Yankee Springs Recreation Area

Middleville, Michigan

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2 Reviews
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Bopping in and out of trees and rolling along a picturesque ridgeline, this fun and fast mountain bike–only trail cruises among tall red pines and past the Devil’s Soup Bowl, a sunken area surrounded by thick trees. The most strenuous climbs come in the middle section, as the trail rolls above a ravine on a narrow ridge. The popular, buffed trail is marked with numbered posts and arrows, making it virtually impossible to get lost. Riders, however, will find plenty of other challenges, including log jumps and rutted ascents and descents with sandy runouts. Rubber mats in the sandiest sections help riders climb particularly steep hills. Cyclists who want to cut the ride short have several options. Tread: 12.9 miles of singletrack, 0.2 mile of dirt road.
Mountain Biking Michigan

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Mountain Biking Michigan

by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski (Falcon Guides)

Bopping in and out of trees and rolling along a picturesque ridgeline, this fun and fast mountain bike–only trail cruises among tall red pines and past the Devil’s Soup Bowl, a sunken area surrounded by thick trees. The most strenuous climbs come in the middle section, as the trail rolls above a ravine on a narrow ridge.

The popular, buffed trail is marked with numbered posts and arrows, making it virtually impossible to get lost. Riders, however, will find plenty of other challenges, including log jumps and rutted ascents and descents with sandy runouts. Rubber mats in the sandiest sections help riders climb particularly steep hills. Cyclists who want to cut the ride short have several options. Tread: 12.9 miles of singletrack, 0.2 mile of dirt road.

©  Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Middleville
Distance: 13.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Middleville
Driving Directions: Directions to Yankee Springs Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

5/22/2015
0

Find the trailhead at the parking area for the Long Lake Outdoor Center. The trail swings by Hall Lake, then there is a moderate and steady ascent to the top of the Devil's Soup Bowl, an old and steep sinkhole. You can hike around the Devil's Soup Bowl. If you do, go counter-clockwise, as there is a steep descent to the saddle between the Devil's Soup Bowl and an adjoining, smaller sinkhole. The trail is well-marked.


5/29/2005
0

This trail is a good workout if you do the entire trail. There are a lot of steep up and downhills. There is a lot sand that is difficult to get through if you are going to slow. Halfway through its time to sweat, Alot of steep hills. If you are brave enough go check out the Devils Soup Bowl. Quite challenging!!



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