Ski, Snowshoe, Bike, Hike, Enjoy Nature!
Valley Spur, a favorite Alger County destination for many dedicated cross country skiers, hikers, and mountain bike enthusiasts, is located on M-94 approximately 5 miles west of 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 usually enjoys 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.
Trail maps are available at the lodge and are posted throughout the trail system. Maps are also available for printing on line. In summer most of these loops are used for mountain bike and hiking trails.
A variety of scenery, including hardwood forests, hemlock groves, pine stands and a small stream make all 10 loops interesting. Trail “B” is 2.8 miles which follows an old logging railroad spur, hence our name “Valley Spur”. The expert trail “G” is 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, an intermediate loop, goes through an old growth eastern hemlock stand(Worel’s Woods) 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
We try to have the lodge open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 4:00pm December through March. You will find the lodge staffed by one of the many Friends of Valley Spur volunteers on Thursdays through Sundays 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 so be sure to bring a headlamp at night and use caution. We have ski equipment available to use Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. We won’t charge you but we do ask for a donation for our Free Kid’s Cross Country Ski Lessons we offer.
Season memberships can be purchased in the Valley Spur Lodge during ski season or online. Day passes should be purchased in the lodge during hours of operation. Outside of hours, please deposit your money in the fee tube located at the trail head for day passes. We don’t have credit card availability at our lodge so it’s cash and check only when paying at the lodge.
Check out Roam‘s latest lifestyle video featuring our beautiful trails!