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North Country Trail - Kipp Road to Van Road Segment

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (9)

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


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Map Key

15.5

Miles

25.0

KM

Singletrack

1,245' 380 m

High

735' 224 m

Low

1,211' 369 m

Up

965' 294 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

MTB access is courtesy of the North Country Trail Association (i.e., hikers), so yield to hikers and go easy on the trail!

Need to Know

No water or toilets at trailhead. Bring bug spray.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Paul McKeighan with improvements by Dan W

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 9 votes

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#129

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North Country Trail, Harbor Springs Michigan - Kipp to Chadderdon and back.
Jun 28, 2017 near Harbor…, MI
North of Brutus Road.
Aug 26, 2019 near Harbor…, MI
First section of trail between Kipp Road and Brutus Roa.
Aug 26, 2019 near Harbor…, MI
Trailhead off Stutsmanville Road heading to the north section of the trail to Van Road. Approximately 1 mile west of the north-end of the south section.
Aug 26, 2019 near Harbor…, MI

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Aug 23, 2019
Dan W
Jul 7, 2019
Steve Barr
Great trail. No too technical but hilly 6mi — 0h 45m
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