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VASA Singletrack

Average Rating:    (3.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 42

12 Mile marked "fast" singletrack loop. To the North of this loop are miles and miles of Gnarly singletrack.
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Latitude
44.75599828763615
Longitude
-85.48942565917969
Trail Directions
Drive to Traverse City - From downtown follow Front Street and merge onto Munson Avenue (US 31 North) and stay on it till you get to Four Mile Road (about four miles!!) Then turn right and follow it to Hammond Road, Turn Left. Follow Hammond and turn rt (on the big curve) onto High Lake - go 1 mile and turn Left onto Supply Road. Whew ! Follow Supply about two miles until you pass the steel powerline - watch for signs.
Trail Length
mucho miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Traverse City
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Review Date
July 12, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andy Bentley ,  Racer

Summary:
Flat, tight, non-technical, /FAST/ turny flowy singletrack. I live in New England and am used to steep, rocky, wet, rooty, muddy courses. VASA singletrack was a bit disappointing at first, but the lack of technical challenge, just meant I could go faster. The faster you go, the more fun this trail is, so bring the hammer down. Youll be smiling very quickly. The faster you go, the bigger the grin. I got a rental from Brick Wheels. They advertise elite race bikes but had none of my size when I showed up. The gave me a Medium Cannondale triple hardtail, with clinchers, and put spd pedals on, had a tool bag. Didnt need the front delairuer at all, had it in the big ring all day. Didnt need a read shock, there are no bumps on vasa singletrack.The tires that Brick Wheels put on were perfect for the hard packed sand conditions, pumped up to 30psi because I was expecting some roots and didnt want to pinchflat. The few roots are simple to miss or fly over. The brakes and drivechain on the bike was perfect.

Recommended Route:
From supply road parkinglot, follow the small blue sings with a an outline of a bike in white. the sign says "Vasa singlletrack" . If you see signs that say "wrong" way" turn around. The trail is twisty and fast and tight so you dont want to have a head on crash of two riders going 25mph. If you turn onto a double track road...your on VASA pathway, not the singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Im not from the area, Others who know the area and also like rooty hilly muddy challenges recommended Lake Anne, but I dont know where that is, or if its a good ride or not; but I trust the judgement of the person who recommended it.



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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:
Guess I should have read some reviews before hitting this trail. Not what I expected at all. I've riden the other areas of the VASA sytem, so I was expecting this trail to offer some challenging terrain. WRONG. Other than a little hill climbing towards the end of the loop this trail was just flat, winding singletrack with basically no technical difficulty at all other than an occational root. Sure it has some awsome scenery and can be fun just hammering at a fast pace, but don't expect any great thrilling challanges to bike handling skills.

Recommended Route:
Only one loop.



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Review Date
September 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pvanw27 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this trail regularly but have not made it out much this year. I was really disappointed in the new route that was needed between posts 15 and 16. I get that woods are sometimes logged off and I don't have an issue with that. I also appreciate whoever made the new section - I know that's a lot of hard work. However the new section (like the section between posts 7 and 8) does not seem to match the wide open, sweeping curves of the rest of the trail. To me it is a big drawback on an otherwise fun trail to ride. That being said, this is no reason to avoid this trail. It's still a lot of fun and is in terrific shape except the seciton noted above.

Recommended Route:
Follow all the sign posts. If you want to avoid a big slowdown and just keep pedaling full speed, take the 2 track at post 6, take the second 2 track to the right, then bear left and hit post 8. If I knew of a way around the new section between 15 and 16 I would post it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sand Lakes - Other than a boring section on the back stretch a good ride.
Lake Ann Pathway - A shorter ride but with lots of fun hills.
Vasa XC Ski - Lots of routes from moderate to more hills than any old guy like me cares to climb.
Cadillac Pathway - Nice distance and terrain to please just about any skill level.



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Review Date
August 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jvb0306 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well maintained, and great flow (even the tight section people whine about below). The hard work put in by whoever cut and maintains this trail is appreciated. I really liked railing all the banked turns.

My only complaint is that the trail is overly sanitized. Sure you can just turn off your brain and hammer, but that eventually gets boring. You don't have to remove every 6-inch tree that falls over the trail. The best approach I've found with a high-use trail is a dual track/feature combo. Give riders the option to attack a technical feature, or bypass with a cheater route. The key is to make the cheater route take more time, so the rider who cleans a feature gets an effective time bonus. There are lots of prime locations on this trail to do this.

This would be a great trail for a rigid singlespeed.

Recommended Route:
Very well-marked. Just follow the map and signposts



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Review Date
July 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cody_53027 ,  Racer

Summary:
Sand, rolling elevation, pine needles, grass in the middle of the trail.

Recommended Route:
the one that leads to the parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I'm not really from the area, the best I can reccommend is the TART trail.



Comments
FlyingMonkeySith (08/10/2007)
Great trail. Really fast single track. The begining has a lot of sand, not so fun, but challenging, just keeps getting faster as the trail goes on. the 12 miles go by really fast.
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