Biking

Mountain Biking

The growing sport of mountain biking has taken hold here in the Western U.P. Several complete trail systems to ride on make this a biker’s paradise. Just about anywhere you stay someone can point out a favorite trail.
Check www.getaroundwup.org for latest non-motorized and multi-use trail info for the Western U.P area.

Ontonagon County

Ontonagon County’s trails are one of its best tourism assets, particularly because of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Porkies), located in Carp Lake Township, which contains over 100 miles of designated routes for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Approximately 145 kilometers/90 miles are located within the County. Hikes can be arranged for both day trips and multi-day backpacking excursions, though the park is perhaps best suited for the latter. Most trails are interconnected long-distance point-to-point paths rather than local loops. Trails are well-maintained and clearly marked. Due to the breadth of the trail system and the scope and detail of information available at www.mi.gov/porkies, an inventory will not be included here.

 A 23-mile segment of the North Country Trail runs through the park. The North Country Trail stretches across all of OntonagonCounty. Outside of the Porkies, the trail crosses Highway M-64 and continues to weave east to the old community of Victoria before dropping south and east to cross over into HoughtonCounty. On the way, the trail passes by numerous waterfalls and other geological features of interest, running mainly through public land.

The Ottawa National Forest offers an extensive system of gravel forest roads suitable for multiple uses.  www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa

Gogebic County

Copper Peak Ski Flying, located off Black River Road north of Bessemer, is beginning development in 2013 of an extensive mountain bike trail system. A special opportunity will be to ride the chairlift to the top of the ski hill and ride a bike down.
www.copperpeak.org

The Pines & Mines Mountain Bike Trail System is located in Iron County, Wisconsin,  (www.hurleywi.com – click on “Silent Sports”)  and in the Ottawa National Forest.
Beyond the many country back roads through the forests, along Lake Superior, and near
our waterfalls, the Pines and Mines Mountain Bike Trail System offers 300 miles of marked and mapped mountain biking opportunities. This trail system runs through the abundant public lands of Iron County and the nearby Ottawa National Forest. Trails incorporate many of the county’s historic transportation, mining and lumbering sites, as well as plenty of forests, lakes and waterfalls.

The Powderhorn loop of the Wolverine Trail System is intermediate to advance, single and double track riding.  www.wolverinenordic.com

Every Tuesday night in summer the Fat Tire Club rides somewhere and everyone is welcome. The rides are guided, 10 to 15 miles of off-road fun.
For more information contact the following: Fat Tire Club at  906-932-3332

Keweenaw County – www.copperharbortrails.org

Copper Harbor Trail System caters to all skill levels from novice to expert. Included in the network are 25 miles of designated singletrack mountain bike trails intertwined with trails and roadways accommodating other types of recreation. The scenic and highly technical mountain bike trails have the special designation of “Epic Ride” by the International Mountain Biking Association

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park has a 4-mile trail for hiking and mountain biking; the trail is also groomed for cross-country skiing. Another trail leads out of the park to the town of Copper Harbor.