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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:
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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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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Laser4G63 » July 28th, 2012, 1:21 pm

I was out there on the 22nd as well. Rode ~30 miles, several laps. On my first lap, I had to clear a bunch of small dead trees off the trail that some idiot was nice enough to place there. This was after the Lost Lake turn off and before the hanging bridge. Other than that, and literally running into another biker (both of us and our bikes were OK), the trails were in great shape for the two weeks I was up there.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to ride Ogemaw Hills. I just liked the convenience of riding RR and then going swimming after my ride.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby vette-ss » July 30th, 2012, 10:58 am

Planning a camping trip here in about a month. Want to explore this trail as well as others nearby. This one doesn't look like a full loop by the map. Do you have to ride roads to get from the end back to the start?
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Sortaslow » July 30th, 2012, 11:18 am

Only small road poritons through the park.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Zoo1424 » August 11th, 2012, 8:38 am

If you start out of the parking lot by the beach at Grousehaven Lake & pretty much follow the numbered posts, you can do about a 12-14 mile loop. There is a small section early on where you are on the road for maybe a half mile. You will also need to carry your bike across the swinging bridge near the back of the park to continue on the trail. Between markers 5-8 I believe, is the most challenging part of the trail. About a 3/4 mile climb, followed by a great descent of the same length. There's a few other hills near the beginning, & after that it's just a nice scenic ride.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Laser4G63 » August 11th, 2012, 10:31 am

I think the climbs are even better when, on your return to the parking lot, you ride 5-8 in reverse (8, 7, 6, 5). Makes for a nice end to your ride. You do have to keep an eye/ear out for bikers coming toward you if they are riding the "normal" way.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Zoo1424 » September 19th, 2012, 11:55 am

Rode up here on 9/12. Trails were in fine shape, though everything was pretty dry. I believe it rained a day or two later, but I don't think it had much effect as far as the trail conditions go.
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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby Sortaslow » June 10th, 2014, 1:21 pm

j35u5fr34k wrote:Rode the northeast loop and some of the southern trails. Some very nice hills on this loop.

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Re: Northern: Rifle River

Postby black2003ss » June 10th, 2014, 1:35 pm

Is the trail maintained fairly well? I've been meaning to hit this place up as my cabin is about a half hour away. There is the other trail in West Branch too I'd like to hit up.
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