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Valley Spur, a favorite Alger County destination of many dedicated cross country skiers, hikers, and mountain bike enthusiasts, is located on M-94 approximately 5 miles from Munising, Michigan in the Hiawatha National Forest.

The 27 mile (45 km) cross country ski trail system is groomed daily or as the need arises from December through March so that the trails are always ready.  All trails are groomed for both skate and classic ski.  Down hill trails are designed with run out and good sight distance keeping safety in mind. Valley Spur sports a deep snow base getting heavy accumulations from the lake effect snows off Lake Superior which make for a truly unique skiing and snowshoeing experience.

In summer most of these loops are used for mountain bike and hiking trails. Trail maps are available at the lodge and are posted throughout the trail system. Maps are also available for printing on line.

A variety of scenery, including hardwood forests, hemlock groves, pine stands and a small stream make all 12 loops interesting. The “B” beginner’s and warm up loop is a 2.8 mile trek which follows an old logging railroad grade, the namesake “Valley Spur”.  The expert trails  “E, F & G” are located on a terminal moraine left by the glaciers of the past.  Several of the downhill runs follow the old glacial stream beds.  The ”H” loop, a 4.4 mile intermediate loop, goes through a wetland valley and an old growth eastern hemlock stand that is estimated to be around 300 years old.

Valley Spur Lodge Location:

E8017 State Highway M-94

Latitude: 46.36306  Longitude:  -86.69944

Lodge Phone Number:  (906) 387-4918

The lodge hours vary, but most weekends throughout the winter season from 10:00am to 4:00pm you will find the lodge staffed by one of the many Friends of Valley Spur volunteers and a kettle on the woodstove heating water for a cup of tea or hot chocolate to warm your bones.  The trails are open year round,  24 hours a day.  This is a non-lighted trail system.  Headlamps are recommended for night time use.

The Valley Spur trail system is operated solely by the Friends of Valley Spur, a non-profit volunteer organization, through a special use permit with the Hiawatha National Forest held by the  Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN).  The Valley Spur trail system maintenance and grooming as well as the lodge operations are the responsibility of the Friends of Valley Spur and are funded entirely by trail fees, special events, sponsors, fundraisers and donations.

Season memberships can be purchased in the Valley Spur Lodge Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm during ski season or through this website.  Day passes should be purchased in the lodge during hours of operation.  Outside of hours, please use the envelopes and fee tube located at the trail head.

 

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Copyright © 2007-2014
Friends of Valley Spur
PO Box 523
Munising, MI  49862

This institute is operated under special use permit with the Hiawatha National Forest.  The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.