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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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south marquette/ishpeming trails

Postby ffruff22 » August 3rd, 2007, 6:45 pm

My family and I just returned from the UP and I was fortunate to hit the south marquette trails and the group ride out of ishpeming. south marquette was great, i i rode down from presque isle (while the kids were in the pool) hit the mt marquette loop and headed back. The trail was in great shape.

the Ishpeming trails were a lot of fun, I would highly recommend meeting up with Dan and the group on Wednesday at the Jasper Ridge brewery @ 6:30pm. I had a great time during the ride and afterwards. I had to chase the group down for 5 miles (following tire tracks) because I was held up in traffic and the group had already left. I ended up with the B group and we rode a mix of single track and 2 tracks. There was a lot of great views thru-out the ride. Following the ride a few cold ones at Jasper Ridge is a must the beer was great! I think that I tried them all....

Thanks for the great time on the group ride!
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Postby ProfGumby » March 9th, 2008, 9:52 am

Still a whole lotta snow.....Spring is only 13 days away and all was buried when I was there last......I know it is only March 9....but come one SUN!
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Re: Northern: Upper Penninsula Trails

Postby elsievo » March 18th, 2009, 12:59 pm

Heat wave, lost 8-10 inches of snow depth in the Swedetown Area in the past 4 days.
Only 2 feet to go, dried out and ready to ride April 15th?? Not likely . . .
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Re: Northern: Upper Penninsula Trails

Postby Di_bear » April 9th, 2009, 12:50 pm

Keweenaw - we still have snow. It's *possible* we might be riding by the beginning of May, but you never know.
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