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Great biking trail on the 20-mile perimeter of the Upper Peninsula.
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KayGee
Escanaba, MI44 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
we did an overnight backpacking trip to Little Dunes II campsite. The hike was pretty easy. There were a couple hills, but nothing too intense. The trail is actually a gravel road and was marked very well with signs. The beach at our campsite was gorgeous. All white sand, no rocks, seaweed, or zebra mussels. The water was actually a good temperature for swimming too. We saw a gorgeous sunset and in the morning there was a foggy haze which was serene. The nearest drinking spigot was at Murray Bay, which was roughly 2 miles away. Make sure to bring a water filter so you can drink the water from Lake Superior! Also, make sure to read the signs about bears. The girl working at the ferry said there is at least one bear sighting per day and it's usually on the Northern portion of the island.
Written August 14, 2021
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Robi0376
Minneapolis, MN43 contributions
Jul 2021
We brought our own bikes (nothing special but they were Mtn bikes). Family of 5, kids 16, 13, 11. I wouldn't recommend for any child less than about age 10-11. My daughter did it, but it was difficult. The scenery is amazing. We brought backpacks for sunscreen and two water bottles each and went through them easily. We didn't need bug spray as long as we kept moving. It is rough. My husband's peddle fell off around mile 9 and we were prepared for about anything but that! He had to walk about the really big hills and somehow peddled the rest of the 11 miles with one pedal. So amazing and be sure to buy a shirt at the gift shop that proves you did it! We were a little pressured to make sure we got back to the ferry on time. We took the 10am ferry and the 3pm home. There was certainly a point I wasn't sure we were going to make it back with the broken peddle! There were several points that looked like the island of Kauai, our favorite of the HI islands! The outer trail has a tree line along most of it, so you cannot see the scenery the whole time, but there are plenty of pull off points marked.
Written July 18, 2021
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Steven A
Owosso, MI1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Solo
I ran the entire loop around the Island. I took over the 9:00am Ferry. I stopped at different points on the trail to take pictures. The starting temperature was about 50 degrees. I finished just before I got on the 1:00 Ferry. The best views were on the northern part of the Island. The majority of the people I encountered were hikers and bikers. Most people had backpacks and mosquito nets to cover their faces. I was dressed in running shorts and a tank top. I did not planning on stopping long enough for the mosquito’s to get me.

I loved the 21 mile loop and would recommend it to anyone considering doing it. I also biked the trail last year to check it out before I ran it this year.

Have a great time!

Steven Adams- Owosso, Michigan
Written June 20, 2022
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Sandy L
Midland, MI14 contributions
Aug 2020
Took the first ferry over in the morning, with lots of water and picnic lunch. Hiked around part of Island and through inside paths, enjoying the unspoiled scenery. Trails were well marked, mostly dry and not too difficult for senior adults used to walking daily. Took the almost 4-hour afternoon tour offered by the same company as ferry service - it was GREAT! Harry knew the island's history, wildlife and people. We saw and learned a lot on the bus tour with frequent stops and enough time allowed for all the photographers. Oh, Harry told some wonderful stories that had you amazed at the strength of the island's inhabitants and at other times heartily laughing. I imagine the night stay cabins get booked well in advance, but would look into them if ever in the area again.
Written September 26, 2020
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Debbie H
Kalamazoo, MI1 contribution
Aug 2021
We visited the island for the first time and enjoyed the guided bus tour. The guide Harry was so educated and had a wealth of knowledge on the history of the island. He really shared his passion for this place and allowed us to explore the beauty of the island. A definite must visit again!!
Written August 22, 2021
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Jen Solano d
11 contributions
Sep 2021
We did not have mountain bikes so we opted for the 12 mile loop on the island. We took the 9am ferry over so we had plenty of time to do that. Take your own lunch as there aren't any places to get food. It is a beautiful island with a lot of history.
Written September 27, 2021
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Renae H
Beaver Dam70 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Beautiful and rustic island. MUST be willing to hike or mountain bike. Bring lots if water and even more bug spray. We went through 2 full cans and could have used another one. A face net helped a LOT!! Some very nice inner lakes, not for swimming in. The waterfall beach was a nice place to stop for lunch and on hot days a nice place for a swim in Superior if you have a suit. The locals are very friendly as well and the ferry captain was especially nice and helpful. Good place to do an overnight back packing trip as well.
Written June 23, 2020
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Peanutprettybird
Sycamore, IL275 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Took the ferry over and went on the bus tour. Knowledgeable and friendly driver. Never rushed. Easy way to see sites. Got out many times. Bring a snack and water. Next time would bring a bike.
Written September 11, 2021
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754brenden
Sterling Heights, MI24 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
My wife and I biked the outer rim of grand isle. It was terrible. But, it could be awesome. I think you need to know what your in for. This is a tough, grueling uphill, through the mountains. If you love to trail ride, and want to challange yourself then it will be awesome. But if you are hoping for a pleasent ride along the water you're going to be very dissapointed. The outer rim dosen't have direct water sight lines. There are about a dozen over looks with beautiful views, and an amazing beach. But other than that yiure in a tree tunnel. Its very buggy, and even with tons of bug spray it semmingly dose nothing. If I was with my guy friends and we were planning on a tough ride it could have been nice. But I was with my wife, she was not a strong enough biker to handle the rough trails. She was freakin misserable after 3 miles. The "roads". There are dirt roads in the south part of the island that are pretty good, but the norther 2/3 are 4x4 roads/ trails. Lastly UPHILL. Look this trail up and it says it's 0 elavation. That is a lie. Maybe you start at 0 and and at 0 but it's 80% up hill. There are long (3 or 4 mile) steep (20 - 30 degrees) that are interupted by short steep down hills. the trails are rough, sandy, muddy, and littered with large rocks (softball sized), branches, roots, ect. if you stay in the south west section it could be a nice day trip. But if you wanna do the loop now you have arealistic idea of what you're in for.
Written August 11, 2016
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kelUSA13
dc33 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
If you're looking for a less populated place to visit in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, visit Grand Island!

You can get there by ferry just outside Munising. The ferry location also rents mountain/cruiser/hybrid bikes you can use while on the island.

The island offers backcountry camping, cabins, beaches, wildlife viewing, mountain biking trails, a 20-miles loop around the island exterior, historic buildings, and amazing views.

Visited in August, the ferry ran from 9am-630pm. While we were there, backcountry camping was closed due to bear activity, NPS was in the process of removing bears from the island, park rangers were informative and helpful and stayed on top of the issue.

We rented mountain bikes, and as a fairly inexperienced mountain biker, the 20-mile perimeter trail was difficult. Very steep inclines, lots of large rocks, etc on path. Probably very do-able for the average mountain biker, not so great if you aren't used to it. However, the views from the trail are amazing, and worth the trip.

A tour is also offered on the island through NPS, information at the visitor center and ferry.
Written September 2, 2014
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