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  1. #1
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    Default Vilas or Iron County

    So I've been riding in Vilas Co. and the UP for the last 18 years. Im considering spending a short week in Iron Co. Is there enough trail there to keep you busy for 600-700 miles? It looks like a good mess of trails, any guess on the mileage riding from Turtle Flambeau to Hurley? Are the gas stops dependable without going to Hurley? Any good places for 3-4 guys to stay towards the Mercer area? Thanks!!

  2. #2
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    I would combine vilas and iron co. Iron co has 500 miles. About 25 miles to hurley lots of places to stay in mercer

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    24 hour pay at pump on trail in Gile BP station. Also 24 hour pay at pump at Frontier Bar and gas station. You do not need to go to Hurley for gas. Several bars also have gas in the area. I suggest heading up to saxon harbor and circling back down to ironwood if you have never done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    24 hour pay at pump on trail in Gile BP station. Also 24 hour pay at pump at Frontier Bar and gas station. You do not need to go to Hurley for gas. Several bars also have gas in the area. I suggest heading up to saxon harbor and circling back down to ironwood if you have never done.
    I agree that is a great loop. Depending on the miles you like to ride looks like all should be good. West of Minocqua and Mercer is good riding with plenty of stops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    24 hour pay at pump on trail in Gile BP station. Also 24 hour pay at pump at Frontier Bar and gas station. You do not need to go to Hurley for gas. Several bars also have gas in the area. I suggest heading up to saxon harbor and circling back down to ironwood if you have never done.
    How is the loop from Saxon harbor going to ironwood I have always went there and came back the same way never looped back to ironwood, how is it going thru ironwood to get back over to Wisconsin trails

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    Stay in Hurley or Ironwood. Always more snow there than south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    24 hour pay at pump on trail in Gile BP station. Also 24 hour pay at pump at Frontier Bar and gas station. You do not need to go to Hurley for gas. Several bars also have gas in the area. I suggest heading up to saxon harbor and circling back down to ironwood if you have never done.
    Good advice on the ride.
    No swearing at the Frontier bar either..dammit.

    Bear

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowchief View Post
    How is the loop from Saxon harbor going to ironwood I have always went there and came back the same way never looped back to ironwood, how is it going thru ironwood to get back over to Wisconsin trails
    Great, its old railroad bed all way through town back to Hurley.

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    X3 on the Saxon Harbor loop. Did it years ago, great scenic views. Would love to do again someday. Snow squall while we were there. Epic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soxfan3 View Post
    X3 on the Saxon Harbor loop. Did it years ago, great scenic views. Would love to do again someday. Snow squall while we were there. Epic!
    Which way do you like to run that loop?
    I like to ride from Hurley to The Frontier Bar (East to West in WI) then ride (West to East into MI) from The Frontier to Ironwood, MI.

    Bear

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    that loop is two trail passes! keep looking over your left shoulder beyond the river crossing for the superior falls parking and overlook, it's worth a stop.

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    It was about 25 yrs ago. I remember we road out of Mercer. Yes today you would need 2 passes, but this was before trail passes. LOL.

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