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Old November 29th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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favorite place to hit the trails on your sled

a couple friends and i all took off from christmas to new years.
we will be on our sleds come hell or high water.
we ride the houghton lake/grayling area alot.
we ride the oscoda/glennie area when the snow permits it.
we prefer to see something new.
im leaning towards the u.p. but its not set in stone.

any suggestions on where to go?

id like to go to the porkies, is it worth it?
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Old November 29th, 2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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I too have new years off this winter and would like to go somewhere...
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Old November 29th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #3
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I would suggest you hit up the UP!! If you have never been up there before you will be in for a trip. I really like it up around the Keweenaw Peninsula. There are some good trails and some great scenery up there.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 05:52 PM   #4
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Cadillac trails are good and I also like the Millersburg trail up by Onaway.

We usually ride from grayling northwest towards the Jordan Valley, that is where most of the snow fall in the lower.

The bombing range in Grayling is always good even if the trails are not.

The UP is cool but its alot like a highway, not what the lower is like. Our trip to Drummond Island was fun. But I have not been up around Keewenaw and would like to.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 06:43 PM   #5
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Cadillac trails are good and I also like the Millersburg trail up by Onaway.

We usually ride from grayling northwest towards the Jordan Valley, that is where most of the snow fall in the lower.

The bombing range in Grayling is always good even if the trails are not.

The UP is cool but its alot like a highway, not what the lower is like. Our trip to Drummond Island was fun. But I have not been up around Keewenaw and would like to.
i go to the bombing range almost every night.(boring)

have ridden the jordan valley extensively.(been there done that)

i know very little about the caddilac trails, other than its hard to get to from houghton lake. all the trails are south of caddilac. coming in from the north is lot of pavement, unless you find some back road around the city.

i lived in the u.p. for about 6 years. rode alot there. on the south west side near escanaba. mostly rode on little bay de noc, or the fire roads inside the big burn by rapid river.

have not been on drummond on a sled since i rode on my dads gas tank of his 72 puma. been ther in my jeep a handful of times though.

caddilac and the u.p. are good options. rode from newberry to grand marais and back last season. it was a nice trail system.

seney, keewanaw, and tahquamenon falls are options too.

i heard there was a rails to trails system from grand rapids to caddilac. anyone ridden it yet?

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Old November 29th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #6
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Have you ridden around Black Lake and Onaway? The Millersburg trail is nice, is goes by Oqueoc Falls and is pretty winding and scenic.

Just trailer to Cadillac, easy drive then ride.

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Old November 29th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #7
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grayling or westbranch for sure Bro Cool Story...
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Old November 29th, 2011, 07:48 PM   #8
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My fav is a wednesday ride out of manton trail head.The trails are usually beat by friday night,on any good trail system,in the Lp,the groomers cant keep up.We try to ride wed,thurs,fri and leave when every one is showing up fri night. The groomers have all day monday and tuesday to make the trails smooth and fast for us,with hardly any traffic during the week,it's great.Check out ranch rudolf for some grub,it's a really cool place.
The UP is awsume,if you want to put on some miles,it cant be beat,Im just getting older,and dont feel the need to put 10,000 miles on a sled every couple years.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #9
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Im leaning towards the u.p. the grand marais area was real nice last season.
I want to see more of the area.

I will also check out caddilac at some point this season.
We have wanted to go there for a while, we just never make it.

100 miles a day, and sometimes a short ride at night(the bombing range) is plenty for me.
200 miles a day makes me really sore.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 12:41 AM   #10
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I like riding anywhere! I'll be off for at least a month starting Dec 8th., and probably longer. I'm always up to ride with anyone, pretty much anywhere. I ride around Williamsburg/Kalkaska/TC/Fife Lake/Lake City/Gaylord a lot since I can connect to the trail system riding from home. I really like the trails around Munising, and the trail from Marquette to Big Bay is fun as well. Keweenaw is great too, but is a long drive for a weekend trip. I like to make it at least a four day weekend. Grand Marais is excellent too, but Chistmas time is usually VERY busy as they are usually the first to have good snow.

If anyone is looking for someone to ride with, let me know, I'm almost always game. I don't mind riding 20 miles or 300 miles. Fast or slow doesn't matter much either, I'm good either way.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:07 AM   #11
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I ride around houghton lake mostly...but I do day trips all over the LP
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:48 AM   #12
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Houghton/Hancock, you can ride to Copper Harbor, Brockway Mtn, and around the Keweenaw peninsula one day. Porcupine Mts/ Lake of the Clouds another, then Lake Gogebic and into Hurley Wisconsin another!
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Old December 1st, 2011, 04:04 PM   #13
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Houghton/Hancock, you can ride to Copper Harbor, Brockway Mtn, and around the Keweenaw peninsula one day. Porcupine Mts/ Lake of the Clouds another, then Lake Gogebic and into Hurley Wisconsin another!
This is why I like to take a few days. Don't forget to spend a day boondocking!
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Old December 1st, 2011, 04:15 PM   #14
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We do a back pak trip from Grand Marais to Copper Harbor in 3 to 4 days. There is a drop zone just south of grand Marais on the west side of the road
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Old December 1st, 2011, 04:18 PM   #15
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I live in higgins lake so I ride around here a lot, spend a lot of time in Camp grayling fun off trail stuff. I also like the ride from here to Lewiston and nothing beats a Talley burger. Outside of riding around here, Grand Marais is my spot, Sunset Cabins is the place to stay.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 02:05 AM   #16
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I've enjoyed the trails around Lewiston as well.

I almost always ride with my pack nowdays, never know when I'll decide to say F' it and go another hundred miles and get a hotel or bum a couch instead of turning around and heading for the truck!
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 12:46 PM   #17
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i will be in munasing or deerpark by grand maraie between xmas and new years.your welcome to hook up with me. i know the area really well. i mostly boondock though don't get on the trail unless i have too.
i have rode the cadillac trail system a bunch. i take off from my house and run over there and back in a afternoon. get's beat and is very busy on the weekends.

i have rode just about every trail in the lower and upper.i even did a 2 week trip around lake superior. so you wanna go somewhere new let me know.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 01:00 PM   #18
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I always enjoyed St Ignace when there was enough snow that far south. The railroad grade out to trout lake can be fun, then you can hit newberry, seney, soo st marie, paradise. if the railroad trail is melted you can trailer out to castle rock road or trout lake to unload. the trails south of M28 see much less traffic, and the towns (germfask, curtis, epouffette, naubinway, cut river, etc) are pleased to have you. Very nicely maintained as well.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 06:09 PM   #19
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anyone know if there is a connector between the big bay trails and felch grade trails?

yes i did say felch laugh it up!
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 11:31 PM   #20
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Yes, I think. I think the felch grade is known as snowmobile trail 16. Take trail five north from the north end of Trail 16. Five will take you pretty much all the way up, then you'll take another short trail into town.
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