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

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

Postby c0nsumer » May 20th, 2012, 9:18 pm

lancefro wrote: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.


Ride the Lumberjack route. It's a good route.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby lancefro » May 28th, 2012, 6:43 pm

Rode at Big-M over the weekend. It was my first time up there.

The trails were in okay shape overall but still need some cleanup before lumberjack. There were a few large trees down in different areas and just general debris. Also, due to the very dry spring in northern Michigan the trails were quite sandy in some places.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Spinwheel » June 17th, 2012, 6:21 pm

Friday rode most of one 33-mile loop of the Lumberjack 100 course (the hills on this course were pretty intense) - sand seemed to be worse than in past years - lots of sticks down but clear of downed trees. Next trip I'll stick with Slowpokes route!
Saturday did NCT B from Udell trailhead to Freesoil trailhead - trail was in great shape and much less sand to contend with. No down trees or black bears spotted.
The area saw heavy thunderstorms late Saturday night but will probably dry out quickly...
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby c0nsumer » June 17th, 2012, 6:31 pm

Spinwheel wrote:Friday rode most of one 33-mile loop of the Lumberjack 100 course (the hills on this course were pretty intense) - sand seemed to be worse than in past years - lots of sticks down but clear of downed trees. Next trip I'll stick with Slowpokes route!
Saturday did NCT B from Udell trailhead to Freesoil trailhead - trail was in great shape and much less sand to contend with. No down trees or black bears spotted.
The area saw heavy thunderstorms late Saturday night but will probably dry out quickly...


That 1.5" of rain (per what I saw in a bucket candle this morning) will do nothing but help the LJ route. Parts of that felt like a beach this weekend.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Mike_D » August 1st, 2012, 9:03 am

Has anyone rode the Big M recently since the Lumberjack100? Heading up there in a week or so and was just wondering if it is super sandy (in spots) or if there has been enough rain up there to tame the sand? Also, how were the bugs? Mosquitoes? Ticks? Deer flies?
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby cramer » August 1st, 2012, 9:10 am

mntn-biker wrote:Has anyone rode the Big M recently since the Lumberjack100? Heading up there in a week or so and was just wondering if it is super sandy (in spots) or if there has been enough rain up there to tame the sand? Also, how were the bugs? Mosquitoes? Ticks? Deer flies?


Trail is in great condition and there were almost NO mosquitoes or deer flies but plenty of ticks (the big fat ones, not the lyme disease ones).
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Mboz » August 1st, 2012, 9:25 am

Agreed, was there last week and was suprised at the lack of insects! Trail was in good shape, still some sandy parts and downed trees here and there.
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