View Full Version : Off trail riding in the UP

10-14-2009, 02:21 PM
looking to do some boondocking in the UP this year, Dont really know where to go, any information would be greatly appreciated

10-14-2009, 02:36 PM
any were north of the Houghton bridge...

10-14-2009, 06:34 PM
sounds good to us send em all north of the bridge

10-15-2009, 07:24 AM
When we rode north of the bridge last year, there were log roads everywhere that was untouched. I just had an older vmax 700 at the time with a short track and there is no way I could even get close to it. I tried and made it about 40 feet. It was literally 5 feet deep or more everywhere we went. Get off the trail and we get stuck. Will those long tracks with 162 and wide skis really plow through 5 feet of snow? I would like to see that!

10-15-2009, 08:54 AM
yes, yes they do....

10-15-2009, 11:19 AM
A shorty will too if the right pilot is driving.

10-15-2009, 12:51 PM
No one will give up their spots for boondocking troyhermxrs! You have to find your own spots, that's the fun of it. Good luck.

10-15-2009, 07:15 PM
boondocking in the UP is agenst the law this season!


Scottiking OUT

10-19-2009, 07:42 PM
I did the ha ha ha myself before I scrolled down!
Good One.

Just have fun finding new stuff. It only gets better!

10-31-2009, 10:18 PM
The best offtrail is around twin lakes, north of the bridge sucks, not many places to go offtrail, trespassing signs everywhere, stay south of the bridge for the best snow.

11-01-2009, 12:15 AM
Don't let keweenawboy fool ya, there is a reason why he is saying stay south of the bridge.

There is awesome off trail in the Huron Mountains, base yourself in Lanse and head east from there.

11-01-2009, 08:07 AM
Ha Ha! This is just like asking for fishing holes!

11-02-2009, 10:39 AM
i am owner of mineral river lodge in white pine and i take my guest out boondocking on a regular basis at no charge in fact most have never been before and by end of the season 99% buy a long track and stop riding down south all together
but as a fact if it is posted stay out a lot of locals use game tracker cameras and send in the info to the sherif and you get busted by your decals ride safe

11-15-2009, 11:57 PM
<font color="0000ff">&#34;Any information would be greatly appreciated.&#34;</font> And so it goes.... Sorry, this is restricted information. You will eventually understand. This thread will self distruct in 10 seconds.http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif-Mezz

11-16-2009, 09:15 AM
Go down the trail and look for that big tree on the left with snow all over it and then you&#39;ll see the little opening. Turn in there and go to the first fallen tree and make a right. About a mile in after following the single track you&#39;ll be entering what I like to call powder heaven. Good luck and post some pics when ya get there.

11-16-2009, 11:48 AM
Cuzz, you gave away a good spot. lol.We use plastic ribbon markers. Now if you drop into Kingston Plains from the north, used to be the sneaky way in to the good stuff. you will see everyone else does the same. Now we have pink, yellow, green, purple, orange and red ribbons going through there. Orange is mine.

11-16-2009, 04:06 PM
No good boondockin&#39; in the UP. Stay in Wisconsin, lol.

11-16-2009, 08:09 PM
Don&#39;t forget that one spot near Oakville, turn there, head in about 2 miles, then you will reach Maplewood, once you get to Maplewood, take the third left, or is that the fourth left on the two track, I don&#39;t remember, anyways, turn there, cut across the beaver dam, hang a right past that one brush pile, when you get to the dead stump STOP! &#39;Cause if ya don&#39;t yer gonna wreck sumptin.

11-16-2009, 08:49 PM
skylar, are you refering to Maplewood next to Pine tree Valley, or is it next to Birch meadow yet on the other side of pucker brush ridge?

11-17-2009, 01:50 PM
<font color="ff0000">Nothing worse than finding someone in your favorite spot ;&#40; Stop looking around and keep your eyes on the trail in front of you. think SAFETY</font>

11-17-2009, 04:25 PM
sweet I got some new spots.

is that place easy to find???

11-17-2009, 06:11 PM
Polarisrider, no, it is the Maplewood on THIS side of pucker brush ridge, and PAST Birch Meadow, but NEXT to Pine Tree Valley. http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif

Rusty, YES, very easy to find, I gave you directions above, I suppose you want to cheat and use your GPS? LOL.

11-17-2009, 07:23 PM
rusty, you know the routine. We bait skylar with strudel, then feed him Moms pasties, before you know it he will sing like a canary!

11-19-2009, 04:18 PM
Is that the formula? I thought the way to his heart was pasties and Budlight...

11-21-2009, 05:47 PM
&#34;but as a fact if it is posted stay out a lot of locals use game tracker cameras and send in the info to the sherif and you get busted by your decals ride safe&#34;

Hey twobald....you should follow your own advise sometime....LOL....good times...I can&#39;t wait to get out riding.

