Big-M Recreation Area

The Big "M" trail is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located in a canopy of hardwoods off of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston. The trail offers a variety of terrain to challenge every biking and skiing experience level as you traverse up and down hills through the woods. The Big "M" trail is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located in a canopy of hardwoods off of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston. The trail offers a variety of terrain to challenge every biking and skiing experience level as you traverse up and down hills through the woods.

SEASONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAIL...

Mountain Biking
Most of the 25-miles of single track trail are one-way (clock-wise) and should not be biked backwards. The bike trail is open from April to September.
Hiking
Although the trail is primarily used by Mountain Bikers, it is open to hiking. The trail runs near, but is not connected to, the North Country National Scenic Trail for a short stretch.
Cross Country Skiing
The 18-miles of trail are groomed and the parking lot is plowed in winter, usually starting in December. There is also a chalet available for skiers. Snowfall averages 130 inches from December to March, but the best skiing is usually in January and February. One loop provides several miles of backcountry trail that is is perfect for snowshoeing. Grooming Report  Also, at the trail head, there is a warming hut available.
Winter Sports Trail
The Outer Loop at the Big-M is specifically designed and groomed throughout the winter months for FAT tire riding.  This is also a great place to enjoy skate style cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

QUICK STATS

MILES OF MUILT-USE 4 SEASON TRAILS

MILES OF GROOMED CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS

MILES OF SINGLE-TRACK - FAT/MTB

Trailheads & Access Points

 

Big-M Recreation Area

USFS Fee Area | Get directions to this trailhead

  • Warming Shelter Onsite
  • Marked trails with info kiosks at intersections
  • Vault Toilets
  • Potable Water
  • Fire ring and benches/seating

Udell Trailhead - NCT

USFS Fee Area | Get directions to this trailhead

  • Info Kiosk
  • Vault Toilets
  • Potable Water
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