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      The Betsie River Pathway is an MDNR hiking, biking, and cross-country ski trail located to the west of the Betsie River. The larger loop to the east is flat and in the woods. The smaller loop trail to the west has more varied terrain and wanders through meadow and wooded areas, and along a creek and the Betsie River.

      These trails are mostly “old school” in design, but the Betsie River Pathway is flat except for where you drop down to the river or get onto Crystal Mountain’s property, and therefore there is no water damage and bumpiness for all of the flat sections. This trail system is very beginner-friendly until you get into Crystal Mountain’s property and you get into the hills. On Crystal Mountain’s property you have much more climbing and there are new trails being developed to attract gravity riders. The Pineapple Loop is an easy section of trail to pass by but it is a fun and challenging loop on the southern end of the Crystal Mountain trail system.
      source: SCC Website
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Access Info:
      BETSIE RIVER PARKING AREA INFO: This is a very rustic lot that isn’t paved, there are no amenities and the kiosk is dilapidated. It is kind of the ying to the Crystal Mtn Parking Lots’ yang. That said, it is a great place to start from because you can park in the shade and it is not busy at all. You can change into your gear and just chill out post-ride with a few beers and there won’t be anyone around to give you funny looks. No fees for parking. There is no good signage off Countyline Rd nor M-110. There are no amenities such as bathrooms, picnic tables, or potable water. No fee to use trails.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Oct 22, 2023
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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      8 miles
      Total Descent
      368 ft
      Total Vertical
      134 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      813 ft
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      Photos of Betsie River Pathway Mountain Bike

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      Feb 27, 2020 @ 4:09am
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      Feb 21, 2020 @ 4:59am
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      90 |
      Dec 20, 2016 @ 11:38am
      Dec 20, 2016

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      Nearby Areas

      Crystal Mountain 3 10 42.4 km
      Pete's Woods5.4 km
      Arcadia Dunes 3 108.6 km
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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike158 miles367 ft3 miles135 ft
      Hike158 miles367 ft3 miles135 ft
      Trail Running158 miles367 ft3 miles135 ft
      • By markholloway Trailforks Map Team & contributors
      • Admins: SCC, NMMBA, SCC
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