Ionia Recreation Area

Ionia, Michigan

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Boulders dot the open fields that surround this narrow trail system. Consisting of two loops, the trails maximize a long, skinny space. Maintained by Dan’s Bike Shop in Ionia, the two loops run through a mostly open, stony area, with few of the dense trees that are so common on Michigan trails. Beginning on the easier Brown Loop, the route follows a buffed, twisting trail, then picks up the Yellow Loop and dips into the trees for the first time. Pedaling up and down a ridge, riders encounter the most challenges of the ride, including tight tree passages, short and steep climbs, log jumps, and sand. Following the railroad tracks, the trail finally climbs the ridge for good and begins the return route. Completely in the open, the second half of the Yellow Loop passes large boulders on a straight, mostly open trail with gravel and loose stones. It is impossible to get lost on this easy-to-follow trail system. Tread: 7.9 miles of singletrack.
Mountain Biking Michigan

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Mountain Biking Michigan

by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski (Falcon Guides)

Boulders dot the open fields that surround this narrow trail system. Consisting of two loops, the trails maximize a long, skinny space. Maintained by Dan’s Bike Shop in Ionia, the two loops run through a mostly open, stony area, with few of the dense trees that are so common on Michigan trails. Beginning on the easier Brown Loop, the route follows a buffed, twisting trail, then picks up the Yellow Loop and dips into the trees for the first time.

Pedaling up and down a ridge, riders encounter the most challenges of the ride, including tight tree passages, short and steep climbs, log jumps, and sand. Following the railroad tracks, the trail finally climbs the ridge for good and begins the return route. Completely in the open, the second half of the Yellow Loop passes large boulders on a straight, mostly open trail with gravel and loose stones. It is impossible to get lost on this easy-to-follow trail system. Tread: 7.9 miles of singletrack.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ionia
Distance: 7.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Ionia Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Ionia, Saranac
Driving Directions: Directions to Ionia Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

5/28/2005
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The yellow loop is a fairly technical trail.It has a variety of tight trails, switch backs, steep hills, a few log climbs. The trail winds through heavily forrested areas with a variety of hills. It also borders train tracks, which are visible at time. If you don't want to get mosquito bites you'd better keep riding or risk getting eaten. Half-way through the trail, it opens up and you're out of the forest. This 2nd half of the trail winds through fields filled with large boulders, and some fast decents. I would recomend this trail.



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