Crafted and maintained by the Mid-Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMMBA), the trails in Lansing, Michigan, serve as an oasis for bikers seeking a moderate challenge without straying too far from urban amenities. The network comprises three loops—green, red, and blue—each uniquely designed to offer riders varying levels of fun and difficulty.
Navigating from I96 near Lansing, take the 98A exit onto South Lansing road. After roughly 1-2 miles, you'll spot Old Lansing road veering to the right. Follow it past a fire station and the Blinker Light Bar until you hit Wardell Road, a dirt road also on your right. The trailhead kiosk is easy to locate from here.
This is where most newbies get their first taste of mountain biking. A relatively smooth and straightforward loop lined by small trees. It's quick and easy, making it a fantastic introduction for beginners. Some log and rock piles are present but easily bypassed.
A tighter, more vegetated path filled with small hills and valleys. At certain points, the dense trees demand slow navigation, but these are brief moments before speed picks up again. Log rides, ramps, and bridges are interspersed throughout the trail.
Starting off with a decent climb, this loop offers stretches where one can genuinely gain speed. The second half gets narrower but doesn't pinch as much as the Red loop. A handful of climbs and descents, along with some jumps and obstacles, add interest to the route.
The trail network is a local gem that also attracts riders from East Lansing and Michigan State University's campus. For those planning to work on skills or looking for an enjoyable yet challenging ride, this place should be on your radar.Despite the intermediate level, beginners can find their groove here, especially with obstacle bypass options. A selection of man-made features adds an extra layer of fun and challenge for the more advanced riders.Remember, this is a popular local spot, but not necessarily a destination trail—meaning it may not warrant a drive of over an hour. It’s perfect for an afternoon ride if you’re in or around Lansing.
The MMMBA trails in Lansing may not provide the adrenaline punch of more strenuous trails, but what they lack in length and difficulty, they make up for in fun and accessibility. Whether you are new to mountain biking or simply looking for a quick escape, these trails offer a little bit of everything to riders of all levels.