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North Country Trail: M-20 Trailhead to Five Mile Road

  4.5 ( 2 ) Favorite


13.8 mile 22.1 kilometer out and back
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,052' 321 m
Descent: -1,051' -320 m
High: 1,077' 328 m
Low: 876' 267 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)


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A beautiful ride on an old school Michigan trail with sand, roots, and great scenery.

michael seymour

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Family Friendly This is a beautiful trail that is great for hiking and biking.

This is a multi-use trail. Be alert for hikers and ready to yield with a smile.


Start off with a beautiful stream crossing soon after the trail begins and enjoy a ride through the Manistee National Forest. It winds north through hardwood and pine forests that are beautiful all year long. Watch for sandy spots in the late summer and keep your eyes open for wildlife.

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Keep your eye open for wild blueberries in the summer, but leave some for me.


This trail follows part of the North Country National Hiking Trail. From the M-20 parking lot, go north across M-20 and follow the trail from there (it's prohibited to go south) The start of the ride begins with a climb, but there's payoff in less than a mile as you cross a bridge over a creek and climb out from there.

It's singletrack all the way to 5 Mile Road, with some ATV trail crossings, so be careful as you cross roads and ATV trails. The trail is marked with blue hashes on the trees, so it's easy to follow. When you get to Five Mile, you can turn around and return to the parking lot. The rolling terrain is faster on the return.

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Jul 14, 2019
Jeffrey Babbidge
out & back 45 minutes out and turned it around. this a great beginner trail/ just need to get out and drive hard. 15.3mi — 1h 28m
Jul 1, 2019
Namira Islam
Oct 14, 2018
Ryan Mills
Apr 29, 2018
Luke Miller
Trail was in great shape. Rode to the Birch Grove Schoolhouse and spent the night for our first Dad/Son bikepacking trip. 14mi

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Beautiful bridge crossing.
Oct 5, 2017 near White C…, MI
Enjoy a ride through the foliage. Fall is coming.
Oct 5, 2017 near White C…, MI
The trail can be enjoyed during all four seasons.
Oct 5, 2017 near White C…, MI
The trail skirts the side of a berry bog.
Oct 5, 2017 near White C…, MI
In spots, the forest turns to pine.
Oct 5, 2017 near White C…, MI
Crossing M-20 to the trailhead that is visible just to the left of the stop sign.
Oct 5, 2017 near White C…, MI


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