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Midland City Forest

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The fire roads have been around a long time, but the singletrack has been added this year. The creekside loops are very technical with lots of ups and downs. The North and South loops are less technical with more flat parts. There are two main bridges recently installed by the city of Midland.
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Latitude
43.639305251373315
Longitude
-84.2486572265625
Trail Directions
From the Midland Mall, go up Eastman and turn left on Monroe. The main parking for the City Forest is 1/4 mile down Monroe on the left side of the road.
Trail Length
8+ miles of singletrack
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Midland
   


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Review Date
May 28, 2012

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: Todd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail for the first time a few days ago. It offers plenty of milage for a decent sork out from constant pedaling, but offers very little as far as technical difficulty of hill climbs. Basically a farely flat windy trail that at times can be a little sandy. The biggest problem that I had was that there are LOTS of other trails (2-track XC-ski and singletrack) that intersect or branch off the main riding loops. Very confusing. And to add to the confusion the trail signs are not logically located (all of the sign "posts" are marked for XC-skiing which have nothing to do with the bike trails). Many of the bike directional signs are placed well AFTER intersections, making it a lucky shot that you took the correct trail at the intersection. I got lost and turned around NUMEROUS times.

Recommended Route:
Four different loops are provided for about 13 miles of riding if riden continuously.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pine Haven state Park



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Review Date
February 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Al Kumaus ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For a city park trail that is close, it is a good hour workout. But burns road trails are far more challanging to a wider variety of riders. You also get a more lengthy trail ride. If you provide a rider of moderate ability a chance to cut a trail, odds are they will. This happens a lot at city forest, and the rider does not get a good experience or challange out of the ride. Thus slowing their developement to become a better rider.

Recommended Route:
Burns road trails yaaa!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Burns road trail system can be ridden almost year round. It is also a excellent hiking system of varried terrain. With close proximity to camping and refreshment and food. Only drawback is no outhouse system.



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Review Date
April 29, 2010

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: jaredr68 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just rode this trail earlier today, to me it did not live up to what I have been hearing about it. Me and a friend drove between 45 min to an hour to get to the trail and because of the drive to get their I am a little disappointed. Still an ok trail that I wouldn't mind having within 15 to 20 min of my home, I would still ride it a couple times a week if it were that close, but thats not the case for me. This trail does have a good amount of tight turns, some pretty tight areas between trees, and a couple of log mounds/jumps placed throughout the trail. However it did not have many drops or technical sections and also never really had any good down hill sections to get some speed going, and with the soft slightly sandy trail thats covered in pine needles the trail quickly takes away what speed you could get going down the small hills. This trail does provide a great workout because there are not many hills and the ones that are there are fairly small it has you constantly pedaling. Like I said it is a nice trail to have close by but its not really worth making a trip out to ride.

Recommended Route:
I would recommend the south loop as it does have most of the technical sections and is the longest followed by the gnu loop, but the north loop and frog holler loop are just the same thing over and over again for the most part.



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Review Date
June 14, 2007

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: mysphyt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Basically a flat 300 acre area of pine and mixed hardwood forest with a sandy bottom creek running accross it. The trails in the City Forest have been built to maximize the terrain available and to pack many miles of quality riding into a relatively small area.

Lots of tight singletrack with well maintained bridges, boards and stonework to keep them passable in all weather. Areas around the creek are very tight and technical with many short quick up and downs and off camber turns.

A quality riding experience the requires your full attention at all times.

New for this year is the Frog Hollow loop, starting off the speedway section of the south loop this 1.5 mile loop features a monster pit drop and otherwise mild tight singletrack through a pretty part of the park.

Recommended Route:
Starting at either the Monroe road parking lot or south picnic area combine the north and south loops to make a complete tour of the park and get a flavor of the area. Add the Gnu loop or take the creek portion of the south loop to add technical difficulty.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pine Haven in Sanford, MI is a Midland county park with more hills than city forest, duck under the expressway to access the 9+ mile technical stubway.



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Review Date
July 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: awol12 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
WOW! This place is sweet. Some fun stunts and bridges (Thanks Boy Scouts). The single track at this place is amazing. I found it to be pretty technical and it worked me out hardcore. Very bumpy, would love to of had a full suspension here. highly recommond if you want some thing fun and technical in the mid-michigan area. I would even travel here from other parts of the state to give it a go.

Recommended Route:
North Loop to South Loop down the fast track to the GNU Loop was a good run.



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