Whether visitors are seeking a serene walk or snowshoe through the woods, a heart pounding two-hour mountain bike adventure, a 10k trail run, or a pristinely groomed fatbike trail, the Mosquito Creek Trails will be the regions go to MULTI-use trail system. The 500-acre project in central Muskegon County is highlighted by the forested valley of Mosquito Creek. This collaborative recreation improvement project is spearheaded by Muskegon County and Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association. Premier trail professionals have designed sustainable trails for all interest and skill levels of trail users. The trail system will include six trails with 3.35 miles of beginner trails, 6.11 miles of intermediate trail, and 1.5 miles of advanced trail. We have also proposed a "strider loop".
The 550-acre project area in central Muskegon County, off Maple Island Road south of the Muskegon River just north of M46/Apple Avenue is highlighted by the forested valley of Mosquito Creek. Michigan’s EDGE mountain bike club contracted Dirt Artisans of Covington, KY to develop the design and to flag corridors for mountain bike trail development on the Mosquito Creek Parcel in Muskegon County, Michigan in 2017. Read the full report.
Project Update (9/18)
We here at MEMBA love Fall for multiple reasons; it is arguably the best time of year to mountain bike and we get to START construction in October! We plan to put in a parking lot and finish the outer loop of the beginner trail before the snow flies........and MEMBA has a groomer for winter fat biking! If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, this fall/winter may be the time. We will keep you updated with opportunities.
In regards to funding/grants, this is also an exciting time of the year. We have 210k written in grants to finalize the project and expect to hear responses in the next 4 months. To date, we have raised over 90k! We have hit our goal of 60k to get the trail started this fall! Thank you all for your generosity!
A proposed timeline is listed below.
- Phase 1 build is planned fall of 2018 and will include the trail sections west of the creek highlighted in red on the map (approximately $65,000 cost) and a parking. The green trail is approximately 4 miles in length and is perfect for winter fat biking (MEMBA already owns a Rokon and groomer).
- Phase 2 build is planned for summer of 2019. This would include completion of blue/black trail and would also include parking lot with pit toilet, kiosk, trail benches, and two large bridges. We would like to have a ribbon cutting ceremony later spring early summer to kickstart the official opening of the trail!
Our "100 for 100" campaign (100 people to donate 100 dollars) has gone really well. We have now raised over $6700 of the $10000 goal! We have socks in hand, and will be sending out in the next 1-2 weeks! If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so to help us reach our goal.
We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support we have received thus far. If you have had a financially successful 2018 and would like to donate, please consider doing so as we are a tax deductible organization.
The MC Team