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Old June 4th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Any hardcore dirtbike trails in MI?

I moved here a little over a year ago and have rode up north at Mio/rose city area. I've ridden some trails from Oscoda to Mio, gone to the mounds and silver lake sand dunes. My overall impression of the trails I've seen this far are that they are basically flat, dirt/sand, and whooped out by quads. Are there any challenging trails in Michigan that are a change of scenary from what I've seen so far or are they all like this? I am looking for hill climbs, obstacles, ledges, tight fast single track, and challenging terrain. If any of you guys have a favorite trail that is fun let me know as I'm trying to ride as much as possible this season. I was told to check out Tomahawk and Everet trails, anyone ridden there?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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are you into racing at all. we have some really good tracks around here for moto. what about hare scramables. twisted trails has some wicked trails. they have a national race that runs through their property. june 20-21 is the oma nation races that run through the park. what are you riden?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:09 PM   #3
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Try going to michigan.gov and search ORV Trails. There are several trails around the state that are single track trails. You might also want to take a look at this site www.cycleconservationclub.org. Don't know if this site wil have the exact info you are looking for but, it will be a good spot to start with.
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Tomahawk B & C loop - wolverine

Birch Hill MC trail - u.p.

Bass Lake MC trail - u.p.

Silver creek - u.p.

Evart MC trail

The section of MCCCT from just south of the meadows to 15 north of the meadows - tightest singletrack in MI that I have found. If a tree falls across the trail, it's left there and you have to go over or around. It's a hoot to try to keep your speed up there.


That's about it. There are other fun ones, but "hardcore" doesn't cut it. Most all trail can be fast and flowing, but you have to remember that all ORV/MC trial in Michigan is two-way traffic.
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The section of MCCCT from just south of the meadows to 15 north of the meadows - tightest singletrack in MI that I have found. If a tree falls across the trail, it's left there and you have to go over or around. It's a hoot to try to keep your speed up there.
x2, a friend of mine broke his back when we were riding up there and i busted up my lid pretty good. Recommended if you are interested in tight trails

Aside from what scooter listed your best bet for "hardcore" would be an actual mx track. I've raced in a few scrambles and they are ok at best. But then again i've always been more into motocross
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #6
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There's some nice single tracks over near Fife Lake area..
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I like to ride the trail by White Cloud. If you like tight trails you will like it.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 09:08 PM   #8
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UP looks pretty fun.

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Drummond Island should test your skills for sure......
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"That's about it. There are other fun ones, but "hardcore" doesn't cut it. Most all trail can be fast and flowing, but you have to remember that all ORV/MC trial in Michigan is two-way traffic."

x2 me and a guy met tire to tire in a single track last year, go even slower on the holidays. The only time I go more than 75% anymore is if I have not seen anybody for an hour and I have already run the same loop at least in one direction.

Get involved so that we can open back up the few challenging hills that there are most being illegal to climb in the past ten years. Single tracks can be challenging and if you like sand there is plenty of that. West Branch to Rose City or West Branch to St. Helen is fun. x2 on the Wolverine loops. I have only ran them once and it was almost 15 years ago but they were a blast.

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There are so many good loops in Wolverine and Indian River.
I've ridden some great single in Mio years back.
The trail was lableed "most difficult" and was freshly cut, what a blast.
(this was 5-6 years ago)
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I've ridden Tomahawk this year and it is in prime shape. We (my wife and I) usually ride B loop on Sat and save C for Sun.

B loop is probably the toughest trail in the LP and is a blast. We hit it hard and get back to camp exhausted. C loop isn't as good, and there has been recent work to narrow it back to motorcycle-only width. Both are a little over 40 miles.

I have a short vid of me following Fr3db3ar a couple years ago: (Ignore the title, we were on trail B that day. Tomahawk A is unremarkable.

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Old June 5th, 2009, 07:39 AM   #13
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most of the mccct trails are great. no traffic, and tight. there was a cool hilly section around the baldwin loop i road up by peacocks. spend most of my time racing so im good at looking ahead and i like to ride before the leaves start to get thick so i can see way ahead and go wide open down the single track.
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I've ridden Tomahawk this year and it is in prime shape. We (my wife and I) usually ride B loop on Sat and save C for Sun.

B loop is probably the toughest trail in the LP and is a blast. We hit it hard and get back to camp exhausted. C loop isn't as good, and there has been recent work to narrow it back to motorcycle-only width. Both are a little over 40 miles.

I have a short vid of me following Fr3db3ar a couple years ago: (Ignore the title, we were on trail B that day. Tomahawk A is unremarkable.

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Ficksed?
Yes.

Please slow down, I got very scared for you.
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what a great vid. really makes me miss the single.
There are way tougher loops though.
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what a great vid. really makes me miss the single.
There are way tougher loops though.
My bad - it wasn't A loop - it was on a portion of B.

My favorite singletrack is the MCCCT around Luzerne.

Going to Evart (ditched kalkaska) tonight to ride CW on sat and CCW on sun.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #19
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That video was pretty cool Scooter but looks very similar to what i've ridden so far up here. I've gotten lots of recommendations to check out Tomahawk though so it would probably be worth the trip. Is it one of those places that is super easy to get lost or is it well marked? I got pretty lost on my ride from Meadows camp ground to Rose City.
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Dedicated single track between Fife Lake/ Manton/ Mesick. Also in Lake County. A lot of sand , but hilly and tight.
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