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Old 09-16-19, 01:12 PM
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Michigan Great Lake-to-Lake-trail

We are considering touring the new Michigan Lake-to-lake trail which runs east/west across the entire state. From on-line stuff, it is a patchwork of trails, 75% complete with the remainder connected by roads. If you have ridden the length, or at least significant parts of it, I would appreciate your information on the surface and connections. One website has pictures of the trail with horses on it which can't be good. Hopefully ATVs are not allowed.
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Old 09-16-19, 01:49 PM
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I've ridden the Kal-Haven leg from Kalamazoo to South Haven, about 35 mi. as I recall. Nice trail, most fine gravel, some paved. Pretty quiet, read little congestion at all. As you get close to South Haven you encounter more tourist types out for a short ride, etc.
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Michigan has over 3000 miles of Rails-to-Trails MUPs. There are many trails that can be can be linked together to go where you want to go. My wife and I rode a 1000 mile loop around the state, rode from Ludington to Grosse Ile (across the state), and from New Boston to Alganac. The last two rides were parts of longer tours.

We rode parts of the South Haven to Port Huron Route west to east. We turned south at Jackson and headed south east toward Lake Erie. We used the MUPs, when we came across one that was heading in the direction we wanted to go. There are a lot of quiet back roads in Michigan.

Horses are not an issue, and motorized vehicles were prohibited on the trails we rode on. I suspect some sections may be used by snowmobiles in the winter.

Do a search; there a number of map sources available, e.g. – https://www.traillink.com/trailsearch/?state=mi

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Yes, some sections of the trail system in Michigan is open to snowmobiles in the winter. Some sections also allow horses. Have encountered them without any issues. Just no loud noises, bells or squealing brakes as you approach, go by and leave. Be gentle around these gentle creatures and all will be copastetic.
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yes, some sections of the trail system in michigan is open to snowmobiles in the winter. Some sections also allow horses. Have encountered them without any issues. Just no loud noises, bells or squealing brakes as you approach, go by and leave. Be gentle around these gentle creatures and all will be copastetic.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Yes, some sections of the trail system in Michigan is open to snowmobiles in the winter. Some sections also allow horses. Have encountered them without any issues. Just no loud noises, bells or squealing brakes as you approach, go by and leave. Be gentle around these gentle creatures and all will be copastetic.
+2. My favorite off-road route in the big city uses a trail that is open to horses. I see people riding maybe 1/3 of the time I ride it. Pass with space and don't to anything threatening.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Yes, some sections of the trail system in Michigan is open to snowmobiles in the winter. Some sections also allow horses. Have encountered them without any issues. Just no loud noises, bells or squealing brakes as you approach, go by and leave. Be gentle around these gentle creatures and all will be copastetic.
I have no problem with horse encounters (love all animals), but if allowed on same surface as bikes will certainly ruin the trail for touring.
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I have no problem with horse encounters (love all animals), but if allowed on same surface as bikes will certainly ruin the trail for touring.
How so? Just curious.
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I've ridden sections of the Kal Haven trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo dozens of times and have encountered horses only one time. It really is a non issue.
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Back in 1996 I did the Michigander which was my first supported tour. I don’t recall the whole route but it followed a lot of the Lake to Lake route. I’ve ridden the Clinton River Trail and Macomb Orchard Trail many times. In fact I just rode almost the whole length of the Macomb Orchard Trail in an out and back yesterday after work for a 50 mile ride. The Macomb Orchard is all paved while the Clinton River is a combination of paved and fine crushed gravel. The 2 actually are connected in Rochester.

I understand the concern about horses on trails. The White Pine Trail between Grand Rapids and Cadillac has sections by Morley that are a bit sandy and they allow horses. This is an Amish area and they use the trail. It can be very difficult to ride depending on how many horses have passed through.
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