Yankee Springs Recreation Area
On the trail, taking the first shortcut will bypass most of the more challenging trail sections. There are several ravines through a heavily wooded area. Many of the trails ride along the tops of the ravines. Yes, this means crashes can end up in a tumble down an embankment. By doing the full trail you will be included to a variety of steep uphills and thrilling downhills with plenty of sand, rocks, logs, and roots to increase the fun-factor. This is not a trail to take beginners on. Riding this trail without dabbing is done by someone with polished skills. Newcomers to mountain biking will likely do some hike-a-bikes over the more technical sections.
How to get there:
Take 131 to the Hopkins exit (south of Grand Rapids) and go East through Gun Lake area to Yankee Springs Rd. Turn right, continue a few more miles and find Deep Lake Rustic Campgroud on your right. The bike staging and start and finish are located here. Park and enjoy.
Take US-131 to Exit 61 and head east on County Road A-42 for about 8 miles to the park entrance. Take a right on Gun Lake Road for 3 miles until reaching Yankee Springs Road. Then go north to the Deep Lake Campground Entrance.