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Ella Sharp Park

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No. of Reviews: 13

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Latitude
42.219110505819344
Longitude
-84.42203521728515
Trail Directions
127 to South Street West to Fourth Street go south on Fourth Street.
Trail Length
25 miles total
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jackson
   


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Review Date
September 17, 2016

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: smitty39 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
REVIEW AS OF SEPT 2016: I wanted to post a current review since the only reviews on here are pretty old. There are 9 separate trails, when all looped together make about 9 miles.

The trails are currently well maintained by the CCC and other volunteers. While I'm a relative mtb neophyte, I do realize this trail system is a bit different than some of the "core" spots in the area. But the museum, old stone wall and city park give the trails a neat feel. If you ride hard you will get a good workout, and there are a few relatively technical rooty steep climbs to negotiate.

Each trailhead is marked with a sign, and look for directional arrows as you ride. Most trailheads are marked with a brown sign indicating their name and approximate length, but some are only marked with a yellow "Trail" sign. If you see a trail with no sign, it is either the exit of one of the marked trails, or a bypass or random trail that may or may not lead to anywhere in particular.

A current map can be found here: http://www.otwjackson.com/trails---rides.html

Recommended Route:
Trails 1 thru 4
Intermediate level (approx. 2.5 miles point-to-point)
These trails are more technical than most of the other trails. They have small hills and many quick switchbacks. The trailhead is located on Birchwood Drive, 0.1 miles from the intersection at the Putt Putt golf course (and former swimming pool). Upon completion of Section 2 (you will be at the top of a hill with lots of tall pines), turn left and go down the hill as the trail arrows indicate.

If you want to begin at Sections 3&4, there is a trailhead (marked with a yellow sign) directly across the road from the back of the large gravel parking lot for the soccer fields.


West River
Beginner level (approx. 0.5 miles point-to-point)
This trail connects Sections 1-4 to the North side. The easiest way to pick up West River is when finishing Section 4, turn left at the "T" and that is the West River trail. There is also a trailhead on Birchwood Dr. near the bottom of the golf driving range.

Following the West River trail can be difficult, as it uses parts of Trails 1-4. If you get confused, you can always backtrack to Birchwood Dr and take the East River trail straight to the North Loop (the East River trailhead is about 50 yards down the road from the West River trail).


North Loop
Intermediate level (approx. 1.5 miles point-to-point)
This trail is a tight single track winding around a couple waterways. It has 2 small bridge crossings and has been described as "a bunch of fun." The trailhead is located across the road from the exit of the West River trail.

There is an alternative trailhead that includes a short steep climb for more advanced riders. It can be found approximately 0.1 miles east down the road (towards the river) from the other trailhead.



East River
Beginner level (approx. 0.5 miles point-to-point)
This trail connects the North Loop to the Driving Range trail. After completing the North Loop, go straight across the road. Take the first left up the short but somewhat steep hill, and bear left when you reach the top. Follow the trail through the pines, then as you exit the pines at the bottom of a hill, go left on the service drive (there are no cars). Take the service drive straight into the woods for the second segment of the East River trail.

For beginner riders, the pines can be bypassed by going straight past the chain link fence instead of taking the first left up the hill.


Driving Range
Beginner level (approx. 0.6 miles point-to-point)
This trail is a tight, quick single track that's mostly flat. When you finish the East River trail, make a left onto the road and ride for about 0.2 miles to the Driving Range trailhead. The Driving Range trail has an area where it may be difficult to figure out which way the trail goes; while in the woods at top of the biggest hill on this trail, go left (not straight).


Probert Rd.
Intermediate level (approx. 0.7 miles loop)
This trail is a tight single track with some steep climbs near the beginning. To find the Probert Rd. trailhead, after finishing the Driving Range trail make a left onto the road. Go straight thru the intersection approximately 0.2 miles and look for the trailhead on the right side of the road.


Hedge Row
Beginner level (approx. 0.3 miles point-to-point)
This is a light, hilly connection (with some moguls for fun) between the Probert Rd. and Museum Loop trails. After completing the Probert Trail, make a left onto the road and ride back to where you exited the Driving Range Trail earlier. The Hedge Row trailhead is located directly across the road from the Driving Range trail exit.


Museum Loop
Beginner level (approx. 0.5 miles loop)
This is a tight single track, with some (or lotsa depending on your point of view) roots and a section that runs along the back of the historic stone wall. The Museum Loop trailhead is located in the woods directly across the road from the Hedge Row trail.


School House
Intermediate level (approx. 1.4 miles loop)
This trail is a fast single track, with small quick roller coaster hills near its end. When you leave the Museum Loop, make a right on the road and ride to the intersection. Cross the intersection (Stonewall Rd.) and look for the trailhead directly across the road. Upon finishing, head back towards the Museum and find your car!



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Review Date
July 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Laser4G63 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Decent trails and well maintained by the CCC. Some technical with roots and rocks. Though there isn't any good climbs, there are come small hills to tackle. Except for the technical parts, you can get going pretty good on most trails.

Recommended Route:
For a good workout I will ride these trails in this order:

North Loop, East River, 3-4, 1-2, Driving Range, Hedge Row, Museum, School Trail, Tunnel Trail and then in reverse order starting with the School Trail again.



Comments
Laser4G63 (06/02/2011)
The CCC hardly maintains these trails. Though, they are "in charge" of them, you hardly see them out there. In order to get them cleaned up for the season, or to maintain them, you have to get a group of people together yourself. There is a politics game going on with ESP and the CCC. I would like to see the MMBA take over the trails, but the chances of that happening are slim to none.
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Review Date
April 16, 2009

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: prison138 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I grew up on those trails. They got me into mountain biking.most of the trails are fairly easy.The probert trail is by far the hardest with some pretty steep climbs.all and all good beginner and afternoon riding and you don't have to go far from home.

Recommended Route:
probert trail in the back of the park by the river. the tunnel trail on the other side of stonewall by the golf course



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Review Date
May 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: enduro_phreak ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First off, I'd like to give big props to the Cascades Cycling Club for building and maintaining the trails at Ella Sharp - for those of us mountain bikers in Ann Arbor, it's great to be able to ride there.

The trails at Ella Sharp don't have any stunts or difficult obstacles, but can make for a challenging cross-country ride. I am an excellent rider and am comfortable riding extremely technical trails as well as difficult stunts. Ella Sharp isn't going to test your ability to stay on a 50-foot ladder, but it will test your bike-handling skills, especially if you put some effort into riding the trails. If you ride them hard, it's an extremely good workout and your bike-handling skills will improve as well. Put it this way: if you are looking to get a good x-country workout, Ella Sharp is an excellent place to ride.

Check the Cascades Cycling Club for a good description of the trails (http://www.cascadescyclingclub.org/TrailsDesc.htm) and check the MMBA site (http://www.mmba.org/trails.php?trail=32) for trail maps.

Recommended Route:
Follow the Cascades descriptions for the best route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Burchfield up at Holt is awesome as well!



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Review Date
June 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Denis Thomas , from Jackson, MI

Summary:
Some technical trails with decent length but, little elevational change. Remember to face orange markings when riding for proper route direction.

Recommended Route:
Personal favorites: River Trail (near basketball courts) and Tunnel trail (enter through school trail,Park and 4th St.)



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