17.9 miles
Distance
1,145 ft
Climb
-1,142 ft
Descent
1,013 ft
High Point

Full outer loop including the fire tower climb.

Detailed Description
Big M CW Outer Loop W/Firetower is a 18 mile moderately popular expert route located near Manistee Michigan. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 13 trails. This route climbs 1,145 ft with a max elevation of 1,013 ft then descends -1,142 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

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steelispossiblyreal (Aug 6, 2021 at 18:02)
Going green to red is a super rad enduro downhill run. Some trees in the apexes of turns to bite you if you blow your line. Good stuff.
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steelispossiblyreal (Aug 6, 2021 at 18:01)
Definitely not black diamond. Pretty chill but pretty XC riding.
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steelispossiblyreal (Aug 6, 2021 at 18:00)
Going clockwise from 29-26 is pretty boring XC, but Shanty Boy is where it gets more interesting for a bit. In particular the big downhill at the end (towards the red square) is super fun. Pretty fun in the other direction too.
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steelispossiblyreal (Aug 6, 2021 at 17:54)
I really recommend that you go clockwise / red-to-green on this. The big hill makes way more sense as a climb than a descent. As a descent it’s pretty uninteresting, but as a climb it takes you to a really fun downhill on the next section.
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steelispossiblyreal (Aug 6, 2021 at 17:47)
Like all of the outside loop it’s definitely not black diamond. Really gorgeous trail but the pine tree roots on the whole Swedish Fiddle loop really do take it out of you.
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Shaughnessy83 (Jul 20, 2020 at 10:35)
For the life of me I cannot understand why this is a black diamond trail. There are absolutely no technical features, no drops, no significant cents, nothing at all to indicate that this is a challenging course. Very sandy and overgrown.
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Jhcrissman (Jul 21, 2019 at 14:57)
Dry. Great terrain but could be used better.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    4
More Stats for Big M CW Outer Loop W/Firetower mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    705 ft
  • Altitude start
    771 ft
  • Altitude end
    774 ft
  • Grade max
    -32.1%
  • Grade min
    32.1%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    6 miles
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