Bass River Recreation Area, a 1,665-acre site, consists of open meadows, open brush land, mature hardwoods, small ponds and 300-acre Max Lake. It has approximately three miles of frontage on the Grand River. The park is used primarily for boating, hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding.
Woodsy. Trail use is mainly for bikes, not so much for hiking. Trail stays near roads most of the time and takes you close to homes; felt like I was wondering through someone's back yard at times. Dirt road to trailhead. Sounds: birds and cars.
This place was SOOO much fun. My wife who is relatively new to mountain biking and I went for a ride here and had a blast. The amount of twists, turns, roots, trees, banks and roll packed into the trail is unlike anything that I've ever ridden. I loved the short but sweet north loop so much that I did it again for speed after completing the whole ride. I definitely will be back.
Agree with some earlier posts that crossings of horse trails and at grassy areas, particularly in the 3rd loop, are sometimes a bit confusing. Just keep heading straight until you see a brown marker with an arrow and you'll be just fine. Directions and map above are spot on.
We ride out here ounce every couple weeks in the summer. To find the trailhead use the entrance off from 104 ave and drive in about 1/4 mile and park at the turn around in the road. (43.01972, -86.04130)
The start of Loop 1 is not marked, but it heads off to the north from here. Loop 2 starts where Loop 1 crosses the road back towards the entrance. The start of loop 3 heads off to the right (east) just before loop 2 dumps you back out to the entrance road.
Loops 1 and 2 are tight, but the turns flow together pretty good. Loop 3 is very tight and technical.
Here is a link to a track of the trails that I found on open street map: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=43.018435&lon=-86.03716499999999&zoom=15&layers=M
Enjoyable scenery, but the signs are a bit hard to follow. Be prepared to get a little confused locating the trails here, but once you do you'll be rewarded. This is really a nice escape from the city as its very quiet and peaceful.
I had a hard time finding this place. Google maps took me to the wrong place. When I did arrive, there were no signs pointing me to the beginning of the trail. Besides these directional issues, the trail itself was great. The majority of the trail is in the woods. Many ups and downs and turns. Now that I know where it is, I will return!
Jeff Y. on Bass River Recreation Area Trail
3 Loops, pretty technical not much elevation gain or loss. Trails are in nice shape.