Mesabi Challenge Ride

Virginia, Minnesota 55777

Mesabi Challenge Ride

Mesabi Challenge Ride Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,550 feet
Top Elevation
Iron Trail Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hibbing Chamber of Commerce
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Jul 2018