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Sugar Hills

Average Rating:    (4.22 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

There's a secret single track that few know about, it's a enduro race track. you can take that for a couple miles than, if you go the right way, you can make it to the old ski hill and surounding trails. all to ourself, I've never met anyone on it in all my life.
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Latitude
46.9742791034867
Longitude
-93.59338760375976
Trail Directions
Take hwy 169 south to hwy 17, then take that to the old suger hills ski lodge
Trail Length
Up to 20 miles?
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Grand Rapids
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Review Date
December 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mrs.Borezore , from who nows were

Summary:
i liked it

Recommended Route:
on the way

Other recommended trails in the same area:
it was good



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Review Date
December 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Aaron , from Grand Rapids

Summary:
I broke my toe this spring, so I couldn't run or rollarski without hurting myself worse, but I was biking 3 days after I broke it(thank goodness for stiff biking shoes). During this odd month I did a lot of exploring behind sugar hill ski trails. I found enduro trails where I fell, got chased by flesh eating mosquitos and evil horse flys, and managed to get lost after dark some half-dozen times. But what I found was unbelievable. Everyday during that month I biked 2-3 hours(often longer) on the enduro trails and it's now fall and I still haven't found the end of them. Some parts are better than others. I've biked at least 40 miles of maintained and unmaintained trails out at shingle mill and in my opinion it's the best riding in most of Minnesota. It has everything: steep uphills, steep downhills, flats, clearcuts, old pine forrest, new aspen forrests, Challenging switchbacks, and slippery plastic pallets accross swampy areas. It is mainly best ridden by hardtails, but sometimes I wish I had a full suspension for parts of it(two rear deraillers were crunched riding shingle mill this summer). The trails are very skinny and most resemble a small deer path if you saw on from the road. One trail goes most of the way to hill city and then stops(it might continue I just haven't found the other part yet). The other main trial goes around sugar lake. The reason that more people aren't riding these trails it that they're extremely hard to find and very easy to get lost on. The easiest way I can think of to describe to get on the trails is when you are just about(100m)to the top of the thunder peak. Take a right on a 4-wheeler trail. There's a wet spot on the bottom of the first downhill(careful). Walk accross and keep going. Go striaght and you'll go to the main shingle mill road. Take a the first right, right before you hit the road and you'll get on a short (6 mile) loop. If you stay to the outside you'll be ok. Once you have that mastered you should go accross the shingle mill road and there's a more challenging trail system that goes eventually almost to Hill City. Or you can go to point where you are fartherest away from the main trails on the (6 mile) loop and try to find the small hidden trail to go around Sugar lake(harder to find, but not as fun). Have fun! If you're serious about riding these trails I've put you in the right dirrection.

Recommended Route:
Either through the ski trails or through th shingle mill road(A logging road off to the right,right before you get to the ski trails)(The road before you reach the big radio tower)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's great ironore trails north of town that I've taken all the way to Calumet. Very easy to get lost on.



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Review Date
June 17, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Minneapolis

Summary:
My friends and I got lost on the fire roads and single track. Then the misquitos ate us. We were rolling around in the mud trying to keep them off. Trying to fix flat tires and broken chains was nearly imposible. Three guys couldn't slap all the misquitos off me while I was pumping up a tire. The main trail is double track. There is a single track trail that leaves the main trail if you can find it. It is very hard to ride. I suggest riding down the old ski hill first.



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Review Date
May 14, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Aaron Roessler , from Grand Rapids

Summary:
Instead of taking the main trail take the old downhill run behind the lodge to the top. It's about a half mile walk up it. From there you can take an awesome downhill trail down the same way, down the XC trails, or go to the kick-ass downhill runs to the right or left of the main trail you WALKED up to the top. These trails are the probably the fastest trails you can get going mtb in Grand Rapids. Beware-I biffed going 28 MPH! If you take the downhill trail to the left it looks like you are going off a cliff or something(you really aren't though) this one is more advanced if you take it going fast.

Recommended Route:
Go to the old ski lodge parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the tacinite trails north of the paved one(A secret few know about)



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Review Date
April 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Nathan Bildeaux , from Grand Rapids, MN

Summary:
Don't ride in the dead heat of summer 'cause the mosquitos will eat your flesh if you aren't riding faster than they can fly, which is fast. Well, maybe it's the best time, it sure gets you in shape riding away from man eating mosquitos. Good single track, downhill and logging road riding. The only bad part is getting lost as there are no maps for most of the enduro trails out there. Ride with someone who knows the area. I hear the Bildeaux's know it well, eh Mark.

Recommended Route:
Couple miles down shingle mill. There the enduro trail cuts into the woods off the ride hand side of the road. Take this to the top on the thunders and ride the outer loop down. However, when you are on the farthest point away from the trailhead on the outer loop take the enduro trail left and aroud sugar lake. This ends up to be a good 15-20 mile ride if you don't get lost.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Quadna Mountains, North and South Soumi, Taconite Trail system.



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