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With spring not too far off, we’re highlighting a few of the lesser known trail systems in the area, starting with the tight, twisty and always challenging┬áBass River Recreation Area near Grand Haven.

Just off Lake Michigan Avenue between the Lakeshore and Grand Rapids, Bass River gets the maximum out of its relatively small footprint by using turn after turn to challenge your handling skills. The trail consists of two trails intersected by an access road; riders can stick to the short north side, the longer south side, or tie both together to make for a longer loop.

Speed is relative at Bass River. With so many turns, you’ll never get to rev the engine up. Instead, the fastest riders are the ones who make the fewest mistakes and find seconds through smooth riding and holding momentum as much as possible.

If you’re looking for a great workout, many riders will exit the trail system and ride a few miles of gravel before looping back into the woods for more singletrack. Because of the relatively low traffic away from Lake Michigan Avenue, many locals ride to the trailhead as well, making it a great trail for anyone on the west side who’d rather get more miles on the bike than in the car.

Bass River is one of the trail systems we would love to have more data on through Bass River is most popular in August and September, with over 100 riders enjoying the trail since it was added as a unique trail system.

You can learn more about Bass River Recreation Area, load your own rides, and stay up to date on trail conditions at the Trailforks Trail page.

Jarrett Simon holds the Strava KOM on the 4.4 mile loop!