Pine Baron Pathway

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing Horseback Riding

  • Length: 6.11 mi
  • Surface: Natural
  • Groomed: Yes
  • Groom Type: Double Track
  • Bike Type: Mountain
  • Organization: Michigan DNR
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Located five miles southwest of Gaylord in Otsego County, the Pine Baron Pathway offers 8.75 miles of groomed cross-country skiing, hiking and biking trails. This location boasts  beautiful scenery with forested areas to decrease the wind chill. This novice trail is nearly flat on all but the "Whopping Loop" which has some small hills. says, "The pathway is a set of four, interconnected loops that range in length from 2 to 2.5 miles and fan out from a parking area into a forest of hardwoods and pines. The trail's perimeter is a 6.2-mile route while three crossover spurs and a pair of two-tracks that bisect the system makes its easy to put together an outing of almost any distance. Pine Baron is most popular in the winter when it is groomed as a double-tracked trail for classic Nordic skiing. The rest of the year it attracts mainly mountain bikers, especially those new to off-road riding and looking for a gentle, undulating path in the woods." Click here for trail maps!


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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