Michigan Trail Riders

2018 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 2018 but they must be registered!! All youth riders' parents must be
current members for 2018. 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 17 - May 21, 2018 (5 days)
This ride is at LuzerneTrail Camp for 5 days with members circle riding. This is not a trophy ride. You are welcome to stay longer, but the organized ride will be over May 21, 2018.

1st June Ride - May31 - June 10, 2018 (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 15 - June30, 2018 (16 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
successful completion.

August Family Ride - August 11 - 19, 2018 (9 days)
This ride begins at Sheck's Trail Camp with 3 layover days. Then riding to Rapid River and Goose Creek. With 2 layover days at Goose Creek. This is not a trophy ride.

September Ride - September 7 - 30, 2018 (24 days) CrissCross
This ride begins at Mullet Lake Trail Camp with members riding to/from Lake Michigan in Mackinaw, Then riding to Lake Michigan in Empire, then on to Lake Huron in Oscoda. There are no layover days. Trophies are awarded with successful completion. One trophy for single crossing (Lake Michigan to Lake Huron) and two trophies for CrissCross.

Color Ride - October 6 - 14, 2018 (9 days)
This ride begins at Goose Creek Trail Camp with members riding to Rapid River and to Sheck's Trail Camp with 4 layover days. This is not a trophy ride.


Register online here: PayPal or Credit Card

Mail-in Registration Forms are available here: 2018 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.

Don't forget to check out the Newbie Booklet to find out what to expect on the MTRA rides!!

Young_old CC 2012 chimney log
Youngest & oldest trophy winners - June 2012 Criss Cross 2012 Chimney Log
On trail Mud lake  
On the Trail Mud Lake at Color Ride 2012