Shingle Mill Pathway - TRAIL

Shingle Mill Pathway - Trail, Vanderbilt, Michigan

VERY NICE TRAIL!!!! Few strenuous climbs, but many great views. Awesome scenery. Several campgrounds near trail. ALL SINGLETRACK!!! Watch out for Elk though.

User Reviews (11)

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Planespotting   Cross Country Rider [Sep 24, 2010]

A scenic State Forest ride linked with the High Country trail system. A good trail for an out-of-shape beginner such as myself. Hardpack with small sandy patches. Plenty of roots and rocks in the trail, some downed trees to ride over or around. The river and lakes make a nice distraction. I only saw one other rider while I was there. Kind of out in the middle of nowhere but that's a good thing.

Customer Service

Plenty to choose from.

Similar Products Used: Not enough experience to go on but Aspen Park in Gaylord or the Sand Lakes Quiet area near Traverse City. If looking for more challenge I hear the VASA in TC or the North Country trail near Harbor Springs are nice.
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5
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4
car_auctioneer   Cross Country Rider [Jul 27, 2009]

Due to the beauty of this area, I visited this trail last weekend with high expectations. What a disappointment. It's really just a hiking trail through the woods. Good place to take your spouse on his/her first ride and take a picnic lunch. Sandy and pretty wet in places. Weeds encroach in several areas. Definitely not worth the hassle to get there, especially this year with the Pigeon River bridge construction.

Sorry if I sound excessively cranky. Yes, it's scenic in spots, but that hardly distinguishes it from just about any other MTB trail in Michigan, even the ones in the Detroit metro area.

Trail marking and signage is adequate but can leave you guessing in a few spots. Could be better.

Customer Service

Take Sturgeon Valley Road east out of Vanderbilt about 10 miles (a guess) to Twin Lakes Rd. north. After a short distance, you'll see the headquarters cabin on the left along with Shingle Mill Pathway parking. Attendants in cabin can provide a map and are very helpful. Careful which way you start out on trail; from the parking area, follow the trail back toward the cabin and camping area.

NOTE: For 2009, Sturgeon Valley Road is closed at the Pigeon River bridge, forcing a lengthy detour. Ask a local for directions, or follow the detour signs.

Similar Products Used: Try Aspen Park in Gaylord first (surprisingly good for a city park system), then Hanson Hills before this one. Boyne Mountain is good if you like climbing.
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2
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2
RonB   Weekend Warrior [Sep 16, 2004]

A very scenic trail that is well travelled well marked. Very little technical but alot of fun with good rhythm.

Customer Service

Doesn't matter. Sturgeon Valley Rd at Pidgeon River, Stae Forest Headquarters, or campground.

Similar Products Used: High Country Trail, Boyne Mountian, North Country Trail.
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4
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3
Dan Harrison   [Dec 01, 1998]

I loved this trail! Part of the fun was camping at the trailhead at Pigeon River, under the stars. Great elevation changes, nice runs along the river, and scenic lookouts. Hopefully the timber lease in the northern end won't permanently scar the terrain. The final couple of miles are on a two-plank boardwalk-- a real balancing act, or a long walk. I didn't see any elk, so I'll have to go back.

Similar Products Used: Black Mountain (near Onaway)
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5
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Goatass   [Apr 02, 1999]

Pro's: Love the varied terrain, climbs, great downhills, a swamp with a tricky boardwalk, beautiful stream, can easily cut it short if tire too quickly, lake to swim in along the way, gorgeous scenery.

Con's: Boards on boardwalk run long-ways instead of across making for a tricky traverse, odds are even that you will fall off once, may be a bit tough for average person (or family) that doesn't bike regularly

Customer Service

The full loop. The expert hills aren't that hard and the full circuit is only 12 miles.

Similar Products Used: Is part of the North Country Trail
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5
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Tugnutski   [May 17, 1999]

Not the best but okay. Rattlesnake is the biggest hill there is in the area. Going to the south on the path from both ShingeMill and Clear Lake.

Customer Service

At the top

Similar Products Used: It is part of the High Coutry Pathway. It's 72 miles long, great over by Clear Lake area. The whole thing is 5 stars.
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3
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zrdude   [Jul 20, 1999]

Great scenic trail
lots of variety, climbs, descents, singletrack
and nice lakes and rivers. Fun boardwalk ride.
A little sandy in spots, not too much. Great
justfor the fun factor.

Customer Service

I75 to Vanderbilt
south on 27 , 1mi to
stergeon valley east.

Similar Products Used: Boyne
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5
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LESTER   [Apr 25, 2000]

See previous. Have fun.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead by the Pigeon River, due East from Vanderbilt. Follow the big loop North along the river to the overlook near Devil's Soupbowl. Stop in at the DNR station along the way and be extra nice to the rangers. Want to keep this one open. Plenty of water stops with campgrounds along the trail. Really nice to jump into the Pigeon River from the gravel bridge in Campground #2, verrry refreshing! Beautiful, technical, singletrack with great scenery. I drive the 7+ hours over from Wisconsin annually. This is partof the High Country Pathway, about 76 miles of singletrack total. The ride from Clear Lake State Park to Pigeon River is a back counry riders wet dream! About 6 hours of riding, 100"+ white and red pines, mature beech tree forests complete with bear claw marks on the trunks. Lots of elk in the area, keep your eyes peeled around dawn and dusk. Great brewpub in Gaylord (30 minutes away)right next to I-75. Finish up the ride "milwaukee style" with a cold wheat beer and some wings! yeah baby! Can't wait till Memorial Day weekend. Morel season too!

Similar Products Used: Buttles Road Pathway just North of Lewiston.
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5
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Greg and Sonia Lake   [Aug 03, 2000]

Although we wouldn't consider this a "technical" trail, it is alot of FUN to ride. The scenery is worth the trip alone. The best part of the ride was coming upon Section 4 Lake. Expecting it to be a small mudhole, it was a surprise to find a lake with blue/green pristine water. Our only regret was not jumping in! Altough there were many small inclines, there was only one big hill approaching the "Overlook". Another unique feature was the almost two mile board walk traversing thru the swamp. A little hard to manuvere a times but definitely fun. And, yes, one of us did fall off but we are not saying who! What we can't decide is what was the most perfect ending; the Corona we treated ourselves to at the trails end, or realizing that we only only live 60 minutes from one of the best mountain bike trails in N. Lower Michigan!

Customer Service

Take 1-75 N. to Vanderbilt, head east follow signs to Pigeon River Area.

Similar Products Used: Glacier Gorge -Gaylord -(Otsego County Country Club)- very technical. VASA Single Track loop - Traverse City - very twisty and very fun!
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5
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DG   [Aug 11, 2000]

As the other reviews have stated its not overly technical but still lots of FUN. Great place to take people just getting into Mnt Biking, usually no one else on the trail and lots of nice scenery. When your done check out the WHite Wolf Inn just S of Vanderbuilt on 27 The Food is AWSOME and say HI to Randy.

Customer Service

Start at the Pigeon River where it crosses Sturgeon Valley Rd

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4
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