Slashing Road

3.00 out of 5
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↑ 2,000 ft
↓ 2,000 ft
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This is locally known as the "slashing road" section of the North Country Trail, and is an absolutely awesome section. Locals generally ride from the South to the North and avoid much of the sandy two-track. Starting at the intersection of Thumb Lake & Slashing road, take the trail north following the blue blazes on the trees (re-marked spring 2009, very easy to follow) after several miles of flowy single track, cross chandler hill rd. (paved) and then begin a grinding uphill on a fairly decent two-track. At the top of this climb is a real treat if you know what to look for...on the right side is a faintly visible single track that has been built and maintained by a local guy who lives nearby. This "bootleg" section is not marked, but generally easy to follow and forms a 5 mile loop that re-connects with the NTC about a mile from your point of origin. This makes for an awesome 11 miles of riding on mostly single track, while eliminating all of the sandy two-tracks and paved roads in the description. The soils here drain well, so this is a good choice when other trails are too muddy to ride. First timers should take a good topo map and a compass or gps, since the area is criss-crossed with old logging roads and it can be easy to get lost if you get off-track.

There are other sections of the North Country Trail, but I haven't ridden them yet. Directions are available on Latitude 45's website (Petoskey bike shop). I've been unable to find any descriptions online.
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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September 12, 2018
T Dogg Bunny Hop  
Review: Its fun, its north country trial, so not really designed for bikes. It is raw single track so there will be logs across the trail. Theres some knarly climbs and you ll warm your breaks up o. The downhills. I like to ride from thumb lake/slashing road intersection all the way up to Brubaker road, heading north on the trail. Itll take a couple few hours, but a good way to spend an afternoon.

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July 7, 2016
Review: It's a short ride to Chandler Hill rd but it's got some
Good scenery and cool natural springs. There's nothing too hard about this trail and not much to really make it a "wow" trail but it's fun. It's worth riding North after Chandler hill and turning around once it turns into two track. The two track section is not a good ride and is often muddy and or flooded in spots. If you're feeling adventurous take the two track to Harmond rd and then back or ride harmond road (seasonal) back to Chandler hill and pick up the slashing section again. It will
Make for a 20 mile adventurous ride. The Chandler hill climbs are brutal but certainly worth it coming down.

Similar Trail: Harmond Rd NCT

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July 27, 2012
msujedi Gramcounter  
Review: I have only ridden several miles of the NCT near Nubs Knob. The trail was fairly gentle with a few rolling climbs and descents. Some of the gentle climbs and descents have exposed roots which raises the technical difficulty a tad. Even so, I would rate this section of trail Green/Blue. Note: the trailhead described is actually located a few miles East of Boyne Falls in case you're trying to map it. I intend to ride the described section soon.

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Slashing Road MTB Trail 3.00 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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