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Big M and the Udell Hills

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (17)

A loop through some old school trails with lots of options.


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Map Key

40.1

Miles

64.5

KM

90%

Singletrack

1,089' 332 m

High

706' 215 m

Low

3,160' 963 m

Up

3,161' 963 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Two beginner friendly trails, geo-caching, and hiking for family activities.

Closed once there is enough snow to groom for XC classic skiing. The outer loop is groomed for fatbiking by the local cycling club.

Overview

When coming out to the Big M Trail System in the Udell Hills, this ride provides folks with about every trail in the system that is worth riding. It includes lung-busting climbs, screaming downhills, flats to get your groove going, and classic, old school trails that take you back to the beginning of mountain biking.

Description

This map provides the course for the NUE Lumberjack 100. It incorporates all of the Big M and its Outer Loop. The ride is 90% singletrack with some doubletracks to add in extra miles.

From the parking lot there are tons of options. All the trails are two-way during the mountain biking season and well-marked at every intersection. There's basically an inner and outer portion to the system. The outer loop has three or four major climbs broken up with flatter sections for recovery and casual riding. The inner portion is an interval-like series of ups and downs.

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Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 17 votes

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  4.2 from 17 votes
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The local cycling club works with the NFS to keep the trail clear of trees.
May 1, 2016 near Manistee, MI
Winding singletrack.
May 1, 2016 near Manistee, MI
Capper's Corner provides breath taking panoramic views.
May 1, 2016 near Manistee, MI
junction point
Oct 9, 2019 near Manistee, MI
The entrance to Road Monkey off of Koon Road is 0.2 miles west of Red Arrow Rd. It's marked with a No Snowmobiles sign.
Jul 17, 2020 near Manistee, MI
Udell Lookout Tower: You're not allowed to go up it, unfortunately.
Sep 24, 2018 near Manistee, MI

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Check-Ins

Aug 25, 2022
Matthew Mueller
All clear and ready to ride. The beginning part of Oh Me II was a bit overgrown but still rideable. A lot of sand pits at the bottom of hills 14.8mi
Jul 5, 2022
Perry Chenoweth
Trail is in very good shape. Very few sandy sections. The center sections have a lot of fun, fast hills to climb up and zoom down. 11.5mi — 1h 45m
May 22, 2021
Brett McKey
The trail was in great shape and it is well marked. — 1h 30m
Aug 23, 2020
Mike Owens
Aug 7, 2020
Jeff Saxsma
Fantastic trail with lots of flow and varying woodland scenes. I'll be back! 20mi — 2h 30m
Apr 20, 2019
Sydney Wenger
Oct 8, 2018
M C
Sep 21, 2018
zac halden
Easy trails but lots of sand. Nice way to see the forest but not very engaging trails. A lot of uphill without great reward.