Your Guide to Fat Tire Biking in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

When the winter nears, the cold weather takes over, and the snow starts to cover the landscape. Even though winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula brings heaps of snowfall, that doesn’t have to hinder your outdoor recreation fun. If you’ve never tried fat tire biking, all you need is a bike with 3.8″+ tires to get started.

St. Ignace is the ideal hub for your next Upper Peninsula, Michigan adventure due to its proximity to some of the top fat tire biking spots in the U.P. Here is your guide to fat tire biking in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Ride the St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail

This 26-mile trail runs along an abandoned rail corridor was formerly a railroad grade. The St. Ignace to Trout Lake Trail runs almost entirely through the Hiawatha National Forest, which means there’s an ample amount of nature sights to take in. You can find the St. Ignace trailhead in the Little Bear East Arena park on Marquette street. This trail allows for leashed dogs, so make sure to watch out for animals.

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Sault Ste. Marie (The Soo) is just a 51-mile drive from St. Ignace making it the perfect day trip. The Soo Strong Trails is 32 miles long and is situated between The Soo and the small community named Eckerman. The trail follows an abandoned rail corridor. You can find the trailhead to this trail off Foss Street in Sault Ste Marie or SR 123 at Sheldon Rd in Eckerman.

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The Grand Marais Trail is located south of Deer Park, Michigan. This trail runs 41.7 miles through Grand Marais and ending in Shingleton. On this trail, you can expect to encounter gorgeous nature scenery, lots of furry animals, and some rural, remote spots that are bound to be photographable.

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Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Use trails with at least six inches of snow
  • Don’t use the trails if the temperature is over 30 degrees
  • On two-way trails, keep right
  • Make sure tires are at least 3.7 inches wide with no more than 4-6 PSI

For more information on Fat Tire Biking etiquette and updated trail information, visit Michigan’s DNR website. Trails aren’t just for biking, of course. St. Ignace, Michigan has plenty of winter trails waiting for you to trek along or sled through. Go ahead, book your winter getaway today!