Biking on Top of the Bay-Munising

Posted by Admin on July 20, 2018

submitted by the Munising Bay Trail Network

Superior Air! Da Play Zone! If you haven’t heard these “trail” names mentioned by fellow mountain bikers yet, it won’t be long before you do. The Munising Mountain Bike Park is getting great feedback from those who have hit the trails after they heard the news of the expansion of the Bike Park. If you have a great trail, it must have a name. Something that can be shared with others as they share their ride –tell their stories…. Like the “awesome landings” and “crazy rock/wood obstacles mastered”. Deemed by locals as a playground for mountain bikers, a place for riders of all ages and abilities to have some fun. The newest addition to the bike park is “Rock On!”, A 1000’ black diamond rock armored trail which is suited for the more advanced rider featuring gaps, steep decking, and of course punchy rocks.

Future plans include expanding this trail to end near the bottom of the jump trail, “Superior Air”. This 1500’ jump trail features 21 rollers, 12 table top jumps, 5 large berm turns, and one massive (dirt to wood) bridge roller that takes you over the outer trail. The “Munising Bay loop” encompasses the entire bike park and provides access to the top of the other trails.  The 1000’ skills loop “Da Play Zone” has multiple wood/rock ride overs, 500’ of wooden-decked boardwalks, log rides, a teeter totter, a wood ramp/drop, rock drops, and multiple bridges. This trail system is connected to the parking lot/trailhead at the bottom of the hill located off M28 near Hillside Party Store by short connector trails (top and bottom) linked to the “Gateway Loop”. This one-way trail will be designated as an ADA trail once complete and is open for use in its current state for both hikers and bikers. Construction of the parking lot is scheduled to be completed by June 15th. Bathroom amenities, picnic tables, a trail kiosk with trail maps, rules, and a park tool for immediate mechanical needs will be available to all trail users. Continue reading to learn about the other great places to ride in the Munising area.

Within the Hiawatha National Forest:

Valley Spur Recreation Area (VSRA) offers approximately 11.5 miles of singletrack to date. With logging behind us, construction is planned to continue this season to complete the approximately 13 mile loop. The trail begins from the parking lot and is fun, flowy and family friendly. Additionally, there are 26 miles of two track trail within VSRA. Additional signage will be added this season to help users navigate the accessible two track trails if they are looking to make shorter loops by mixing the singletrack and two track trails.

Bruno’s Run Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail is a 10 mile loop trail that offers outstanding scenery including small lakes and streams along the trail, with a variety of trees and other plants. It is located down Forest Highway 13 (~10 miles south of M28 from Wetmore) with trailheads at Moccasin Lake Rest Area, Pete’s Lake Day Use Area and Widewaters Campground. Several reroutes have been completed in the past few years which has improved the trail and created a safer and more sustainable trail.

Grand Island features 40 miles of roads and trails that take you along cliff tops and past secluded beaches and historic sites. Spend a few hours or the whole day on one of the most beautiful islands on Lake Superior.

For more information on the trails located within the Hiawatha National forest, including detailed trail maps, contact the Munising Ranger District Center, 400 E. Munising Ave. or call 906-387-3700.

Munising Bay Trail Network is extremely thrilled to have many new trails for all to enjoy.  It’s been a massive effort from a few dedicated individuals. We are very thankful for the tremendous amount of support we have received from the land owners and all our supporters. The bike park expansion was made possible by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians/CDC through Partners to Improve Community Health grant funding (PICH). Many local businesses have really stepped up to the plate to help fund our efforts and we are very thankful for that. Please patronize these supporters when you are in the area and let them know how much you enjoy the trails (sponsors will be listed at the trailhead kiosk).

If you are a runner, we will be hosting the 43rd renewal of the Pictured Rocks Road Race half marathon and 10k on June 24 (Sunday).  It’s one of our largest fundraising efforts and all money earned goes back into creating more trails for our community. MBTN is proud to be improving the health of our community one trail at a time.

For more information on trail conditions, visit mbtn.org and our Facebook page.

Hope to see you all on the trails. MBTN volunteers