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Old February 16th, 2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Trails around southeast michigan and Tin cup location?

I'm really new to the offroad stuff and i want to start with somthing easy. So does anyone know the tin cup trails location?

I looked on the DNR site and i don't see a location, just a picture..

AND, if anyone know any trails or any good off road areas in se Michigan.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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Tin Cup is a little north of Baldwin in Lake county. A lot of trail in that area is motorcycle or quad trails so make sure your on the trails marked for full size.

DNR orv maps
Tin Cup Trail Map

I'll be up that way this weekend. Most of the full size trails are pretty boring, hopefully with the snow (if it doesn't all melt) it will be a little more interesting.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #3
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Ok i see Baldwin on google maps.. Thats basically across the state.. i was hoping it was closer : /
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What kind of wheeling are you looking for? Dirt road 2 tracking or something that actually requires four wheel drive?

Try the Mounds, it's an off road park near Flint. Lots of mud there, not my favorite. You could also try the St. Helens ORV area near West Branch. Don't forget to buy an ORV sticker, it's way cheaper than the ticket. That's Rosscommon county on the DNR map I linked. Near there is also Rocks and Valleys ORV park. Another option is Bundy hill ORV park near Jackson. The parks will cost admission, St Helen's only costs an ORV sticker. One advantage in a park if your alone is eventually someone will likely come along. Out on the 2 tracks in Michigan you may be walking out if you get stuck alone.

You mentioned you were new. Some tips-
-Good front and rear tow points are a requirement. A rear receiver hitch is ok as a tow point just get a D-ring receiver for it.
-Get a good recovery strap, don't skimp and don't buy one with hooks on the ends.
-Don't go alone, Find a club to hook up with most are willing to teach you or go on a organized run with guys from here, try to go on a run with vehicles about the same capability as yours.

I'm a member of http://www.4given4x4.com we love taking new guys out. You don't have to pay to join the club to go on a run with us. Most of our runs can be done in a stock 4x4 and everyones welcome, our only requirements are safety as a priority, running legal trails, and family friendly. I'm not trying to pimp our club, just letting you know that you'd be welcome. There's lots of options on the east side. Just depends on what your looking for.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #5
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Thamks man! I'd like to go wheeling with your group, i have a friend with a short bed chevy 1500 4x4 that would probably like to come too.

I am looking to use my 4x4, nothing crazy, but not just dirt roads.

I appriciate the tips, i plan on getting a spare, a tow strap (trust me i wont skimp), a shovel, and a recovery point for my hitch (swap to a d-ring).
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West Branch has some good trails as well---And St.Helens Rec area..
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Are those on the DNR site?
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Are those on the DNR site?
Yes that's the St. Helen's Trail I mentioned. It's in Roscommon county.
St Helens ORV route] Lots of trail and seasonal road up that way but sometimes it's hard to know what's legal if you venture off the maps.

Something I learned recently and maybe you already know but to the state a trail is for Dirtbikes and quads, a route is for full size. Full size is anything wider than 60"s. So when your looking at the maps you want to look for routes.
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Ok i see it.. ill be checking these out when it gets warmer. : )

On the trails/Routes, that just the term that they use on DNR? Trails = bikes and Routes = Trucks.
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Something I learned recently and maybe you already know but to the state a trail is for Dirtbikes and quads, a route is for full size. Full size is anything wider than 60"s. So when your looking at the maps you want to look for routes.
Not always true. If the trail is wide enough for a full size vehicle, then it may be acceptable for a full size to go on. Example, some "Trails" are actually on forest roads that permit full size vehicle travel. The "Trail" sign makes it OK for quads and dirtbikes to be on them, but it doesn't necessarily make it off limits for full size vehicles.
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Bundy hill the 19th come on out
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