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Postby jfactor! » April 3rd, 2012, 11:01 am

Has anyone ridden at the Refuge in Fremont? Is it worth the drive from Midland?
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

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Postby TuRBo Todd » April 4th, 2012, 6:55 pm

yes. and, not really. couple cool obstacles, but I wouldn't drive that far just to ride there.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby mmrobertson69 » April 5th, 2012, 10:01 am

Got an address or directions? My quick google search came up empty.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby jfactor! » April 5th, 2012, 12:49 pm

mmrobertson69 wrote:Got an address or directions? My quick google search came up empty.


W 88th St & S Osborn Ave
Fremont, MI 49412

https://www.facebook.com/refuge.bikepark
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby Alboy79 » April 10th, 2012, 8:39 pm

I just got back from there. Looks like a good time. Few trees down. Don't look like many have rode it this year yet.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby xtremelow » April 29th, 2012, 3:01 am

It depends on what you like to ride. I love the park, but my buddies who prefer single track such as Yankee or Custer dont care for it to much, as they also lack the needed skill to ride the ramps.

I honestly feel to truly enjoy the park you need to have more than just the skills to ride a trail. By this I mean some BMX or freestyle riding. Some of the obstacles are very steep and to a normal trail rider the course is very intimidating. There are probably 20 different jumps or obstacles not just a couple. Out back there is a ramp at the top of a 30ft drop that also has 3 other obstacles/jumps combined so it may seem as some points have one ramp or what not but actually there are more than you see the first time riding it.

I feel it is worth the drive, it is only a 3mi trail but with all the obstacles that can be done from different directions or done more than once or just loop it a couple times the trail can be made worth the drive. here are a couple personal links.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby Alboy79 » June 13th, 2012, 6:11 pm

I rode out there today. A bit overgrown, but not horrible. Had the place all to myself.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby irishpitbull » June 14th, 2012, 8:53 am

Anyone have an address for this place?
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby iamkickstand » June 14th, 2012, 9:00 am

irishpitbull wrote:Anyone have an address for this place?

reading, it's not fundamental anymore.

jfactor! wrote:
mmrobertson69 wrote:Got an address or directions? My quick google search came up empty.


W 88th St & S Osborn Ave
Fremont, MI 49412

https://www.facebook.com/refuge.bikepark
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby irishpitbull » June 14th, 2012, 9:12 am

iamkickstand wrote:
irishpitbull wrote:Anyone have an address for this place?

reading, it's not fundamental anymore.

jfactor! wrote:
mmrobertson69 wrote:Got an address or directions? My quick google search came up empty.


W 88th St & S Osborn Ave
Fremont, MI 49412

https://www.facebook.com/refuge.bikepark



LOL I over looked it on my small a$$ iphone screen. But thanks for pointing it out. :mrgreen:
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby iamkickstand » June 14th, 2012, 9:15 am

irishpitbull wrote:

LOL I over looked it on my small a$$ iphone screen. But thanks for pointing it out. :mrgreen:

happens to the best of us :mrgreen:
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby sheppardjm » June 25th, 2012, 11:03 am

It was my first time out there on Saturday. The features were awesome, not too difficult, but definitely challenging.

The trail is pretty overgrown and sandy. Some features have fallen trees across them and others are engulfed in weeds.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby HiPpYs@m » October 25th, 2012, 4:08 pm

looks a good reason to take a trip over to fremont or atleast hit it up on the way to a multi-trail day.
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Re: Refuge Bike Park

Postby jfactor! » June 5th, 2014, 7:54 am

pitchblackr1 wrote:Heard about this place on this thread so I had to check it out myself. Trails were over grown but rideable. Altho I got lost many time trying to find which way to go. I would like to have go out there again with someone that knows the place better because I couldn't find a few things that i've seen pictures of AKA the roller coaster. I tried emailing the email that is located at the bottom of the sigh but that email is no longer good. I am willing to go out there and clean this place up a bit and get it in better condition. we can't let a place like this go to waste. someone put a bunch of hard work into it. anyone have any info on it or would like to head out there please let me know


I finally made the trip out there this spring. You're right, it was pretty overgrown. There's a TON of cool features to ride there. We never did find the BMX track, but the coasters (there's two of them) are along the main trail. Those things are freaking HUGE!!! It's really easy to get lost in there since there's lots of little off shoot trails. It'd be sweet if someone either put together a trail map or simply added trail markers at the intersections (there's a lot of intersections).

I didn't take any video and only a few pics.

Here's my buddy with a pretty serious "Oh *beep*!" moment on the first coaster...
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And a redemption shot from the second coaster...
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As far as cleaning it up, I'd say as long as you were in there cleaning up the trails, cutting back overgrowth, taking out downed trees and not modifying the features/trails it shouldn't be an issue. The place is really fun, but definitely needs some TLC. Wish I didn't live 2.5 hours away. :(
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