Popular outdoor columnist, Mike Terrell, recently skied the Cadillac Pathway and found it a little more civilized than when he previously visited, but still a good ski experience.
He reports that the trail system offers six different loops with up to 10 miles of single-track trail. Despite the coming and going of skiers at the trailhead, once he skied out into the system he saw only a handful of people on the trail.
"The trails meander over the rolling hills that dominate the landscape around Cadillac. Pine and hardwood forests encase the pathway, but it has lost some of the remoteness that you used to feel while skiing the trails."
More houses have sprung up around the trail system since 1995, and a paved road bisects it, so there is more traffic noise than before.
But he reports that if you ski the eastern portion of the trail system - east of Seeley Road - you can still get somewhat away from the traffic noise. But it is one of the few DNR pathways in the area which is groomed. This is done by volunteers.
The system offers a good variety of trails for all levels of cross-country skiers. The trails wind through pine forests and come near the Clam River.
For more detailed information about various routes, see the link to Terrell's article below.
To get there exit from U.S. 131 at the Boon Road exit, turn east, and it's less than three miles to the parking lot and trailhead.
Mike is the author of Northern Michigan's Best Cross-Country Ski Trails, which was published in 1995.
from the Traverse City Record Eagle, "Cadillac Pathway offers classic skiing", by Mike Terrell, Jan 4, 2008
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