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Stoney Creek

Average Rating:    (4.03 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 39

A mix of wide open gravel two track and freshly carved single track. The trail is very well marked using ski style symbols (green circle, blue square, black diamond)
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Latitude
42.718389746518426
Longitude
-83.11869621276855
Trail Directions
Take I-696 to Van Dyke north to 26 mile road west. There will be signs directing you into the park. Once inside the park turn left and enter the West Branch parking lot.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Warren
   


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Review Date
July 26, 2011

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: braider33 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode Stony Creek this past Saturday. I really can't say enough about the Park in general. If all MI parks are this well maintained and used (there were hundreds of people out cycling, running, skating, etc.) you guys should count your blessings. Anyway, this is a great place for riders of all skill levels. I would guess that half of the trails are doubletrack/jeep road and half are singletrack. The double would be great for beginners to get a feel for being offroad as it poses little to no technical effort. The singletrack which consists of what locals call "Rollercoaster" was great. I logged a little of 4 miles on it but don't think I rode it all. Rollercoaster was a lot of fun. Great flow. If I have one complaint it is the numbering system. It gets a little confusing in the teens and twenties because signs become used for multiple directions and trails. Probably not an issue if you ride regularly. All in all, great park with good trails. There is signage on the main road for a skills park but I did't ride that. Followed cars in front of me to the parking lot used for "Ski Trails".

Recommended Route:
Follow the numbers, 1-27ish.



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Review Date
July 18, 2009

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: onlycrimson ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Stony Creek is a great little ride. The pines are low and can sometimes be muddy, but the rollercoaster rarely is and is a lot of fun. It's not super long, but a little over an hour if you do all the single track.

Recommended Route:
Start at the highest parking lot in the west branch, there is a trail map here. From here you can head to all the single track. Hit the pines, roller coaster, switchbacks and even a little DH that doesn't get used much right near the 27 marker on the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pontiac Lake, Highland State Park



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Review Date
July 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: STACKBARREL ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Tried this trail while visiting relatives in the area. Glad I did! The "difficult" sections are the fun stuff! There is only about a half hour worth of it, but it's a blast. Well maintained trail. I'll come back!



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Review Date
May 5, 2009

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: Riding Flamingo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The easy and moderate sections of this trail will be absolutely boring for more advanced riders. The difficult trails are a blast but there is only few miles of them. If you want to find out if mountain biking is for you then this is the place to go.



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Review Date
December 27, 2005

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: bh357 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride this trail once a week on average, as it is on my way home from work.
This trail is not the most techincal, but it does have a good flow to it. There are sections where you can pick up a lot of speed. Overall, it is one of the faster trails I've ridden. This trail also dries out quickly after a rain.

The Pines:
This would be what I consider to be an intermediate singletrack, and is about 1 1/4 miles long. It is generally quite flat, with some nice flowing corners. There are a couple of small log piles, and a rather nice rock garden. Beware of the bridge when it's wet.

The Snakes and Rollercoaster:
The snakes provides the fun way up the hill, with some nice switchbacks.
The rollercoaster is the main singletrack in the park, and is about 3 miles long, if you ride all legs. There are 2 bailout points. At the first fork, hang left to continue, take a right to bail. At the second (where it crosses the double track), continue straight (turn to bail). There is a fairly challenging hill midway through the first leg. This singletrack has very few log piles, but does have some fun switchbacks, and rolling hills.

The doubletrack:
I use this primarily to travel between the singletrack sections, and also to add mileage. The blue trail has a couple of fun hills, and reminds me a bit of a wider Bald Mountain.

Recommended Route:
I generally take the doubletrack to the back of the park, and ride the Pines. I turn right on the doubletrack after exiting the Pines, and ride to the middle of the trail system (there is a big map/sign here). The Snakes angles off to the right, and is the narrowest and most uphill of the choices here. I ride the snakes up to the top, and take the rollercoaster down. Usually, I ride all three sections of the rollercoaster, and then continue around to the right. I ride this trail all the way to the main trail off the trailhead, and then take the first right. This heads generally uphill. There is a branch off to the right (immediately before the trail goes downhill). Either take this branch to go to the top again, or go downhill, and you will be back at the Snakes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bloomer: Just exit the back of the park onto Sheldon, and head south. Take a left onto Tienken, and then a right onto Lecita. Take this until you go down a hill and curve to the right. There will be a small parking area on the left, along with a rail-trail. Take this east until you reach a bridge. This is a back enterance to Bloomer.

Holdridge: Much more techincal, and slower.

Bald Mountain North: Fast and wide. Take Predmore to Kline, for a short ride over to Addison Oaks



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