North Country Trail - Kipp road to Van road segment

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15.5 Miles 25.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,211' 369 m

Ascent

-965' -294 m

Descent

1,245' 380 m

High

735' 224 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

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Five segments of this huge trail system have a little bit of everything.

Paul McKeighan

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MTB access is courtesy of the North Country Trail Association (i.e., hikers), so yield to hikers and go easy on the trail!
From the Kipp road trailhead, the trail turns upward almost immediately, for about a mile-long grinding climb. From there, the trail will be a bit of a roller coaster ride, with several steep climbs.

At Stutsmanville road, you'll have to ride a mile of pavement to get to the next trail segment. This section will be mostly flat and quite wet. Narrow boardwalks are installed in some areas.

Section 4 mellows out some as you travel through sandy old pine plantations; grades are shallower and the trail is wide open here.

The fifth segment is mostly flat, with one big dip down--and back up. If, at Van road you want to continue north, you'll have to ride a road connector to the next segment at Levering road.

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Aug 13, 2016
Tim Wolohan
Kipp Rd to Stutsmanville Rd 13.5mi — 1h 35m

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I rode the first 7.5miles of this trail on 9/25/15 as a suggestion from a local shop in petoskey, mi. I was very impressed with some sections of the trail and the big uphills really gave way to great downhills. Unfortunately some areas were being logged and the trail was chewed up which was bit disappointing. Watch out for logging trucks and falliing trees if you go this fall. Sep 27, 2015


Rode it there and back again. I must say riding the opposite direction was somehow more fun, downhills seemed longer and far more flowier. In any case this is a great trail to ride and has a bit if everything. Jul 18, 2016


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