The Upper Peninsula is a mountain bikers dream. Great summer weather, enthusiastic community, and trails. So many trails. From the east to the west, the U.P. is the spot to be. But with all of these choices, what should you ride? Well, really, you should try to ride it all, but if you don’t have time for that our staff shared a few of their favorite trails to get you started.
From Arni in Houghton:
Copper Harbor is the epicenter of biking in the Keweenaw Peninsula. A nationally recognized destination, the Harbor should be on everyone’s list of places to ride.
But there is more to the Copper Country than just Copper Harbor. The staff at our Houghton store likes riding at the Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids trails. Close to town and perfect for an after work ride, this area offers a wide variety of trails with our favorites being Pow-Pow and Long Bridge.
More information on Churning Rapids and other Keweenaw trails can be found at https://keweenawtrails.com/
From Todd in Marquette:
Once you have decided to make a mountain bike trip to Marquette, there are so many options on where to ride. One of my favorite trails is the pioneer loop located at the Noqumanon south trail. After a brisk climb up benson grade, you quickly dive into some wonderful single track that immediately demands your attention. It’s marked on the map as rough rock ridge for good reason. After pedaling a few miles through the old growth hemlock stand, you are then greeted with a true freak of nature. After you ride this part of the trail, you will ask yourself what in the world was that, where did that come from, and can I do it again? The next section called grey walls has you overlooking and riding through some of the most beautiful scenery the u.p. has to offer. There are plenty of places to pull over and just catch your
breath and take in the views. The last sections called two stroke and mossy will have you pushing your bike to the limits, riding the line between speed and control. It is a wonderful finish to an 8 mile loop that will leave you with wanting more.
If you do make it to Marquette and would like more information on the trails and trail conditions, please
stop by Down Wind Sports. We love talking bikes and bike rides.
From Jeff in Munising:
If you find yourself in the Munising area, you need to ride the Bruno’s Run loop. Bruno’s Run is located in the Hiawatha National Forest on Rural Highway H13. Roughly 13 miles south of Munising, you can park at the Pete’s Lake day use area or at Wide Waters campground boat launch. The campgrounds are roughly 10 miles south of the M28/H13 intersection. Bruno’s Run is a clearly marked 12 mile single track loop. Bruno is a bear, so you follow bear trail markers along the way. Usually I ride the trail counter clockwise but either way is enjoyable. The riding is not technical and there are no huge climbs. The trail winds through beautiful lakes and forests on flowy, smooth, well maintained single track. Maintenance is done by the Munising Bay Trail network, so If you can, please support them with a donation when you are back in Munising. Munising Bay Trail Network also has a really fun trail system on the west side of Munising that features a fun short loop and a really unique bike skills park. Other enjoyable trails in the area would be the family friendly Valley Spur trails (my favorite for kid or beginner single track) and the Grand Island loop.
Make sure you stop into any of our stores for more local knowledge, any bike maintenance you may need, or even a sweet new Giant bike to use on your favorite trail. We also have bikes, accessories, and a whole lot more for sale on our shopping site so get what you need and get out and ride!