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    Camping + Biking Locations?

    Hey all.

    I was wondering if there are any parks or trails in Michigan where you can camp and bike. Ideally it would be a place where you can drive to the campground, and have easy access to trails nearby via bike. I ride XC.

    I've heard the UP has such locations? I just moved to Michigan and am looking forward to planning some epic rides when it thaws.

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to Michigan. Don't know where you're at, but looks like we're going to get a dumping of snow. Probably one of the best places in Michigan(lower pen.) is Rifle River Recreation Area - its located in the Lupton/St. Helen area. There are some awesome trails - from beginner to advanced. I don't remember how many miles of trails. You can get info on the area on the Michigan DNR site. Its also a State Park, has both modern and rustic camping. Its a great place to Kayak/Canoe - boats with motors are not allowed. In Michigan the state parks have gone to 'site specific' reservations. You can boot a camp site 6 months in advance. If you really like to camp at the state parks, I recommend you make reservations no less than 3 months before you want to camp. The first 2 weeks in July are hard to find places - GM is off those 2 weeks. I've heard there are some great trails up by Cadillac/Traverse City. Don't know about the UP. If you cross country ski, there is Corsair in Tawas/East Tawas. Anyways enjoy all the outdoors Michigan has to offer. Hope this helps. Please post areas ride.

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    If you haven't already, check these guys out. http://www.mmba.org/

    Click on the trail guide tab. One of my favorites is Fort Custer State Rec Area
    It has a very nice campground and 32 miles of trails you can access from your campsite. There is also a paved trail system that leads into downtown battle creek. We rode in for dinner. I like a place that I can leave my car parked for the weekend and do everything by bike. Look through the trail guide, there are many others with onsite camping also.

    http://www.mmba.org/trails.php?trail=10

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    Thanks guys!!

    I'm currently in royal oak, so most of those will be a drive for me but I don't mind. As long as I can make a weekend out of it, it will be sweet.

    Thanks for the mmba.org link! I've used it a bit to find trails in the detroit metro area, I used to go to Maybury, Lakeshore and Island Lake a lot. But those are all sort of after work 2 hr ride sorta deals.

    But For Custor sounds perfect. I'll definitely check it out. Rifle River sounds awesome too, but it is a little furthur than Fort Custor. But, sounds like I'll have to drive anyways so its all good.

    How about big riding events? I've heard of the Michigander and plan to hit that up. Are there any other similar type of rides where you camp and stuff?

    PS. I just moved here from California, so heaps of snow is really mountains of snow for me. haha.

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    Keweenaw trails

    Welcome to the land of trolls! If or when you get up to the UP (Yooperville) you should check out the trails in the Keweenaw area. More info can be found at http://www.copperharbortrails.org/ or Keweenawtrails.com If you go into the gallery or trail section here look her look for Tech, Swedetown and Copper Harbor trails. Feel free to shoot any questions our way and we have campgrounds which are riding distance from these trails. Hope we see you next summer! Oh we've been XCing for nearly a month so riding trails is limited at this time.
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    oh very nice!

    thanks for the link! that fat tire event looks especially fun! is it very competitive? or can noobs like me stroll in and take a stab.

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    Its a pretty fun event put together by a GREAT bunch of folks. Having said that its quite a climb to get around the course even once. Most flat-landers who come up and do it get spanked by the climbs or the technical features of the trail. If you go to the galley and use Copper Harbor your see a bunch of photos weve took while riding these trails. CH would be our favorite trail within 40 miles of Hancock/Houghton where we reside.
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    very cool.

    i used to ride in California in norcal in the bay area.

    even those trails had more climb than the ones i've been doing around here in the metro detroit area.

    but it does sound like a grueling course, but that just makes me wanna check it out some more!

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    I would really recommend Fort Custer as well. That place is ideal for camping and biking. Also might try Yankee Springs for a shorter weekend stay.

    Although you can't camp on the island, and there is only 1 or 2 trails with any sort of difficulty, I would try to ride Mackinac Island for a day. There is camping in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace on both sides of the bridge, so it makes for a killer weekend.

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    For an epic style trip there's always Clear Lake State Park, a little north of Atlanta, that connects to the High Country Pathway. I've never camped there, I have a cabin nearby, but it looks like the typical state park campground. Clear Lake is a beautiful lake. The HCP is an 80 mile loop so you can choose how far you'd like to ride. It's not a groomed xc trail, so there's a little gettin lost and some hike-a-bike. On the MMBA site, on the forums under the Northern Chapter they should have postings about HCP 50 and 80 mile fun rides, check them out.

    That said, Ft Custer is my favorite place to camp and ride.

