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Kipp Road Trail (part of the North Country Trail System)

Average Rating:    (4.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Well maintained singletrack that winds through the beautiful northwoods of northern lower MI, with sections that run paralell with Lake Michigan. The trail extends all the way to Mackinac City (approx. 60mi). Extremely technical in parts with plenty of steep ascents and descents throughout (especially at the very beginning). Not too windy or twisty but there are plent of roots and sandy patches to trip you up if your not careful. Most of all, be sure to bring your climbing leg's with you because you'll need them. A great trail to plan a weekend trip on as there are several campgrounds on or just slightly off the trail approx. 25-30mi in. A "must" trail to ride for those who want see northern MI in all its breathtaking splendor and glory. Because of it's remoteness, your more than likely to see a black bear before you see another rider. Enjoy!
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Latitude
45.44001954797522
Longitude
-84.87401962280273
Trail Directions
From Petsokey, take U.S. 31 to North Conway Rd. (turn left). Follow North Conway to Hathaway/Powers Rd. (approx. 1.5 miles) and turn left. From Hathaway, turn right on to Chadderdon Rd. and then make an immediate right on Kipp Rd. The trailhead is approx. a half-mile down Kipp Rd. on the left (north) side. Plenty of parking available.
Trail Length
60 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Harbor Springs/Petoskey
   


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Review Date
November 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: irishskier ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:

Great single track best to run North from Kipp Rd. to Brutus Rd. and back. Fun downhill sections southbound, tough climb northbound. Typucal Michigan sandy spots, a great ride! 10 mi. round trip (Kipp to Brutus and back)

Recommended Route:

See above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:

Lark's Lake Section of NCT



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Review Date
June 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: dirtjumper7 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
every time i go up north i have to go out on this trail. ive been ridin it for about 5 years now. flat out awesome trail.

Recommended Route:
out n back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
boyne mtn.



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Review Date
August 31, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tictac778 ,  Cross Country Rider , from Lansing, MI, USA

Summary:
Bears! Two of them on the section running North of Stuntmanville Road. Scared the crap out of me (and them). Besides that, nice long climb at the start = nice long downhill at the end. I do like the Marilla section better (see the listing for North Country Trail - Manistee).

Recommended Route:
I started at Kipp Road.



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Review Date
June 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Joe Fro , from Manistee

Summary:
Very fun. Defenatly worth a trip back. The climb isn't that bad it never gets steep so just keep on going, the trail will reward you for the work(expecialy on the way back). but it's the lung buster of the trail. the trails not extremly technical but if you go fast it gets really fun, you can really let your bike run. It's a good trail because all skill levels can have fun.

Recommended Route:
out and back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
anything just get on your bike.



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Review Date
April 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Abraham Shield , from Traverse City, MI

Summary:
This is a great trail for intermediate to expert riders. The amount of hills and close proximity of trees make is a toughie for beginners. VERY long hill about 1.2 miles into the trail system, followed by some nice rolling single track. Many of the hills near the beginning are rewarded with excellent high speed sections further down the trail. Markings tend to be often and easy to read, although going early in the spring can get you lost when leaves obscure the trail. Highly recommended for those that love a good singletrack trail!

Recommended Route:
Do not follow directions at top of page, Chadderdon Rd is a muddy two track most cars will have difficulty driving on.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boyne Mountain XC trail in Boyne Falls, (home of the MMBA championships) and Wildwood XC ski trail system.



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