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M-22
Frankfort, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 929-7911
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org
Region: Lake Michigan

Public land abounds on both sides of M-22, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and almost a dozen Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) natural areas, providing access to trails and paths into some of Michigans most spectacular dune country. That includes Arcadia Dunes, a GTRLC preserve that saved one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts of Lake Michigan coast when it was established in 2003.Also known as the C.S. Mott Preserve, Arcadia Dunes is spread across 3,600 acres just north of the Manistee/Benzie County line and is spilt in half by the state highway. The preserve includes 2 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, coastal bluffs with impressive perched dun ...

1129 Wilson Street
Boyne City, MI 49712
United States

Phone: (231) 582-6597
Web site: http://www.cityofboynecity.com/avalanche-preserve-recreation-area-188/
Region: Northwest

Separate from the mountain bike trail is the Avalanche Walking Trail, a 3-mile system that climbs the ridge to the viewing decks and then follows the rugged ridge as it loops back to the Avalanche Warming Shelter and parking area.A majority of the trail is a two-track that provides good footing and is easy to follow. On the east side of the ridge the system includes a side trail and spurs to Division Street and Contractors Drive. Much of the main loop is utilized by participants playing the 18-hole disc golf course.The route described below is a 2.2-mile hike that follows the main loop is a counter clockwise direction opposite of disc golf players and begins with the steep climb to the ...

1129 Wilson Street
Boyne City, MI 49712
United States

Phone: (231) 582-6597
Web site: http://www.cityofboynecity.com/avalanche-preserve-recreation-area-188/
Region: Northwest

There is no record of an avalanche ever barreling down Avalanche Peak into Boyne City, but the hill is incredibly steepso steep that in the 1950s, it was a downhill ski area with rope tows and even a chairlift. Located on the southwest corner of the city, Avalanche Peak rises to 1023 feet or 439 feet above Lake Charlevoix to provide the most commanding view of any high point south of the Mackinac Bridge.This towering ridge is the center piece of Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, a 300-acre Boyne City park that is predominantly a forested sloping terrain. The exception is its northern slope that was the site of a downhill ski operation beginning in the early 1950s. By 1958 the downhill ...

M-22
Frankfort, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 929-7911
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org
Region: Western Upper Peninsula

The favorite destination for most hikers at Arcadia Dunes is Old Baldy, an open dune perched 356 feet above Lake Michigan for sweeping views of the Great Lake. Mountain bikers are allowed on portions of Baldy Trails but the open dunes and short segments make this system best suited for hikers and trail runners.The straight trails on the west side of the system are old gravel roads that were built in the 1960s for a subdivision that never materialized. Future plans call for developing a segment of them and the overlook they lead toas a handicapped accessible path and viewing platform.The hike described here is the perimeter of the system thatmakes for a 3.1-mile loop to Old Baldy and pass ...

M-22 & Saint Pierre Road
Arcadia, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 929-7911
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org
Region: Northwest

The bulk of the Arcadia Dunes-C.S. Mott Preserve trail system is Dry Hill Trails, a glacial moraine ridge that runs inland several miles from the Baldy Trailsalong Lake Michigan. South of the moraine are steep-forested back dunes and together they give the preserve a rugged interior, much to the delight of the mountain bikers who laid out the trail.Although open to all trail users, Dry Hill was a collaboration between the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and the International Mountain Biking Association. The loop is classic single track, a flowing trail rated intermediate with quick rolling hills, numerous long uphill sections and naturally banked turns.The main trailhead is loca ...

239 Commerce Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
United States

Phone: (800) 345-8621
Web site: http://www.gaylordmichigan.net/member-profile/37/470/
Region: Northwest

There are two places in Michigan where its possible to see an elk while mountain biking, hiking or cross-country skiing; the Shingle Mill Pathway in Pigeon River Country State Forest and Aspen Park.Ive hiked Shingle Mill a half dozen times and have never seen an elk. The first time my daughter and I were on the Aspen Park trails it was impossible to miss them. There was six of them, huge animals that were standing on the edge of the woods a hundred yards away from us when suddenly two of the bulls squared off and clashed antlers.All this - trails, a rolling terrain of hardwoods and hemlocks and clashing elk - was in the middle of Gaylord, four blocks from a K-Mart.Aspen Park is a dandy.T ...

