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The Wilds of Michigan with its extremes of low valleys and high peaks lays trails that would widen the eyes of mountain bikers everywhere. The locations below vary from trails, to loops, and occasional ridges and all bring differing aerobic and difficulty levels from novice to advanced.

Agonikak/Land O’ Lakes Loop
The two communities that surround these bike loops are known for their year round recreation. Outdoor enthusiasts may hear the humming of snowmobiles in the winter but once summer comes it is all bikes. The trail is marked along the way with blue-and-white signs. The 21.6 mile loop cuts through dense forests and barely misses inland lakes. A surprising entrance into the quaint village of Land O’ Lakes offers riders an excellent chance to refuel with some delicious eats. Dive back into the wilderness for some more adventure as you finish out the Land O’ Lakes Rail Trail.

Length: 21.6 total miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate; Technical difficulty – easy to moderate
Duration: 3-5 hours
Local Contacts: Ottawa National Forest, Watersmeet Ranger District

Powers Road Trail
This multi-use trail takes you on one of the most scenic trails in the region. Traveling through the winding paths of County Forest land and challenges you as you make way to the summit of some of the highest points around. Don’t let the trail scare you away! The breathtaking views of Lake Superior are well worth the workout. But if trekking uphill is not for you, Powers Road accommodates to all of its users with connection loops to veer off and provide an easier passage. With many neighboring trails and paths, users have the freedom to choose between following Powers Road marked in red or make their own adventure! However you decide to go, the Powers Road Trail will be sure to take you on an adventure.

Elevation gain: Intermediate-Max
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate-expert; Technical difficulty – moderate-expert
Local Contacts: Gogebic County Forestry an Parks Commission

 

Wolverine Single Track
Pleasantly still just a few miles from an old mining town of the Upper Peninsula sits a single track that will leave you puzzled with its difficulty. Hooking handlebars becomes a real fear as riders twist and turn through adolescent maple trees. The trail has been in working order since 1999 and is a part of the Wolverine Nordic Trails and fortunately maintained by the Wolverine Ski Club and the Tuesday Night Fat Tire Club. After finishing up, riders can roll towards a roller coaster singletrack known as the Schnake Trail. The trail doesn’t revolve around only difficulty but a picturesque setting as well.

Nearest City: Ironwood
Length: 9.1 miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate; Technical difficulty – easy to difficult
Duration: 1-2 hours
Local Contacts: Wolverine Ski Club

Porcupine Mountain Loop
Visiting the Upper Peninsula without a stint at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is an incomplete visit to the Upper Peninsula! While most of the park is not open to mountain biking, there are two sections that are dedicated to just that! It all starts as you curve around a road from the 1800s until you climb the downhill ski area for a breathtaking view of Lake Superior. After absorbing the energy of your surrounding wilderness you continue through several marked trails that offer various obstacles with wide routes to assure navigation.

Nearest City: Ontonagon
Length: 13.8 miles
Elevation gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Aerobic level – moderate to moderately strenuous; Technical difficulty – easy to moderate
Duration: 2-4 hours
Local Contacts: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park