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

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

Postby RickPlite » January 2nd, 2013, 10:20 pm

xycarp wrote:Hi all...

Where can I find a good map or trails and fire roads through the Manistee Forest? The only maps I have seen are the roadmaps on the Forest site...

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 145175.pdf
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 145173.pdf

I am looking to plot a course from one end of the Manistee to the other (Cadillac?) using trails, fire roads, dirt roads... anything other than pavement. :)

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these look like exactly what you need
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby xycarp » January 2nd, 2013, 11:00 pm

It didnt look like those include firetrails or other trails, just roads... i will look again.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby c0nsumer » January 2nd, 2013, 11:18 pm

xycarp wrote:It didnt look like those include firetrails or other trails, just roads... i will look again.


The four digit roads are the fire roads / two track stuff there. You'll be hard pressed to find all the trails, since many of them probably aren't documented.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby barrybs » January 3rd, 2013, 10:03 am

xycarp wrote:Hi all...

Where can I find a good map or trails and fire roads through the Manistee Forest? The only maps I have seen are the roadmaps on the Forest site...

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 145175.pdf
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 145173.pdf

I am looking to plot a course from one end of the Manistee to the other (Cadillac?) using trails, fire roads, dirt roads... anything other than pavement. :)

thanks,


Mark


Maps for Big M and NCT (straight west of Cadillac) are here in the trail guide: http://mmba.org/trail-guide/
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby xycarp » January 4th, 2013, 7:52 pm

its hard to tell from a rough map... how difficult will it be to ride from Luddington to Cadillac in July? I am thinking about winging it and riding through in a day or two.

Any thoughts? Are there enough east - west trails / seasonal roads that it should be doable?
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby cramer » January 5th, 2013, 6:29 pm

xycarp wrote:its hard to tell from a rough map... how difficult will it be to ride from Luddington to Cadillac in July? I am thinking about winging it and riding through in a day or two.

Any thoughts? Are there enough east - west trails / seasonal roads that it should be doable?


I don't think that would be too difficult (to find a route that is, it would be a pretty long and strenuous ride). I could find my way without a map using seasonal roads, the NCT and other back roads with minimal traffic to M-37 myself- from there East to Cadillac I would need to get a map out but it seems likely there's a decent route available. Plenty of places to spend the night on the way too. Either just sleep in the national forest or find one of those little roadside sportsman cabins for cheap.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby bleve » May 21st, 2013, 1:49 am

Was up at Hungerford the past weekend and rode the complete outer loop. Trail was in great shape with no trees down and only a few bad, sandy spots. Didn't ride the center connecting trail so no comment on that. Out of curiosity, do more people ride this clockwise or counterclockwise? The few times I've ridden it I've always done it counterclockwise but saw a minor stunt or two that would suggest other riders choose clockwise.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Zoo1424 » July 23rd, 2013, 7:53 pm

Has anyone been riding out at Hungerford recently? I've never been there but I'm thinking about making a trip that way this weekend.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby jiml » July 23rd, 2013, 9:09 pm

xycarp wrote:It didnt look like those include firetrails or other trails, just roads... i will look again.


The USFS 'Motor Vehicle Use Map's, are indeed the seasonal/fireroads. I bumped into this little gem the last time I was in Baldwin at the USFS station there, which might be just what you're looking for: http://www.natgeomaps.com/ti_758

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

Postby xycarp » July 23rd, 2013, 10:10 pm

Those look just right. I was going to order them but I've run out of time - we leave in a few days and they don't have express shipping. Where did you see them exactly? In Baldwin? I will have to see if I can find them where local as we are leaving.

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

Postby jiml » July 24th, 2013, 6:06 am

Yea, I found them in Baldwin at the USFS Office store. I'd try REI, they usually carry a good selection of the NatGeo maps.

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

Postby barrybs » July 25th, 2013, 2:22 pm

Natgeo #758 maps are available in the A2 REI store...they had 10+ of them as well as some Huron NF maps
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby jiml » July 25th, 2013, 2:39 pm

barrybs wrote:Natgeo #758 maps are available in the A2 REI store...they had 10+ of them as well as some Huron NF maps


Thanks for the update barrybs, I don't have the Huron map yet, but the area is on my radar for exploration.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby xycarp » July 25th, 2013, 2:42 pm

I just got back from REI. They had both maps. :) I believe I am all set now.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Zoo1424 » July 28th, 2013, 12:44 pm

Rode Hungerford yesterday. Trail was in decent shape for the most part. Maybe 3-4 downed trees, most of which I was able to ride over. Rode the trail in both directions & preferred going counter clockwise. Sandy where the bike trail intersects the horse trails, and a couple of sections made me glad I had a full suspension bike as the small bumps were rough.
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