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Shingle Mill Pathway

Intermediate

Trail

10.7 mile 17.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 357' 109 m
Descent: -366' -112 m
High: 1,047' 319 m
Low: 873' 266 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by glen ruczynski

The High Country Pathway's little brother.

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Description

Three loop options include river views, towering mature hardwood forests and pine plantations. The 10-mile loop is very popular with a stop at Section 4 lake and it's deep blue water and storybook scenery you'll notice in the pictures. All loops end up riding back to the trailhead on a quarter mile long boardwalk in dark cool cedar forest that runs along the Pigeon River.

If you like a more remote trail experience, where you have an opportunity to see a completely undeveloped forest that's home to elk, bear, bobcat and more, the Shingle Mill has exactly what you are looking for. The Shingle Mill Pathway offers a beautiful glimpse of the Pigeon River State Forest sharing some of the best terrain of it's larger brother, the High Country Pathway.

You can either ride the complete 11-mile loop, or shorten it by using the Shingle Mill 6-Mile Cutoff, or the Shingle Mill 10-Mile Cutoff.

The trailhead is located on Sturgeon Valley Road across from the Pigeon Bridge campground outside of Vanderbilt, MI by roughly 10 miles. Parking is across from the campground and the trail start is located within the campground itself.

An alternate trailhead is at 9966 Twin Lakes Rd, Vanderbilt, MI. Parking is available next to the forest headquarters building.

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Jul 2, 2019
Derek Hagan
Would not ride again. Glad i checked it off my list, but going in early July allowed for ferns to grow as high as my shoulders and covering the trail. 11mi — 1h 30m
Jul 29, 2018
Mad Cow
In fantastic condition. A few down trees and quite a few overgrown ferns. Some beautiful views along the way. 11mi — 1h 30m
Jul 20, 2018
Noelle Breiding
10.7mi
Aug 4, 2017
Jamie Scholten
Nov 12, 2016
Kirsten Buccigrossi
15mi
Sep 5, 2016
Cori Chesnutt
First time here & I loved it! Natural old school single track with surprisingly good flow. Not many "vistas" for views but loved the varying forests. — 1h 45m

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#153

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Wood plank bridges elevate a portion of the trail to keep off mossy undergrowth. Makes for a fun, scenic ride!
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI
Paul Bunyan Punch Bowl.
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI
View from bridge crossing
Oct 8, 2019 near Gaylord, MI
The trail passes along the edge of Grass Lake
Oct 8, 2019 near Gaylord, MI
A creek flowing into Grass Lake.
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI
View of a bend in the Pigeon River.
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI

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