Category Archives: Bike trails

Chippewa Hills Logging Update

Message from Blake Gingrich – Unit Supervisor MDNR-Parks and Rec.:

Chippewa Hills Harvest started last week.  The loggers are currently working in the “H” block (see attached map) and plan on moving into E next week.  The specs from Forest Resources Division require the loggers to quit working by December 15th but if there is no snow will be allowed to stay longer to avoid impacting the skiers.  Once we get 4 “inches or so all operation will be stopped.
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Chippewa Hills Mountain Bike Race POV credit Austin Leeke

2nd Annual Tour or Alpena Mountain Bike Trails

Saturday, July 29th

Thunder Bay Trails will be hosting their 2nd Annual Alpena Tour of Mountain Bike Trails showcasing all the mountain bike single track in the Alpena area.

If you have always wondered where to ride or how to find the trails this is an excellent chance to get a guided tour.
Come to just one location or challenge yourself and attempt all three!
Each trail is approximately 8 miles
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Mountain Bike Trail Forum

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a “Trail Forum” on March 22nd at Tree Tops Resort between 1pm and 5pm

Thunder Bay Trails representatives are planning on attending, let us know if you would like to come along

Click on the links below for more details

MBS Invitation

Mountain Bike Trail Forum Agenda

Aliferis Memorial Race – September 3, 2016

The 15th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race is open to runners, walkers, and bikers of all ages and ab11822673_10153144187189389_6359843295473297701_nility levels. Registration fees range from $20 – $70 based on event and date of registration. Discounts available for early registration.

Events include Duathlon,5K Run, Bike Race (26 miles), Bike Tour (6 miles), and 1-mile Run/Walk

Register online for the 2016 Aliferis Memorial Race.

We again are offering a Family Rate (immediate family only). To take advantage of this discounted rate, register for one person, selecting “Family Rate” under Events. We will contact you regarding specific events and the names and ages of additional family members.
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We have an event next week showcasing our trails system in Alpena and the recent wind storm has left Chippewa Hills Pathway in shambles. We need to clean it up ASAP! Monday evening at 6:30pm we are calling for all hands on deck to help remove all the blow downs on the mountain bike single track at Chippewa.

Bring your leaf blowers, bring your chain saws, bring your biceps, bring your bug repellent!
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Tour Alpena County’s MTB Trails Fund Raiser

Rail Trail Bridge Pano

Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 8am Ride all the single track in Alpena County starting at Rockport ~ Norway Ridge Pathway ~ Chippewa Hills Pathway

The day would begin at 8am at Rockport State Rec Area doing one 7 mile loop around the quarry, then jumping in your vehicle and driving to Norway Ridge Pathway where you would do an lap approx. 7 miles then back into your vehicle on to Chippewa Hills Pathway for a lap of 7 to 10 miles.
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The First Crossing of the Great Lake to Lake Trails Begins Now and Ends with Michigan Trails Week!

Chris Bowman, the bicyclist (left) and Chris Hillier, the hiker (right) prepare to “Chris-cross” the Great Lake to Lake Trail.

Chris Bowman, the bicyclist (left) and Chris Hillier, the hiker (right) prepare to “Chris-cross” the Great Lake to Lake Trail.

On September 13 through September 28th, a hiker and a bicyclist will boost public awareness of the Great Lake to Lake Trail from South Haven to Port Huron by being the first users to follow the route of what supporters hope will become a major destination trail for cyclists and other users.  The Great Lake to Lake Trail Route 1 is an approximately 250+ mile route connecting 15 existing Michigan rail-trails and seven connecting segments that are currently on the drawing board. Chris Hillier, 45, from Taylor, MI, will leave Lake Michigan at South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail on September 13th, and hike more than 20 miles per day through Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Pinckney, Pontiac, and Port Huron before ending up at Lake Huron on the Bridge to Bay Trail on Saturday, September 28th.  Chris Bowman, 37, from Rose City, MI, will cycle the same route, covering approximately 40 miles per day during Michigan Trails Week, September 21-28th, and arrive together with hiker, Hillier, in Port Huron on Saturday, September 28th.  A return trip to the starting point is being arranged through Amtrak to highlight that travel option as the Blue Water Amtrak corridor parallels the Great Lake to Lake Trail from Port Huron to Kalamazoo and now offers roll-on bicycle service.   Both travelers will speak to elected officials, business owners and trail users along the route, invite friends and other interested parties to join them for portions of it, and provide a commentary of their perspectives of the trail and photos along the way. A more detailed itinerary will be available soon at and
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