Hill Street Trails

Ishpeming, Michigan

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The aptly named Hill Street Trails are part of the impressive Range Mountain Bike Trail System, which also includes the nearby Al Quaal Recreation Area and Suicide Bowl Trails. Developed during 1997, the system boasts about 25 miles of trails, mostly cross-country skiing routes, and is currently in a transitory state. With the Cleveland Cliffs mining company reopening operations on its land used for the Suicide Bowls and new, exciting trails in development near the Al Quaal Recreation Area, this trail system will be putting a new face forward in the next year or so. The Hill Street Trails, however, are firmly rooted in their rugged doubletrack past. The route described here follows the perimeter of the system up and down steep hills and past inland lakes and offers views of the Tilden Mine. This ride is best done during a dry spell, since mud is often a problem. It is also a route-finding challenge with minimal signage. A few ridiculously steep hills highlight the difficult Sandi’s Loop, and trees touch overhead in places for a tunnel effect. Tread: 6.2 miles of wide trails and doubletracks.
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by Erin Fanning and Keith Radwanski (Falcon Guides)

The aptly named Hill Street Trails are part of the impressive Range Mountain Bike Trail System, which also includes the nearby Al Quaal Recreation Area and Suicide Bowl Trails. Developed during 1997, the system boasts about 25 miles of trails, mostly cross-country skiing routes, and is currently in a transitory state. With the Cleveland Cliffs mining company reopening operations on its land used for the Suicide Bowls and new, exciting trails in development near the Al Quaal Recreation Area, this trail system will be putting a new face forward in the next year or so. The Hill Street Trails, however, are firmly rooted in their rugged doubletrack past.

The route described here follows the perimeter of the system up and down steep hills and past inland lakes and offers views of the Tilden Mine. This ride is best done during a dry spell, since mud is often a problem. It is also a route-finding challenge with minimal signage. A few ridiculously steep hills highlight the difficult Sandi’s Loop, and trees touch overhead in places for a tunnel effect. Tread: 6.2 miles of wide trails and doubletracks.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ishpeming
Distance: 6.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Ishpeming
Driving Directions: Directions to Hill Street Trails

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Apr 2018