Grand Island Loop

Munising, Michigan 49862

Grand Island Loop

Grand Island Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Grand Island, aptly named and 8 miles long, is an o shore version of Pictured Rocks. Its quiet north end features miles of scenic sea cliffs, a near mirror image of its mainland sibling. While Grand Island has no shortage of its own attractions, the views of that craggy mainland coast from Trout Bay Overlook are remarkable.

This hike features an abundance of junctions; most have directional signs. These intersections do not have names, however, so on the map they have been designated as Junction A, Junction B, and so on, to avoid confusion. Begin your tour at Williams Landing, walking north on a sandy dirt road to Junction A at Mile 0.1. Turn left (west) on a grassy road that runs a tad inland from the island’s shore through a hardwood forest with a sprinkling of hemlocks."

Grand Island Loop Trip Reports

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I trail ran on this as part of an organized marathon event. It was everything I’d hoped for with its breathtaking views. I was able to space myself apart from the other runners and immerse into nature, felt secluded for hours on end. Very run-able terrain is mostly two track dirt road only sometimes a single track, not many steep climbs. The sandy beach was the most difficult part. Mosquitoes are rampant. A swim in the cold lake after the run was awesome. Price for ferry seems a bit high (because it’s just a big pontoon boat) but is worth it for how great this island is.
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The guide says this is the best ride in the U.P. I beg to differ. While it IS incredibly beautiful, it is not single track mountain biking. This trail is a former road (unpaved but still) and one of the tire tracks has mostly grown over, so I guess that's why they think they can call it "single track," but I don't think I'd consider this to be mountain biking. It is technically simple and has virtually no challenges except for the fact that there are some long climbs. They weren't fun interesting or challenging climbs, just long. People on cross bikes, comfort bikes and hybrids will be totally comfortable here. Also, the ferry costs $20 per person round trip. Probably better to go there for a hike and scenery viewing rather than a dedicated, hard core mountain bike adventure. (Although the ferry people were fun, friendly, interesting characters.)
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great ride in the UP. the riding is relatively easy single and double track, mostly flat with some moderate hills. the lakeside views are spectacular and make this a must do. secluded but well marked trails and beautiful beaches on lake superior for a chilly swim. rode the begining with the family then took of solo for the island loop, but family and kids with some endurance and time could also ride all of this one.
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Plenty of solitude on this ride. Rode for two hours without seeing anyone. Flushed out an eagle on one curve. I'm not sure who was more surprised. I would not ride this one alone again. At times there is nothing between you and a cliff except an orange snow fence.

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Best May through October
Grand Island National Recreation Area, (906) 387-3700,
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USGS Munising
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