2017 Trail Rides
An Overview -
You are preparing to go on your first MTRA trail. That earns you the cherished (and unavoidable) title “Newbie”. Every Newbie wants the answer to this question: How does an MTRA trail ride work? This is a brief “big picture” answer. There is a “start camp” and an “end camp” for each daily ride. Except for rides with scheduled “layover days”, and except for the first and final day when riding to one of the 3 lake-shore destinations, the daily routine is the same. Riders who are their own “rig jumpers” get up, care for their horses and secure them in a manner which will keep them safe until the rider returns. They then drive forward to the next (end camp) camp, choose a camp/picketing area, park their rig, catch the MTRA bus back to the (start camp) camp, saddle up and ride forward, following the trail to the camp where their rig waits for them.
Whether you ride alone or ride in a group is up to you. No one is assigned to guide you or watch over you while you ride the trail. The only “rules” you must follow are those of the DNR, USFS and MTRA which you have pledged to know and to obey. The MTRA has a long tradition of “trail honor”. You are expected to use common sense, practice good trail etiquette, observe courtesy to all you meet on the trail, offer help to any who are in need and to respect all the lands through which you ride and upon which you camp. The "Newbie Booklet" provides a more detailed picture of “a day in the life of a Newbie”. The information provided is intended to help you have the most pleasurable and safe ride possible. If you still have questions after you read it all, just ask. It is MTRA tradition that everyone wants to help and to welcome every Newbie to the MTRA and to your first MTRA Trail Ride!
General Rules & Regulations
Please pre-register for all trail rides 30 days in advance to insure a spot. Late
registrations with the Trail Boss will cost $12.50 per day per person. You may
choose which bus you prefer (early or late) when you fill-out the Ride Registration
Membership in the MTRA is mandatory for all riders who wish to
participate in any of the rides. All persons attending this ride, whether riding or
not, must register and pay the fee of $10.00 per day. There is no charge for youth
riders in 2017 but they must be registered!! All youth riders' parents must be
current members for 2017. Ride registration forms will be available in January.
Only a rider, on a horse, riding from Shore-to-Shore, on designated days and registered with
the MTRA may receive an official trophy and certificate for crossing the state.
Cancellations prior to the ride will receive re-imbursement if requested. Refunds must be requested (within 30 days after the end of the ride for which they are requested) from the MTRA Board of Directors at their next meeting.
Blossom Ride - May 12 - May 21, 2017 (10 days)
This ride begins at Cadillac Trail Camp with members riding to Goose Creek Trail Camp with four layover days. This is not a trophy ride.
1st June Ride - June 1 - June 11, 2017 (11 days)
This ride begins at River Road Trail Camp with members riding from Lake Huron at Oscoda to Lake Michigan at Empire with no layover days. Trophies are awarded with successful completion.
2nd June Ride - June 16 - July 2, 2017 (17 days)
This ride begins at Garey Lake Trail Camp with members riding from Lake Michigan at Empire to Lake Huron at Oscoda. There are four layover days. Trophies are awarded with
August Family Ride - August 5 - 13, 2017 (9 days)
This ride begins at Luzerne Trail Camp with members riding to South Branch Trail Camp with five layover days. This is not a trophy ride.
September Ride - September 7 - 28, 2017 (22 days) DOUBLE CROSS
This ride begins at River Road Trail Camp with members riding to/from Lake Huron at Oscoda to Lake Michigan at Empire and then back again. There are no layover days. Trophies are awarded with successful completion. One trophy for single crossing (either way) and two trophies for Double Cross.
Color Ride - October 3 - 14, 2017 (10 days)
This ride begins at Mullett Lake Trail Camp with members riding to Walsh Road Trail Camp with three layover days. This is not a trophy ride.
Register online here: PayPal or Credit Card
Mail-in Registration Forms are available here: 2017 Ride Registration Form
Please take a moment to let us know how your ride went with our Ride Feedback Form. We appreciate any comments you could make to help us make your rides more enjoyable and safe.