Don’t be fooled by Ely’s wilderness reputation. We have great road rides. We’ve listed some of our favorites below. Click on a ride to view its map and elevation profile. Rides leave from the Ely Bike Shop unless otherwise noted.
Note: We also have group rides every Thursday during the summer. Please see our community page for more details.
This is a very simple loop that visits the historic logging town of Winton. The Winton Loop is a good coffee ride and/or starting point for novice roadies.
Distance: 15 km (9 mi)
Elevation Gain: 136 m (445 ft)
With Kawishiwi Trail Spur: 34 km (21 mi)-322 m (1,056 ft) elevation gain.
We should probably call this the “Local’s Loop.” It’s a quick spin around Shagawa Lake. Ten kilometers of undulations and lakeside views add flavor to the north side of the ride. Add the Van Van Vac road and/or Echo Trail for extra kilometers and hills.
Distance: 24 km (15 mi)
Elevation Gain: 172 m (564 ft)
With Van Vac Spur: 36 km (22 mi)—327 m (1,073 ft) elevation gain.
Echo Trail (out and back)
This is another local favorite, and a great way to get some climbing in your legs. The Echo Trail has lots of ups and downs and is especially lung burning if you add the “Passi Wall of Pain.” Add the Van Van Vac road and/or Shagawa Loop(see below) for even more distance and hills.
Distance: 45 km (28 mi) out-and-back
Elevation Gain: 460 m (1,509 ft)
With Passi Road: 50 km (31 mi)—598 m (1,962 ft) elevation gain.
Echo Trail (loop)
The out-and-back Echo Trail is an appetizer. This is a meal. Treat yourself!
Distance: 74 km (46 mi)
Elevation Gain: 846 m (2,776 ft)
Lake One (Fernberg Road)
This ride follows the famous Fernberg Road to Lake One, a popular entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Distance: 69 km (43 mi)
Elevation Gain: 518 m (1,699 ft)
With optional Fall Lake and Moose Lake Spurs: 85 km (53 mi)—720 m (2,362 ft) elevation gain.
Time it right, and you can pick fresh blueberries while riding this loop. This is another local favorite.
Distance: 32 km (20 mi)
Elevation Gain: 232 m (761 ft)
With White Iron Road, Kawishiwi Trail and Winton Loop: 66 km (41 mi)—532 m (1,745 ft) elevation gain.
Babbitt (out and back)
This is a straightforward ride to the town of Babbitt, approximately 25 km (16 mi) south of Ely.
Distance: 57 km (36 mi)
Elevation Gain: 316 m (1,037 ft)
With Blueberry Loop: 63 km (39 mi)—373 m (1,224 ft) elevation gain.
Two hundred kilometers (124 miles) of road and gravel. Get some. Note: This ride begins and finishes at the Ely Chamber of Commerce. Stop in and tell them you completed the Ely Brevet!
Distance: 200 km (124 mi)
Elevation Gain: 1,374 m (4,508 ft)
*We’re not responsible for anything that happens on these rides. Always ride with safety and common sense.