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Merrell Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rockford, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 426 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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This area is mostly used for mountain biking.

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Reviews (319)
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Sarah Montgomery
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Hiking

Good to get some distance bc of all the switch backs. But it’s definitely meant for biking.

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John Rocco
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Mountain bikingMuddy
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Caitlynn Armstrong
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Hiking

Great hike! Quite the workout with today’s real feel of 99 degree heat But overall a great workout, absolutely beautiful this July day, and you can see the effort that was put into making such a cool spot!

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Erin V
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Hiking

Nice trails. If hiking, find a time when mountain bikes are not as prevalent (would not recommend a Saturday unless it’s early morning). Would have liked to have seen more of the trail but the amount of mountain bikers became to dangerous to continue.

Rex Miller
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Mountain bikingRocky

Great ride if you like navigating rocks and tree roots. Sunny. mid-80s. Light breeze.

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Patrick Avison
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Mountain biking

Maintained for mountain bikes. Hikers beware and keep an eye and ear out for bikes. If you're going to have headphones in make sure you're hiking opposite direction of the bikes.

George Ross
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Hiking

Really fun for light to moderate hiking, with lots of beautiful scenery and nature. A great mountain biking trail no doubt as there were quite a few passing by.

Chris Neihoff
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Mountain bikingRocky

Highly recommend this trail for mountain biking. Very fun downhill. Trail has some wet spots from the recent weather so be careful. I wouldn't hike this trail unless you are aware of the bikers. Trail is very fast for mountain bikes and it's dangerous for all if hikers aren't paying attention.

Kaileigh Hennard
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Really muddy in spots. If you don’t get the right line you will crash

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Brent Cavner
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Hiking

A lot of bikers

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Sarah Upton
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HikingRocky
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Lindsay Bryan
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Walking

Walked and biked the trail with 10&14 year old. We had a good time, although my 10 year old was on his bike and was frustrated in some spots. Overall, we had a good time and would go back again.

GB DT
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Hiking

Moderate good and funny singles

Michaela Cotton
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WalkingMuddy

This was a good trail. It was definitely muddy!

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Sheri Landon-Timon
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HikingMuddy

Hiked with the dog. we encountered a few bikers, but we walked opposite of them and could easily get out of the way. Trail was well marked. A little muddy in spots. Definitely recommend this trail.

Lewis Luttrell
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HikingMuddyRocky

a few trails were a little muddy, primarily due to puddles the bikers went through, but otherwise was a really good hike. My Garmin marked it as almost a 6.5 mile hike however, not that I minded a possible extra mile. If you are biking it it is a very technical course, lots of roots and rocks with some wide banked turns. Also of note, there was a lot of traffic both hikers and bikers.

Chad Uzarski
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Mountain bikingRocky
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Zach baker
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Hiking

hiked against traffic and had no problem with bikers

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Michael Henderson
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail for beginners to intermediate hikers who are looking for both beautiful scenery and a good challenge hike as there are many bends, great elevation, and challenging terrain throughout. love this trail!

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Randy Roest
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Hiking

Trail was good hiking for the family and kids, but is primarily a mountain biking trail so be prepared to get out of the way of the bikes quite often. We hiked in the same directions as the bikes, if you're going to walk it, I would recommend walking the opposite direction of the bikes so you can see them coming easier.

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Tim Vanderberg
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Mountain bikingRocky
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Claire Smith
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Hiking

Nice trail, but definitely geared towards bikers. I only saw 1 other person walking and the rest were all bikers. I don’t think I would come back to this trail to hike.

Katie Oakes
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Hiking

Beautiful trails that zig zag throughout the woods. Varied distance loops. Lots of mountain bikers.

Colton Odem
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Mountain bikingRocky

HIKERS: Please travel in the direction opposite of mountain bikes. This can be a safety concern due to the differences in speeds. This is a great trail that with opportunities to improve skills and fitness

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christopher ray
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Hiking

Nice trails for being close to the city. Probably less mountain bikers during the week. I went on a Sunday and had to look over my shoulder most of the time for bikers coming up from behind. It's a good hike to give your legs a good workout for other hikes. Many small hills and ravines.

Sarah Upton
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HikingMuddy
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