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We are looking at doing a western U P saddle bag trip. We’ve ridden the eastern U P for years and are ready for a new adventure. We are thinking 4-5 days riding starting from Three lakes/Michigamme area. We did do a trip to the Keewenaw years ago, it rained for three days before our trip, the keweenaw only got fresh snow so we only rode there. We are thinking more west, Ontonagon, the Porkies, lake Gogebic etc. Any advice on Which trails to ride or stay away from, where to get info, hotels/motels etc would be appreciated. We would ride during the week. Thank you, Tom
 

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I can't tell you the trails, but we did a tour in 2018 which consisted of departure from Cable, WI (Lake Namakagan) and rode to:

Day 1 - Cable to Watersmeet (stayed at the Casino)
Day 2 - Watersmeet to Big Bay (stayed at Thunder Bay Inn)
Day 3 - Big Bay to Copper Harbor (stayed at Mariner North)
Day 4 - Copper Harbor to Silver City (stayed at AmericInn)
Day 5 - Silver City back to Cable/Namakagan

Other than Day 4 getting warm (low 40's) and a hard freeze overnight that made Day 5 a bit rough getting lubrication early in the day ... it was a fantastic trip! I think we put on just under 900 miles, and could have easily done more but we were pretty content getting to our destination and "celebrating" each night LOL
 

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Best riding in that area is early March...Make it a point to ride to Mt Arvon and sign the log book...
 

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We ride the far western end about every other week. Basically Copper Harbor, Porkies, Watersmeet, and over into Iron County. It is tough to give recommendations that could answer all the questions. Conditions and grooming are big factors that vary pretty quickly. I rode mint trails from Ironwood to Copper Harbor and back early last season. Started to hit pouring rain on the way back. Next day riding was a challenge. Just one example of how fast things change.
Most of the area you are asking about has an easy riding main trail with smaller spur trails to various spots. The mains do get beat by traffic even during the week. I still think it's easy riding. It kinda depends on what you would like to see and do off the main trails.
Midweek riding will give you flexibility in that area. I usually call destination hotels each morning to book rooms if I'm going to do an overnight. Copper Harbor can be full during a couple of their bigger winter events, so I plan around those.
Bontz laid out a pretty good trip with nice room recommendations. That would be a good base plan for the area. I can help you closer to the date with current quirks in grooming and trails. As I mentioned, we ride the area a lot. I prefer some trails at specific times of the day based on grooming schedules.
 

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We are looking at doing a western U P saddle bag trip. We’ve ridden the eastern U P for years and are ready for a new adventure. We are thinking 4-5 days riding starting from Three lakes/Michigamme area. We did do a trip to the Keewenaw years ago, it rained for three days before our trip, the keweenaw only got fresh snow so we only rode there. We are thinking more west, Ontonagon, the Porkies, lake Gogebic etc. Any advice on Which trails to ride or stay away from, where to get info, hotels/motels etc would be appreciated. We would ride during the week. Thank you, Tom
Navigating thru Michigamme when there are low snow conditions can be a problem. Lots of rocks protruding thru the trail in that area...
 

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I typically ride the western out of White Pine a lot although I didnt last year because WI had so much snow..If you ride Mon-thurs, rough trails should be pretty much non existent.Keep in mind that I ride loop to loop with as little railroad grade as possible.There are apps available these days to see when the trails were last groomed in some areas.
 

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Thank you for all the reply’s, it gives me a starting point to plan. IF anyone has additional information please fell free to add. THanks again, Tom
 
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