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Cadillac Pathway: A Michigan cross country ski gem

Wed, Dec  15, 2010 - By Jeff Neth

Gliding along the Cadillac Pathway through stands of majestic hardwoods and towering pines it's tough to avoid getting sunburned teeth from smiling so much. This gem of a cross country ski trail is one of Michigan 's finest and I ski it every chance I get.

Located just ten minutes from downtown Cadillac , Michigan , the Cadillac Pathway stretches 11 miles through the Pere Marquette State Forest northeast of the city limits.

Two trailheads with paved parking give the Pathway ultimate accessibility. The north trailhead is off Boon Road east of the U.S. 131 Expressway. The south trailhead is adjacent to the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center where 13th Street turns into Crosby Road . I can park at either end and be immersed in the forest before the echoes of my car door slamming fade away.

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