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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      The Big "M" trail is located of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston. The trail offers a variety of terrain to challenge every biking and skiing experience level. Most trails are one-way (clock-wise) and should not be biked backwards. The trail is groomed and the parking lot is plowed in winter. There is also a chalet available for skiers.
      The trail system was designed in the 1970's by Mr. Cabot, a known cross-country ski trail designer. In the 1960's Big "M" was a downhill ski area. There is evidence of the old T-bar above the current warming shelter.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Shuttleable: YES
      AKA: Udell Hills
      NCT Firepower Rd Parking Lot google parking directions
      Region Details
      • 3
      • 5
      • 18

      Region Status
      Open as of Sep 27, 2020

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      26
      Trails Mountain Bike
      26
      Trails Hike
      26
      Trails Trail Running
      26
      Total Distance
      38 miles
      Total Descent
      6,532 ft
      Total Vertical
      404 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,103 ft
      Reports
      67
      Photos
      3
      Ridden Counter
      2,286

      Photos of Big M Mountain Bike

      8 |
      Sep 28, 2020 @ 3:56pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      report
      1 |
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 5:00pm
      Sep 27, 2020
      74 |
      Oct 9, 2019 @ 11:04am
      Oct 9, 2019

      Videos of Big M Mountain Bike

      youtuber Big M Mountain Bike State Championships -...

      39:29 | 5 | Oct 27, 2020
      youtuber Come Race With Me - Big M Elite 40+ - Look at...

      15:08 | 46 | Aug 11, 2020
      youtuber Big M MTB Challenge 2020 - Elite Men 40+

      1:46:05 | 33 | Jul 29, 2020

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Big M #23 - #24
      May 31, 2020 @ 11:10am
      May 31, 2020
      DrySbnovakHeavy heavy debris and leaf coverage. ...
      Gabriel's Horn (Big M #24 - #25)
      May 31, 2020 @ 11:10am
      May 31, 2020
      DrySbnovak
      Bullwacker (Big M #17 -#34)
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Big M #33 - #17
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Big M #30 -#33
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Big #29 - #30
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Sky Pilot (Big M #28 - #29)
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Road Monkey (Big M #27 - #28)
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Big M #26 - #27
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage
      Shanty Boy (Big M #25 - #26)
      May 3, 2020 @ 10:09am
      May 3, 2020
      DrySkrzyckiskiHeavy leave coverage

      Activity Feed

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      user #902514trailforksaddvideoBig M Mountain Bike State Championships - Elite Men XC MTB - 2020 Cross County...
      Oct 27, 2020 @ 10:00am
      2 days
      user #2069634Micahbyrnesaddphoto in Traverse City, Michigan, United States
      Sep 28, 2020 @ 3:56pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      user #2069634MicahbyrnesriddentrailThe Firetower (Big M #30 - #31)
      Sep 28, 2020 @ 3:56pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      user #2069634Micahbyrnesaddreport
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 5:00pm
      Sep 27, 2020
      user #2387185coolukevotetrailCatamount (Orange Trail) and 3 more
      Sep 8, 2020 @ 10:55am
      Sep 8, 2020

      Recent Comments

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      user #2236002Shaughnessy83trailBig M #2 - #22For the life of me I cannot understand why...
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 10:35am
      Jul 20, 2020
      user #1393200JhcrissmantrailBig M #32 - #9Dry but Not maintained—overgrown thickets...
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 3:00pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      user #1393200JhcrissmantrailBullwacker (Big M #17 -#34)Dry. Great terrain but could be used better.
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 2:57pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      user #1393200JhcrissmanreportBig M #33 - #17Dry. Fun after all the overgrown trails to get...
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 2:55pm
      Jul 21, 2019

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