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Merrell Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (146) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fast flow trail that will keep you smiling as you rip the berms, table tops & fast descents


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Map Key

8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

937' 285 m

High

813' 248 m

Low

635' 193 m

Up

638' 194 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Drops/Jumps

The trail is closed to all user group traffic within 24 hours of receiving .75" + of rain.

Overview

The Merrell Trail is located 8 miles North of downtown Grand Rapids. It's open to all user groups but was mechanically built to be optimized by mountain bikers.

Need to Know

The Merrell Trail is one way direction By Day. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday follow RED Arrows in a counter clockwise direction. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, Follow Yellow arrows in a clockwise direction. The trail is also open for night riding.

Description

The Merrell Trail is West Michigan's only true flow trail. It was designed by Alex Stewart of Spectrum Trail Building and Built by his crew and over 4,000 volunteer hours by the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. The trail is for intermediate and experienced riders as it has a number of fast descents, table top jumps, roots, rocks and elevated bridges and structures. All trail segments are designated intermediate with the exception of Sawtooth which is an advanced section of trail.

The Merrell Trail is well marked with arrows and intersection posts displaying marker numbers and maps.

Use the two connector trails between posts 10 & 11 and 12 & 13 to cycle the downhill trail segments on the East side of the trail network.

Contacts

Shared By:

scott tenCate with improvements by McKenna Heldt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 146 votes

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Photos

Through the Keyhole
Sep 2, 2017 near Rockford, MI
The devil dancer elevated bridge and boulder ride option
Sep 1, 2013 near Rockford, MI
Phaser at Merrell Trail, full. Red direction.
Jul 5, 2017 near Rockford, MI
Perfect Flow.
Jun 5, 2016 near Rockford, MI
Sawtooth
May 30, 2021 near Rockford, MI
Wood berm
May 30, 2021 near Rockford, MI

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Check-Ins

Jun 16, 2022
Steve Polkowski
Lot was closed when I went by around noon today. Sign said for maintenance.
May 27, 2022
Alex Amidon
Fast and tacky. Small puddles
May 19, 2022
natelav89
May 2, 2022
Bennett Hartley
Good conditions, but muddy at various places. Had to walk my bike for one 10-foot muddy patch. Otherwise I was able to ride through the mud. 5mi
Oct 8, 2021
Kenny Davis
8.5mi — 1h 00m
Sep 24, 2021
Private User
Aug 7, 2021
Jesse Bolinder
Great ride 16mi — 10h 30m
Jul 28, 2021
Rob Thornburg
Red day. Take siren at point 10. Super fun and flowy. Take cut at 4 to hit siren again. Avoid Wylanda loop.