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Seven Day Snowmobiling Itinerary

A Weeklong Snowmobiling Vacation

The Porcupine Mountains area is your hub for snowmobiling adventures throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Snowmobiling in the Porcupine Mountains is simply incredible. The scenery is outstanding and the snowfall is unbelievable. The 350 miles of Ontonagon County snowmobile trails connect with thousands of miles across the entire Upper Peninsula. And with so many lodging and dining options, there’s simply no better destination for your snowmobiling adventures.

For a couple, the estimated cost for this trip would range from $900 to $1300. For a family of four, the estimated cost would be $1200 to $1500. Reasonable cottages, cabins and motels and affordable restaurants and attractions make the Porcupine Mountains an excellent travel destination. Here’s what a weeklong snowmobiling vacation might look like.

Day 1: Arrive in the Porcupine Mountains

Late-Afternoon – Arrive and check in at your motel, cottage, cabin or resort.
You’ll find great lodging options throughout the Porcupine Mountains area. Three communities offer a variety of lodging options to fit any travel budget:

Ontonagon:

Silver City:

White Pine:

Evening – Head to dinner at one of the many Porcupine Mountains restaurants.View a complete list of dining options.

Day 2: Ottawa National Forest Ride

Breakfast.
Tank up on coffee and calories for the big day ahead.

Morning Ride.
Take Route #1 south from the Porcupine Mountains area into the Ottawa National Forest. You’ll skirt the western side of Bergland and continue south into the forest, cutting back eastward toward Lake Gogebic. Continue on Route #1 as it cuts back westward. When the trail intersects with Route #2, take it east, deep into the forest. By the time you come to Watersmeet, you’ll be ready for lunch.

Lunch Break.
Stop in Watersmeet for a bite to eat.

Afternoon Ride.
From Watersmeet, take Route #3 north. You’ll continue through the forest, passing Bond Falls and then through miles of dense woodlands. When you cross Route #12, take it east into Ontonagon.

Evening.
Warm up with a hearty dinner at a Porcupine Mountains restaurant.

Day 3: Trip to Houghton

Breakfast.
Get a good breakfast in before this exciting ride.

Morning Ride.
The morning ride will be a trip northeast to Houghton. The ride will take you through some of the most rugged and pristine parts of the entire Upper Peninsula. From Bergland, take snowmobile Route #13 to Route #3, just past Victoria. Keep heading northeast on Route #3 all the way to Houghton.

Lunch Break.
Houghton offers a number of lunch spots.

Afternoon Ride.
Take a scenic ride back to From Houghton, head back south along Route # 3 to Route #121. Take Route #121 to Route #120 back to Route #3. Continue on Route 13 back to Bergland.

Evening.
Reward yourself with a big dinner at an area restaurant.

Day 4: Ride South

Breakfast.
Bolster yourself against the cold with a good breakfast.

Morning Ride.
Begin your ride by heading south from Silver City on Route #1. Take Route #8 east to Route #13. Follow Route #13 south down the eastern side of Lake Gogebic, all the way to Route #2. Take Route #2 east to Iron River.

Lunch Break.
There are a number of restaurants in Iron River.

Afternoon Ride.
Leave Iron River and head north on Route #15, all the way to Route #8 and head west. Catch Route #3 and head north to Route #12 and head into Ontonagon.

Evening.
Enjoy a cozy dinner at a Porcupine Mountains restaurant.

Day 5: Porcupine Mountain Loop

Breakfast.
Enjoy a classic breakfast at one of several great restaurants.

Morning Ride.
From Silver City, take Route #1 westward into the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Take a break and enjoy some winter views of Lake of the Clouds. Then head back out of the park towards Silver City and take Route #11, which roughly follows South Boundary Road. Continue on Route #11, heading south until you meet Route #2. Take Route #2 to Bessemer.

Lunch Break.
Bessemer is a good place to have lunch.

Afternoon Ride.
Take Route #2 eastward through Wakfield to Route #11. Head northeast on Route 11 and catch Route #8 and retrace your route back.

Evening.
After dinner, consider braving the elements again and going outside to see if the northern lights are shining. Winter can be an outstanding time of the year for observing this breathtaking phenomenon.

Day 6: Wild, Wild Ride to Baraga

Breakfast.
Be sure to fuel up the stomach and the machines for the day ahead.

Morning Ride.
From Ontonagon, head south on Route #12 to Route # 1, then south to Route #8. Head east on Route #8 all the way to Route #159. Take Route #159 into Baraga.

Lunch Break.
Baraga offers a number of lunch options.

Afternoon Ride.
From Baraga, head south on Route #15. Continue westward on Route #8 back to Route #1, Route #12 and Ontonagon.

Evening.
Go back to your favorite restaurant and talk about the week of fun and adventure!

Day 7: Head home