5 loops x 5 years = 25 miles at an average estimated total cost of $500,000.
Starting at a trailhead to be constructed just North of Green Lake off of M-52, the Waterloo Trail will consist of five distinct loops, each with a set of unique characteristics and terrain.
Green Lake Loop – Completed June 2016
The vision will begin with the Green Lake Loop – around four miles of scenic, flowing fun suitable for beginner mountain bikers, but fun enough for advanced riders. Green Lake is represented on the map above in green.
Subsequent to the Green Lake Loop build-out, we will be progressing into the Big Kame Loop (blue on map). Big Kame’s most prominent feature will be – well – the Big Kame, of course! This loop will step up the challenge and elevation of the trail system, climbing a beautiful standout kame formation marked by a remarkable stand of old growth hardwoods at the top. The 4.5 miles in this loop is bound to take your breath away – both due to the aerobic workout it will require, as well as its breathtaking beauty.
After Big Kame is completed, the Waterloo Trail will progress into its marquee segment, the Winn Loop (orange on map). Named after the majestic body of water known as the Winnewana Impoundment that much of this segment overlooks, the Winn Loop will sweep through rolling, glacier-made terrain with forests of Oak and Hickory. The capstone of this segment and perhaps the whole Waterloo Trail will be the trail’s passage through the Winnewana Escarpment, a steep ridgeline with drops of several hundred feet down to Winnewana Impoundment. Sweeping, scenic vistas will be the norm as riders traverse several large boulder-strewn swales which crisscross the ridgeline. Riding challenge and beauty will be at their peak as riders drop down south on the Winn.
At the base of Winn will be the most southerly loop of the Waterloo Trail, the Sugarloaf Loop (teal on map). While it may be the shortest loop on the trail, it is sure to be sweet, packed with plenty of rollers and switches that will keep the reflexes twitching.
Looking for the ultimate technical challenge? Then behold the final and most northerly planned loop of the Waterloo Trail – the Cassidy Loop (yellow/blue/red on map). Like the Upper Peninsula’s Copper Harbor trails? Structured wooden chutes and ladders are your thing? Then Cassidy will be your place as our crew utilizes a decades-old mining pit to create some special “Black Diamond” trail features that only a full-suspension bike could love. This segment will be sure to turn standard Southern Michigan mountain biking on its head with something new and different in the area.