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Postby Jarose » October 9th, 2008, 9:55 pm

There are many leaves and pine needles down but the trail is solid, good riding on a beautiful fall day!
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby hill9303 » April 22nd, 2009, 3:30 pm

Anybody been out there yet this year? I am itching to ride my new 29er.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River- Has anyone ridden this year

Postby hill9303 » May 21st, 2009, 10:44 am

Has anyone ridden this trail yet this year? I am headed up that way.
Is there anything else in the area?
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby pmahoney001 » June 22nd, 2009, 9:46 am

How did your ride go? I am going up to Hale this weekend. I would like to head over to this trail. Is it worth it?
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby scottie » June 26th, 2009, 6:47 am

The trail is in good shape as of last weekend, definetly worth it. Watch out for a white blazer with a dog hanging out of the window, he will jump out of moving vehicle and chase you! BTW, he's only a 75lb pitbull who according to his owner "has something against bikes".
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Gfish29 » July 31st, 2009, 7:10 pm

Rode here last week, July 24th. Trail was in good condition, but very overgrown in some of the low, grassy areas. Can be an adventure in there! I've been riding trails all over Michigan for 20 years...this is one of one my favorites, best scenery there is. I wish I lived closer to it.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Laser4G63 » August 11th, 2009, 11:52 am

I was staying at a cabin near Lupton. About a mile from Rifle River. I rode the trails every day for a week and they were in great condition. There was 1 part that had overgrowth on it, but not bad. I did see quite a few bikers on the trails, and a lot of them weren't wearing helmets. Even children. Sad to see that.

I rode nearly 150 miles in the week I was there, plus did some canoing and swimming. I didn't want to come home, lol. I will be heading back there in Sept.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby tjl5709 » September 21st, 2009, 2:46 pm

Camped/rode the weekend of 9/12-13. First time on Rifles trails. Very good time. Some of the trails in the southern section were narrow from growth, but nothing you could not handle. Will do again next year for sure.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River 2010

Postby BPACH » March 30th, 2010, 7:07 am

Has anybody been on the trails yet this year?
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby jcrazyjj » June 13th, 2010, 7:02 pm

i am also wondering if anyone has ridden these trails yet. im gonna be spending the 4th of july weekend right around the corner from here and would love to go for a ride.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Gfish29 » June 18th, 2010, 9:48 pm

I rode most of it 6/11, I love this trail.

It was in it's usual shape. Some overgrown spots, really only in the more damp, low lying areas. There were a few flooded areas on the southern-most areas of trail, 17-20 on the map. It is easily passable and feels solid underneath with all the vegetation, just take it slow through there.
Otherwise, great as always!
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby jcrazyjj » June 18th, 2010, 9:57 pm

awesome! im really excited to ride this now. thanks for letting us know. what is this trail like? technical single track? hilly? how does it compare to stony or addison?
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Sortaslow » June 19th, 2010, 11:29 am

For the most part this is a very scenic trail and is great fun to ride.

I'd compare it to the back nine at stony. It's not really single track, nor is it true double track.

The start (I start at 4 for easy parking away from camping) has some good rooty technical climbs. There are a few gravel hill climbs and descents. The trail meanders through the woods, then open meadows and back into the woods. You'll pass cool things like the swing bridge and trudge through heavy vegetation as seen here:
http://biketubes.blogspot.com/2010/01/m ... etnam.html

Also try Ogemaw hills down the road. You will not be disappointed in either of these trails.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Wheel_Works » May 9th, 2012, 1:03 pm

Rifle River Rec Area is in good overall shape. Couple down trees and some Wet spots but its Mountain biking.

Got about 150 miles in Ogemaw Pathways already this season and its in great shape. Also a few wet spots and couple downed trees.

We have a local group that rides every Tuesday some place around West Branch/Rose City/Lupton area couple times a week.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Gfish29 » July 28th, 2012, 12:19 am

Rode the full 14 miles on 7/22. Trails are in excellent shape and this park is awesome. I saw a bald eagle and heard the cry of a loon from the lake out there!! Also a skunk, rabbits, raccoon, snake, turtles...all of the usuals. There is wildlife around every corner in this place and the trail is super fast and fun.
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