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

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13.8 Miles 22.1 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,052' 321 m

Ascent

-1,051' -320 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

1,077' 328 m

High

876' 267 m

Low

Shared By michael seymour

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

michael seymour

Dogs Off-leash

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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.

Overview

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.

Need to Know

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

Description

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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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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