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    Don't wander over Da Bridge.
    You've been warned.Eh

    Try North Country.

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    Lickety, why do you say not to cross the bridge?

    I've heard its fun to road bike around the island up there?

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    Somethin just ain't right over de bridge

    Dey talk funny up dere.eh.
    Dey drink a plenty of de beer.
    Duh men dey shoots de deer after dey drink da beers.
    And do NOT ask what dee men do wit each uter after dey gets derunk.
    You've been warned about de bridge.
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    haha uhhh......okay.

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    Marquette Area

    You will want to visit Marquette. You can camp at Tourist Park in the city of Marquette. From there you can ride the Noquemanon Trails or you can warm up by riding the city bike path to the South Trails which include the Mount Marquette Loop, Pioneer Loop, Carp River Loop, The Flow, and many more. A few years ago Marquette was rated as one of the top places to live and ride by BIKE magazine. You could come up for the Superior Bike Fest. It is a weekend of bike races of all kinds. Or you could come up for the Ore 2 Shore Mountain Bike epic. Choose from a 28 or 48 mile point to point race. this is the biggest mass start race in Michigan.
    You could also rent a rustic cabin in the Little Presque Isle and ride all of the Harlow Lake trails like Jedi & Top of the World. There is a 12 hour race held at Harlow Lake trails. See KMK Cycling's website for details.
    The Munising area has Bruno's Run and I believe you can camp right there. The Munising area has a point to point race called Tour Da Woods.

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    Pickerel Lake

    I've gotta say Pickerel lake is right up there. Nice forest service (rustic, cheap) CG, North Country Trail right across the dirt road can be ridden for ~20 hilly singletrack miles. Grayling area, a bit to the NE, I recall.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! The fat about the CH Fat Tire race?

    The Fat Tire race at Copper Harbor is fun and ferocious climbing on some of the nicest trails around these parts. Some folks do it for the challenge while others are really racing. If you come early or stay afterwards this would allow you to time see all the trails. Let us know if your going to make it up.


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    oh very nice!

    thanks for the link! that fat tire event looks especially fun! is it very competitive? or can noobs like me stroll in and take a stab.
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    I've camped and biked at Brighton Rec Area in the past. Manistee is a cool place to ride, too, but I think you'll have to camp away from the trailhead (we did).

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    thanks guys for all the input! I can't wait to try out all of those, but this weather, man!

    I actually studded up some tires as a weekend project, hope to try some winter biking if the snow holds

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    Yeah, dude, that's why I left MI in 2002. The sun only shines six months a year. It's enough to make you wanna kill somebody!

    Mid 60s today in Vegas...got a good ride in.
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    You should go to the Keweenaw Peninsula, bike north of Marquette, Seney National Wildlife Refuge (flat but easy trails and lots of wildlife), north of Newberry near Lake Superior. I like to stay at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Go to the Estevan Pines, climb Brockway Mountain Drive and bring bug dope!! I like to explore. Get a GPS and a topographical map and bring your lunch. Lots of campgrounds in the U.P. Call me when you get here and I will show you some trails.
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    Cool-blue Rhythm riding the Keweenaw?

    Dave, you do know that bikes aren't allowed in the Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary? Even if they were the trail loop isnt really rideable anyway. Having said they the folks up at Copper Harbor have built about 20 miles of FUN mountain like loops to ride and build more each summer. We live in Houghton but like there trails so much we get up we get up to CH and ride every few weeks. Maybe we'll see you riding with us Dave?? Hope so!! If you look in the gallery you'll see a bunch we've taken up there.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Payant
    You should go to the Keweenaw Peninsula, bike north of Marquette, Seney National Wildlife Refuge (flat but easy trails and lots of wildlife), north of Newberry near Lake Superior. I like to stay at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Go to the Estevan Pines, climb Brockway Mountain Drive and bring bug dope!! I like to explore. Get a GPS and a topographical map and bring your lunch. Lots of campgrounds in the U.P. Call me when you get here and I will show you some trails.
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    Where are the trails I copper harbor I've done a little looking by myself but I've only found the seasonal roads. I go to school at mich tech so I want to find all the keweenaw trails

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    This will give you an idea http://www.copperharbortrails.org/ The CH trail club is marking them better each summer but Id still suggest taking someone along who know them so you can maximize your fun! Will you be staying here this summer?? We'd certianly ride up there with you.
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    I live in Ishpeming and have lived in lansing mos of my life. Yankee Springs, Fort Custer, and the Potowatome (sp?) are good for downstate. Personally when I check a place out for the first time I like long trail loops with little confusion about where you're going. The UP is not like that except for Bruno's run which is pretty looking but not as fun as Marquette's south trails, or Bareback, the Tech trails in Houghton, the trails around Ishpeming, and Copper harbor trails. Unfortunately those are all mazes. I think a visitor should try to find a guide or have a few days to really explore. I've been in Ishpeming for a year and a half and still haven't figured it all out!

