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Hanson Hills Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (3.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

The trail is fairly new, it has some nice singletrack and really great downhills. It is a pretty short loop, not more than 4 miles.
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Latitude
44.751609766121646
Longitude
-84.67987060546875
Trail Directions
Get off I-75 at the Four Mile Road Exit, take 4 Mile Rd. west to intersestion at Military Rd., turn left and a few miles ahead is M93, turn left there and withhin 2 miles you will see a big sign for Hanson Hills Ski Park on your left.
Trail Length
App. 4 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Grayling
   


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Review Date
November 18, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rm25x ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just wanted to update this with the trail map. Looks like the trail is now over 18 miles. I have just moved to Grayling and unfortunately due to the weather have not had a chance to ride here yet though so do not pay attention to any of my ratings.

Click the link for a trail map and events calendar:
http://hansonhills.org/Mt.html



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Review Date
July 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: car_auctioneer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I spent a weekend in this area and rode several different trail systems. Hanson Hills was easy to find and the trail was VERY well marked (once I found the MTB system, see below). It's impossible to get lost here. MMBA has done a great job with signage.

That said, the trail is rather boring. Yes, there are some climbs, but overall it's not too technically challenging. After about five miles I was thinking, "Okay, had enough, where's my car?".

I have since learned that local riders familiar with the trail know of several unmarked loops that promise a better ride, but as a visitor I stick with the map and the signs. If the facility has more and better trails to offer, put them on the map!

Recommended Route:
Take M-93 southwest out of Gaylord. You'll see a huge Hanson Hills sign a few miles out of town. Once in the parking lot, the trailhead starts next to the red building next to the pond (not the main ski lodge). Building has a MMBA sign hanging in the window. Follow the trail around to the right, staying on the wide section, about 1/2 mile until you come to a clearing. The well-marked MTB trail seems to start there, really. You'll see the sign.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyne Mountain, Aspen Park (Gaylord), Hanson Hills, Shingle Mill Pathway. Recommend in that order. Shingle Mill definitely not worth the effort to get there, if you ask me.



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Review Date
May 28, 2008

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: redsoxman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I am writting this to update the reviews. It is now a 10 mile loop that is fast flowing and well maintained. Much of it is single track with a few climbs that are not too draining. The last mile has some fun downhill. Very fun, fun ride that everyone should try. Also there is a mogul that splits two trees that should be marked on the downside of a fast hill---if it isn't then god bless!

Recommended Route:
enter the trailhead at the parking lot and always stay left.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
get to Alpena/ossineke area and ride Chippewa Hills



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Review Date
June 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: craig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just raced at Hanson this weekend. The trail is very nice - especially the new singletrack. It is now 8.5 miles in length, with most of the two track being replaced by new singletrack.
There are some nice climbs and some FAST downhill sections (short and smooth - don't want to get the DH guys excited).
If you haven't ridden it this year, take another look.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise fron ski hill parking lot.



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Review Date
April 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: DanO , from Midland, MI

Summary:
Great trail! long steady uphills followed by some fun downhills. not a very technical ride, but still very fun. great trail for the whole family. Very hard to find though, it is somewhat of a secret trail in the area. to get to the trail once you are at Hanson Hills, get on the main 2-track and start off taking the path furthest to the right, and a sandy 2-track should lead you to the trail. About 6 miles in length because more trail has been added recently. At the top of a large hill, the trail splits in 2, take the left for the 6 mile loop and right trail for the 4 mile loop. Fun ride and a great workout. The trail is marked with small white diamonds on various trees, just follow those and you should be all set. Have fun riding!



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