3 miles
Distance
557 ft
Climb
-576 ft
Descent
00:48:23
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Red Loop (Trenches to Big Meadow) Trail
  • Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association
    since 1993
    Builder
  • Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association
    since 1993
    Maintainer

Details

South West Section - The Trenches, Rocks & Roots, Camel Humps, Caridac Bypass, Big Meadow.

Starting at the trail-head (1), The Trenches introduce you to one of the many unique features of The Fort. The Trenches were dug by solders as part of the training facilities for combat troops when the Fort was a military training base. Winding through this section is like riding a twisting half pipe. Breaking out of The Trenches, you cross an old intersection of the abandon town of Lawler and enter Rocks and Roots (3). This section is flat, but twisty, with - you guessed it - a lot of rocks and roots. You will cross the equestrian trail midway along this section.

The RED LOOP has the most technical sections and biggest climbs of the three loops in the park. The loop has (17) trail markers, and covers a distance of 9 miles. Starting at the trail-head (1), The Trenches introduce you to one of the many unique features of The Fort. The Trenches were dug by solders as part of the training facilities for combat troops when the Fort was a military training base. Winding through this section is like riding a twisting half pipe. Breaking out of The Trenches, you cross an old intersection of the abandon town of Lawler and enter Rocks and Roots (3). This section is flat, but twisty, with - you guessed it - a lot of rocks and roots. You will cross the equestrian trail midway along this section.

Exiting Rocks and Roots takes you into an open meadow and then to The Gravel Pit. Here you will encounter the Camel Humps, a series of short ups and downs with a few twists thrown in. The trail then twists along a small stream through dense underbrush. The trail come to the water's edge and then makes a sharp left to to climb a steep, twisty section before leveling off to meander through the woods. The trail then breaks out into the open for about 100 yards before beginning a switchback climb up Cardiac Bypass with an option to ride through The Crotch of a bifurcated Cherry tree. At the top you will cross an old two track (5) and enter a new section – The Big Meadow. This section starts in the woods, but quickly enters a (you guessed it) big meadow by taking a fast downhill with a wide sweeping turn at the bottom, so keep your hands off the brakes! The trail winds through the meadow for about half a mile, then crosses another two track (6) into Frog Holler.

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More Stats for Red Loop (Trenches to Big Meadow) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -18 ft
  • Altitude min
    829 ft
  • Altitude max
    957 ft
  • Altitude start
    880 ft
  • Altitude end
    862 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -28.599%
  • Grade min
    30.781%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,350 ft
  • Avg time
    00:48:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:25:14
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Status:
on Jul 8, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to red-loop-trenches-to-big-meadow trailhead (42.320819, -85.334995)
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Red Loop... Trail Reports

datedescription
Jul 8, 2018 @ 10:52am
Jul 8, 2018
Sandy areas are very loose
May 11, 2018 @ 7:25am
May 11, 2018
reporter Important information on work being performed at Fort Custer. Starting now and for the foreseeable future, Federal agencies will be conducting...
May 11, 2018 @ 7:22am
May 11, 2018
reporter
Apr 20, 2018 @ 11:30am
Apr 20, 2018
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail
Mar 21, 2018 @ 11:47am
Mar 21, 2018
reporter Most of the trail is reported dry, proceed with caution during freeze/thaw.
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag RyanInMI (Sep 17, 2017 at 12:53)
 This trail and Green and Yellow trail is now bidirectional based on the day of the week as of 9/11/17.
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