One of the area's premier singletracks. Although this trail has no long uphill grinds or downhill bombs, It's still a real workout and a fun and challenging ride. The east side ambles through pine forests on a mostly smooth, rollercoaster singletrack. There are plenty of root and rock jumps if that's your thing, and there are some short but fast sections.
Everything changes on the west side. This section is chock full of steep, technical uphill pitches that are just as wild on the downhill side. Here the trail hugs the lakeshore more closely than the rest of the trail, and there are some great places to stop including one backcountry shelter, and a primitive campground as well as a number of beaches.
Be prepared for bugs in spring and summer, and changing weather at any time of the year. Most people do this ride in 4-5 hrs. but allow plenty of time for unexpected delays--there are no roads, etc. anywhere near the entire west shore/north shore section. It is very remote. Also, avoid any trails adjacent to these sections as they are all on wilderness land and wheeled vehicles are expressly prohibited.