Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (UPAT - 1250 miles)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager Supporter

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    I've seen swarms of mosquitoes in Gwinn like no man has ever seen before, had to put in earplugs to sleep at night because the buzzing was so loud, no joke.
    Also deer flies can be horrible in the hottest periods, I always keep a mosquito net in my tool bag, you will need it in case of trailside repairs.

    In my personal opinion mid-August is the best time to ride the YouPee. Always be ready for cold nights if you're camping.
  2. budsboy

    budsboy I crashed the swing too. Supporter

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    The mosquitos are as bad as many places but the black flies will make you crazy.
    When they bite you bleed ---
  3. MotoChron

    MotoChron Got Dirt?!

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    My favorite time to ride in the Yoop is September, after Labor Day. Most of the tourists are gone and the bugs are less of an issue.
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  4. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    In all the years I've spent scouting and riding in the UP, I've only had bug problems a couple of times in a couple of spots. When that happens it is best to just change spots. Of course, I'm from WI where mosquitoes are a way of life.

    I've ridden long rides there from May to October. The weather is what it is. Just be prepared for cold and wet as the worst case. I took one group through in August and it was 37 degrees one morning.

    Just go have fun and don't overthink the weather or the insects. :D
  5. RockBreaker

    RockBreaker Long timer

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    May, early June, or September. their are so many different kinds of bugs up there, that are trying to eat you during summer, that some of them haven't even been named yet. I would type out a list of the ones that I know about but it will take to long, keep in mind that during black fly season visibility is only about 100 feet....
  6. Orthodoc

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    Agree
    As a lifelong Michigander you can be sure of one thing: whatever the conditions or the weather, it will change!
    Just go...
    Ride.....
    You won’t regret it

    Besides, the bugs will only bug you when you are stopped...
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  7. budsboy

    budsboy I crashed the swing too. Supporter

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    I've meandered many a mile in da UP and have experienced the unique "flavor" of that peninsula.
    It almost scares me to talk about it because I don't want to see it spoiled - but - that's not going to happen.
  8. RCEMT-P

    RCEMT-P Been here awhile

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    I'd go in August. The woods can literally crawl with ticks earlier than August. Skeeters and flies are one thing but I draw the line at ticks
  9. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8 Supporter

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    Thanks for the info guys.
  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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  11. RCEMT-P

    RCEMT-P Been here awhile

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    Really wanted to do this 8 years ago but had a really bad off. Finally back on a bike. A tw 200. Starting small again lol. Does anybody get groups together still. I think this wouldnt be too smart to attempt alone, atleast for me.
  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    You can ride it alone, but you must have satellite tracking since comms are pretty bad in much of the UP.
  13. RCEMT-P

    RCEMT-P Been here awhile

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    I'm familiar with the up. I'm about an hour south of the bridge. Normally spend most of my up time on drummond island but I've been way back in the middle of nowhere in the up. Sat tracking and a buddy would make it alot more fun.
  14. milje

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    Just getting back into bikes after taking a few years off. Last two bikes were a dual sport converted XR400 and a KLR650. Now I have an Africa Twin Adventure Sports that I am building. I’ve never rode any longer distance stuff, mostly stayed local (here in Wakefield, up in Houghton when I was in college, and once in the hills in Putney, KY). Looking forward to exploring this route over the summer, as well as the NWAT.
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  15. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I hope you have a wonderful trip on those two paths! Two of my personal favorites.

    On an Africa Twin you might be happiest following the big bike version of the UPAT that avoids some of the worst of the deep sand. :D
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  16. milje

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    Yep, that’s the GPX file that I downloaded. Much thanks for posting the files!

    Just realized that was my first post since joining the forum 8 years ago. That’s a lot of lurking
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  17. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    Has anyone done any survey of the UPAT this spring (2020)? My wife and I took a little ride a couple of days ago into the forest south of Munising. In the 5-6 miles of forest travel we encountered literally HUNDREDS of downed trees from the heavy-snow storms from early this past winter. Fortunate for us, someone had been through with a saw and cleared just enough to drive through with our truck. I know there was also heavy snow damage in the eastern UP from the same storms where tens of thousands of folks were without power for several days.
  18. andrewgore

    andrewgore Gôremā

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    I'm planning to be up there (attempting) first week of June. I've been wondering "trail" conditions given that we have 5 days (including 600 mile round trip to get to UP & Back) to knock this out. :lol3
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  19. andrewgore

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    Rode a portion of the UPAT West of gwinn. Heads-up that bass lake is majorly trashed from down trees. We skipped a portion of it as we were loaded. Rode the loop this past Saturday and the portion that is on the UPAT is the worst. Be caution that you'll be dealing with many many many downed trees.

    Trail around baraga plains was great. We ditched out around there and based out of a friend's cabin to do some singletrack riding.

    Bugs right now are brutal to a level that even locals made mention. We may have loaded camp gear on our bikes.....but we sought shelter at a hotel. :lol3
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  20. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    Do we need a MI ORV sticker for any of the UPAT route?