Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (UPAT - 1250 miles)

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

  1. Poweranger

    Poweranger Long timer Supporter

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    It really depends where you are at and recent rainfall. In the keweenaw and rocky wooded areas the water lays in the low spots for a long time. In the open sandy and silty areas it will start to get dusty less than 24 hrs after a good rain. Be prepared to ride through water, dust, mud, sand, rocks, heat and cold all in the same day in the UP.
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  2. Munmi4

    Munmi4 Munmi

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    We did this section in mid-July. We had no issues at all getting through. Is this closure something new? We never encountered any closures in the section.
  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    There is no closure near the Eagle Mine that I know of nor do I know why there would be considering the road involved. I also have tracks that run on a road north of the Eagle Mine and there is a side trip on a spur to go to a waterfall on that track, but it is not part of the UPAT. It is part of the many miles of other tracks I have in the UP.

    As a side note, I've toured the Eagle Mine (and the mill at Humboldt) and haven't encountered any closures there.
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  4. MotoChron

    MotoChron Got Dirt?! Supporter

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    I ran a little of section two over the weekend. Much more fun than I had anticipated. And with the recent rains, the nasty sand sections were a blast.
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  5. Backster

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    Just finished up the western half of the Dual Sport Route and had an absolute blast. Huge thanks to Cannonshot for putting this together. I’ve been riding for just over a year and this was my first multiday off-road trip and I’m hooked. Did it solo on my WR250R which seemed to be the perfect bike for the job. I was a bit uneasy about doing it solo but had a spot and was surprised by the amount of cell coverage I had. The bike did amazing and I had no problems finding fuel or camping along the way. I’ve lived in Michigan all my life and have snowmobiled and traveled in the UP many times, but this is the ultimate way to see it. Hoping to do the eastern half this year yet if time and weather allows.
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  6. Brett Berisford

    Brett Berisford Been here awhile

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    I’ve read the primary loop takes 5-6 days to ride. Does the big bike route take about the same or less? Would be camping.

    Considering riding up from Ohio later next week, weather forecast is a little cool though.

    Are there any other considerations I should know about late season UP riding?

    Thanks in advance
  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    You'll be fine. It can get cool in the morning. 30s when I was riding up there last weekend. Take your time and enjoy it. 4-6 days.
  8. DBarbs

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    Hey Cannonshot. I'm not sure if you're still active. This thread was actually made when I was 12 years old so it's been some time! I'm very interested in riding / camping this trail coincidentally on my DRZ400 as well. Maybe I looked it over but do you have a GPS file for this I could download?

    Thanks!

    Dylan
  9. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Links is at bottom of first post. There are multiple versions. I think three people are out riding a portion of the big bike version right now.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/cann...a-adventure-trail.636810/page-2#post-20865117
  10. DBarbs

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    Awesome, thanks so much!
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  11. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I just rode through some of the UPAT area on Sunday. The conditions were great and the fall colors are beautiful. There is still time to make the trip yet this season!

    Some pix in this thread: The Railroad That Never Was
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  12. scubabob

    scubabob Adventurer Supporter

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    Cannonshot: I am up riding the trial this week.
    Thank you for all the work putting it together.
    I am really enjoying the riding!
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  13. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    I'm jealous!!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful time! :thumb

    Be safe!
  14. Paul Revere

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    Planning on heading to the UP in the next coming weeks. Only have 2.5 days to do any riding though. Coming from Hudson, does anyone have any good suggestions on where to start? Riding 2 KTM 1190 Adventures on knobbies @Cannonshot

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  16. Paul Revere

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    We were thinking west side/peninsula, just wanted to make sure that was the best suggestion. How is the sand on that side?
  17. Cannonshot

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    West side is more rocky. East side is more sandy. You'll fine on the west side with big bikes.
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  18. KTM Mike

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    West side is definitely the best side in my opinion. Out to the tip of the Keweenaw is one of the best areas - get to the rocket range. some fantastic riding on the entire UPAT (another outstanding job on Cannonshot's part in laying it out). And for reference, I was able to ride the entire UPAT Big Bike route two up on a 990, plus some bits and pieces of the little bike only sections without it being anything all that extreme.
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  19. Paul Revere

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    What tire did you use? I am contemplating a half worn Trailmax Mission or brand new Anakee Wilds
  20. DSquared

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    I'm not the one you asked but I would go with the Wilds. Some of the rocks and gravel can either be slippery or deep. I did that section on a Super Tenere with a New Shinko 805 rear and Pirelli Scorpion front and was glad for the traction.
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