Shinglemill - TRAIL

Shinglemill - Trail, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

singletrack made and maintained by motocross enduro racers. The loop is only used by the dirt bikers one weekend a year. it is owned by Blandin Paper Company, so look out for logging trucks. Great singltrack mountain biking. any length of loop can be ridden, no real trailhead or markers.

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Threewisemen   Cross Country Rider [Jan 06, 2010]

Back in about 1999 I started to do some springtime exploring skiing on the backside of Suger XC trails. I subsequently broke my toe that spring and was stuck to only mountain biking as training. I figured that some of the trails I had found back there would be good mountain biking so I hauled my 50lb Huffy out there and started exploring. (I later found out that 3-4 diehard locals have mnt biked these trails before me.) There's about 70-90 miles of trail here (depending on your definition of trail). Normally about 60-70 miles of it is maintained regularly for riding and about 20-30 miles are trails that were used in the past that are still ridable. This trail is not designed for mountain biking; it's designed for motorbikes. Therefore the people who will like these trails are those who aren't afraid to challenge their technical skills by steep rooted downhills and back breaking (sometimes seemingly impossible) climbs. Some of the climbs are so steep I've only seen one or two people ever make it up them. Some are so steep I've never seen anyone make it up them. In the five years I rode this trail I NEVER saw another mountain biker that wasn't with my group. Moto enduro riders use this trail 1 weekend a summer and it's fairly obvious when they are there (normally around July 4th weekend). IT IS NOT ADVISED TO DO THESE TRAILS ON THAT WEEKEND OR DURING HUNTING SEASON. Best time is less than a week after the moto riders have used it. All the trails they've used are well packed then and still marked. If you do come across a moto rider or hunter please be kind. They've always been very nice to us and even if at some point in the future they aren't you should still respect them for maintaining and building new trail. Most of it is logging company property so it is occasionally clear-cut. Be wary if you're driving on the dirt roads of logging trucks.

This highly technical trail has trees overlapping the trail to jump, steep rutted downhills, older hard packed fast trail (where you can average 15 mph), freshly cut trail (where on some sections I've averaged 4 mph), and uphills that will challenge even the best riders. I've been on a lot of trails in multiple states that claimed to be technical, but no place I've been challenges you like here. If you don't have the skills plan to be walking your bike a lot!

Customer Service

Once you enter the Shingle Mill (dirt) road you'll go in maybe 200-300M and see a snowmobile trail to your left (not the one right next to the road). Go down it and when it looks like you're going into a swamp you should see a small singletrack. If you miss the first one (fairly easy to do) keep going down the snowmobile trail and it intersects it multiple times. Once you find this trail you can take it as far as you desire. Over the course of five years of riding this trail system I've found about 90 miles of singletrack. It connects to the back side of the Sugar Lake XC Ski Trail system on the north side, on the northwest side it hits Co Rd 74 and goes across Little Suger Lake Road, you can take the dirt roads all the way to Remer on the western side, but the trail doesn't go much further beyond where Little Suger Lake Road intersects Shingle Mill Road (road that starts across from Irvin Lake on Googlemaps). The south end of the trails go across Smith Creek Trail and end close to Spang Road where it intersects the logging road from Smith Creek Trail to Spang Rd. The best riding that's easy to find is close to the back side of Sugar XC Ski Trails.

Similar Products Used: Tioga pit has decent riding. If you want to put on some serious miles on 4 wheeler trails and aren't afraid of not knowing where you are go north from the Taconite trail (paved) into the old iron ore dumps and find 4 wheeler trails. A lot of these loop back on themselves, but some of them go on for dozens of miles with very challenging climbs. These are all 4 wheel trails though; not singletrack like I prefer. Best access point is to go north on 325, take the first right and follow north of the lake as closely as you can. If you do this right you'll end up on Scenic hwy. A lot of this is owned by the mining companies still, but seldemly traveled. There's also a trail that goes north from the Taconite trail just past Bovey where you come out in an abandoned mine dump in downtown Taconite. There's a killer climb and very technical trails there, but it's much harder to find the entrance to it. Take any and all 4-wheel trails and go exploring; you won't be disappointed.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Sammo   Cross Country Rider [Apr 03, 2005]

I started single-track riding last year, all thanks to my great friends and bike lovers Tyler Gerling and Andrew Karppinen. Shinglemill is great cause you never have to ride the same trail twice. Its in really great shape most of the time. There is many challenges though such as logs, tight trees and other hazards. If you want to learn great mechanical skills on the bike learn to ride at a place like this. Its really a amazing trail system. There is never a uneventful moment. Take your friends and try it out i promise you will come back again!

Customer Service

Take any route you see, they are all great.

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4
VALUE
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3
BigGuy   Cross Country Rider [Mar 29, 2005]

Well this is a great train SYSTEM. There are literally miles and miles of beautiful single track right up here in Northern Minnesota. The trails have to equal in excess of 60-70 miles and not ever riding the same trail twice. It has nice single track with double track (four wheeler trails) if you want to ride the double track. You can pretty much stay on the single track if you wish. There are fun short and steep climbs and decents. One word of advice though bring BUG SPRAY, the mosquitos get pretty thick in the summer and if you stop get ready to start dancing. The thing is that this is a great place to ride and nobody really rides out here except the locals and the once annual enduro bike race yearly. This place is a HIDDEN JEM. You will see some guys on motorcycles occasionally but, I stress occasionally. They mostly come to clean and prepair the trails for the Enduro Race every summer. So that means the trails are kept clean but offer plenty of challenge for mountain bikers. This is a truely great place to ride and I hope you read this review and find out about it.

Customer Service

Well there are really no trail markers, except right before and after the enduro race, so you can go out and just explore I guess. I'm still exploring and finding new knarly trails all the time. I you don't want to explore just drop by the local bike shop in town Itasca Trail Sports, or send me an EMail.

Similar Products Used: Tioga Pit, an old abandoned mining pit. With fun technical downhill trails though the old slag piles. A really fun ,Advanced, place to ride. The trails are maintained by local mountain bikers. You can get more info at Itasca Trail Sports in Grand Rapids, ask or check the message board there to find out who to ride with.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
BigGuy   Cross Country Rider [Mar 29, 2005]

Well this is a great train SYSTEM. There are literally miles and miles of beautiful single track right up here in Northern Minnesota. The trails have to equal in excess of 60-70 miles and not ever riding the same trail twice. It has nice single track with double track (four wheeler trails) if you want to ride the double track. You can pretty much stay on the single track if you wish. There are fun short and steep climbs and decents. One word of advice though bring BUG SPRAY, the mosquitos get pretty thick in the summer and if you stop get ready to start dancing. The thing is that this is a great place to ride and nobody really rides out here except the locals and the once annual enduro bike race yearly. This place is a HIDDEN JEM. You will see some guys on motorcycles occasionally but, I stress occasionally. They mostly come to clean and prepair the trails for the Enduro Race every summer. So that means the trails are kept clean but offer plenty of challenge for mountain bikers. This is a truely great place to ride and I hope you read this review and find out about it.

Customer Service

Well there are really no trail markers, except right before and after the enduro race, so you can go out and just explore I guess. I'm still exploring and finding new knarly trails all the time. I you don't want to explore just drop by the local bike shop in town Itasca Trail Sports, or send me an EMail.

Similar Products Used: Tioga Pit, an old abandoned mining pit. With fun technical downhill trails though the old slag piles. A really fun ,Advanced, place to ride. The trails are maintained by local mountain bikers. You can get more info at Itasca Trail Sports in Grand Rapids, ask or check the message board there to find out who to ride with.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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