Pines and Mines Trails

Montreal, Wisconsin

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This eTrail is written more as an overview of a trail system than as a turn by turn guide, and in the end focuses on only a small portion of this enormous network. The Pines and Mines Trails in Wisconsin’s far northern country cover more than 300 miles of ground stretching from Iron County into Upper Michigan along the eastern shore of Lake Superior. The idea to keep in mind while riding this system is exploration. The only way to ride here is to spend time here, and more than just an afternoon. Consider setting up a base camp from which to ride out and view the surrounding forests and towns or to travel to the area lakes and streams to spend a portion of the day fishing. Elevation Change: The trail described below and mapped out within this chapter departs from Montreal, just west of Hurley. Logging roads are notoriously flat though in an area such as this climbing is inevitable at times, in most cases on a steady grade instead of a steep pitch. Trail 6 feels mountainous for flatlanders, with two climbs of 200+ feet.
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Mountain Biking Wisconsin

by Colby Thor Waller (Falcon Guides)

This eTrail is written more as an overview of a trail system than as a turn by turn guide, and in the end focuses on only a small portion of this enormous network. The Pines and Mines Trails in Wisconsin’s far northern country cover more than 300 miles of ground stretching from Iron County into Upper Michigan along the eastern shore of Lake Superior. The idea to keep in mind while riding this system is exploration. The only way to ride here is to spend time here, and more than just an afternoon. Consider setting up a base camp from which to ride out and view the surrounding forests and towns or to travel to the area lakes and streams to spend a portion of the day fishing.

Elevation Change: The trail described below and mapped out within this chapter departs from Montreal, just west of Hurley. Logging roads are notoriously flat though in an area such as this climbing is inevitable at times, in most cases on a steady grade instead of a steep pitch. Trail 6 feels mountainous for flatlanders, with two climbs of 200+ feet.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Montreal
Distance: 23
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: The prime riding time is fall when the trees have changed and the weather is ripe for campfires and flannel shirts. This cooler weather is ideal for long days in the saddle and nights under the stars. Spring comes late this far north and snow is not unusual in April and even into early May.
Local Contacts: Mercer Chamber of Commerce 715-476-2389, Wisconsin Department of 7burism, and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Maps: Stop in the Mercer Chamber of Commerce listed below for a complete map of the area. The selection of literature found there is quite complete. Mercer Chamber of Commerce.
Driving Directions: Directions to Pines and Mines Trails

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