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Level: Beginner
Length: 23 mi (37 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +497/ -471 ft
Total: 24 riders

Mountain Biking Grand Island

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The ride is relatively easy with a few gradual but easy climbs. The look from the top over Lake Superior is fantastic. Take the earliest shuttle over and make a day of it. I enjoy the clockwise ride. Last shuttle off is 4:30 you can camp on the island if you want but permits are needed. The ferry ride in 2008 was I believe under $10

First added by MINIC on Oct 26, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
only way to Grand Island is through the ferry or other boat. The shuttle service is just outside Munising and well marked.
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  • PhatPedals

    Fantastic place for a family ride or a bike-pack trip. Almost 20 miles of beautiful Lake Superior and Pictured Rock National Lake Shore to enjoy on this island just off the coast of Munising Michigan. There is lodging and bike rentals available as well as fresh water stations and tons of scenic stops along the ride. A visit to the Northern Shore and Trout Bay is a must! Island is inhabited by a large number of black bear so take that in to consideration while planning your trip but otherwise enjoy this amazing location.
    FYI lots of sandy doubletrack and gravel road here so if looking for Singletrack trails to ride go to nearby Bruno's Run or Sourh Marquette trails.
    Enjoy the beautiful U.P.
    Yoop! Yoop!

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  • bonusballs

    I only am able to speak for the first 3 miles. At that point my BB broke. Mosquitoes are absolutely terrible, bring eyewear and a bandanna to cover your mouth. The trail is pretty easy so I went helmetless and wore a Boonie cover which helped cover my ears and neck. Bring 100% deet spray and wear breatheable long sleeves and then another layer on top of that or the Skeeter's will bite through one layer. The Skeeter's aren't as bad by the lake because of the breeze so we ate down there. We hammock camped and had no problem setting up. It gets pretty cool at night so definitely bring a warm bag and warming layer. Overall, the trail seems really easy but the views are great.

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  • Mark Tracy

    Great ride! Not challenging other than a couple long climbs. Mostly double track and gravel paths. The scenery, especially on the North and North West sides, is spectacular.
    The last ferry is 6:30 and the cost is $20 for an adult and your bike. You can still camp on the island. Bring bug spray because it doesn't take long for them to find you if you stop.

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  • Johnepck

    Beautiful Island and a great way to see it. We found this trail muddy and very rutted when we rode it. There are some long climbs to get to the north end but nothing too hard. The views are spectacular. We saw no wild life and very few birds which I found odd. I think the real attraction is the Island and the trail is so so. It is $20 for person and bike to be ferried to the Island. We went in mid July and the deer flies were relentless. Mosquitos were bad but deet helped keep them from biting. No black flies but deer flies bit you no matter what. We had to keep moving and fast. All in all well worth the trip.

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    This trail (loop) is relatively easy with only a few gradual climbs toward the back. You are rewarded with great views of Lake Superior and some of Pictured Rocks. The trail is wide and there are no major obstacles. I gave this a 4 not as a difficulty but for the views and the overall enjoyment of this ride. On one visit I spotted a mother bear w/cubs and a bald eagle. Pack a lunch and head down to the beach for a break just make sure you are back at the last ferry off the island

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