239 Commerce Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
United States

Phone: (800) 345-8621
Web site: http://www.gaylordmichigan.net/member-profile/37/470/
Region: Northwest

Aspen Park has five short trails that are paved and total 2 miles. The perimeter of the route, Elk Trail, North Trail and Hemlock Trail, form an easy 1.65-mile loop that begins and ends at the information kiosk in the parking lot. The asphalt surface makes this loop ideal for walking, family outings with young cyclists, in-line skating or roller skiing in preparation from the upcoming Nordic season.

239 Commerce Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
United States

Phone: (800) 345-8621
Web site: http://www.gaylordmichigan.net/member-profile/37/470/
Region: Northwest

Built by theNorthern Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association(MMBA), this 5-mile loop has become a favorite with locals looking for a quick workout and vacationing mountain bikers in need of a leg stretcher in the middle of a long drive up north.Like everything else in Gaylord, Aspen Park is an easy-off-easy-on sidetrip from I-75. In less than five minutes after leaving the interstate, youre on a single track, riding through the woods past huge hemlocks.Aspen Single Track dates back began in 2001 when the Northern Chapter received permission from city officials to cut the trail. Chapter president Eric Isaacsen and vice president Bill Snow then spent the winter exploring the area ...

1129 Wilson Street
Boyne City, MI 49712
United States

Phone: (231) 582-6597
Web site: http://www.cityofboynecity.com/avalanche-preserve-recreation-area-188/
Region: Northwest

The mountain bike trail at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area is a 4.2-mile loop that winds around - and climbs over - the 1,023-foot-high namesake ridge that rises above Boyne City. This is an intriguing ride but a challenging one as the trail is a narrow single track with more than its share of tree roots and rocks. Novice and even intermediate cyclists should be prepared to hop off their bikes and walk a few steep downhill sections their first time on the trail.The trail has no posted direction of travel but the loop is described here in a clockwise direction from the warming shelter. This allows you to ride most of the loop before arriving at the observations decks near the top, an e ...

239 Commerce Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
United States

Phone: (800) 345-8621
Region: Northwest

There is great cross-country skiing all around the city of Gaylord and right in the middle of it as well. Aspen Park is a 100-acre city of Gaylord park whose rolling terrain of hardwoods and hemlocks is only four blocks from a K-Mart in the heart of town. Its Northwoods setting is even more produced because the park is adjacent to the city elk pen, a 105-acre enclosure that contains a herd of more than three dozen animals.Winding through the park are five paved trails that total 2 miles and are groomed for classic Nordic skiing. Even better theyre lit with the trailside lights popping on at 6 a.m. until daylight and again at dusk until 11 p.m.Night skiing is some of the best entertainmen ...

Old Dixie Highway
Atwood, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 533-6265
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org/protected-land/antrim-creek-natural-area/
Region: Northwest

Antrim Creek Natural Area is a 156-acre tract that lies just south of the Charlevoix/Antrim County Line and only 1.5 miles from US-31. Its most notable feature is the nearly one mile of Grand Traverse Bay shoreline, the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline remaining within the entire 132 miles of the bay between Norwood and Northport.But for the historian and the naturalist the Antrim County park is an intriguing place to take a hike. Antrim Creek is home to an array of natural diversity including hardwood forest, forested wetland, conifer swamp, shrub thicket, meadow, wet meadow and coastal dunes. It supports a wide range of flora and fauna including tow endangered plants; Pitchers ...

16th Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49799
United States

Phone: (906) 635-5281
Web site: http://www.greatlakesallergy.com/index.php?page=Algonquin_Ski_Trail
Region: Eastern Upper Peninsula

Although located in Lake Superior State Forest and groomed by the Michigan DNR, the Alognquin Cross County Ski TrailĀ is a community trail. After the DNR built the 9-mile pathway in 1987, a surge of local support resulted in making Algonquin the first state-operated trail to be equipped with permanently installed lights for night skiing. Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club and other civic groups donated money. All-Phase Electric Company provided the lights, Edison Sault Electric sent out a work crew to bury the wires and cables underground. The volunteers turned Algonquin's first loop into 1.6 miles of illuminated trail. The 30 lights are so indiscreetly positioned among the trees you hardily no ...

Swamp Road
Elberta, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 929-7911
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org
Region: Northwest

Anchoring the northeast corner of Arcadia Dunes-C.F. Mott Nature Preserve, more than 4 miles from Lake Michigan, Petes Woods lacks the impressive dunes or views of Baldy Trails or the miles of rugged single track that mountain bikers crave at DryHill Trail. But come May there is not a better place to experience the explosion of spring wildflowers than this patch of rugged woods.Swamp Road may lead to the 135-acre tract but Petes Woods is a second growth, beech-maple forest crowned by century-old trees. Stewardship of the preserve includes the removal of garlic mustard, an invasive species, which improves the diversity of the understory. In short, more wildflowers. During the brief window ...

