Monday, August 9, 2010

Luton Park

I visited the mountain bike trails of Luton Park in Rockford, MI for the first time on Thursday with a co-worker. It was a really fun trail! Actually, it’s a multi-use trail system, so people can run, hike and bike on it, which I think is cool.

The system is broken up into a main easy loop (Blue) and five loops of varying difficulty (Green, Orange, Black, Red and Yellow) that branch off from it.

Compared to other trails in the area, Luton Park has relatively little climbing but a great deal of tight twists and narrow passes between trees.

There are also a few logs, rock gardens and plank sections to ride over.

These trails will definitely hone your riding skills. Since it was my first time there, I took it slow and really enjoyed myself. There was lots of camaraderie on the trail that night, too, as many people were out for a ride on a beautiful evening.

I would love to ride at Luton a lot more. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a drive from my house. It makes me wish I lived on the north side of town where most of Grand Rapids’ great mountain and road biking trails are.

So, Luton Park – lots of run to ride! I’d highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. How hilly do you think it is...from a runner's perspective? They are hosting a marathon there in April, and I'm debating signing up, but don't want to be finding myself stuck dying because of elevation changes that I'm not prepared for at all.