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Carp River Loop

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The yellow Carp River Loop is 5 miles. It has two trail heads 1) the front side of Mount Marquette by the Carp River(east side) & 2) the back side of Mount Marquette (west side).
From the Carp River climb up the single track to the top of the Marquette Mountain ski hill. Stay on the trail from the Carp River to where the trail widens and the climb levels off a bit. This part of the trail is on prison property. Warning Signs are posted. Once you reach the ski hill follow the Weasel Gulch ski run up to the top. Make your way over to the other side of the ski hill to find the sweet singletrack downhill section. At the bottom pass the Ski Lodge and make your way to the west trail head. Follow yellow arrows all the way back to the Carp River.
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Review Date
May 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: palo92 ,  Cross Country Rider

The Carp River Loop is a mix of single track and wide old atv trail. There is plenty of climbing as you make your way up the Marquette Mountain ski hill. The climbing has some long gradual climbs as well as some short steep sections. There is a pipeline to ride. Most of the downhills are on tight sweepy singletrack. Once you get to the ski hill there are a number of ways to get down. For novice riders you can ride gown Weasels Gulch ski run or ride halfway across the ski hill and ride the access road back down. Advanced riders can ride down fiddlers creek or finish the loop on the singletrack on the west side of the ski hill.

Recommended Route:
I like to start off of McClellan Ave trailhead. Start by riding the Gorgeous Loop. This way you will avoid the two track road. Riding the Gorgeous Trail from the trail head ends with a steep climb. Then ride up the mountain and swing back to ride the pipeline. After pipeline ride left down the old atv trail which turns into singletrack all the way down to the Carp River. Cross the river and start climbing to the top of the ski hill. Ride all the way to the top. Get on the mountain access road and ride it till you get to the the radio tower. Then the downhill starts. Keep an eye out for the singletrack on the left. This will pop back out at the bottom on the access road and take you back past the ski chalet. Follow the trail across the Carp River and back to the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pioneer Loop, Mount Marquette Loop, Flow, Gorgeous.

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