M-22
Arcadia, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 929-7911
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org
Region: Northwest

Primarily because of their location along the shorelines, its estimated that more than 80 percent of the original Great Lakes marshes have been destroyed. Along Lake Michigan in the Lower Peninsula, about 15 remain today, which is the reason Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy put such a high priority on restoring and preserving Arcadia Marsh.Located in Manistee County, the 400-acre marsh borders Arcadia Lake and is fed by Bowens Creek. In the late 1800s, a railroad grade was constructed through the marsh. Then, in the 1950s, the water level was lowered to improve agricultural potential and twice Bowens Creek has been diverted, resulting in a stream that is now very shallow and heav ...

M-22 & St. Pierre Road
Arcadia, MI
United States

Phone: (231) 929-7911
Web site: http://www.gtrlc.org
Region: Northwest

Complementing Dry Hill Trails in Arcadia Dunes-C.S. Mott Nature Preserve and sharing the same trailhead is Camp Trails. Dry Hill, a nearly 10-mile loop, was designed by mountain bikers as an intermediate run of quick rolling hills and numerous long uphill sections. In contrast, Camp Trails is a ride of only 3.7 miles and is laid out over fairly level terrain, making it much more appealing to those just getting into off-road cycling. Both are multi-use trails enjoyed by hikers much of the year and snowshoers in the winter. Camp Trails were built in 2014 with volunteer help from the trail's namesake Christian camp, Camp Arcadia. Located near the town of Arcadia, the camp was founded in 1 ...
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Algonquin Cross Country Ski Trail

Distance:
Loops of 2.4 to 8.8 miles
Type:
Cross-country skiing, mountain biking
Terrain:
Hardwoods and wetlands
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Sault Ste. Marie

Antrim Creek Natural Area

Distance:
2.1 miles
Type:
Foot path, Nordic ski trail
Terrain:
Grand Traverse Bay, shoreline dunes
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Atwood

Arcadia Dunes: Baldy Trails

Distance:
3.1 miles
Type:
Multi-use trail
Terrain:
Sand dunes
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Frankfort

Arcadia Dunes: C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

Distance:
1.5 to 10 miles
Type:
Multi-use trails
Terrain:
Sand dunes, forested ridges
Difficulty:
Easy to challenging
Nearest City or Town:
Frankfort

Arcadia Dunes: Camp Trails

Distance:
3.7 miles
Type:
Multi-use trail
Terrain:
Hardwood forests, meadows
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Arcadia

Arcadia Dunes: Dry Hill Trails

Distance:
2.1- and 9.9-mile loops
Type:
Mountain bike single track
Terrain:
forested ridges
Difficulty:
Moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Arcadia

Arcadia Dunes: Pete's Woods

Distance:
1.5 miles
Type:
Foot path
Terrain:
Forested ridge
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Elberta

Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve

Distance:
1 mile
Type:
Foot path
Terrain:
Wetlands
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Arcadia

Aspen Park

Distance:
0.55 to 5.0 miles
Type:
Paved trails, single track
Terrain:
Flat to rolling woods, meadows, Elk pen
Difficulty:
Easy to moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Gaylord

Aspen Park: Aspen Single Track

Distance:
5.0 miles
Type:
Single track
Terrain:
Flat to rolling woods
Difficulty:
Easy to moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Gaylord

Aspen Park: Paved Trails

Distance:
1.65-mile loop
Type:
Paved trails
Terrain:
Woods, meadows, Elk Pen
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Gaylord

Aspen Park: Ski Trails

Distance:
1.7 miles
Type:
Groomed classic skiing
Terrain:
Flat to rolling woods
Difficulty:
Easy
Nearest City or Town:
Gaylord

Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area

Distance:
2 to 4.2 miles
Type:
Multi-use Trails
Terrain:
Forested ridge
Difficulty:
Moderate to challenging
Nearest City or Town:
Boyne City

Avalanche Preserve: Mountain Bike Trail

Distance:
4.2 miles
Type:
Mountain bike trail
Terrain:
Forested ridge
Difficulty:
Challenging
Nearest City or Town:
Boyne City

Avalanche Preserve: Walking Trail

Distance:
2.2-mile loop
Type:
Two-tracks
Terrain:
Forested ridge
Difficulty:
Moderate
Nearest City or Town:
Boyne City

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