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blueBlack North Country Trail - Marilla Trailhead

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Trail

28.9 mile 46.5 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,589' 789 m
Descent: -2,590' -789 m
High: 1,121' 342 m
Low: 740' 225 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Amazing views and tons of climbing

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Managed season is from May 15 to October 31

Overview

This trail makes you feel like you're riding in the mountains of North Carolina. There are brutally steep climbs that reward you with a great view before bombing back down the side of a ridge.

Description

From Mesick -Travel west on M-115 for 2 miles. Turn left and travel west on Hodenpyl Dam Rd. for 5.5 miles. The site is on the left after a steep hill.

This trail is an out and back from Marilla. You can ride up to Dilling Rd and then you'll have to turn around since bikes are not allowed on the rest of the trail.

This first 9 miles of the trail features the majority of the climbing to where you cross N Coates Hwy. Most people turn around at this point, but if you keep riding, you'll be rewarded with singletrack that sees very little traffic. The trail starts to flow more and feel very remote. Save some energy for the ride back though, you'll need it for the last 9 miles of climbing back to your car.

Please be cautious on the descents as they are on the side of the hills with large drop offs should you fall off the trail.

From November 15-30, you'll be sharing the woods with deer hunters, it's best to avoid using the trail during this time or wear blaze orange.

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Oct 9, 2018
Randy Marts
Great fall ride in upper Michigan 9mi
Sep 27, 2018
John Semeyn
The trail is amazing. There were only two down trees from the wind storm last week. 21.2mi
Sep 22, 2018
zac halden
Perfect place to bikepack. Sandy in spots but nothing too technical otherwise. Long climbs with rewarding downhills and a nice trail community.
Jul 9, 2018
Mike Pekrul
30mi
Oct 12, 2017
Bill Barnes
4.6mi
Sep 3, 2016
Collin Gray
18mi
Jun 5, 2014
Paul McKeighan
Hills! 17.1mi — 1h 45m

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 23 votes

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#366

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#366

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