3 miles
Distance
323 ft
Climb
-326 ft
Descent
00:29:51
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Sugar Loop Trail
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Sugar Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    DTE Energy Foundation Trail
    Chelsea, Michigan
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, DJ, Fat, Adaptive MTB, CX, Gravel
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2019
  • Land Manager
    Michigan DNR

The newest loop is the 4.0 mile Sugar Loop. The most technical of the four loops, over 25 tons of quarried rock was brought in to structure many features, including “Natural Selection”, a three-line structured rock feature, “Big Rock Candy Mountain”, a large armored berm switching up and down Sugarloaf Hill, “Pop Rocks”, a series of rock “diving board” jumps/drops, and “The Upside Down”, a winding bermed descent/climb with optional jumps.

Access Info

All trail loops are directional based on day of the week. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays bikes travel clockwise on all loops, with foot traffic going counterclockwise. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, these directions are reversed for the respective users. In winter, parts of the trail system are groomed for “floatation use only” – fat tires, xc skis or snowshoes. Check the Facebook page for latest updates.

Disclaimer

This trail closes during wet/erosive conditions. Check the DTE Facebook page linked below for current conditions.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sugar Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3 ft
  • Altitude min
    973 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,100 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,032 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,030 ft
  • Grade max
    -16.5%
  • Grade min
    20.3%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    3,553 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:51
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:27
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Status:
on Oct 25, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 5 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Photos
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Sugar Loop Trail Reports

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      Oct 25, 2020 @ 9:11am
      Oct 25, 2020
      reporter 50% slippery leaves, 50% good dirt, 100% gorgeous
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 10:03am
      Oct 10, 2020
      Sep 20, 2020 @ 7:53pm
      Sep 20, 2020
      What a great trail!
      Aug 29, 2020 @ 6:09am
      Aug 29, 2020
      Aug 11, 2020 @ 11:17am
      Aug 11, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 24 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,126 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,542 rides
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      Photos

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      Oct 16, 2020 @ 5:22pm
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      Oct 16, 2020 @ 9:26am
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      28 |
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 8:12pm
      Oct 7, 2020
      24 |
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 8:11pm
      Oct 7, 2020

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      TTC 2020 Purple 46 Miles Counterclockwise race
      47 miles
      TTC 2020 Purple 46 Miles Clockwise race
      46 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag hardwareguy75 (Sep 19, 2019 at 12:24)
       On 9/17/19 this trail was still loose in places. Hopefully it will get fully bedded-in and buffed out sometime next season. Still, plenty of fun to be had on this loop. Lots of jumps and little kickers to huck. Big Rock Candy Mountain is a super cool feature. Keep up the great work MDNR, DTE Foundation, and PotoMBA. Looking forward to what Cassidy Loop will add to the mix.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Kwizzle69 (Jan 24, 2020 at 6:41)
       Honestly craziest trail I've rode in michigan, "the upside down" which is part of the trail is the most insane thing I've seen, huge birms going down hill with giant jumps, my adrenaline was beating out of my heart, love this trail
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag elduder (Jul 20, 2020 at 5:25)
       Another fun trail up here. Not that techincal just some fun rocks to ride over and up. I am pretty sure this had the most climbing but even then it isn't much since it flows so well on the climbs. This is probably my second or third favorite out of the 4 up here. Not that I don't love any of them they are all incredible.

      I did prefer the direction on Friday, Sunday more than Saturday. I felt this way for all the trails here. They are still very fun on Saturday direction but I felt it flowed a bit better the other way.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag collinwheeler (Aug 21, 2020 at 10:31)
       Better flow riding clockwise or counter clockwise?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag mgolabo2 (Sep 14, 2020 at 7:13)
       Fantastic loop. Rode on a Sunday (CW), felt it may have been better the other way though. I wanted to ride it again, but ran out of time and had to head home back to WI. Still super flowy like the other trails here, with some well designed bigger features strategically intertwined for the more experienced rider (easily ridden around). I would not consider this a black◆, maybe some of the features, but IMO still would consider most of them to be blue■. Oh, and drains pretty well with being mostly sand (unlike some of the WI trails)...rode the morning after a decent rain and only a few wet spots.
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