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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.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Loop

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This area is mostly used for mountain biking.

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

muddy
15 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Thought we were hiking 5.2 miles. The entire loop was 6.9 miles according to the Apple Watch, Strava said 6.2 miles. Tons of turns like the road to Hana minus the waterfalls and ocean view. Probably a beautiful hike in the fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Great New Years Day hike!

running
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

This is by far my favorite trail in the Greater Grand Rapids area. It is well maintained and offers a variety of obstacle courses for mountain biking, but they make any hike or trail run a bit more entertaining and fun. There are many trails to branch off on, offering many distances to accommodate families, individual hikers/runners, and bikers of any level. the trails are marked with names, red and yellow arrows (these arrows are accompanied by days of the week which determine in which direction mountain bikers should be traveling), and there are plenty of maps at each numbered location (numbers help identify the separating and continuation of trails) along with how long each which direction is yellow and which is red. If you're in the GR AZ rea, definitely check this trail out, and bring your pup (on-leash). =)

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

closed
4 months ago

went to run while in town and the entrance was closed off. apparently the trail does close for Thanksgiving. :(

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icy
4 months ago

Fun trail; lots of hills and twists. Well marked and maintained to share with the bikes.

hiking
5 months ago

Great for hiking. Beautiful, hilly extensive trails. Good workout. Only complaint would be trail marking could be better. Color coding as is done at Cascade Peace Park would be an improvement. Otherwise a wonderful, fun place to take your pup and walk.

mountain biking
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Our hiking group goes here 2-3 times a year and it ‘s enjoyable but I don’t understand why money was spent on a stand- alone single changing room when the money could have been spent on another portapotty. Seems like waste of money when 6-7 people have to line up to use the one that’s there.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

great trail lots of markers you can do whatever distance you prefer. groomed well excellent condition

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Definitely a mountain biking trail, be sure to pay attention to the signs where the trail starts. They tell you which way to start, if you are hiking, so you are going opposite of the mountain bikers. We hiked, lots of ups/downs and winding through the trail. Well maintained.

running
8 months ago

Great for trail running

mountain biking
8 months ago

fantastic ride. the trail is very flowy and is built for mountain biking. there are options to ramp difficulty on the trail, or you can stick with the approachable sections. I highly recommend biking here.

hiking
8 months ago

trails within trails i usually get 10 miles out of it lots of bikers but the days are marked so that the hiking is the opposite direction as the bikers. thats helpful because the trail is very narrow in some parts. there is even a picnic table in the center if u need a break

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bugs
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail!!! Lots of good hills and a great workout!! You can do several loops which can get you up to a 10 mile hike if you wanted! Beautiful sites as well

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike today. It was raining so we owned the trail. Got 8 miles in!!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of changing scenery, twists and turns and occasional incline/decline. I hiked the trail this time but will mountain bike it next time.

hiking
10 months ago

Nicely marked trail but not very scenic and mainly busy with bikes. Better spots to go hiking in the area, in my opinion.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great for mountain biking or trail running this was my first ride of the season on Merrell and conditions were great— the trail maintenance did a great job. Hero dirt today!

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

I would recommend this trail to both hikers and bikers! Beautiful scenery, well-kepmt trail, and directions to keep traffic issues at a minimum. Had a great two mile hike tonight!

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely made for mountain biking, but if you’re ok with staying alert it’s a great trail and you can mix and match which tracks you take every time

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