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post #1 of 29 Old 02-21-2008, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Superior National Forest Next Spring

I will be going with some friends on ATV's (Me on the Strom) to ride some of the forestry roads in May. We plan on staying in one of the free (Donation)camp sites. If some of the areas that my friends want to hit are too muddy I plan on driving the Echo Trail and Highway 1 again.

A link to the off road maps is here:http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/supe...on/atv_trails/

I've driven some of them in the Tofte area before:http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/supe...abloid_tof.pdf

We are leaning towards the Poplar River Campground at this time. I know that road is a hoot to ride.http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/supe...ustic_camp.php

These are what many of the roads look like:http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/supe...rd%20Roads.pdf

I'll probalby avoid most of the ones that look like this:http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/supe...ied%20road.pdf
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post #2 of 29 Old 02-22-2008, 05:26 AM
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I live in Grand Marais. My backyard is the Superior Forest.

Let me know what routes you're interested in, and I'll scout them out for you to make sure that they're in decent shape. Also, of course, I'll be more than happy to ride with you.

I'm thinking of putting together a Grand Portage to Ely off-pavement ride later on. This would be on maintained dirt roads, for the most part. We'll have to see what the roads are like after the snow melts.

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post #3 of 29 Old 02-22-2008, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've done an off pavement ride from just outside of Grand Marias to Isabella before. Lots of fun. Only been up to Grand Portgage once.

Right now we don't have any specific routes, plan on deciding what to drive once we get there. Would be glad to run into you. This would be only one weekend. Later I still plan on riding around Superior so I'll be up your way twice.
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post #4 of 29 Old 02-22-2008, 09:36 AM
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Hey Gents, I'm interested to see/hear any of your experiences. I just learned about the forest roads late last summer, but did not get a chance to get up and explore. I'm looking for places where my son and I can do some longer rides (he doesn't yet have his driver's license, so it's all got to be off state roads) perhaps with some camping.

When you mention the all off-pavement rides, are those entirely on forest service roads? Or are some of them state gravel roads?

And while I'm up to riding on any of the stuff shown in the pics on the little dirt bikes, I'm probably only comfortable on the OML2 roads on the 'Strom. What's typical for these longer routes?

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post #5 of 29 Old 02-22-2008, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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Technically even on forest roads that are not designated for OHV use you need a drivers license to be on. There are quite a few interconnected routes up there for you to explore with your son, especially on smaller bikes. I only have the one and can't get a second if I keep the same wife if you know what I mean.
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post #6 of 29 Old 02-25-2008, 11:16 PM
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I've been on the route your are thinking of taking--Poplar River Campground with my Vstrom. Didn't camp, but I did go by the campground. Lot's of gravel roads. Lot's of fun. I may be interested in going with you. Email me with a date.

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post #7 of 29 Old 02-27-2008, 04:12 PM
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The roads I've got in mind are a combination of forest service roads, county roads, and reservation access roads. It's a real hodgepodge in that regard. Most of them are pretty well maintained. There are also snowmobile and ATV trails, but I think they want to keep anything that isn't a snowmobile off the sled trails, year-round.

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Iron llama, let me know when you plan on doing the ride, I would be interested. I don't plan on going through much mud though, and some of those areas can be pretty muddy.
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post #9 of 29 Old 02-28-2008, 06:15 AM
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Probably mid-to-late summer. I drive most of these roads pretty frequently at work- especially closer to Grand Portage and Grand Marais. You can take a 2wd car on them most of the time. From time to time they'll get flooded out, but if we hold off until after the spring rains and snowmelt we should be okay. I'll cross-post an announcement once I get back on the bike, in the Canadian forum, in case any of the Ontario riders want to tag along

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post #10 of 29 Old 02-28-2008, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Great, we are thinking of May 23-25.
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