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

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

Postby Mike_D » April 14th, 2011, 11:44 am

If you wanted a shorter than 17 mile ride, jump on the NCT where Gabriel's Horn turns into Shanty Boy. The NCT is an awesome section of trail especially when you ride it north to south (The Road Monkey isn't as scenic IMO). There is 1 heck of a climb once you start on the NCT at this point but after that, it's a nice ride. Ride it south until you hit the Sky Pilot and continue on the outer loop (Sky Pilot to Bullwacker to Corkpine). You could spend an entire day there riding different sections of trails making different loops.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby adroit rider » April 14th, 2011, 12:17 pm

sklevorn wrote:+1 on the outerloop.

If you do get turned around a bit and wind up on the inner trails they are a blast. Just take extra water and a powerbar and you'll be good to go.

Outer loop has a lot of winter fall (aka derailleur and spoke eating branches) according to the report from my bro last night.


Does your bro think it will be good to go on Saturday, 4/16?

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

Postby adroit rider » April 18th, 2011, 10:17 pm

Ended riding the Vasa Single Track and it was good. Lots of downed trees but the sand was packed and firm on Saturday.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby rideondirt » April 22nd, 2011, 12:15 pm

Anyone ride from M-20 yet? It looks like the weather may decent this weekend and I could use a little NCT in my life right now.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Mike_D » April 22nd, 2011, 12:27 pm

rideondirt wrote:Anyone ride from M-20 yet? It looks like the weather may decent this weekend and I could use a little NCT in my life right now.


That section usually dries out pretty quickly so it should be good to ride on Sunday. Saturday, it may be a bit damp yet since we are supposed to get rain overnight and into Saturday am.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby MusicManBikingAimlessly » April 23rd, 2011, 6:34 pm

I rode M-20 first Sunday it was warm, when we had that beautiful 80 degree day.. Nice ride though there was still lots of ice & snow at the 2 mile mark. M-20 section of the NCT is in good shape though there were 2 big branches blocking the trail. Tried to move one but both are a 2 man job. Thinking about getting back up there on 4/28 weather permitting with another rider to clear away any trees or branches. Anyone interested?
Be nice to the people on the ride up, you'll likely see them on your way back down!
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Siler » April 25th, 2011, 10:32 am

Temporary closure of North Country Trail - West Pierce Road to West Nine Mile Rd in Newaygo County - April 30 - May 15.

Please note that approximately one mile of the North Country Trail is slated for closure from April 30, 2011 through May 15, 2011 (possibly through May 22) to allow for a bridge replacement and bank stabilization at Bear Creek. Users are encouraged to honor the reroute in order to protect habitat in this spring-fed, cold water trout stream. While the stream can be forded, this work is being done to protect habitat; thus your cooperation with the temporary reroute would be appreciated.

Reroute instructions are as follows:
- Heading north, turn right onto West Pierce Road (now paved) and head approximately 0.3 miles east to Parson. Turn left on to Parson Ave, a dirt road, and head north approximately 0.5 miles where Parson ends and West Nine Mile turns left. Follow West Nine Mile west for approximately 0.2 miles to where the North Country Trail crosses (shortly following changeover to "seasonal road" status). Resume north travel by turning right.
- Heading south, turn left (east) onto West Nine Mile Road. In approximately 0.2 miles, West Nine MIle Road will end and Parson Ave will turn right. Follow Parson Ave approximately 0.5 miles south to West Pierce Road. Turn right and follow Pierce Road (now paved) approximately 0.3 miles west to where the trail enters the woods adjacent to Taylor Drive. Resume south travel by turning left.

One other note. Earlier posts on this bulletin board suggested volunteers removing fallen trees from the trail. Please be aware that volunteers are prohibited from using chainsaws on National Forest lands unless they have completed an intensive training and safety class and are certified by the Forest Service. This policy was set in place to protect volunteers, ensure the safety of national forest visitors, and to protect habitat. In recent years, there have been numerous blowdowns removed by uncertified volunteers in the area north of M-20 that have left very hazardous trail conditions. Because the trees have been removed, these conditions often go unreported for a longer period of time, exposing trail users to unnecessary safety hazards. If trees are small and can be removed using hand tools, uncertified voluntary efforts are always welcomed. If larger trees requiring chainsaw removal are encounteredl in Newaygo County, you are encouraged to report them at http://northcountrytrail.org/wmi/maintain.php

Your help with protecting the trail and surrounding environs is appreciated.