11-21-2009, 08:39 PM
Troy start by hiring a guide. Try Lenny out of Greenland / Mass City area.

11-24-2009, 09:27 PM
Just keep tabs on the NOAA snowdepth and water equivilent interactive maps - then overlay that on the areas within the UP that consist mainly of State and Federal land &#40;minus the protected wilderness areas&#41; and head out with friends.

North of the bridge is good - so is Schoolcraft and Alger Counties.

Just grab a map and compass and you&#39;re good to go.

11-26-2009, 11:58 AM
You guys think you can bribe me with strudels and pasties? Do you really think I am that easy? RIIIGHT!

P.S. I prefer the apple strudels, and I like my pasties with gravy. LOL http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif

11-26-2009, 12:15 PM
skylar, I got my wife to make apple strudel fresh today. Part of dinner. No pasties thou! Next Thanksgiving. She is making 4 large strudel from scratch. I will try and save some! Not! My job is to deep fry the bird. Gotta go I am being prompted to get started by her!

11-27-2009, 05:20 PM
The best riding is definitely South of the bridge around Twin Lakes, there is nothing good North of the Bridge....Just lots of trails and nowhere to hop off and play http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/sad.gif


11-27-2009, 05:36 PM
No no no, I know agreat place north of the bridge. Once you get to the stop sign in Mohawk, you go up the trail and...

awww, never mind. http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif

11-27-2009, 06:28 PM
Skylar, Mohawk is a hair style, not a Location. Geez, was that a nice save or what? Wife is not in the room. Strudel not the same as Moms.

11-27-2009, 10:25 PM
Haha Nice Skylar http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif

11-27-2009, 11:55 PM
I would have to agree with skylar. There is alot more public land, where you can ride in southern Houghton county, and in Ontonagon county.

11-28-2009, 11:04 AM
Polarisrider, good one, don&#39;t let yer wife hear ya say that. LOL.

Stack, thought you might like that. LOL.

12-02-2009, 12:32 PM
&#34;OFF TRAIL RIDING IN THE U.P.&#34;??? No such thing..it&#39;s illegal..stay on the marked trails.


12-02-2009, 11:21 PM
You guys quit lyin to this poor guy. Tell him the truth the best off trail ridin is in Munising,nowhere near the keewenaw.Your better off stayin down there.

12-03-2009, 03:30 PM
Anywhere north or south of Houghton/Hancock is good. 144+ track good.Watch the weather, and send a message out to the board for who got the most snow. With our lake effect and elevation change, snow amounts can vary in different locations. Twin Lakes area was amazing last year. I grew up riding short track trail sleds, after riding a big sled off trail a few times the only use for trails is getting to fresh powder. It's really addictive. Of course some people may not consider carrying an avalanche shovel with to dig out a whole lot of fun...

12-03-2009, 04:38 PM
Know who your with, so they don't lead you into a no trespassing area and then scatter when the owners of the property show up, leaving you with egg on your face.

12-03-2009, 08:26 PM
A shorty will too if the right pilot is driving.

I agree 100%!!!

12-04-2009, 10:57 PM
boondocking has been canceled this year due to poor shamklowski drimbles. I am not allowed to comment any further on this matter because of liability issues,,,,yep,,, just what I said

12-05-2009, 05:16 AM
15.7 miles due North of Whitefish point.

12-05-2009, 05:17 AM
Skylar, why are you coming through as a guest???

12-05-2009, 12:39 PM
Skylar, why are you coming through as a guest???

Maybe guest status is better than being identified as the great deleter! :) :O

12-05-2009, 12:47 PM
Good one Nash! LOL

I dunno why it says guest up there, maybe I got laid off that week? LOL.

I actually posted that on the old board, maybe that has something to do with it? Dunno fer sure, but all is good now.

12-18-2009, 02:15 AM
UP boondocking is severely lacking - much better in the cornfields of SW Minnesota.

12-18-2009, 04:45 AM
This get's asked every year,and this is by far the most entertaining post yet. Now quit with the talking...Find it! Ride It!,and post the pics.

12-18-2009, 04:28 PM
unfortunately no honest boondocker is going to tell you where to ride. It took us a few years to find our spots and I even have a hard time taking new riders to those areas for fear that they will go back and take their friends. Kinda like asking ice fishermen where to fish I guess? The simple answer is find your own spots and have fun!

I got some angry PM's on another website for letting an area that I thought was public knowledge slip

Stay north of the Hancock! HAHAHAHAHA

12-21-2009, 06:25 PM

12-24-2009, 11:08 AM
Know who your with, so they don't lead you into a no trespassing area and then scatter when the owners of the property show up, leaving you with egg on your face.

Ha, sounds like you've ridden with my yooper friends.

12-27-2009, 11:52 AM
Game Tracker Cameras won't work on me cuz it's just a cloud of powder when I go by. No Trespassing allowed. Stay north of the bridge that where I hear the best riding is. lol