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Hungerford Lake Trail

Average Rating:    (3.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Mix of nice tight single track and some 2 track/xc ski trai. At least 12 miles of designated bike trails. Until a few years ago you had to ride the shared horse and wider xc ski trails that are heavily used by horses. There has been added designated bike single track that is off limits to horses. The trails are much improved and not used much. Try to get a map through the Manistee National Forest office in Cadillac or Manistee because it gets a little confusing with all the 2 tracks, dirt roads, horse and ski trails. Just follow the "bike" markers. The MTB trail is basically a 9 mile circle loop, with a 2 or 3 mile connector across the middle of the circle going east/west.
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Latitude
43.696920829835406
Longitude
-85.60907363891602
Trail Directions
Starting at us131 exit #139 (Main Big Rapids Exit), head west on that road (old M20) for 5 miles to a sharp 90 degree left, go straight there to the stop sign, turn right/north on that road (Cypress Rd), go north on Cypress about a mile to Hungerford Lake Rd - turn right/west on to Hungerford Lake Rd, go 1/2 mile to stop sign - turn left/north and parking lot is less than 1/4 mile on your left across from a white farm house.
Trail Length
12 + miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Big Rapids
   


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Review Date
February 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: tempest33b ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Used to be shared with horses but was still fun, There is more bike only trail now. I've never seen another rider on the trails when I've been out there and that sucks for everyone else. Its a great trail, good climbs and some good flow.

Recommended Route:
Find out for yourself what you like

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Yankee Springs, Burchfield



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Review Date
January 29, 2011

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: alexcornwell ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail has 2 loops the A loop with ~7 miles and B loop with ~12 miles. the A loop includes no elements like the one pictured above but there are two elements including a 35ft long elevated plank-way. more elements to come. i am part of the maintenance crew, the trail is raked each spring and consistently cleared. the guys on FSU's adventure racing teem say they do the b loop in about 50 min

Recommended Route:
B (pay attention if you are some where horses have gone then you are not on the rite trail)

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



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Review Date
October 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: craig and randy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you take a 250 pound cow and put that on top of a horse and ride it on a designated mountain bike trail the mountain bike trail will lose. This could be a nice trail but the horses and the cows that ride the horses have ruined it. Most of the trail is choppy from the horses and there are some real sandy spots from the horses tearing it up. It is marked no horses but stupid horse people can't read. I do not recommend using this trail until they stop the horses from using it. I would rate this trail a 4 if it wasn't beat up from the horses but since it is it gets a 2. This trail is a waste of time. Better off going to the North Country Trail if you are up that way.



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Review Date
October 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: craig and randy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you take a 250 pound cow and put that on top of a horse and ride it on a designated mountain bike trail the mountain bike trail will lose. This could be a nice trail but the horses and the cows that ride the horses have ruined it. Most of the trail is choppy from the horses and there are some real sandy spots from the horses tearing it up. It is marked no horses but stupid horse people can't read. I do not recommend using this trail until they stop the horses from using it. I would rate this trail a 4 if it wasn't beat up from the horses but since it is it gets a 2. This trail is a waste of time. Better off going to the North Country Trail if you are up that way.



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Review Date
August 11, 2003

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: jvb ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
At first I was not impressed, but as we all know not all first impressions are correct. The first three miles were a bit choppy due to the storms in the area knocking over trees and those horses beating up the once wet ground. Although some of the trails are designated "bikers only" and we know that horses can't read and some of their riders are just plain stupid, there are areas that are just plain torn up. Let's not forget the piles of stench laid behind. Anyway as you get further out from the campgrounds, trailhead and boatlaunch/swimming area the trail tend to become much nicer and much more fun. I stayed on the outside of the large loop going clockwise. As you get out toward the top of the map be ready for a fairly good upper body workout as you go over bump after bump similar to that quick set in "the Pines" at Yankee. Keep in mind that Hungerford literally has hundreds of them. Sometimes you are going downhill and riding them, sometimes uphill. I assume they were made by some forestry tool many years ago. Very Cool and nothing like I have ridden anywhere else, although I haven't ridden on the East Side much other than a couple of races. The rest of the ride was decent with a couple of log piles and a couple of surprising ramps up and over some fallen logs. One of which is 3 to 4 feet off the ground. The second one was in need of some maintenance as it was missing a couple of pieces on the ladder on the back side. The entire trail is in need of some work as some of the markers were missing and others were blocked by vegetation. All in all this trail is pretty good once you get out away from the horse destruction, with lots of potential. It is a good ride for those of you going through mid-Michigan on your way back or to the North part of the state.

Recommended Route:
Go from swimming area or trail head, clockwice along outside of large loop. $3.00 parking required

Other recommended trails in the same area:
owassippee (muskegon/Montague)
Big M (Manistee)
Egypt Valley (CSGA) (Grand Rapids)



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