Mackinac Island Trails

Saint Ignace, Michigan

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Who would have guessed that one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions was also home to Michigan’s most difficult section of singletrack? The first 1.2 miles of the Tranquil Bluff Trail will leave you anything but tranquil. Following a steep, rooty route along a cliff, the trail provides peek-a-boo glimpses of Lake Huron. It is also possible to skip this difficult portion of the trail and pick up Tranquil Bluff a little farther along the route. The rest of the ride follows well-marked interconnecting singletracks that crisscross the middle of the island. In short, it is a spectacular place to bike, where motorized vehicles are not allowed and horses are the only other traffic on the streets. Horses are also common on the trails, so never submit to your need for speed. End your ride by cycling the paved road around the island, and take in the views of late-1800s Victorian homes. As you wait for your ferry ride home, sample the delicious fudge for which the island is famous. Tread: 0.7 mile of dirt road, 2.3 miles of paved road, 6.3 miles of singletrack.
Mountain Biking Michigan

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Mountain Biking Michigan

by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski (Falcon Guides)

Who would have guessed that one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions was also home to Michigan’s most difficult section of singletrack? The first 1.2 miles of the Tranquil Bluff Trail will leave you anything but tranquil. Following a steep, rooty route along a cliff, the trail provides peek-a-boo glimpses of Lake Huron. It is also possible to skip this difficult portion of the trail and pick up Tranquil Bluff a little farther along the route.

The rest of the ride follows well-marked interconnecting singletracks that crisscross the middle of the island. In short, it is a spectacular place to bike, where motorized vehicles are not allowed and horses are the only other traffic on the streets. Horses are also common on the trails, so never submit to your need for speed. End your ride by cycling the paved road around the island, and take in the views of late-1800s Victorian homes. As you wait for your ferry ride home, sample the delicious fudge for which the island is famous. Tread: 0.7 mile of dirt road, 2.3 miles of paved road, 6.3 miles of singletrack.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Saint Ignace
Distance: 9.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Mackinac Island State Park
Local Maps: USGS Round Island
Driving Directions: Directions to Mackinac Island Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2010
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A classic bike ride for the family, with incredible scenery. Best of all, only bikes and no motorized traffic!!! I took my kids (10 and 8), and we were able to ride our bikes around the relatively flat island, and finish with an ice cream it town. If you are ambitious, do the island 2 or 3 times.....


7/9/2006
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this is a great place to mt.bike ,inline skate,trail run.can be very chalangeing.da skiing in da winter aint to bad either.yooperman john


9/7/2005
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My wife and I loved the trail, though the first 1.5 miles was much too difficult for us. We ended up walking most of that portion -- very steep and technical -- cut on the side of a bluff -- pretty intimidating. The rest of the trail was fun and challenging.


8/10/2005
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Take your mountain or hybrid bike with you to Mackinac Island. Only $6 to ferry it. It's easy to get on and off the ferry with your bike. Once you're there and see the long lines and $40 (daily) fees for 21 speed bikes you'll be glad you brought your own. Take your pick of trails: from the 8 mile paved shoreline road circling the island to the paved and hard packed trails that cut through the island, bicycling Mackinac is the way to go.



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