Mountain Biking at Grand Marais, Michigan

The Eastern Gateway to

The Pictured Rocks

 

There are over 300 miles of mapped trails, offering something for everyone from beginner to advanced. The trail system is located in one of the remotest areas of the state and takes you through pristine forests, along the shore of Lake Superior, and on roads near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Grand Marais area has excellent amenities including cabins, house rentals, motels, a century-old hotel, campgrounds, restaurants, galleries, gift shops, and a variety of restaurants.

There are seven trails that comprise the Grand Marais trail system. You can either bike from town, which will include some pavement and longer rides, or you can drive to the trail heads and bike from there. Each of the trails is described below.

 

Mountain Bike Trails

 

NOTE: Because of the remoteness of the area, it is a good idea to inform someone of your intended destination and expected return time prior to your departure, in case you have an equipment breakdown or other problem. While on the trails, please watch out for wildlife that may cross the road in front of you. The old logging roads and deserted two-tracks will also challenge you with fallen trees, intermittent streams, and other hazards. Finally, although the routes we have selected are in the back country, please watch for vehicles, especially on H58.

TRAIL 1 Log Slide Trail (39 miles)
I. Travel H58 west one mile to Sable Falls. Enjoy a short walk to the Falls, down to Lake Superior, or into Grand Sable Dunes.
II. Continue on H58 west for two miles to the Sable Lake Visitors Center. Stop to talk with the rangers and view the displays.
III. Continue a half-mile to Grand Sable Lake where the pavement ends and back country roads begin.
IV. Travel west past the Rhody Creek Intersection for a total of four miles, following the signs to the Logslide, where you can enjoy one of the best scenic views in the upper peninsula.
V. Keep riding west on H58 four more miles to the Hurricane River. Here you can take a 11/2 mile walk to the Au Sable Lighthouse (bikes are not allowed on the path). Along the way, check out the shipwrecks washed up on the beach in several places.
VI. Another 3.5 miles west will bring you to Twelvemile Beach. This campground greets you with the purest stands of White Birch around.
VII. Continue 6.5 miles to Kingston Lake and take time for a picnic lunch.
VIII. After a rest, backtrack on H-58 east (left) for a mile and turn east (right) onto the Hurricane Truck Trail.
IX. Follow this road seven miles to its end at the Rhody Creek Truck Trail.
X. Turn left (north) and ride two miles back to H58.
XI. Either return to town (turn right), or to the Logslide (turn left).

TRAIL 2 Kingston Plains Trail (46.5 miles)
I. Take H58 west to Kingston Lake (see Trail 1, steps I --VII).
II. From Kingston Lake, take H58 east (left) one mile and turn east (right) onto the Hurricane Truck Trail.
III. Ride seven miles to the Rhody Creek Truck Trail, and turn south (right).
IV. Enjoy five miles of winding canopied roads and dense forests that guide you to the Adams Trail.
V. Turn west (right) and marvel at the surreal appearance of the Kingston Plains that have never recovered from a fire that burned in 1914.
VI. Peddle nine miles west to Four-Corners and follow the signs another 4 1/2 north (right) miles back to Kingston Lake.

TRAIL 3 Rhody Creek Truck Trail and Old Seney Road (40 miles)
I. From Grand Marais, travel west on H58 to the intersection of the Rhody Creek Truck Trail, which Is located 2 miles past Sable Lake (see Trail 1, steps I--Ill).
II. Turn south (left) and enjoy the curvy, canopied logging road (Rhody Creek Truck Trail) for five miles until you reach the Adams Trail.
III. Turn left (east) and ride three miles to M 77. Enjoy several lakes and beaver ponds along the way.
IV. When you reach M77, you can either head north (left) down the highway ten miles back into town, or you can turn south (right) to make the long loop back into town.
V. Ride four miles south on M77 to what locals call "Lavender Corners" and turn east (left). At the intersection a little more than a half mile down, turn north (left) onto the Old Seney Road.
VI. This incredible 13.8 mile ride north will bring you through canopied roads, past the Grand Marais Airport, and down a fun one mile grade back to H58.
VII. Turn west (left) and ride 2.8 miles back to town.

TRAIL 4 Whitewash Trail (12.9 miles)
I. From town travel H58 east 2.8 miles to the Old Seney Road.
II. Turn south (right) and ride past a beaver pond and up a challenging hill approximately 9/10 of a mile to the intersection with the Whitewash.
III. Take the Whitewash (left fork) and ride down a fairly rugged two-track that has another uphill grade.
IV. Follow the Whitewash in a 3.5 mile counter-clockwise loop until it reconnects with the Old Seney Road.
V. Turn north (right) on the Old Seney Road and ride 2.7 miles back to H58. Enjoy the down-hill grade that you had to climb at the beginning of the trail.
VI. Turn west (left) on H58 and ride 2.8 miles back to town.

