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Plz Advise on Ski-Back-Packing Spots in N. Mich


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4th St · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 0

Am unfamiliar with region and looking for places where I can park in a plowed lot, not get towed by LEO and then ski on a broken but not trashed trail and camp back in the woods on a weekend trip. Any suggestions?

Tradgic Yogurt · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 55

You might get more information that will help you out by posting to the Powder Project instead of MP. Good luck.

jon jugenheimer · · Madison, WI · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 2,149

Northern Lower Michigan or the UP? I only know of places in the UP to help.

4th St · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 0

U.P. is too far. N. LP is the idea.

Yeah maybe I'll try some other Web site, though I'd have thought that since there's basically zero climbing in midwest, those who know the area might have some alternate pursuits that are vaguely related.

Am 10 miles here from "Grand Ledge" -- the best rock climbing within 300 miles. A f*%^ing 12-foot mud bluff...!!!!

A weekend-type overnight ski trip. There's tons of national forest up there but I don't have a handle on it......"in-holdings" & cornfields seem to be everywhere......

I've asked around at local camping and ski shops -- but people around here don't even seem to understand the question.

Am thinking "snow mobile trails" might do...if traffic not too heavy & there is some new snow.

Andy Million · · Murfreesboro TN · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 65

Maybe look at mountain bike trails? Something like the North Country Trail may fit the bill.

You can join the NCT from many places, but I'm only familiar with the Timber Creek Campground (Branch, MI). There is an ATV/snowmobile trail and then singletrack that will probably get fat bike traffic.

Timber Creek Campground

J D · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

NCT in the UP and Wisco, Porkies in the UP,  IAT in Wisco are all areas that I've skied.  In my experience in the Midwest, there are many spots, you just have to FIND them.  Most people don't know about them.  Choose your own adventure!

Daniel Hamilton · · Iron Range, MN · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

I would advise against most snowmobile trails in the LP. High traffic and they get piss pounded.

Huron-Manistee National Forest has many groomed and BC trails.

As for zero climbing in the Midwest, you need to get out more....

Marco Velo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2017 · Points: 0

I have been considering the same thing. Have a look at the Jordan River trail north of Manistee. And there is the Mason tTract east of grayling. 

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