The 120,000 acre HMNF located around Cadillac has more that 600 miles of backcountry dirt roads and trails. The nearby Hoist Lakes Trails is a 20 mile marked trail system linking several lakes and steep terrain of particular interest to expert backcountry skiers and telemarkers.
Other routes include: Cross-County Cycle Trail and Cedar Creek Trail, Horseshoe Lake Trail, Udell Hills Trail. Also, dont forget that the North Country Trail passes through the forest!
Overall, Huron-Manistee National Forest is the 6th most popular cross country ski area of all 49 Nordic ski destinations in Michigan.