Munising Bay Trail Network

Community Partners with Munising Visitors Bureau

Bike Park and Valley Spur Update

The Munising Bay Trail Network volunteer group has been very busy this season.
Here is a brief update on what's new for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a fun place to explore :

Munising city trail (located on the top of the hill behind Hillside Party Store):
Bike Park featuring a 1500 ft jump trail with rolling bridge that takes you over the outer loop (1.4 miles in length).
1000 ft skills loop that includes a ride around option for each obstacle which arespaced throughout the trail with varied degree of difficulty. These include wood/rock ride overs, rock trails, several feet ofboard walk (including a double wave deck), log rides, and a teeter totter.

Valley Spur singletrack :
We've almost doubled our mileage since the end of last season. The trail now starts from the parking lot and is7.78 miles (measured with a wheel) to where it stops. The trail currently ends on ski trail G (to those familiar with Valley Spur this is at the top of Heart attack). You can ride the trail in both directions for a 15 mile ride or turn left onto heart attack (steep downhill) and take the fork at the bottom of the hill to the left and follow the back to lodge signs located at the ski trail intersections along the double track to make it a 9 mile loop.

If you get a chance to check the trailsout before the snow flies, we'd love to get somefeedback. You can message our Facebook page or send your comments to

Happy trails!
MBTN volunteers!

MBTN Projects Update

MBTN News Update presented to Munising Visitors Bureau

  • Valley Spur Recreation Area – 12-13 mile loop is at the half way point of completion

    •  7miles built to date (6.5 complete, ready to ride)

      • Another ½ mile ready to be finished by volunteers

      • MBTN’s funds to build more trail are limited

    • USFS - 25 mile plan submitted for additional singletrack

      • NEPA evaluation is needed

      • Snow Bike route is being pursued for winter 2016/17 season

        • Grant(s) will need to be applied for to cover the cost of EA


  • Munising City Trails

    • 1.4 mile loop - singletrack rebuilt and rideable/volunteers are dealing with a sand issue –a lot was done earlier this season/another work bee tonight is planned to spread the rest of the clay/soil

  • bike park is near completion with the majority of the  funding provided by the Sault Tribe through the CDC –PICH (Partnerships to Improve Community Health) funds $36,000 was received. An additional $6,000 plus came from MBTN’s budget to cover housing for the crew and additional expenses (capping materials).  

  • Recreation Passport Grant 2017 (submitted)

  • Trust Fund grant 2017 (submitted)

    • Both grants were submitted to complete the bike park features by adding a flow trail and a pump track – only one will be awarded (if the project is chosen to be a recipient) (DNR would choose the best fit)

    • The matching funds will be covered by the City of Munising

      • $10k from MBTN from the money received from the cities budget for the damage (cities 2016 budget

      • $5k from the cities 2017 budget


  • DNR Trust fund Grant for Trailhead/parking/restrooms with a trail to the top of the hill1.6 mile loop has been shortened to slightly over 1 mile to deal with grade elevation issues for the universal access trail

    • Recipient of 2014 Trust fund Grant through the City of Munising

      • Received an email from Devin Olson on 10/7/2016 that preparations are being made to begin the trailhead parking area soon.


  • Rural Business Development Grant - submitted on February 28, 2016 – Project/purchase a trail building machine for MBTN

    • MBTN‘s grant application was awarded and we now have a brand new Kubota U17 in our possession–to be used for trail building in Alger County

      • MBTN’s match amount was $8000

      • Volunteers are training up on the equipment


  • MBTN Trail Kids Youth Program – A six week youth program was organized by MBTN volunteers beginning September 11th, with the last session taking place Sunday October 16.

    • Funding was obtained by Alger Regional Community Foundation & Superior Health Foundation – 38 youth are registered to date

      • 40 helmets purchased

      • 6 Trek mountain bikes purchased

Future Projects:

        • Connector Trail to link Hillside Trail to Valley Spur

          • New land owners have purchased the land adjacent to the City property

            • Hancock Rural Development Group (HRDG)  - initial contact was made to obtain a use permit for the bike park on top of Hillside – a permit was issued to the trail builder Landowski Trailworx,  Inc.

              • MBTN will contact HRDG to set up a meeting to discuss our options (Permanent easements, land purchase, etc.)

