Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford, etc.

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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Exodus » August 21st, 2011, 2:26 pm

Rode Big M yesterday for the first time. We did the inner loop and the trail was well marked and in great shape, just one tree down at the bottom of a hill and the sand was tollerable.

This course isnt really my cup of tea, seems like a lot of climbing and then a few long strait downhills. Very nice area area and I'm glad I did it.

Did we miss a lot on the outer loops that we should make a trip back?
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby miGTRider » August 23rd, 2011, 2:10 pm

Rode the Big M this past Sunday we did followed the 33 mile route used for the Lumberjack. Trail was is great condition. Very little debris and it was a great ride. Only issue was at marker 29 we got turned around and ended up on the North Country trail (still a nice ride but this trail is a little more for the hikers then the bikers). If you find yourself on the Blue marked trail without diamond markers GO BACK! you can make a very long mistake if you go down the North Country trail. Also by marker 24/25 area there is a new road that is not on the map so don't let this turn you around.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby georgemra » September 1st, 2011, 12:07 pm

How does the NCT hold up with rain. I am going up to ride this weekend and it's looking like it's going to rain most of Friday to Saturday morning (which is when I want to hit it). I was going to ride the Dilling Rd. to Marilla section of it. Where exactly is the Dilling Parking lot? Thanks
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Arbor79 » September 2nd, 2011, 5:28 am

I have only ridden from Marilla south and when at Dilling road I did not see a parking lot. That part of the trail is pretty sandy so it should not be bad with the rain.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby georgemra » September 6th, 2011, 8:40 am

Fantastic trail, I will be back. I haven't climbed like that in a long time. I rode the NCT from Coates Highway to the Marilla trailhead.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Jered Michael » October 20th, 2011, 8:48 pm

My girlfriend and I are going to try to ride the Lumberjack 100 loop this saturday- first time ever heading out there. How is it with the hunting? Should we be wearing hunters orange?

Pretty excited!
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby RickPlite » October 21st, 2011, 8:40 am

Jered Michael wrote:My girlfriend and I are going to try to ride the Lumberjack 100 loop this saturday- first time ever heading out there. How is it with the hunting? Should we be wearing hunters orange?

Pretty excited!


There are hunters up there but not tons. I would wear bright colors and stick together.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby kleyton » January 10th, 2012, 7:32 pm

Is the NCT open for Mountain Biking in the winter? I'm planning a snowboard trip up there next week - the ground should be frozen but I've never ridden the trails up there before. I'm planning on hitting Segment A from Dilling to Beers road. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby RickPlite » January 10th, 2012, 10:40 pm

kleyton wrote:Is the NCT open for Mountain Biking in the winter? I'm planning a snowboard trip up there next week - the ground should be frozen but I've never ridden the trails up there before. I'm planning on hitting Segment A from Dilling to Beers road. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


they are open all year although they might be under 10" of snow by the weekend
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby irishpitbull » January 11th, 2012, 10:12 am

Isn't good portion of NCT closed to bikes?
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby kleyton » January 11th, 2012, 5:11 pm

The portion that I just referred to isn't according to the trails maps the DNR provides on their website.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby jiw71 » April 6th, 2012, 9:41 pm

biking Big M April 10 - 12. Trail conditions anyone?
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby JC595 » April 9th, 2012, 8:26 pm

rode big M last week. Conditions werent great- lots of trees down and branches inthe trail along with the entire trail being leaf covered still.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby meangreen » May 17th, 2012, 4:08 pm

Has anyone ridden Big M in the last week? I'm thinking about heading up there this weekend and was curious how bad the deadfall is this year. It was pretty nasty last year untill they cleaned up for Lumberjack.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby lancefro » May 20th, 2012, 9:16 pm

Heading to Manistee for the Memorial day weekend. Any word on trail status and conditions? Also, any tips or suggestions as this is our first time riding at Big-M. Thanks.
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