Big M

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.00 out of 5
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Intermediate
20.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,000 ft

Network
2:47
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
Big M has lots of rolling hills and some tough sandy climbs. The inner loop can be a bit tricky to navigate because of the many crossing trails, but it is very well marked with maps at most of the intersections. There's lots of options to create you own track through the network of trails on the inner loop. The outer loop is easy to navigate and a lot of fun to just hammer through the rolling hills.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I want to pre ride Big M Monday with my son for Lumberjack 100. Wondering if it's permitted to park the truck at the trail head overnight so we can bike pack and sleep in our hammocks out on the trail. -Guest

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Reviews (20)
 

Granny Gear

May 17, 2019
 
Review: Under rated rode every trail in MI, this is in top 10

Similar Trail: None

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Doubletrack

January 17, 2019
Rick Plite Doubletrack  
 
Review: old school singletrack, home of the Lumberjack 100 mile bike race. Ride as many as 33 miles without repeating a trail!

Similar Trail: NCT

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Granny Gear

July 12, 2018
CO80027 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Enjoyable singletrack that should be on your list to ride. Riding clockwise allows the majority of the climbs to be attacked early. Ride was in excellent condition and extremely well marked.

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Granny Gear

October 1, 2017
Cvander90 Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail sucks for mountain biking. The loops are confusing. Ended up trying part of the outerloop that said it was a black trail and it was nothing but extremely boucy trail with no hills and tons of dead brush that filled my shoes. I would not recommend this trail and will never be returning.

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Gramcounter

April 17, 2017
 
Review: Some of the best terrain in Michigan. Big m features a variety of trails totaling somewhere around 38 miles. Lots of topography on this system. Good flowing singletrack and some wide trails mixed with double track. The NCT section and the outer loop are some excellent riding. Good climbs and fun descents through the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Shouts out to Shoreline Cycling Club for their maintenance efforts.

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Bunny Hop

February 12, 2017
Chemandy70 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: 18 mile loop of dedicated groomed fat bike in the winter. Not shared use, just for fatties

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Doubletrack

February 10, 2017
Rick Plite Doubletrack  
 
Review: Awesome loop options with some large hills. Connects to North County Pathway for limited riding

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Bunny Hop

October 16, 2016
trac Bunny Hop  
 
Review: wide trails in general..steep big hills. beautiful scenery. some flowy winding trails.

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September 26, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: It is a good place for exploring and doing long rides without repeating anything. It is a very well marked trail.

Overall, the trail doesn't flow well for my personal taste. The up hills aren't very difficult, but they drain your speed no matter how powerful you are. The down hills are very fast, but they just go straight down hill.

I think the trail would be more satisfying if the up and down sections were switch backs and were each comprised of both climbs and descents.

In my opinion, going straight downhill is not satisfying.

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Gramcounter

July 15, 2016
mbcow Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trail. The easy trails are juat that; easy. Lots of twists and turns in some sections, making it funny exciting. It can get pretty narrow when youre going through some trees. Depending on what portion of the trail you are on the climbs can have switch backs or be straight up. The bigger climbs use switchbacks while the shorter ones are more verticle. Trails are very well marked with a trail map at every intersection. Dont bother going on swedish fiddle as its mostly overgrown.

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Big M MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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