Young State Park : Cross-Country Ski Trails
During the winter Nordic skiing is the most popular activity in Young State Park. The trails are not groomed but due to its close proximity to Boyne City they are usually skier-set and more than adequate for classic skiing.
With very little change in elevation, the skiing is easy and ideal for novice skiers with a fear of downhill runs. Overall the skiing at Young state Park is a woodsy experience with an opportunity to spot a whitetail deer or two.
Trail post No. 0 across the road from the park headquarters serves as the winter trailhead and marks a Nordic system composed of Spruce Nature Trail, Deer Flats Nature Trail and segments of unplowed park road.
Skiing is in a counter-clockwise direction along two loops that begin with the Spruce Nature Trail and then return along a stretch of Deer Flats. The official distances are 3.4-miles along the first loop and 4 miles along the second but that’s generous and the actual distances are probably less.
The route described below is the 4-mile Loop. There are no heated restrooms, warming hut or ski rental concessionaire at Young State Park. For those types of amenities you need to head to Boyne Mountain Ski Resort outside Boyne Falls.
|Difficulty - Easy|
|Groomed Classic Skiing|