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Yankee Springs

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 60

One of the best and most publicized trail in Michigan. Trail brings trough forest and meadows. Can be very techical in sections.
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Latitude
42.61526491450722
Longitude
-85.45286178588867
Trail Directions
US 131 to exit 61 (Bradly-Hopkins), head east to Yankee Springs State Park. Follow main entrance (Gun Lake Rd.) to Yankee Srings Rd. Head north (left turn off of Gun Lake) for about a half mile. Entrance to trail head on left in Deep Lake Campground.
Trail Length
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Middleville
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Review Date
July 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: oliveryan1111 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First time in Michigan in 3 years. This is a Great trail for Michigan folk. 12 miles. Ride it twice and you have yourself a short 24 mile epic. Fast fun and flowing sections. Don't slow down for the sand. Trail is well maintained single track. Should leave most smiling.

Don't drive all over. Ask park ranger for directions. Drive to "Deep Lake Unit." Look for MMBA (Mich Mt Bike Assoc) sign. Pay park entrance fee, park there.

Recommended Route:
Maps at trail-head. Miles 1-2 is a warm up. Between miles 4-7 is great rolling terrain up and down draws, over ridges and saddles, and small valleys. Around 8 mile is a great pine forest - no undergrowth = no ankle biters. Again, don't let the sand slow you down. Mile 9 and then 11-12 are good too. Sand again - Keep hammering the pedals and get after it. Not to technical, no drops greater than 1 foot the entire route, however some newbies might dismount at the first site of roots and sand.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No. Not from Michigan. Trying Fort Custer 4th of July weekend though.



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Review Date
August 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: onlycrimson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Yankee springs trail has a good mixture of flats, hills, steep climbs, downhills and high speed turns. There is a fair amount of sand on the trail, but nothing to worry about. There are some nice drop offs and a few tight technical sections. The "pines" are is very awesome. The pines only have branches on the very top so it feels like you are in a huge room and it smells great! A few places had some nice deep ravines on either side. The trail is well marked and fairly hard to lose track of.

Recommended Route:
The staging area is not actually labeled Yankee Springs, it is labeled "Deep Lake Unit". This threw me off, but I found it. The first part of the loop is short and fairly flat, it comes back out to the staging area, but keep going straight to find the rest of the trail. The beginning part is useful for warmup.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Custer



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Review Date
July 9, 2004

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: slanard ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was my first time riding here and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't encounter another rider at any point along the way. Also, because of recent rains, the sand that everyone complains about about was basically a none issue. Overall, the trail was great for an intermediate level rider. Newbies wouldn't like it. You can go as hard as you want because the hills never really get long enough or step enough to sap all your energy (i.e., like Highland). Signage was not especially good, especially at the start. It took me a while to realize the trail loops passed the trailhead (directly) about 2 miles in. It's fine once in the trees. There are some excellent downhills (mild drops) and a few pretty technical climbs (relatively speaking). I'll definitely be returning - but only after I try Fort Custer.

Recommended Route:
It is confusing the first couple miles but there is really only one main route. Grab a map at the camp checkin - it comes in handy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TBD - in Southeastern Michigan try Brighton, Island Lake (easy but fun), Potawotami, and Pontiac Lake.



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Review Date
December 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Sexly ,  Racer

Summary:
This trail is ok for beginers. It's not far away so I try to get there once a month.

Recommended Route:
Take off right from the parking lot and skip the short loop that starts up the road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bass River



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Review Date
November 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mcballer52 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail for high speeds. A banked corner at the top of a big hill reminded me of a rollercoaster. Possibly my favorite trail in Michigan.

Recommended Route:
Don't take the cutoffs! The trail is best when ridden all the way. "The Pines" is my favorite so far, but I haven't gone into the "devils soup bowl" yet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I haven't hit Fort Custer yet, but I heard it's just as good or better than Yankee Springs.



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