Mesabi Challenge Ride

Virginia, Minnesota

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This route explores the heart of the Mesabi Range, a place that early explorer Joseph N. Nicollet called Missabay Heights. Few ever conceived that for a hundred miles under the forest floor lay the largest concentration of ore in the world. Taking a circle tour around the center of this mammoth range, you will see how nature has once again reclaimed man’s advances. Riding on county roads and the Mesabi Trail, you will notice trees growing out of the steep, crimson rock spoils discarded after the ore was removed. You will also see rusting pieces of machinery and mining artifacts protruding from the tall grasses along the villages you pass through. And though the land has been scarred, nature has healed the area with new growth and some truly breathtaking views as you tour the Mesabi challenge.
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Road Biking Minnesota

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

This route explores the heart of the Mesabi Range, a place that early explorer Joseph N. Nicollet called Missabay Heights. Few ever conceived that for a hundred miles under the forest floor lay the largest concentration of ore in the world. Taking a circle tour around the center of this mammoth range, you will see how nature has once again reclaimed man’s advances.

Riding on county roads and the Mesabi Trail, you will notice trees growing out of the steep, crimson rock spoils discarded after the ore was removed. You will also see rusting pieces of machinery and mining artifacts protruding from the tall grasses along the villages you pass through. And though the land has been scarred, nature has healed the area with new growth and some truly breathtaking views as you tour the Mesabi challenge.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Virginia
Distance: 62
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,550 feet
Local Contacts: Iron Trail Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hibbing Chamber of Commerce
Driving Directions: Directions to Mesabi Challenge Ride

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Apr 2018