Choose Your Winter Wonderland!
Boasting over 180 inches of annual snowfall and heavily wooded, rolling landscapes, the Gaylord area offers some of the most enjoyable and challenging cross country skiing and snowshoeing experiences in Michigan. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’re sure to have a great time on the trail system that suits your taste. Look forward to viewing plentiful wildlife while exploring our snow covered pathways at facilities that range from rustic and scenic to elegant and expertly groomed.
The many trails found in our Cross Country Skiing Guide are also frequented by those who favor snowshoeing. All trails and pathways that are groomed for cross country ask that you do not snowshoe on the groomed track, however, they still offer excellent terrain. Several areas offer beautiful trails, along with snowshoe rentals, including Groen Nature Preserve, Treetops Resort, Otsego Club, The Ridge and Forbush Corner. Please note, The Ridge is not featured on our current map, but they have 3.5 total miles of groomed trails awaiting your footsteps!
Cross Country Ski Trail Resources
Be sure to download your Cross Country Skiing Guide; a complete guide to maps and information on eleven scenic cross-country ski trails in the beautiful north woods of the Gaylord area. In addition, if you’d like to request, view or download a Visitor’s Guide, click here.
WINTER IS AMAZING AT ASPEN PARK, THE 100-ACRE WOOD
This park is THE place for four-season outdoor fun, not to mention a convenient way to capture that get-out-of-town-and-enjoy-nature feeling without going far. Tucked right behind Gaylord’s downtown, 100-acre Aspen Park feels a world away. Between its challenging outer routes and the groomed 2-mile illuminated trail lit for skiing after dark, winter in Aspen Park is bustling with Nordic skiers and snowshoers day and night. To start your Aspen adventure, follow Main Street to South Otsego Avenue to the end of Commerce Blvd., 989-732-4060.
STEP ONE: SLIDE
If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing before, head to Forbush Corner in Frederic! You’ll find on-site instruction, a ski shop, micro routes (like the aptly named Pancake and Green trails). As your skills improve, there are trails of varying difficulty to accommodate Nordic skiers of any level. All routes are immaculately groomed for both skate and classic skiing, thanks to the largest fleet of dedicated Nordic equipment in the Midwest. 989-348-5989, forbushcorner.com.
INTO THE WOODS
Nestled deep in the Mackinaw State Forest, the 12k Pine Baron Pathway is a true wilderness trail that isn’t too wild. It’s terrain is mostly flat, gorgeously wooded, wide enough for two sets of tracks and groomed weekly throughout winter. Located just six miles outside of Gaylord. 989-732-3541, michigantrailmaps.com
TURN ON YOUR NIGHT LIGHT
Ready for a new cross country experience? The lakeside landscape and snow draped pines have made Michaywé’s 20k a favorite trail for full-moon skiing. Experience the beauty of northern Michigan basked in moonlight as you glide through the silent forest. (989-939-8800)
SKI & SNOWSHOE RENTALS:
Treetops Resort 989-732-6711
Otsego Club 800-752-5510
Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve (SNOWSHOES ONLY) (989) 705-2181 otsegocountyparksrec.com
WAKE UP TRAILSIDE
ON THE XC TRAIL
Pine Cone Accommodations offers rental houses big and small around the Gaylord region, many of which sit smack dab alongside area XC ski trails. One favorite setting is around Michaywé’s The Pines Course, where 20k await. Check out the options: 866-731-1887 www.pineconevacations.com