Western Gateway Trail

Michigan

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Western Gateway Trail Facts

States: Michigan
Counties: Gogebic
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: Border of Hurley, WI and Ironwood, MI and Moore Street; Bessemer, MI
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9248228

Western Gateway Trail Description

The Western Gateway trail is part of the western portion of the greater Iron Belle Trail. It runs from the Ironwood, on the Michigan-Wisconsin border, eastward to Bessemer, Michigan. The multi-use pathway follows the old Soo Railroad right-of-way. Ironwood acts as a gateway to the Western Upper Peninsula (U.P.), famous for its diverse natural heritage and stunning beauty. Whether walking, biking or snowshoeing, the Western Gateway trail provides exceptional views of the trailhead towns and the surrounding woodlands. 

Ironwood is "mile 0" of the Iron Belle Trail, which traverses the state, terminating at Belle Isle, Detroit.

Parking and Trail Access

Traveling west on US Route 2 turn right onto Business US2/Douglas Boulevard. Drive for 1/4 mile into Downtown Ironwood; parking is available at Depot Park trailhead.

Western Gateway Trail Reviews

Perfect Ride

s

We had a perfect day for a ride. The trail is all paved and one of the nicest we have encountered. The trail is relatively flat, wide, and smooth. Wild flowers in abundance, and their fragrance was in the air. We saw deer, a beaver lodge, and a snake! We will definitely keep this one on our “ do again” list.

Early Morning Ride

s

Great trail, little change in elevation, paved and well maintained. Some great views of the Goegbic Range from the bridges on the trail.

Perfect Surface

s

Bar none, this is the best trail surface in the USA. Not a crack or bump in it and the bridges are concrete decked with perfect approaches. They've outdone themselves with this one. Bring on the bikes, skate boards and roller blades, you won't be disappointed.

Beautiful

s

Very beautiful trail with plenty of benches and an occasional picnic table along the way. Gorgeous bridges, scenic overlooks and railroad informational signs along the way. You won't be disappointed after biking or walking this trail.

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A ride from home

s

A wonderful trail to ride for exercise and a great route to get from home to downtown Ironwood or out to Walmart. Interesting railroad history on displays along the route to Bessemer and some nice scenery, wonderful old bridges and trestles, and varied landscape. There are few road crossings and little cross traffic, but the short stretch along U.S. 2 is a bit noisy.

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