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Old April 13th, 2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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Default Finding Trails near Silver Lake, MI

I am taking a trip up to silver lake, mi in mid-june and am planning on hitting the dunes for a few days but would also like to hit a nearby trail if there are any.

I am looking for any good/decent trails for compact trucks(rangers, jeeps). Anything from Mild to wild. Anyone have any recommendations? Is this possible within a 1hr radius or silver lake?

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Old April 13th, 2011, 11:17 AM   #2
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Twisted trails off road park is closer to 1.5 hrs north of there, but the only mild to wild legal trails your going to find
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Old April 13th, 2011, 01:12 PM   #3
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Finding trails is easy. Finding legal trails might be another issue........

Have you looked here?

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7...8330--,00.html


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Old April 13th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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legal as in they state they are for atvs only? Or do you guys think this isnt a good idea?

I may hit up that park but then i would have to go on saturday. I was hoping for friday.

I would be the largest truck with 42s and D60s.. No way im fitting down a 50" wide trail
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Old April 13th, 2011, 01:23 PM   #5
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There is a difference between orv TRAIL and orv ROUTE. Trails are 50" wide, while routes are usually 8' or more wide.

Look at the trail list below the map to see trail versus route.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 09:00 PM   #6
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there is some seasonal roads around here but there are no "trails"
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Lake county, Baldwin area is not very far from silver lake. About an hour on the main road Their are some great seasonal roads and trails in lake county, Their are maps at the ranger station just south of the main light in town.

The trails actually start West of Baldwin you could pick up on them south of Walhala which is slightly North of Baldwin.

I wish I had a scanned copy of the marked up map we made last year up their. We labled the good stuff.

We spent three days driving trails / county roads around Baldwin last year. Fairly mild but their are some fun areas.
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P.S. sorry, need to go on.

The trail maps that are posted on the internet for LAke and the surronding counties SUCK.

They do not show all of the county roads and trails. You need to get the one from the ranger station in Baldwin. The trails are all marked with vertical four digit numbers that corrispond with the map you get from the ranger station.
If you look at the map on the internet you will get the idea that their are no trails that allow jeeps and trucks etc. If you get the map from the ranger station (s) their are hundreds of miles of roads / trails you can drive down.
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There is a difference between orv TRAIL and orv ROUTE. Trails are 50" wide, while routes are usually 8' or more wide.

Look at the trail list below the map to see trail versus route.
technically routes are listed as 72"
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http://maps.google.com/maps?q=hart,+...ed=0CBkQ8gEwAA

72nd Ave is also ok. It's about all you are going to find out there. And fifty or so other similar roads like it. There are a few more near big rapids too. Water Rd is hard to find from the south side, you might have to go from the north, but there is a hill that is a real bugger to get up, and if you are much taller than a slightly lifted jeep on 31" tires you won't get under the tree at the top of the hill. I bumped it with my hardtop rack.

That's about the only type of on road off road there is. It's seasonal roads in disrepair. Not enough fun to make it a destination, I will sometimes drive them on my way to where I stay up there.
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P.S. sorry, need to go on.

The trail maps that are posted on the internet for LAke and the surronding counties SUCK.

They do not show all of the county roads and trails. You need to get the one from the ranger station in Baldwin. The trails are all marked with vertical four digit numbers that corrispond with the map you get from the ranger station.
If you look at the map on the internet you will get the idea that their are no trails that allow jeeps and trucks etc. If you get the map from the ranger station (s) their are hundreds of miles of roads / trails you can drive down.
thanks for the info. i will have to check it out!
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Old May 5th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #12
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72nd Ave is also ok. It's about all you are going to find out there. And fifty or so other similar roads like it. There are a few more near big rapids too. Water Rd is hard to find from the south side, you might have to go from the north, but there is a hill that is a real bugger to get up, and if you are much taller than a slightly lifted jeep on 31" tires you won't get under the tree at the top of the hill. I bumped it with my hardtop rack.

That's about the only type of on road off road there is. It's seasonal roads in disrepair. Not enough fun to make it a destination, I will sometimes drive them on my way to where I stay up there.
then that one may not work. im on 42s, some of the other guys it might work for though.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 09:30 PM   #13
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Pentwater pathways is a decent tail/seasonal road area only 15 min north of Silver Lake off B-15 just north of Cedar Park some big water holes out there right now most with go a rounds otherwise most all the seasonal roads out in the Freesoil area some of them disappear into some serous waterholes most of them are abandoned roads because of the water personally there all fun to cruise but i avoid the water/mud holes i don't like to push the legal limits
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