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high country pathway

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

this trail is the best kept secreat in the state. ride from pinegrove south to clearlake about 40 miles. bring much food you'll need it. prearange your camp sites and in 2 days you can When you get done you can call yourself a hardcore.until that day your posen.
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Latitude
44.465151013519616
Longitude
-84.5068359375
Trail Directions
I75 north to wolverine exit turn east go about 8 miles to pine grove campgroundtrial starts by the river.
Trail Length
miles70
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
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Review Date
May 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mattdave ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We started at Shoe-pac campground. There was parking and the trailhead was easy to find and I would recommend starting there. We planned to do the approximately 80 miles in 2 days, with plans to turn back after the first night if we didn't make it 40 miles.
The trail was much rougher than we expected, requiring walking the bike about 30% of the time. The trail was almost unbikeable with so many devastating bumps that prevent you from maintaining any speed.
I would not recommend trying to bike this trail. After biking for four hours and only covering 10 miles, we called it quits and biked back once we got to the Black River crossing on a road.
The section we biked was from Shoe-Pac to the Black River on the Northeast part of the loop. Other parts of the trail may be better, but this section is not easily navigated on bike.

Recommended Route:
Start at Shoe-Pac campground if you do it. We headed west rather than south and this route is not recommended.



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Review Date
July 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: trail toad ,  Cross Country Rider , from A 2

Summary:
I rode this trail in early summer. It's the only cross country trail I've found in the state. There are may trails but they are groomed to smoothness and don't really follow the land well. They don't prepair you for downed trees and creek crossing rough down hills and climbs more than 2 minutes. This might be a hiking trail as one reviewer called it but it's also real trail riding. Everthing nature can throw at you and a few beavers can drop across the trail. I started a shingle mill and thought I was on another disappointing race couse called a cross country trail. After I turned off the shingle trail at the over look the experance changed instantly. Gone was the smooth out course and on came the trail. This I would not recommend to racers or stunt riders this is a trail to go out in the woods and see the michigan I new was hiding out there. It's long not wimpy 15 mile spin. Take food and plenty of water if you have all day to ride. I only had 4 hours but in early summer that's all my butt could handle and my legs. This is a trail that you can ride fast as your skill can handle and be warned there are no little signs warning you of dangers just your experience. I'll be back later this summer when I have a long day to ride.Take a map. I can't give this a higher rating because I like jumps and other stunts and I haven't been far enough to find any. It's great trail riding...................

Recommended Route:
Shingle Mill to overlook then out the High Country Pathway for an out and back that you have time for and finish up the Shingle.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
don't know of any worth the time



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Review Date
May 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brent , from Michigan

Summary:
I only rode about 10 miles of this trail but it was great. I had no intentions of going the full 40 or so miles. The trail is quite challenging and there is a ton of wildlife to be seen including elk. There are very few people and endless riding.



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Review Date
August 11, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: D. Gray , from Auburn Hills, MI

Summary:
I usually start with the Shingle Mill path first or at Pine Grove Campground. If you start at pine Grove you have to check out the wooden bridges and boardwalks south of the campground. Or I start at the parking lot on Stergeon Valley right by the Pigeon River and go South, that part of the trail is good, not overly technical.Some of the trail is awsome singleTrack and some is Brutal, overgrown, Log riddled, muddy, and extremely fun. If you want the EPIC ride pick a start point fill the camelbak with a compass, tools, water, and food. Most of the western side of the loop is good, parts of the eastern side get pretty sketchy and you might need your compass. The eastern side has a lot of sand also. The fact that its not just a mindless trail is what makes it so much fun.

Recommended Route:
I usually start near the Pigeon River Headquarters just off Sturgeon Valley Rd. East of Vanderbuilt.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shingle Mill Pathway (in Pigeon River also)



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Review Date
July 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Brock Ainsworth , from Lawrence, KS

Summary:
This is a beautiful trail in a beautiful place. However, it is very virginal. It is designed to be a hiking trail, and that is obvious. Like all low-travel hiking trails, they are often littered with branches and overgrowth making them very grueling to ride. I enjoyed the scenery, but as a biking trail I wouldn't recommend it. Strap on some hiking shoes and backpack to enjoy this trail. As a hiking trail 5 stars, biking 3.

Recommended Route:
As above, don't start on the trail right by the river, it's not the same trail.



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