Mountain Biking Michigan Guide Book

by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski (Falcon Guides)
Mountain Biking Michigan  by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski

260pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0762711582

What Michigan lacks in vertical relief it easily makes up for in constantly rolling hills and steep descents. With 6.5 million acres of state and national forestland, 11,000 inland lakes, and shoreline on four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan offers something for everyone - from the seasoned veteran looking for challenging singletrack to the vacationer looking for a few hours' diversion. Here are 67 rides ranging from the breathtaking Grand Island Loop to the underused and rugged Gogebic Ridge Trail. Explore rugged mountain biking on the sandstone cliffs of the Upper Peninsula, twist through tree-hugging singletrack on the North Country Trail, or test your skills on southeastern Michigan's famous Potawatomi Trail.

© Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Mountain Biking Michigan" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 66.
... Preview: Watersmeet and Land O’ Lakes, the two towns this ride touches, are famous for their recreation. In winter the forest hums with the sound of snowmobiles; in summer those trails become mountain bike rou ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Watersmeet, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21.6
... Preview: Cruising past inland lakes and creeks, these two tree-lined loops offer riders a rollicking good time. Rocky descents, sand traps, and a few steep hills keep you alert, but for the most part these two ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Lake Orion, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.7
... Preview: Twisting continuously, this tight, mostly flat trail system was designed for mountain bikers by mountain bikers. Maintained by the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, the narrow singletrack is home ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Grand Haven, MI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: This old downhill skiing area is a challenging cross-country skiing area in the winter and an equally invigorating mountain biking route in the summer. Cyclists should be prepared for many aerobic cli ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Wellston, MI - Cross-Country Skiing,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 11.75
... Preview: The “mountain” in Black Mountain Recreation Area is an exaggeration; but in an otherwise flat landscape, these hills are welcome relief to cross-country skiers, hikers, and bikers. With about 35 miles ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Cheboygan, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15.4
... Preview: The sculpted slopes of the Boyne Mountain Ski Area are visible from miles away, but what is not apparent is the skinny singletrack hiding in the nearby forest. Hand cut by local fat-tire enthusiasts, ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Boyne Falls, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9.7
... Preview: Two singletrack trails, designed specifically for mountain bikes, opened during the summer of 1998 at this popular recreation area. The 7-mile Murray Lake Loop zigzags through a virtually obstacle-fre ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Brighton, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.7
... Preview: Reminding you of why Michigan is called “Water Wonderland,” Bruno’s Run offers endless inland lake views. Bouncing over exposed roots, the trail dumps you out at Pete’s Lake Campground. During lazy su ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Munising, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.1
... Preview: This trail is like a B horror movie: plenty of monstrous obstacles with imaginative names like Kentaro’s Monster and Dragon’s Back. The trail offers every imaginable apparatus from laddered climbs and ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Lansing, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.9
... Preview: The Cadillac Pathway is the most enjoyable pathway in the Pere Marquette Forest. The scenery isn’t particularly spectacular; instead it offers consistently smooth trails, narrow singletrack, and fast, ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Cadillac, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: During spring, delicate white wildflowers blanket the forest surrounding this doubletrack maze. Hosting skiers in winter and hikers and mountain bikers in summer, the hard-packed trail is a fast, roll ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Newberry, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.9
... Preview: Offering steep, sustained climbs in and out of trees, this trail maximizes a small area by twisting and turning on itself. Unmarked and at times confusing, the route rolls through the hills next to th ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Grand Rapids, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.7
... Preview: Chippewa Hills Pathway is popular with locals, and it is easy to see why. By far one of the best cross-country ski trails open to mountain biking in northeastern Michigan, it follows a roller-coaster ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Ossineke, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.6
... Preview: This trail system is a ride through Copper Country history. Starting at the Lake Fanny Hooe Resort, the original site of the Fort Wilkin’s Garden, the trail leads to the 377-acre Estivant Pines Sanctu ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Copper Harbor, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.8
... Preview: Built in 1970, the Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill hosted the first international ski jumping competition in the Western Hemisphere. As equipment and techniques improved, the ski jumpers began landing too ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Bessemer, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.7
... Preview: This ride offers two distinct personalities. The first 4.9 miles provide a mostly flat, laid-back ramble, perfect for families and beginning mountain bikers. The last 2.5 miles, however, abruptly put ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Benzonia, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.4
... Preview: Rolling next to the Days River, this popular trail follows a ridgeline with views of tree-covered hills. There are just enough roots and sandy sections to keep riders alert, but the trail is really a ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Gladstone, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: This tranquil 590-acre park sidles up next to the Chippewa River and rolls through small hills. Two suspension bridges and one covered bridge cross the river, perfect for entertaining young children. ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Mount Pleasant, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.7
... Preview: Think of this ride as a selection of pastries at a bakery. You can savor one or devour a baker’s dozen. Connected by paved roads, the ride consists of thirteen different trails for all skill levels in ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Jackson, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13.2
... Preview: Offering a rainbow of loops, this well-organized and popular 16-mile multiple-use trail system offers something for everyone. The difficult Red Loop challenges riders with logs, whoop-de-dos, steeper ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Michigan"
Augusta, MI - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16.8