Lake Owasippe Big Loop
ElevationAscent: 571' 174 m
Descent: -573' -175 m
High: 688' 210 m
Low: 614' 187 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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North Country Trail: M-20 Trailhead to Five Mile Road
13.8 mi 22.1 km • Out and Back • 1,052 ft Ascent 320.61 m Ascent
Singletrack White Cloud, MI( 1 )
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“Located in the historic Owasippe Scout Reservation, the oldest Boy Scout Camp in America.”— Tom Robson
This ride is a combination of the Easiest, Intermediate, and Advanced trails in the Lake Owasippe trail system.
Easiest Loop: The Easiest loop flows in a "Clockwise" direction, so be sure to steer left at the first intersection. To avoid high speed collisions, please don't ride the trails "backwards". Veering right through the sand at Secondary Sign Post #1 by the dam will allow a rider to bypass the more technical hilly Whisper Mountain & Black trail sections. Currently this trail only has singletrack until it reaches the dirt road along the very scenic west shoreline of Wolverine Lake. Follow this dirt road until reaching Secondary Sign Post #5 then turn sharp right onto the singletrack and head back to the trailhead.
Intermediate Loop: The Owasippe-Whisper Mountain/Wolverine Lake trail section (Secondary Sign Posts #1, #2, #3 to #5) starts at the dam on Cleveland Creek then travels through new trail at Old Camp Frontier, Whisper Lake & Whisper Mountain before joining the trail that follows the shoreline of Wolverine Lake. Many landmarks are seen along this trail section-the Soderstrom Chapel, the Boat House & sandy beach at Perz Bayou plus the old Log Cabin. At the fork where Sign Post #3 is located, stay to the right and ride across the floating bridge. (walk if you must!) then, after traveling a short distance, the 2nd bridge will appear. This is the leaning bridge, be careful and find the right gear to be able to climb out!
Advanced Loop: Owasippe's Black Trail (Secondary Sign Posts #3 through #5) offers lots of hills, both up and down and beautiful scenery. The trail ventures away from Wolverine Lake out to the "Old Blue" Boy Scout Hiking trail where you'll travel completely around several natural springs that create Cleveland Creek & Wolverine Lake. Riding along a section of trail called the "goat path" you are advised not to look down! Further ahead on this trail is the Marl Bed Bog area where the ground literally moves under your bike! After crossing a small bridge you'll enter a new trail section that was built with the help of the IMBA Trail Care Crew during their visit in 2013. Thanks Jesse & Lori!
Local Club: Michigan's Edge Mountain Biking Association
Land Manager: Owasippe Outdoor Education Center
Jul 10, 2013: Owasippe Trail Races planned for October