TRAIL 5-- School Forest Trail (18.2 miles)
I. Travel east from town on H58 for 4.1 miles to the entrance of the Burt Township School Forest (a little past the ski trails).
II. Turn north (left) onto the School Forest Road and ride a little over a half mile to the neat one-lane bridge over the Sucker River.
III. Take the left fork (Sandy Lane) and ride 1/10th of a mile to the next fork.
IV. Take the right fork and ride down Deer Lane (Piney Woods) 1/2 mile to the next fork and bear right on the main two-track. Watch out for the sand !
V. Over the next half-mile you will pass a few intersections and come to another fork in a recently forested area: bear right.
VI. Continue on the same road for a quarter mile until it bends to the left and guides you to the bluff overlooking Lake Superior. Make sure you take some time off your bike to explore the beach and gain an appreciation for the power of Lake Superior.
VII. Back track a half mile to the four-way intersection and turn south (left). If you want a shorter ride, you can also backtrack to the original starting point by going straight.
VIII. Stay on the two-track for 1.8 miles until you peddle past the recently forested area. If you have never seen what a logging project looks like, it is worth the education to check it out.
IX. When you intersect the logging roads, bear right on the main two-track until you again reach the cover of a mature red pine forest.
X. Continue for a little over a mile over the small little fun hills and curves until you reach H58.
XI. Turn right (west) onto H58 and ride two miles back to the entrance to the School Forest, or six miles back to town.

TRAIL 6 Blind Sucker Flooding Trail (41.3 miles)
I. For those that want to start at the Lake Superior State Forest Campground as a trail head, travel on H58 east from Grand Marais, past Old Seney Road and the School Forest for a total of 12.2 miles to the Lake Superior State Forest Campground.
II. If you are riding your bike from town, travel on H58 east and instead of riding all the way to Lake Superior State Forest Campground, go east only six miles and look for the bridge going over the Sucker River. If you continue on H58 where it turns to gravel, you went too far.
III. Turn south (right) onto county road 416 and follow the orange diamonds marking the snowmobile trail up Pull-Up Hill.
IV. Continue on 416 for eight miles. The trail bends down along the south bluff overlooking the Blind Sucker Flooding to head east.
V. When you reach a 3-way intersection,you can try a challenging spur by turning north (right) and ride down the bluff 3/10 of a mile to enjoy a beautiful spot next to the Blind Sucker Flooding. Make sure you are ready to climb back up a tough hill.
VI. From the original approach direction, the fork that goes straight continues you on Trail 6 (country road 416). If you take the right (south) turn following the orange and white arrow, you will change onto Trail 7.
VII. Once you continue on 416 going around the Blind Sucker Flooding, keep riding for 2.7 miles until you reach the end where the road forms a t-intersection with 433. This stretch of very old logging road is narrow and quite rough with downed trees and severe ruts, so be careful.
VIII.Turn north (left) on county road 433 and enjoy the ride down hill for 11/2 miles. Go past the Blind Sucker Flooding Campground #2, and county road 407. Once past 407, the road turns into H58.
IX. Continue down H58 riding north a half mile until the road makes a left turn at the lakeshore. If the weather permits, and if you're brave, you may want to take a dip to refresh yourself in Lake Superior. This section of beach, called Perry's Landing, is also a great place to agate hunt.
X. To get back to the Lake Superior Forest Campground, ride a little more than a half mile west on H58.
XI. Continue 12.2 miles west on H58 to return to town.

TRAIL 7 Pretty Lake Trail (59 miles)
I. Leave town on H58 going east and go 5.9 miles to county road 416, which is located just past the bridge going over the Sucker River.
II. Turn south (right) onto county road 416 and follow the orange diamonds marking the snowmobile trail up Pull-Up Hill.
III. Continue on 416 for eight miles. The trail bends down along the south bluff overlooking the Blind Sucker Flooding to head east.
IV. When you reach a 3-way intersection,you can try a challenging spur by turning north (right) and ride down the bluff 3/10 of a mile to enjoy a beautiful spot next to the Blind Sucker Flooding. Make sure you are ready to climb back up a tough hill.
V. To continue on Trail 7, turn south (right) from the original direction and follow the orange and white arrow down county road 433.
VI. Follow this road 11 miles to the intersection which marks the entrance to both Pretty Lake Campground (to the right) and Holland Lake Campground (to the left). Enjoy a picnic lunch if you are out for the day, or camp overnight to turn the adventure into a two-day ride.
VII. Resume by backtracking west on 433 for three miles and turn north (right). These roads are not well marked, but there are actually a couple of different ones that will take you north to rejoin 416.
VIII. Turn west (right) onto 416 and ride two miles past the first intersection. Continue a half mile to another intersection and follow 433 north.
IX. Follow Trail 6 steps VIII through XI to get back to town.

 

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