              • Land Acquisition Grants will need to be applied for once we know what we need – match amount will be determined at that time

            • NCTA – supports our efforts and would like to adopt the connector trail (once built) as part of the NCT to provide the through hikers (currently walking M94) an option to stay in the woods (and off from the highway) as they enter Munising.


  • IMBA Chapter Status is being pursued

    • MBTN is currently working on becoming an IMBA Chapter (currently club status) to gain recognition as a mountain bike community as well as open up additional avenues for events and fundraising opportunities.


MBTN Fundraising efforts continue

  • Pictured Rocks Road Race – June 26, 2016 (1st year with MBTN as race director)

    • Over 400 participants / $12,000 was raised for the trail network/2016

  • Cooking Carberry Pizza Sales/ $1,000

  • Grand Island Marathon Volunteers/ $700

  • T-shirt, sweatshirt, and pint glass sales / $300

  • Raffle – 4th of July drawing / $1,700

MBTN Kids Mountain Bike Program

August 2016


Dear MBTN “Trail Kids” mountain bike Participant & Family:


Welcome to the 2016 Munising Bay Trail Network, Inc. “Trail Kids” youth mountain bike program.  We are looking forward to working with your child over the six (6) week course.    We anticipate your child will find the rides to be fun as well as educational.  This letter outlines the program we have put in place for this year and should also answer some basic questions you may have.


Schedule and Locations






September 11th

Valley Spur

2:00 – 3:30 pm


September 18th

Valley Spur

2:00 – 3:30 pm


September 25th

Valley Spur

2:00 – 3:30 pm


October 2nd

Valley Spur

2:00 – 3:30 pm


October 9th

Valley Spur

2:00 – 3:30 pm


October 16th

Valley Spur

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Youth Race



Each weeks session willbegin at 1:45 with the distribution of helmets for any child that does not currently own one.   We also have a limited supply of bikes for use by any child who does not own their own.  Parents not taking part in bike rides are expected to be at the lodge by 3:15 to assist their child with return of helmets and / or bikes.


Cost of Program:

The program is free of charge for children age five (5) thru eighteen (18).  The program includes coaching on bike technique / trail etiquette / care of your bike / bike safety.


Group Assignments and Coaches

Your child will be placed in a specific riding group depending on their level of experience.   It is our intent to have two coaches assigned each session to work/ride along with each group.  Group assignments will be available to you following the first session so that you are aware of the names of your child’s coach. Please contact your group coaches with specific questions about the sessions.


Parent Participation:

Your participation is encouraged.  You are invited to come ride along on any or all rides.


Weather and Cancellations

We will cancel any session due to predication of heavy rain or thunderstorms. There will not be make up sessions.  We will post on the MBTN Facebook Page with cancellations.  You can also call the lodge the day of class for an update on weather conditions and class status.  Lodge phone number is 387-4918.


Equipment and Clothing

MBTN Equipment is handed out on a first come first served basis.  It is your responsibility to arrive in adequate time to check out equipment and be prepared to start class on time.  Rides/training sessions will begin promptly at 2:00 pm.  We ask that you arrive between 1:30 – 1:45 for this purpose.  Parents are responsible to return helmets/bikes or any other borrowed equipment at the end of each session.


  Dress appropriate for the weather and provide your child with a water bottle.


Year End Event:

The coaches have planned a youth bike race for the final day of class, Sunday October 16th followed by pizza and awards.  The event will encompass trails at Valley Spur.  Additional information will be provided as the date gets closer.



Parent Tips when Riding with Kids

Valley Spur bike trails are a great place to start kids biking and to learn some technique fundamentals.  Getting out on the trails with your kids outside of these sessions is even better.  Here are a few tips for getting out and enjoying mountain biking with your kids:


  • Keep distances and degree of difficulty manageable for everyone when deciding on which trails to ride.

  • Build confidence – don’t turn it into an ordeal, especially the first time out.

  • Bring drinks/snacks (chocolate or oranges will usually get a few extra k’s out of anyone)

  • Keep focus on fun

  • Keep up the variety and try out new trails in the area

  • Check out some bike racing events (locally or televised) – catch the excitement.  



    Please find the Bike Program registration form and waiver attached.  The registration form and waiver must be completed, signed and returned prior to your child’s participation.