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blueBlack North Country Trail - Kipp road to Van road segment

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15.5 mile 25.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,211' 369 m
Descent: -965' -294 m
High: 1,245' 380 m
Low: 735' 224 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)


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Trail shared by Paul McKeighan

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

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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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Jul 3, 2018
Joe Azzato
Jul 28, 2017
Mad Cow
Trail in excellent condition. A few weeds overgrown now and again...wear long socks. 16mi
Jul 2, 2017
Chad Sanders
tough start up the hill, bailed out at valley rd 10mi
Jun 15, 2017
Jason O'Young
A few trees down between Kipp and Chadderdon. Super fun ride down from Chadderdon. 6mi — 1h 00m
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
Jason O'Young
Tinley Park, IL
Jason O'Young   Tinley Park, IL
I rode this from Kipp to Chadderdon road and back (all I had time for). Chadderdon road is near the highest elevation so it makes a great place to turn around. It's a non-technical climb and a super fun flowy downhill run back to Kipp Road. Jun 29, 2017

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