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 (7/18)
We would like you to participate in our "100 for 100" campaign (100 people to donate 100 dollars). As an incentive, we have designed custom socks (pictured below) to be given to all donors that partake in this campaign. Remember, we still have someone willing to match donations up to 20k so your donations will be doubled! This campaign is designed to close the 20k gap we need to get this trail started this late summer/fall.
We recently met with the State of Michigan to discuss the Recreation Passport grant ($100,000 and and $25,000 local match). More information will be forthcoming in September and December of 2018. We also expect to hear back from other grants later this fall. The MC team will continue to fundraise through local businesses and project partners.
- Phase 1 build is planned fall of 2018 and will include the trail sections west of the creek (approximately $80,000 cost) and a parking lot highlighted in red on the map. 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 are overwhelmed by the generosity and support we have received thus far. Follow us on Facebook for continued updates on this campaign. Please consider donating to get your MC sock swag!
The MC Team