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Postby Di_bear » December 2nd, 2006, 4:58 pm

Email sent out from someone who rode Calumet today:

Thanks to Marc for a unique ride. There were several groups of tweeners at Swedetown today. Between season or end of season trail users. Bikers, skiers, and hunters. I'd have to say the bikers grabbed the most fun today. Because of the well designed gentle nature of these singletracks the tread was very easy to stay on. The snow was so light there was little (if any) resistance and traction was good enough to climb everything. Only one down tree (on South side). Fast cornering will be tricky and a rut on the main dirt road took me down.

I recommend trying this unique between season opportunity. No mud, no equipment clogging...only fluffy snow that cushions the trail and deadens sounds.

My sympathies to those that are yearning for deep snow and to those that think Marc and I are crazy to ride single track in December in Calumet.

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Postby Di_bear » January 23rd, 2007, 11:36 pm

Todd - why is it that the "Northern: Other" posts show up under the Michigan Tech Trails and Swedetown instead of this thread?

Also, do you guys know about Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto?

http://www.keweenawtrails.com/trails/churning.html
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Postby Di_bear » February 4th, 2007, 9:49 pm

Glide? What glide? WAAAAY too cold for anything. Can't bike, very hard to ski.
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Swedetown

Postby elsievo » March 26th, 2007, 7:53 pm

Still snow on the trails. Temps are too warm to ride on the crust in the early am. In another 4 weeks of this kind of weather we should be pretty close to riding time. In the meantime . . . fat tire roadie.
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Northern: Upper Peninsula Trails: Swedetown

Postby elsievo » April 4th, 2007, 5:07 pm

14 inches of new snow, gusts to 45mph. And this is why I told the business association we could not host a bike event in April.

If you want to experience the Swedetown trails get your skis out . . . unless you have a Pugsley with really strong legs.
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Postby TheyCallMeBruce » April 4th, 2007, 5:19 pm

Headed for MQT tomorrow. Guess I won't bring the bike. :cry: :cry:
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Postby Di_bear » April 19th, 2007, 7:01 pm

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Postby Di_bear » April 21st, 2007, 1:24 pm

MICHIGAN TECH --> OPEN!!!

I stayed off the Pilgrim trails (across Pilgrim road) because they're probably muddy. Outer, Inner, Time Trial, Barking Frog, and Hairy Toad are all rideable. It's a little muddy when crossing the ski trails, and there is some mud and standing water in various places. Basically, use your head. I got off a couple times and rolled the bike through or around (to dry area, not widening the trail "around").

There are some downed trees. I think there is one on Inner. I can't remember. There are a couple on Barking Frog.

For the most part, trails are dry and packed (sand).

The sign at the trailhead says: STAY OFF SATURATED TRAILS.

It's open season and WE'RE RIDING! Wahoooo!!


*** This is also posted in the Northern: Other Trails thread, cuz that's the one that's linked to the trail guide page. ***
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Postby bikesatori » April 21st, 2007, 2:35 pm

Di_bear wrote:MICHIGAN TECH --> OPEN!!!

I stayed off the Pilgrim trails (across Pilgrim road) because they're probably muddy. Outer, Inner, Time Trial, Barking Frog, and Hairy Toad are all rideable. It's a little muddy when crossing the ski trails, and there is some mud and standing water in various places. Basically, use your head. I got off a couple times and rolled the bike through or around (to dry area, not widening the trail "around").

There are some downed trees. I think there is one on Inner. I can't remember. There are a couple on Barking Frog.

For the most part, trails are dry and packed (sand).

The sign at the trailhead says: STAY OFF SATURATED TRAILS.

It's open season and WE'RE RIDING! Wahoooo!!


*** This is also posted in the Northern: Other Trails thread, cuz that's the one that's linked to the trail guide page. ***



don't celebrate yet! I hear there's another 12 inches coming by the end of next week! :shock:



















haha, j/k! :P but we don't want to jinx it yet by getting over excited... yeah, still muddy over here in the shady areas, but looking like primetime season is rollin' on strong! probably expect a bit of rain this time of year though.

I'M HEADED OUT NOW! :D
gonna check a quick loop on benson then granite point trail back into town...
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Postby bikesatori » April 21st, 2007, 7:38 pm

South MQT trails are still very wet in low spots, and actually little creeks in some other areas... but very dry in high lines or on south facing slopes.

Lots of fresh building and repair already going down. :D

Benson is being raised on the gnarley charts. Slopestyle action.
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Postby elsievo » April 22nd, 2007, 7:48 pm

Swedetown has a fair amount of snow still on the single track in various pockets. The ski trails still have pockets of snow. I'm thinking if the weather patterns keep on the same track as the past few days the trails should be close to ready after the work day on may 12. Hopefully we'll get all the dead falls removed.
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Postby Di_bear » April 23rd, 2007, 9:26 am

I rode Tech three times this weekend. Just loving it! The Pilgrim trails are muddy, but people are riding them (I'm waiting a couple more weeks). We did Dragon - muddy in many spots. Just plain wet. Other trails are great with some wet spots. :-)
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Trails around Manistique UP

Postby tdf2437 » April 24th, 2007, 3:29 pm

Could any one please provide suggestions on what trails are good around the Manistique/Indian Lake area - prefer to travel no more than 45minutes from Manistique to get to the trail. Thanks
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Postby Di_bear » May 12th, 2007, 10:18 pm

Michigan Tech

Time Trial, Hairy Toad, Barking Frog, School Forest, Sherwood, Dragon, Ring, Troll, Ent, Gnome, Elf, Hobbit - all good!

There is a big tree down in the middle of Barking Frog.

Churning Rapids

A couple of soft spots, all-in-all, the trails are in great condition and begging for some action. :-)

Maasto Hiihto

Single track seems to be in excellent shape.
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Re: Trails around Manistique UP

Postby JonathanGennick » June 7th, 2007, 6:33 am

tdf2437 wrote:Could any one please provide suggestions on what trails are good around the Manistique/Indian Lake area - prefer to travel no more than 45minutes from Manistique to get to the trail. Thanks


Bruno's Run? Do you know about that one? Rode it myself for the first time yesterday. Very nice trail. Lots of ups and downs all mixed up. It's a good mix. I like the variety. Well-marked except for a couple of spots that left me wondering where the trail had gone. Rooty and bumpy in some areas.

I totally took the wrong bike. My Enduro is in the shop getting some more whack put into it. So I grabbed by 29-inch Crosstrail hybrid and went with that. Gearing was too tall though, especially given the tire size. I persisted, but I kept wishing for a fourth, lower chainring in the front. And rear suspension would have been really nice on the bumpy sections of trial.

And I cheated the rain! Storm was blowing in just as I began. But hey, it ain't raining 'til it's raining, right? Despite the wind and growing dark clouds, I took off riding. Made it half way around the loop before the first sprinkle hit. But it didn't begin raining hard enough to even get me damp until about the last mile. Most of the rain hit after I got back into my car. Some come up here to gamble in the casinos. Gambling with the weather is more my style :D.
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