Wahlfield Park on Trailforks.com

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Wahlfield Park is quickly becoming a local favorite in West Michigan, especially for those looking for a scenic, accessible trail that suits the skills of nearly any ability.

If you’re ever on the north side of Grand Rapids, take a turn to Alpine and find a neat trail just off M-37. It’s an easy spot to hit on the way home, making evening hours the hot time for people to access it by bike or by foot.

There is a cross country circuit hand-built by Alliance volunteers, and Dirt Artisans added 3 downhill flow trails in 2017 raising the total distance to about 6.5 miles. As a new trail, there is so much potential to shape this network into what local riders need and want. As a result, the future of Wahlfield Park is exciting to WMMBA and everyone involved!

If you spend more than a bit of time on the trail, you’ll notice that many of the sections and segments carry names that sound more than a little delicious. That’s because Perrin Brewery helped cover plenty of early expenses that helped bring this trail to life, and you’ll always find their thumbprint on the heart and soul of Wahlfield’s downhill runs.

You can check out more about the trail on Trailforks.com. Another thing you’ll really like about Wahlfield is the great updates on trail conditions from the trail’s reporters. Especially during this freeze and thaw cycle, having almost daily information on the state of the trails makes planning your rides so much easier. We’re working to bring this level of reporting to all Alliance trails! Current trail statuses are listed on the Alliance Homepage

At the moment, we have 577 rides counted on the trail, with prime riding time in August, but there is plenty of momentum this year; there are 60 trail reports already filed for 2018!

If you’re looking for a trail that’s accessible, fun, and you always know the state of the trails, make sure you check it out!

Bass River on Trailforks.com

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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 Bass 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 Trailforks.com. 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!

Ride Dirt, Not Mud This Spring

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Spring might just be here! West Michigan is rolling into a long-term warm-up, and what little snow we have left in the shadows will be gone before you know it.

Before we turn our attention to spring, we wanted to a second to thank all the groomers and trail organizers that put in hour after hour to give us trails to ride! As many of you know, these groomers sacrifice not only time with family and friends, but even coveted time in the saddle so that the rest of the community can get out and ride. Of the Grand Rapids area trails that were groomed, each one took a lot of hard work to keep clear.

A big part of that success is the cooperation and communication of trail users, too. Using platforms like Trailforks and Facebook to let others know trail conditions and when the best time to ride might be. Letting the trail set-up, warning groomers and volunteers of downed trees or ice hazards, and any other useful information all make this network more efficient.

As we roll into the freeze-thaw cycle this spring, we’re asking our regular riders to use these platforms to relay trail conditions to help us preserve the trails, address any issues, and have a better idea of what riders will see if they head out to the trailhead.

We’re asking all riders to help us integrate Trailforks into the process, and it’s really simple. You can check out our recent post about how to make an account, link your Strava profile, and help us gather tons of useful data. We’ll also be using Trailforks to direct work bees and volunteers, and the more information they have on hand, the easier the job will be!

In case you missed it, here’s a great piece from bicycling.com about how mountain bikes impact the trail during freeze-thaw cycles, plus some ways we can prevent damage as a community.

Show Your Trails Some Love

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Roses are red, violets are blue, trails are rad, and you are, too.

We admit it, we’ve taken a small peek at the calendar and there is something about seeing MARCH up next that has just a little part of us ready for dirty tires and short sleeves. We’ve had a tremendous winter for fat biking, even with a brief period with little to no snow. While there’s plenty of snow riding left this year, we’re gearing up for a new season and new projects.

This is the time of year we really hope to recruit more members that are ready to join the ranks of trail workers, members, volunteers, and riding buddies. WMMBA has a lot of trail networks that serve tens of thousands of mountain bikers, not to mention other non-motorized trail users who rely on clear trails to access nature, peace, and quiet.

We have hundreds of members; we need hundreds more to raise the quality of our already incredible trails. What trail system are you sweet on? What is your favorite weekend destination? Whatever WMMBA trail you love, or if you spend plenty of time on them all, joining WMMBA is the very best way to show you care.

You can join knowing that your money stay in West Michigan to support West Michigan trails, as well as Michigan advocacy efforts in Lansing that affect mountain bikers and non-motorized trail users around the state. This is our backyard. Let’s take care of it.

Join WMMBA today.