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Bareback

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

this is arguably the most technical trail in the area. it is a gruelling hour spent on open rock. your first time expect to walk, lots. numerous sick, sick drops.
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Latitude
46.01222384063236
Longitude
-87.626953125
Trail Directions
take 550 north toward big bay, park at clarks gravel pit on left across from wetmores landing, go right on the two track out the back of the pit, take the first right (before you go downhill), then the second right after climbing 2 small hills. go thru the woods and hike your bike to the top of the big rocky area go left and head towards harlow lake following the paint.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Marquette
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Review Date
July 9, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bitflogger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
You may find a bike an inconvenience at times on this trail unless you're a trials rider, but you'll sure miss some fun if you don't have a bike.

Recommended Route:
Park across from the boat landing. This trail and then Jedi both going counter clockwise are a great ride. This way you get the best downhill, and then you get the long Jedi downhill run and back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Benson Grade, South Trails.



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Review Date
June 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: darkage , from GB WI

Summary:
Pretty much all rock until you get down to Harlow Lake. Nothing really steep and no actual "drops", but a fun downhill (for the most part). A really good trail for a "4&4" FS bike, although it can fun on a big freeride bike as long as you're not a shuttle pussy.

Recommended Route:
Park at Clark's gravel pit - take the Harlow Lake trail (at the east end of the parking area - can also be acessed thru the back of the gravel pit). Take the first right, then the second right after climbing two hills (this will be marked with blue paint as well as an old sign saying "trail" - it's very easy to take the trail right before this which ends up nowhere). Follow the paint to the top. At the top head towards Harlow lake (easliy visible from the top). The trails is easy to follow and marked with blue paint. Once you get to Harlow Lake, you can either ride Jedi back to the gravel pit or ride the highway back. Take a topo map and compass so you won't get lost like some other reviewers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sugarloaf, Hog's Back, the South Trails



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Review Date
June 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Drew , from Chitown

Summary:
I wrote a review last year and only one JOEY wrote one since. So I wanted to write a follow up. This trail is the most fun I have ever had on a moutain bike. That about sums it up for me. INSANE love it more than any other trial. It truly has everything you could want from a serious tech trail.

Recommended Route:
Follow the directions up top.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Goat Trail, Art Sharp



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Review Date
January 31, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Schaf , from Rochester Hills

Summary:
I'm an XC rider used to tight technical hard pack. When our group stumbled upon Bare Back I wished I had a full suspension bike with at least 100mm of travel in the front. Full pads would've been nice too. I arrived with a hardtail equipped with clipless pedals and found myself walking most of the way. The views from the top are spectacular. Rumor has it there is a guy in town who can clear the entire route without puting his feet down. It's very hard to believe, given how aggressive this trail is.

Recommended Route:
The directions were pretty good. We stayed up the road a bit at Harlow Lake campsite.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bring the right equipment and it will be a trip you won't soon forget. My rating is only low because my experience was hampered by not having the right tools for the job.



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Review Date
September 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Drew Lydecker , from Chicago IL

Summary:
UNREAL UNREAL. I went with a freind of mine looking for a tough and tech ride. WOW it was insane I will admit that you will have to walk some to most of it esp in the begining. But holy &^*%&%$^$^$ that trail is insane. Amazing views and unreal drops, and sick freeriding. GREAT JOB OUT IN Marquette.

Recommended Route:
The route that they talk about in the begining is right on. Thanks for the directions

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Country trail. Great ride to just rip it up on. Not as narly as Bareback. GET OUT TO MARQUETTE THE BEST RIDING IN THE MIDWEST BY FAR.



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