Upper Michigan ADV Riders

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Yooper_Bob, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    I can't get enough of riding in that Kingston Plains area. If you would go out there, just pick a road and go get lost and find your way out. A compass is mandatory.
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  2. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    If you are in the central UP, you might have some fun on some of these paths. I've got many more, but these are close to Munising. http://dco43054.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27

    Kingston Plains
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  3. metalbuggy

    metalbuggy Been here awhile

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    When I go up, I'll definitely check out the trails around Grand Marais and Munising.
    Looks more and more like it'll be next spring tho.
    Marquette county is my homeland, my dad, brother and sister can show me around.
    I've gone up to visit every year our two, for 40 yrs., and still haven't done enough trail riding up there.
    A little on Pop's Rokon, and an old Subaru beater wagon mostly.
    My Super Sherpa should be like a duck in water in the UP. :)
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  4. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Thanks
  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    H-58 in the old days. A long dusty section of stutter bump gravel for a while. Then a fantastic sand road that stayed pretty damp and firm in the forested sections. A rolling and twisting path. Good times.
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  6. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Great place to ride.We go there to ride the trails from the loose moose enduro often.The moon rocks are a blast.
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  7. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Sounds like fun.I think I will explore this area alot more before winter.I am originally from watersmeet area and am now learning the area over here.
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  8. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    Some of these pics are from Cannon's aweome UPAT tracks.

    The Kingston Plains.
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    I call this the phone booth. It's a little bump above the plain off of Baker Grade. 2 to 3 bars.:1drink


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    This part of the UPAT that goes around and behind Kingston Lake.


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    Beaver Basin overlook. UPAT.


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    I big sand hole off of Hurricane River Trail. Good soft sand riding practice area.:1drink
  9. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    """"I call this the phone booth. It's a little bump above the plain off of Baker Grade. 2 to 3 bars.:1drink"""

    The phone booth is also a fantastic spot from where to view the night sky pretty much horizon to horizon.
  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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  11. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    H58 is an awesome smooth paved road now. So would a GS enjoy any of this DS route around Trenary Munising. Friend has a nice cabin near Trenary.
  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    You'll find more sand than you probably want on the Trenary based dual sport routes. However, you could ride some parts and just try to work around on a nearby road for the sandy sections.

    You may be interested in some routes I have based out of Silver Lake (just to the west a bit). These are more favorable for your GS.

    You might enjoy riding some of my Eastern UP track on your GS. Some of it is around Trenary.

    Or, you can ride parts of the big bike version of the Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (UPAT). The big bike version cuts out the worst of the sand.
  13. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Nice thanks, will ck out. I am not a sand rider on the GS, on my KTM 200 now that is a no brainer. I have the VVmapping ORV maps on my Garmin will need to see if these are on there at all. I saved a few of those you have there.
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  14. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    You'll need to load the tracks onto the GPS. The vvmapping background maps are perfect for this stuff.
  15. MotoChron

    MotoChron Making bad decisions since 1967

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    I finally rode the UPAT section 6 from Baraga to Big Bay then to Marquette. Tried to ride it a couple years ago with YooperBob, but I was too green and the 990 was too big for me. The 690 was perfect. Some select pics.
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    Below is the trail to the old quarry, still pretty deep. I went around the other way to see the quarry since I was solo didn't want to chance dropping the bike.
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    Pretty dry for the most part, except the Baraga Plains ORV trail, some monster puddles there.
  16. memopad

    memopad n00b

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    It's been a pretty wet summer up here. Some of my usual trails between the forestville area and 510 have some huge mud puddles that would be mostly dried up by July on a normal year.

    p.s. I ride out of Marquette on my new DR650 with my gf on her XT250. We've been sticking on trails close to home, mostly snowmobile trails (8 and 14) and some 2 track truck trails.

    I'd like to put together a ride taking the northwestern road off AAA and heading up to the mouth of the huron river, then taking the peshekee grade or mulligan truck trail south from there. Any fellow yoopers ridden that loop?
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  17. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Take the couple mile side trip north of Northwestern to stop and see 40ft Falls (or Cliff Falls to some). It is worth the stop. Ride the little loop around the hill next to the falls. Hard to photograph it though because of the layout. http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...in-and-minnesota.750076/page-10#post-25055362

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  18. kingbee

    kingbee Been here awhile

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    I've done some loops similar to what you're describing. When my wife and daughter and I were all riding DS bikes we'd often trailer them to Big Eric's bridge and camp there, taking day rides to the mouth, 40 foot, bald mountain, and down to 4 beers corner at the Peshekee grade. Always tried to avoid the sugar sand of the AAA road. Eventually my daughter got busy with growing up, and my wife's interest in riding dirt waned. We've since switched to touring bikes, but my last long DS ride was a solo trip from Ironwood, yhat included a loop in that area. Got on the Peshekee in L'anse, then took Dishno road east, to Wildcat Canyon and Grapevine road, past Silver Lake, out onto 510 and then a couple of the truck trails (Alder and Bushy creek are my faves), gas in Big Bay, then Northwestern road back past Big Eric's, camped south of there on Black Creek road, then back down to the Peshekee and out to 41 near Champion. Such great riding up there, makes me want another dual sport.
    You really need to watch your fuel- the stock tank on my DR350 was good for 100 miles which often wasn't enough. Many times I'd have to make side trips to fuel up, which wasted a lot of time. Never did get a bigger tank, wish I had.
    Enjoy the riding!
    Cheers,
    Dave
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  19. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    I have a set of GPS tracks that takes that exact route. It runs along the south edge of the Huron Mountain club, and then then over to L'Aanse. The return route is a bit south of there and takes in part of the Peshekee Grade.


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  20. memopad

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    I don't suppose you have tracks I could upload into google maps or something like that so I could see the roads you were on? I'm fairly familiar with the northern red track I think, but there are so many trails up there it would be nice to confirm. The pink southern track intrigues me, I didn't know there was much heading east/west through that area. Thanks!