3.3 miles
321 ft
-325 ft
Avg time
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Sugar Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    DTE Energy Foundation Trail
    Chelsea, Michigan
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, DJ, Fat, Adaptive MTB, CX, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump, Gap Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #2140 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #54819 in Trail Running
    • #84250 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Owner
    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.


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

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More Stats for Sugar Loop mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -3 ft
  • Altitude min
    973 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,100 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,033 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,030 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    3,501 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Dec 20, 2022
Avg: 4.9 (16 votes)
Your vote: 0

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Sugar Loop Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 231 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
      • 4,139 rides
      • Last: Aug 3, 2022


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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Painter43213 (Aug 9, 2022 at 14:25)
      Should be labeled black with blue options . Nothing difficult if you take the bypasses . Super fun both directions unlike the other trails .
      • + 1
      kuehnle2 (Jan 17, 2022 at 18:11)
      most action packed loop in the area. If you are looking for an exciting, quick ride, you won't find anything better in the area. Access from McClure Rd parking lot (type McClure lot into google maps and it should come up). The trail starts a bit up the road, not right out of the parking lot. I ride a full suspension 150/140 trail bike and it works great, but you could definitely ride this on a hard tail as there aren't a whole lot of roots/rocks/chunk. The features are all man made. If you're looking for fast, natural single track in the area, check Potowatomi or Pontiac Lake
      • + 0
      ivy-likes-trees-2 (Jan 18, 2021 at 0:37)
      From what I remember, I rode this trail clockwise. If you want to do the wooden features, you’ll want to ride it counter clockwise.
      • + 1
      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.
      • + 1
      collinwheeler (Aug 21, 2020 at 10:31)
      Better flow riding clockwise or counter clockwise?
      • + 1
      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.
      • + 0
      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
      • + 1
      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.

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