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Shingle Mill Pathway

Average Rating:    (4.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

VERY NICE TRAIL!!!! Few strenuous climbs, but many great views. Awesome scenery. Several campgrounds near trail. ALL SINGLETRACK!!! Watch out for Elk though.
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Latitude
45.171025076148275
Longitude
-84.43782806396484
Trail Directions
9 miles east of Vanderbilt in Sturgeon Valley Road.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Vanderbilt
   


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Review Date
September 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Planespotting ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A scenic State Forest ride linked with the High Country trail system. A good trail for an out-of-shape beginner such as myself. Hardpack with small sandy patches. Plenty of roots and rocks in the trail, some downed trees to ride over or around. The river and lakes make a nice distraction. I only saw one other rider while I was there. Kind of out in the middle of nowhere but that's a good thing.

Recommended Route:
Plenty to choose from.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not enough experience to go on but Aspen Park in Gaylord or the Sand Lakes Quiet area near Traverse City. If looking for more challenge I hear the VASA in TC or the North Country trail near Harbor Springs are nice.



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Review Date
July 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: car_auctioneer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Due to the beauty of this area, I visited this trail last weekend with high expectations. What a disappointment. It's really just a hiking trail through the woods. Good place to take your spouse on his/her first ride and take a picnic lunch. Sandy and pretty wet in places. Weeds encroach in several areas. Definitely not worth the hassle to get there, especially this year with the Pigeon River bridge construction.

Sorry if I sound excessively cranky. Yes, it's scenic in spots, but that hardly distinguishes it from just about any other MTB trail in Michigan, even the ones in the Detroit metro area.

Trail marking and signage is adequate but can leave you guessing in a few spots. Could be better.

Recommended Route:
Take Sturgeon Valley Road east out of Vanderbilt about 10 miles (a guess) to Twin Lakes Rd. north. After a short distance, you'll see the headquarters cabin on the left along with Shingle Mill Pathway parking. Attendants in cabin can provide a map and are very helpful. Careful which way you start out on trail; from the parking area, follow the trail back toward the cabin and camping area.

NOTE: For 2009, Sturgeon Valley Road is closed at the Pigeon River bridge, forcing a lengthy detour. Ask a local for directions, or follow the detour signs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try Aspen Park in Gaylord first (surprisingly good for a city park system), then Hanson Hills before this one. Boyne Mountain is good if you like climbing.



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Review Date
September 16, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: RonB ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A very scenic trail that is well travelled well marked. Very little technical but alot of fun with good rhythm.

Recommended Route:
Doesn't matter. Sturgeon Valley Rd at Pidgeon River, Stae Forest Headquarters, or campground.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Country Trail, Boyne Mountian, North Country Trail.



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Review Date
August 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Lewiston

Summary:
It is a fun trail with plenty of hills and picker bushes. But it is still worth the ride. For the part after the bridge it is a boardwalk. You may want to walk that. My friend and I did it, and when he fell off I could bearly see him. 11 miles of singletrack a grat trail

Recommended Route:
Start from the pigeon river campground. Head south to the bridge up through the swamp and up to the over look and back down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buttles Road Pathway. 3 Miles north of Lewiston on Buttles Road. 6 miles long.



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Review Date
August 11, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: DG , from Auburn Hills, MI

Summary:
As the other reviews have stated its not overly technical but still lots of FUN. Great place to take people just getting into Mnt Biking, usually no one else on the trail and lots of nice scenery. When your done check out the WHite Wolf Inn just S of Vanderbuilt on 27 The Food is AWSOME and say HI to Randy.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Pigeon River where it crosses Sturgeon Valley Rd



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