post #16 of Old 11-06-2009, 11:28 AM
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Those three or four UP trails originally posted in the question I have rode just recently (10/20 thru 10/25) and they are all super simple trails. Nothing extreme or technical about any of them. I'll even go so far as to use the word boring if you're looking to actually use your jeep. You don't really need 4 wheel drive for most of them thought it would help. Some of those retired forest roads can get pretty sweet though. Drummond Island is pretty sweet. A few seasonal roads that got really crazy, even for my Rubi. And Turtle Ridge ORP is there too, I highly suggest that if you're lifted. Highway 41 ends in Copper Harbor, but there is some dirt roads that go way back to the very tip of the penninsula, again, if you're up that far, try those, nothing too crazy, but they can get a little hairy, and the view and solitude at the very tip, knowing you're the only ones for 15 miles or so is amazing.

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Nice video. I'm going up to Drummond Thursday night for a 4 day weekend. Your video just got me more excited. I've never been there but it looks great.
How was you're trip to Drummond. Any pics or stories to share? I really wish there were more challenging trails in Michigan.
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Forget State Trails. . . .

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How was you're trip to Drummond. Any pics or stories to share? I really wish there were more challenging trails in Michigan.
Most of the trails in MI are easy trails ANY 4x4 can navigate. I'm learning through experience. I've started going to the Off-Road Parks. For half the price of a gas bill to the UP, you can get into these parks all day. I went to rocks and valleys on the 7th, and had more fun there the first half of the day then I did on ALL of the state trails I rode in the U.P. You can come in and out of the park all day to go refuel or eat, and the crew (rangers and owner), were all awesome. Super nice, knew what kind of trails we could handle and we had a blast. Plus they'll pull you out for nothing (maybe a tip) so you can keep going if you don't bring a winch. Does the DNR do that?!?!?!
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Any addresses or web links for these off-road parks?

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rocksandvalleys.com

www.bundyhilloffroad.com

geneseecountyparks.org/mounds.htm

There's usually a gathering at the Mounds Thanksgiving morning. Many people from the Waterford area gather and convoy up there.

Check out Greatlakes4x4.com for more info on that.

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Denton trail is ORV and ATV. 20+miles ATV and about 10ish ORV.
Denton is also loaded with forest Rds and seasonal Rd that are to vast to guess on mileage. I run them all the time and after 25 years i still find new ways around.

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st helen orv trails is pretty awesome. it really close to west branch like 10 minutes. i diffently had a good time up there. didnt cover all of it.
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The St. Helen ORV scramble area is a fun place to play around at with the sand hills, rock crawls, and trails.
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The St. Helen ORV scramble area is a fun place to play around at with the sand hills, rock crawls, and trails.
yeah. i diffently want to make a snow wheeling trip around there.
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Two big snow runs up there every year - SnoFari in January and Snow Blind in February

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this is where i ride my dirt bike/quad it sucks flying up over a hill and having a dune buggy/truck doing the same thing the other way
Flying over a hill blindly is asking for injury or death for the sake of a fleeting thrill.

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The link for Mounds is incorrect. Correct link: http://geneseecountyparks.org/pages/MoundsORV

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These USFS ORV maps are essential - and they are free. You can see the PDFs online as well. Unfortunately they do not include much information about the unimproved dirt roads that the USFS roads connect to.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/hmnf/m...TELPRDB5275851

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Downloadable Free Maps from VVMapping

These are marginally useful, because they are oriented to ORV. But they do indicate DNR Jeep routes as well.

For example, Traverse City Jeep route (not the trail):

http://www.vvmapping.com/trails/grandTraverseRoute.html

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I can't tell if the off-road ventures CD ROM with ORV maps includes all Michigan counties, or just the few included in their printed map. Do the maps include all the USFS roads?

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