Cross Country Skiing Trails
In addition to many other popular winter sports, Cadillac is a great destination for cross country skiing. Four trail systems offer over sixty miles of groomed trails available in the area. Many trail systems for Nordic skiers are privately owned or part of downhill ski resorts. The Cadillac area is fortunate enough to have four ski areas where groups of volunteers are dedicated to maintaining and grooming trails. All trails are free of charge, though each has a slotted pipe where donations can be left.
See listing below of the groomed and backcountry trails available. Check trail reports before heading out to prepare for a great day in our winter wonderland.
Heritage Trail/Carl T Johnson grooming report can be obtained by calling the MDNR at Mitchell State Park 231-775-7911.
Winter Fat Tire Biking
Whether you are a snowshoer or fat biker, the Cadillac Pathway Winter Sports Trail (WST) is the place to be! Once the snow flies our dedicated Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) – Cadillac Pathway Grooming Team head out and groom a 3-foot-wide flat base for you to use. We use a compaction drag to compact the snow down and a V-plow to remove excess snow. We groom EVERY day as long as weather allows us too. The WST begins and ends at the trailhead located at Seeley Road. You can do the full 11-mile loop or a nice 5-mile loop (aka Polar Bear Loop) that leaves from trailhead and does not cross Seeley Rd. The terrain on the east side of Seeley Rd is for beginners and intermediate level. Once you cross Seeley Rd it is for the intermediate to advance level. Nothing too technical just some hefty climbs. The WST is easy to follow. Simply follow the groomed path. We have maps on the trail at key intersections. Keep in mind there are a few spots where the WST crosses the XC ski trail – PLEASE yield to the XC skiers!