Searchmont - TRAIL

Searchmont - Trail, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

The trails at and around Searchmont provide about as close to true mountain biking as there is in the midwest U.S or northern Ontario. The base at Searchmont is a winter ski resort, adjacent to a tiny burg, which has opened their XC trails for summer biking. Day passes run $8 Canadian (about $4 US), but if you stay at a Searchmont chalet its free. You can choose any of four major systems to travel, for a total of some 60 miles, and they range from extremely tight singletrack to fireroads to ungroomed back country trails. The Achigan (20 mile loop) and Goulais River (14 mile loop) systems are best Achigan for high and heavy mountain terrain, and the Goulais for beautiful scenery which includes a 40 waterfall.

User Reviews (6)

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JET   [Jul 24, 2000]

These trails are very challenging for many reasons rocky, deep woods, and very light use. There were perhaps 2 or 3 other riders out on the trails while I was there. A portion of the system was closed for get this fern intrusion into the trails that made them slippery.

After riding with the hordes (and fighting for parking) at Pinckney, Brighton, and Island Lake, I decided to go way up north to this place. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Every ride is intense and unpredictable both on the trail and in meeting wildlife.

This place is certainly superior to most, if not all Michigan trails, and that includes Poto, the northern Lower Peninsula, and the UP. If you want to take a weeks vacation to get away and bike your butt off, then youve found the right place.

Customer Service

Ride both the Goulais and Achigan trails

Similar Products Used: Hiawatha Highlands. I also heard that Stokeley Creek may open their trails for summer use as well.
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RDR   [Sep 30, 2000]

Searchmont has SOME good single track. If you want to drive all the way to Canada for about 4 miles of single track that is so overgrown there are spots you have to stand up to see over the ferns, then go to Searchmont. It sucks compared to Poto, Yankee, North County....and almost every trail I've ridden in the L.P. is better. But it does have a lot of incredible scenery. So if you go bring a camera but leave your sense of adventure at home. I give this trail 3 stars only because of the scenery.

Similar Products Used: None. Hathawama or whatever it's called is the worst trail EVER.
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Darrin   [Nov 29, 2000]

Went for a long weekend with the other sprocket heads I ride with and stayed at the Searchmont Ski Hill Condos. Had to look around to find someone to give money to and get a key from. Condo was OK, priced well, nice pool & hot tub, nobody else there.... hhhhmmmm makes ya think.... Anyway, we found about 6 mi of "good" single track and I use the term loosely. The recommended "trail" was more like a deer run! Very poorly maintained (not at all...) and totally unmarked. We felt more like we were bush whackin' than bikin'. You can ride on the trails on the ski hill but they were pretty weak as well. The best part was swimming in the river near a little "waterfall". Scenery here was spectacular (yep, that one spot), but the rest was like hanging in a poor logging town. We ended up riding dirt roads to get some miles in. Poor substitue when you hopes are high based on their advertisement. Been there, done that, will NEVER go back! Would give it one star out of ten but on a scale of 5 I'm rounding down to Zero if possible(couldn't). Oh well, I guess to have an opinion you have to at least rate it a 1.

Customer Service

A different one....

Similar Products Used: Sorry. Couldn't find one....
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Spanky   [Apr 18, 2001]

Having lived in Sault Ste. Marie for five years I must tell you that I never owned a mountain bike while up there and for good reason, there are no trails. Searchmont is a alright place to ski but for gods sake do not go mountain biking there it sucks. Besides Searchmonts' investors are bailing on the place and it is falling out of repair.

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used: Stay in the LP.
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Guess Who   [May 10, 2001]

Spanky ain't truthin'. I grew up in SSM, started mountain biking in 1981, and discovered so many trails there. Sure you can ride at Searchmont. I raced there once and it was all right, kinda up the ski hill, then back down, but through the woods on some tight and twisties. You may also be able to ride at Stokely Creek Lodge, just check first. We held a race there in 1982! The trails are good, not very technical, but you are way out in the woods, and sometimes that's enough. Anyway, on to the other trails. Kinsmen/Hiawatha Park is a nordic/downhill ski area and has some great trails (40 km/25 miles). A lot of easier doubletrack dirt, but if you look hard, especially on the Red Pine and Hiawatha trails, there are several km of great singletrack. In behind Hiawatha, there is even more great singletrack on the Voyager Trail. This is a hiking trail, but nobody hikes it. You can travel east or west on this trail for hours. Sure you might have to hike-a-bike a ways, but it is lots of fun and remote. The Voyager Trail actually goes west all the way out to Gros Cap (near Pointe Des Chenes Beach) and it is rideable all the way. I have done the entire Voyager Trail in the SSM area by bike and while it is not always rideable, it has lots to offer. Hills, cliffs, river crossing, rapids, waterfalls, wildlife (moose, bear, deer...), loamy dirt, hardpack, rocks, roots, dropoffs, valleys, views... Take a friend, this trail is very remote, and you do not want to get hurt or lost up there. If anybody needs more info, post here and I will answer you when I can.

Customer Service

There are so many great trails near SSM...

Similar Products Used: There are more!
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Skippy Dunbar   [Apr 03, 2002]

It Sucks... Mountain biking in Canada Sucks... Canada sucks... Its like Bizzaro America up there... 1/4 star

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I dont know... I got lost

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