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. a “Gerber Foundation strider loop” will also be constructed.
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.
The first phase of our project will give trail users a “taste” of what we are trying to accomplish. At approximately three miles in length and three feet in width, the machine built trail flows very well for relatively flat terrain. This is a perfect beginner loop that welcomes all abilities (even young children) and will be a phenomenal fat bike loop. Completed 11/2018.
The second portion of phase one includes the parking lot along with signage. This is still under construction at this time but expected to be completed during the winter of 2019.
The second and third phase will finish the project and give the multi-use trail its reputation as the best trail in West Michigan. Measuring around 8 miles in length, the blue and black trail will showcase the property as it parallels Mosquito Creek on both sides. Two bridges will connect the north and south side of the creek.
We are currently in the fundraising and grant writing phase to finish these phases. We are awaiting responses from multiple grants that could finish the trail system if received! Please reference the map to the right with proposed phase two in red and phase three in yellow.
Phase Two: 3-4 miles of trail completed fall of 2019
Phase Three: 3-4 miles of trail, two bridges, and restroom facility completed 2020.
Momentum equals mass x velocity. Over the past year, we have gathered a lot of momentum! We expect that to continue once we open the trail system. To date, we have raised over 132k! While multiple grants are to be determined, we continue to actively fundraise.
Trail Tread Construction Costs: $235,000
Parking Area Cost: $23,000.00
Rest Room Facility: $20,000.00
Trail Benches: $5000