Maasto Hiihto / Churning Rapids Loop

Hancock, Michigan

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Hancock is proud of its Finnish roots—from the only Finnish-American college in the United States, Suomi College, to its world-class cross-country skiing area, Maasto Hiihto, meaning “cross-country” in Finnish. Not only are the trails expertly groomed in winter, but local fat-tire enthusiasts continue trail maintenance in the summer. Located on the hilly sides of Portage Canal, opposite Hancock’s city sister of Houghton, the trails wind through a small gorge. About halfway through the Maasto Hiihto Trails, the ride crosses onto Churning Rapids, a private nature preserve of about 900 acres and open to non-motorized users. Churning Rapids begins on a clearcut that is beginning to grow back, and within a few miles you are twisting along a tight singletrack past oaks and aspens and through four challenging gorges. Tread: 2 miles of singletrack, 1.3 miles of gravel road, 10.9 miles of doubletrack.
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by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski (Falcon Guides)

Hancock is proud of its Finnish roots—from the only Finnish-American college in the United States, Suomi College, to its world-class cross-country skiing area, Maasto Hiihto, meaning “cross-country” in Finnish. Not only are the trails expertly groomed in winter, but local fat-tire enthusiasts continue trail maintenance in the summer. Located on the hilly sides of Portage Canal, opposite Hancock’s city sister of Houghton, the trails wind through a small gorge.

About halfway through the Maasto Hiihto Trails, the ride crosses onto Churning Rapids, a private nature preserve of about 900 acres and open to non-motorized users. Churning Rapids begins on a clearcut that is beginning to grow back, and within a few miles you are twisting along a tight singletrack past oaks and aspens and through four challenging gorges. Tread: 2 miles of singletrack, 1.3 miles of gravel road, 10.9 miles of doubletrack.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hancock
Distance: 14.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: City of Hancock
Local Maps: USGS Hancock
Driving Directions: Directions to Maasto Hiihto / Churning Rapids Loop

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