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Burchfield

Average Rating:    (4.62 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

4 miles of twisty and technical with lots of man made stunts. 5 miles of double track.
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Latitude
42.600861802789524
Longitude
-84.59421157836914
Trail Directions
From 96 take Holt Cedar St exit. Go South on Cedar to Aurelius. Right on Aurelius to Holt road. Right on Holt Rd. to Grovenburg Rd and go left. From there you can either go into the main park entrance on Grovenburg or drive till Grovenburg ends and go right and a free entrance is just up on the right.
Trail Length
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Holt
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Review Date
April 30, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: reidabel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The most recent review before this one was from nearly five years ago, and things have changed a LOT at Burchfield. The three teeter-totters have been removed, but several (non-articulating) stunts have been added. The new advanced trail has added a few miles of singletrack, as of 2011 or so. I believe it is around 10 miles total now, though I am not certain of that. Anybody who hasn't ridden this trail in a couple of years will be pleasantly surprised by all of the improvements.

The stunts all have bypasses, and new stunts are being constructed, with one very large one being built on Hansen's Be-Bop right now (May 2013). Stunt highlights include four varying lines at the end of the new Hellboy trail, Dragonball Run has reversed direction and has a couple of new stunts as well as refurbished older ones. Swamp Thing has reversed direction and has great flow despite no elevation changes.

Two new and long bridges on the new trail Glorious Poperd's were built as an Eagle Scout project. Another Eagle Scout project near the skinny log by Riverbend replaced a deteriorating boardwalk stunt with a two-line long stunt.

Hansen's Be-Bop, just North of the Riverbend lot, has just been rerouted out of the mud (mostly), and a large, advanced stunt is about half done and should be completed there within a few weeks of this review. Looman's Run has just seen a lot of rerouting and adds 1/4 mile of completely new singletrack.

Smokey and The Bandits just East of the MacNamara Landing parking lot has a sort of "mogul loop", with several six-foot high mounds to ride over in a circle, returning to the starting point, a 10-foot high downhill. Riding it over and over is a hard workout.

Let's get some new reviews on this site, Burchfield has changed so much that the older ones are not that relevant any more.

Most of the changes are South of the Riverbend lot, most of what is North of that remains the way it was - Randy's Maze, Annie's Playhouse, Kentaro's Monster.

Recommended Route:
Advanced trail - follow the green arrows.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anderson Park, Rose Lake (particularly when other trails are wet), River Trail (when the river is not overflowing). Anderson has some stunts, Rose Lake and the River Trail do not.

A bit further out - Brighton State Recreation Area, Ft. Custer, Yankee Springs. Sleepy Hollow has seen a lot of improvements.



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Review Date
March 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tempest33b ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail for an average ride. Nothing to difficult... unless you ride right along the river on some non-designated trails, thats where the fun is. This is a great trail though. Very well maintained and well used. Many people use these trails so make some friends.

Recommended Route:
Ride them all and find your favorite. I like to Make the figure 8 in the clockwise direction sticking to the trails designated red or yellow.



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Review Date
September 8, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MTBMTH ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Burchfield is a great trail for a beginner or anyone not experienced with riding stunts. The stunts are at a level so that you can try all of them even if you have no experience (after two sessions there I made it over every one), but they stay fun since there are some harder lines. They could really improve by adding some bigger dirt jumps (and of course more stunts). The designers have really made the most of the terrain they had to work with. The trail usually stays pretty dry.

Recommended Route:
Start off of Nichols road and ride the south part of the advanced trail. This side is shorter and starts with a nice warmup trail. From there you can keep going south on some beginner trails or turn north and go back to the longer advanced section.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brighton



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Review Date
August 8, 2006

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: justbike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am new to riding(6 months)so i can not say that i have a lot of trails to compare this one to but i love riding hear. I ride this trail at least 3 times a week.When i rode it for the frist time i road all the trails i did not do all the obsticles but there are bypass's on all of them which is nice when you are learning.As i become a better rider i wish that the trail had more jumps and bigger hills. The rock garden's are sweet and there is some pretty big jumps.

Recommended Route:
Start at riverbend i allways start hear and go north on the blue trail till you get to swamp thing if you are new to this trail do not worry this is far from a advanced trail there is on large fallen tree to go over and a fun tetter at the end. It may take a long time to tell you the the route i take but i start this way because it is very easy biking and a good way to warm up the legs for the other trails. When you are done with swamp thing make sure at the end you go straight and stay on the advanced trails(once again this is far from advanced i did all this the frist time i came hear at the end of this trail there is some very fun rock gradens.Follow the blue trail all the way around and when you end up back at riverbend you a gone about 4.5 miles of easy flat riding. Now just go south east and there are a lot of fun trails out this way. Randy's maze is on of my favorits and at the end annies's playhouse.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is no trails in the lansing area that even come close to burchfield unless you like riding on pavment.



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Review Date
October 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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2.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mess-downonly ,  Downhiller

Summary:
kinda small im used to marquette with 12 foot drops and 15 foot high stunts. dirt jumps are tiny, dragons back is the hardest one and its easy, but its good to ride if your not very good or bored, but if youre a trail builder, build more please, dont want to be rude, but if you want some hardcore guys, get some big dops and 15-18 foot dirt jumps.still, this trail is well built and good for beginners to learn. its also fun to try crazy stuff like manuals and tricks on ladders because its so low and unintimidating.

Recommended Route:
the one with jumps



Comments
minifreerider (05/14/2009)
where in Marquette are you? like what trail do you ride because i'm right with you, and i do the same stuff as you and i like to take a rode trip to do some good freeriding
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