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

Postby Purple is a Fruit » May 2nd, 2011, 4:45 pm

Anyone been up to Big M lately? Trails ready to go? Inner loops clear of brush? Too mushy yet from the long snow and rainy spring? Looking to head up this weekend and do some riding. Just wondering if I should change plans. Thanks!
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby watchmyback » May 2nd, 2011, 6:44 pm

I was there this past Saturday and rode the outside loop and a bunch of the inner trails. Some bigger trees were blow down, I had to dismount maybe 5 times, and some brush for the most part it was fine. No wet areas at all.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby bleve » May 3rd, 2011, 1:10 am

This past Sunday I rode a couple miles north from the Dilling Rd access on the NCT and had no major problems, a couple small trees but nothing preventing passage. Then I stopped at Hungerford and rode the shorter A loop. Such an under appreciated trail. The east-west section in the middle had about four trees down, I could ride over 3 of the 4 if I recall, and there was one short section that had two mudholes from four-wheel tracks (this was only 1-2 miles into the trail). Overall though a great ride.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby volklgirl » May 27th, 2011, 1:07 pm

Cadillac Pathways is in great condition right now.....we've had enough rain that the sand pits haven't started yet and everything is really tacky and firm. I only saw a couple of face slappers on the sections from 1 to 8 and back. I'll try to take care of the trim work when I get the chapter weed whacker back in a couple of weeks.
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby yamaha13 » May 30th, 2011, 11:30 pm

Rode The Big M today. a lot of trees across the trail in the beginning of the outer loop. Had to portage the bike over and around some of them. Other than that the trail is awesome!
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Re: Huron-Manistee National Forest: NCT, Big-M, Hungerford,

Postby Siler » May 31st, 2011, 10:36 pm

Bear Creek bridge along the NCT in Newaygo County has been rebuilt (5/14) and the detour is no longer in effect. There is some trail hardening work that is yet to be completed on the south end of the bridge. This work is scheduled for early July. Until then, please dismount before descending the hill for your own safety and to protect the natural resource.

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Re:

Postby Spinwheel » June 8th, 2011, 9:36 am

SlowPoke wrote:

Favorite path.
Click here for the map

:arrow: Park at North parking lot off M55
:arrow: South on NCT past the outer loop at the north end of the system.
:arrow: Continue south on NCT till we hit the Outer Loop at south end (about 4 miles)
:arrow: Left (north east) on Outer Loop till the Fire Tower trail
:arrow: Left on Fire tower (great down hill to Jurassic Park)
:arrow: Left on Jurassic Park
:arrow: Right on Oh Me (This side of Oh Me is not as hard as the name implies)
:arrow: Keep right on all the trail and intersections till you find yourself at the very south end of Catamount
:arrow: Take the very short connector trail from catamount to Outer Loop
:arrow: East on Outer Loop around to the parking lot at the south east side of park
:arrow: From parking lot take Lumberjack north to Camp 24
:arrow: Camp 24 to the West side if Big Wheel for that killer down hill
:arrow: Then that hard to find cut over in the pines over to Antelope

For a guy like me that can?t climb hills for hours at a time this is a great way to see the best the Big M has to offer and still have enough energy to do some more riding or play tennis with the family when I get home. It is a 16 mile ride with all the best downhills (IMO).



Hoping to ride that loop this weekend, anyone know trail conditions for bigM/NCTA & B?

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Mackenzie Pathway

Postby volklgirl » July 1st, 2011, 1:04 pm

FYI: Just because the DNR says something is a "bike trail" doesn't mean it is.

Mackenzie Pathway is totally unrideable (well, OK, it's rideable but seriously not any fun!). It hasn't been mowed or groomed in any way in.....well, probably ever, it's a muddy, swampy mess in many places, and the briar bushes and nettles are knee to hip high.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this one until someone steps up to be a trail coordinator.
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