Springs

Average Rating:    (3.94 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

You do a 1/4 mile singletrack. It dumps you into the "corkscrew", a fast DH section that banks you back and forth and is great. Then you get to the "bowl". It is a huge raving cleared out, with bigggg gap jumps, tabletops, spines, etc. Huge, huge, huge air. NO ?S ASKED. the rest is all DH, with the exception of the hills you have to climb to get to the downhills, of course. You get going so fast that when you hit the jumps on the way down, you clear 40 feet of ground. AWESOME, WELL WORTH THE DRIVE, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
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Latitude
41.966893394601335
Longitude
-86.36738777160645
Trail Directions
Get on US 31 until it ends.Bypass the exits for Berrien, you won't need those, just go until it ends. You will get off the highway and be at a church. go behind the church to the retirement home and your there
Trail Length
total of about 10 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Berrien Springs
   


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Review Date
September 5, 2015

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: brad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Would someone local pleeaasseee put up some better trail markings????

This place has fantastic potential to be great. The terrain is perfect for fast flowy challenging trails. There's plenty of opportunity to satisfy the cross country aerobic rider, mild downhillers, and technical types.

Unfortunately, the terrible trail markings and the map that makes no sense whatsoever when you're out there absolutely destroys this trail. I've been to this place multiple times and still can't figure it out. It's no fun when you have to stop every 45 seconds (literally) to try to figure out where you are and where you want to go (only to choose wrong and end up someplace you've already been 5 times before.)

If you want to post this place on the internet to attract riders, you're obligated to put effort into trail markings. Number the intersections and point in the direction of the next number. Simple as that.



Comments
sbmtb (10/15/2015)
The local IMBA mountain bike club NIMBA just donated 35 trails posts to help improve the signage. Check back in the spring or come to a group ride this fall on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It is really a lot of fun at 9.8 miles
jpc111 (08/12/2016)
A lot of work was done this summer to make the trail easier to follow. Arrows were added, berms added and non used trails blocked off.
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Review Date
January 25, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jpc111 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Time for an update on this trail. The university put in a trailhead on Campbell road.
More information can be found here : http://www.andrews.edu/life/rec/area_recreation/outdoor_recreation.html

Brief description: Almost 10 miles of trails now. Several sharp drops and decent climbs get your attention. Several of the most recent trail additions are similar to the flow seen at the Merrell trail, except ours are all hand built. Approximately 850 ft of climbing and lots of fun. The soil is clay based so it is slick right after a rain, but drys out fairly fast.

Recommended Route:
See the map here http://www.andrews.edu/services/safety/img/trail_map.jpg

In the fall of 2014 directional arrows were added to make following the trail easier.



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Review Date
September 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ebig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Super fun trail! Surprisingly good hill climb with really fun downhills as a reward. This trail has a very good variety, log climbs, pump track sections, nice bowl area with a bunch of different drops.

Recommended Route:
I found this trail a bit difficult to follow. I entered the trail behind the retirement home as mentioned in the description, then I turned right, I rode that loop for approx 2 miles, it sent me back across the area that I entered. Then I found where the majority of the trail seems to be. As some people have mentioned, I was able to follow most of the trail by instinct, following the most worn trail. I would suggest following someone that has been here before if at all possible. Or, give yourself lots of time and do some exploring. Trail markers would help this trail a lot.



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Review Date
July 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: zachplayerno1 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I was visiting the area so I gave this trail a try. Being from central VA I was expecting this trail to be flat. To my surprise it is quite hilly. Some of the downhill trails are too steep for my abilities.

Trails are not marked at all. I got turned around a couple times. Not too difficult to figure out where you are. Only time I back tracked was after going down Tubing Hill. Trails at the bottom of this hill are so overgrown with briers they are impassable.

Warm up loop has 3-4 good jumps if you are going counter-clockwise.

Slalom section got more fun the 2nd/3rd time.

Found what the locals called "Gravel Pit". Pretty cool. Nice drops. Good teeter totter on the side.



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Review Date
November 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: abp689 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I second the previous post. I rode this trail probably 10 years ago and the big bowl seemed to be more of a challege back then, but still fun now.

There are several new areas on the trail. This was my first MTB trail I had been on and it is well worth the trip.

And yes, the trail is very poorly marked. Otherwise, the locals have done a great job!



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