high country pathway - Trail, gaylord, Michigan

high country pathway - Trail, gaylord, Michigan

DESCRIPTION

this trail is the best kept secreat in the state. ride from pinegrove south to clearlake about 40 miles. bring much food you'll need it. prearange your camp sites and in 2 days you can When you get done you can call yourself a hardcore.until that day your posen.

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[May 30, 2010]
mattdave
Weekend Warrior

We started at Shoe-pac campground. There was parking and the trailhead was easy to find and I would recommend starting there. We planned to do the approximately 80 miles in 2 days, with plans to turn back after the first night if we didn't make it 40 miles.
The trail was much rougher than we expected, requiring walking the bike about 30% of the time. The trail was almost unbikeable with so many devastating bumps that prevent you from maintaining any speed.
I would not recommend trying to bike this trail. After biking for four hours and only covering 10 miles, we called it quits and biked back once we got to the Black River crossing on a road.
The section we biked was from Shoe-Pac to the Black River on the Northeast part of the loop. Other parts of the trail may be better, but this section is not easily navigated on bike.

Customer Service

Start at Shoe-Pac campground if you do it. We headed west rather than south and this route is not recommended.

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5
[Jul 20, 2003]
trail toad
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail in early summer. It's the only cross country trail I've found in the state. There are may trails but they are groomed to smoothness and don't really follow the land well. They don't prepair you for downed trees and creek crossing rough down hills and climbs more than 2 minutes. This might be a hiking trail as one reviewer called it but it's also real trail riding. Everthing nature can throw at you and a few beavers can drop across the trail. I started a shingle mill and thought I was on another disappointing race couse called a cross country trail. After I turned off the shingle trail at the over look the experance changed instantly. Gone was the smooth out course and on came the trail. This I would not recommend to racers or stunt riders this is a trail to go out in the woods and see the michigan I new was hiding out there. It's long not wimpy 15 mile spin. Take food and plenty of water if you have all day to ride. I only had 4 hours but in early summer that's all my butt could handle and my legs. This is a trail that you can ride fast as your skill can handle and be warned there are no little signs warning you of dangers just your experience. I'll be back later this summer when I have a long day to ride.Take a map. I can't give this a higher rating because I like jumps and other stunts and I haven't been far enough to find any. It's great trail riding...................

Customer Service

Shingle Mill to overlook then out the High Country Pathway for an out and back that you have time for and finish up the Shingle.

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don't know of any worth the time

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5
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4
[Jan 26, 2000]
eric

rolling single track virginal in parts. very seinic watch for elk. And bears. and Bigfoot. Don't bring any whiners or posers.this is a loooooong ride be prepared for whatever.this is a hard core ride that will kick your butt. If you make it dont blab to evrybody (like me) Just kick baqck and know your kore. good luck.

Customer Service

pinegrove south to clearlake.Its 40 miles bring food you'll need it leave before 9am. to make it.

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north country trail do it .

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5
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[Jun 08, 2000]
A.Sandri

Trail is phat, all you could ask for in Michigan. Deep forests, extremly low population once a few miles in, tight ass singletrack and some extreme Michigan hills. On top of this you got 70+ miles of wooded riding. Tell me, where else is this possible in Mi.? No where. This place is a hidden gem; just writing about makes my hands itch to grip my handle bars. Watch out for those elk, they aren't afraid if you piss them off.

Customer Service

I usually go to the Pigeon to catch the trail. Directions this way can be found at the Pigeon River trail review. Once across the first bridge on Sturgeon rd., park in the dirt lot on the right. Signs will take you from their. Best to get a map and compass as well.

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If you wanna take a extreme trip, take two cars up to the Pigeon. Park one there, go back to Vanderbilt, head north on 75 and get off at Wolverine. The folks above can explain directions from here. Anyway, phat ass 40-50 mile cruise back to the Pigeon. Take a shit load of water and leave early 'caues your gonna need it.

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5
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[Jul 12, 2000]
Brock Ainsworth

This is a beautiful trail in a beautiful place. However, it is very virginal. It is designed to be a hiking trail, and that is obvious. Like all low-travel hiking trails, they are often littered with branches and overgrowth making them very grueling to ride. I enjoyed the scenery, but as a biking trail I wouldn't recommend it. Strap on some hiking shoes and backpack to enjoy this trail. As a hiking trail 5 stars, biking 3.

Customer Service

As above, don't start on the trail right by the river, it's not the same trail.

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3
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[Aug 11, 2000]
D. Gray

I usually start with the Shingle Mill path first or at Pine Grove Campground. If you start at pine Grove you have to check out the wooden bridges and boardwalks south of the campground. Or I start at the parking lot on Stergeon Valley right by the Pigeon River and go South, that part of the trail is good, not overly technical.Some of the trail is awsome singleTrack and some is Brutal, overgrown, Log riddled, muddy, and extremely fun. If you want the EPIC ride pick a start point fill the camelbak with a compass, tools, water, and food. Most of the western side of the loop is good, parts of the eastern side get pretty sketchy and you might need your compass. The eastern side has a lot of sand also. The fact that its not just a mindless trail is what makes it so much fun.

Customer Service

I usually start near the Pigeon River Headquarters just off Sturgeon Valley Rd. East of Vanderbuilt.

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Shingle Mill Pathway (in Pigeon River also)

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5
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[May 19, 2002]
Brent

I only rode about 10 miles of this trail but it was great. I had no intentions of going the full 40 or so miles. The trail is quite challenging and there is a ton of wildlife to be seen including elk. There are very few people and endless riding.

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4
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