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Pigeon River State Forest

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Trails of all sorts. Singeltrack, two-track, everything. A map is needed because their are hundreds of different trails. This place is a hidden jem, opportunites are unlimited. Since it is a state forest, scenery is excellent and population limited. To much to say in too little time, just make the trip. Camping highly recommended between rides. Please email me for further assistance, I am a local.
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Latitude
45.14718
Longitude
-84.66472
Trail Directions
Take 1-27 north untill it turns into 75 north. Or take 75 the whole way. Anyway, take 75 north passed Gaylord and get off at Vanderbilt exit. Turn right and then take a left at first bliniking light (only light in town). Take this road untill it dead ends (approx. 10-15 miles). Turn left until you get to the ranger station. Stop and get a map 'cause this place is fucking huge!
Trail Length
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Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Vanderbilt/Gaylord
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: B. Holderman , from Ohio

Summary:
What a great place! If you want to do some serious MT./trail riding, go there. Stay off the two tracks because there is a lot of sand in the low areas which is the only downer overall. On the single tracks, its simply fantastic. It's tough, lots of roots in the swamp area, some climbs but enough to get the legs screaming. Don't look around at the scenery or you'll splat for sure. Must have a map but once or twice through, you'll be ok. Great for camping, highly recommend the Bridge campground which the trail runs through. If your gig is MT. biking, you have got to do this one. If you're a roadie, it will convert you. Intermediates and above. Better be in good physical shape to do the whole thing. Various lengths however. I did it twice and loved the challenge.

Recommended Route:
Shingle Mill 12 mile loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Country Pathway. Not as cleaned but even more challenging. It's a buster you know where.



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Review Date
August 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cranewins , from where trails arent this good

Summary:
word! this is a phatty bo batty trail.... i lucked out and got sent to it by the guys at higher gear sports in gaylord... it has great climbs and ill descents! if you want some good downhill action just enter in to the 80 mile loop and the beginning is sick.



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Review Date
May 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brent , from Michigan

Summary:
Its a great trail. Many nice overlooks of the Pigeon River and the trail is challenging as well. There is always a good chance of seeing elk and other wildlife. I saw 12 deer and almost ran over a porcuine myself! There is a really neat section of riding on boards through a swamp towards the end. Very few people also.

Recommended Route:
Take Sturgeon Valley Rd. about 10 miles east of Vanderbuilt. The trailhead parking is on the right side of the road and the trailhead is at the back of the campground on the left side of the road.



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Review Date
January 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: sherm , from up north michigan

Summary:
the trail makes a loop through the pigeon river forest covering about 75 miles. lots of roots and rocks, long climes and fast downs. the best section goes over rattlesnake hill. maps available at the dnr headquarters. also known as high country pathways

Recommended Route:
i75 to vanderbilt go east through town to blinking light turn left on sturgeon valley rd. watch for pigeon river campground on left, parking on right.



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Review Date
June 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tommy , from kennesaw, ga

Summary:
great ride but summer can have to many horse flyes, did i mention that they bite real bad and will keep you riding nonstop forever. real easy to get lost but you will find your bearings after you double back. lots of soft sand so air up those knobies and don't look back.

Recommended Route:
blow by the ranger station and go to the first campground where the map starts. ride up the pasture, and past the main river.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
lots of sweet dirt roads and look into riding the snow mobile tracks that dot the landscape all over the area.



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