Located in the Holly Recreation Area, Michigan, Holdridge Trail System offers a web of routes designed for mountain bikers of all skill levels. From beginner-friendly circuits to expert paths that could challenge even the seasoned rider, the trail system does not disappoint.
To reach the trailhead, take I-75 to exit 101, turn west onto Grange Hall Rd., and then make a north onto Hess Rd. The trail entrance is 1/4 mile ahead.
The Turtle Trail and the North Loop are the least intimidating, often frequented by families. The North Loop in particular has a speedy flow. On the other end, Gruber's Grinder lives up to its name as a technically challenging circuit not for the faint of heart.The West Loop is notably more demanding with its inclusion of "The Wall", a named climb that will challenge your skill and stamina.
Being only 10 minutes away for some local residents, the Holdridge Trail System stands as a convenient choice for a quick biking getaway. Its proximity to residential areas and easy accessibility make it an appealing choice.
Although an excellent workout, some trails can feel monotonous, as noted by long-time riders. Specifically, the North and East Loops sometimes give the sensation of repetitive back-and-forths along the same ridge. However, the system has a variety of technical features, like rock gardens, log rides, and little rock features that make the ride enjoyable.
While the trail is good for year-round riding, fall's leaf coverage can make the path slippery and obscure obstacles. Always exercise caution during these times.
Holdridge offers something for everyone, from kids and beginners to hardcore bikers. While it may not be a 5-star trail for every rider, its location and variety make it a strong contender for your next ride.