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    ... and if we just ... UP trails!

    Tech trails in Houghton are pretty well marked and since there just 3 blocks from our home so we ride them often. (summer months! ) These are signed so well send people there without guides. Youve not ridden Swedetown, Maasto or Churning Rapids?? These are marked OK to not at all but getting better signage each summer yet well still recommend a guided ride on them. Swedetown being the best marked among them. The folks up at Copper Harbor are marking their trails better each summer too and sections are marked well enough to be ridden without guides. In your area we've done Marquette Mountain several times which we thoroughly enjoyed. Is Bruno's run in Munising?? If so weve done that as well.

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    I live in Ishpeming and have lived in lansing mos of my life. Yankee Springs, Fort Custer, and the Potowatome (sp?) are good for downstate. Personally when I check a place out for the first time I like long trail loops with little confusion about where you're going. The UP is not like that except for Bruno's run which is pretty looking but not as fun as Marquette's south trails, or Bareback, the Tech trails in Houghton, the trails around Ishpeming, and Copper harbor trails. Unfortunately those are all mazes. I think a visitor should try to find a guide or have a few days to really explore. I've been in Ishpeming for a year and a half and still haven't figured it all out!
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    Yeah I like the tech trails quite a bit, and there are plenty of maps. The problem is that there are so many overlapping trails that it's hard to tell which one I'm on when I'm looking at a particular map and to make it more confusing it doesn't seem like the maps are oriented to their location. This confusion leads to stopping a lot and trying to figure out whether I'm going the right direction. Once, I was riding at tech a little late in the evening and chose to bail earlier than I would have liked rather than risk trying to find my way out in the dark...it couldn't have been that bad but I would have liked to be able to just ride. Starting earlier or bringing lights would help too!

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    Sorry about the confusion at Tech trails with there maps. Since we ride there so often we only occasionally get confused! Late last summer they added a few more trails off the bottom end (east side) and we get messed up riding them too!! Did you do the more technical west side trails?? These are all nice trials to have so near our home but there not our favorite in the area. Do you plan to stop by this summer?? If so we could guide you around some. Feel free to used our address pasted below. Hope we see you this spring! arlyn@superiortandems.com
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    Yeah the tech trails can be confusing the first couple of times you ride em but after that it'll all make sense and you'll be able to rock out on 'em all day long.

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    Thanks I may just do that. I have still had fun bot h on the tech trails and up at copper harbor and look forward to ride both again.

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    More UP options

    My wife and I took a 2 week kayak and mountain bike trip through the UP last summer, starting on the Garden Peninsula and ending in Copper Harbor. We hit some of the spots already mentioned. Munising was one of our favorites. Biking around Grand Island was spectacular. We also rode Bruno's Run. There is a campground that the Bruno's Run trail goes through. In December we went back to Munising to XC ski and went to Valley Spur, which is a great trail system. It would also be a scenic venue for biking, nontechnical, but hilly. Here's a google map link to some of the places we went (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...7,5.031738&z=8)

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    The Gogebic Ridge Trail is a nice hiking trail we've done a few times. Gee you rode it! What tails did you do (ride) in Copper Harbor???
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    The Gogebic Ridge Trail was on our list, but after checking with the local ranger station they said that you could barely find the trail to hike it, let alone ride it. I just rode in Copper Harbor, the Copper Harbor single track a couple of times when we were there. We also had our kayaks and kayaked from Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor one day, and then on another paddled around Copper Harbor and east.

    I think I looked at something you posted about a tandem mtb event on the Keweenaw that you're planning. It looked interesting. We love to go there. Did our first trip to Copper Harbor by riding touring bikes from St. Ignace in 1984 and have been back many times since. We've also done a couple of weekend trips from Houghton to Copper Harbor and back on tandems, up one side of the peninsula and back down the other. We're talking about going back next summer.

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    Each summer we have some Wisconsin friends up and we ride with them around all our favorite trails in Hancock, Houghton, Calumet and of course Copper Harbor area. If you look at the photos weve take at CH many are from these rides. So we thought wed invite MTBR folks to the same event but sadly we never heard a single response. Oh well. What trails did you ride in CH??? Did you meet our friend Sam at Keweenaw Adventure company?? If you two are interested in returning this summer and like to ride these trails with us lets figure out a date we could do this. Our email address is arlyn@superiortandems.com
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