The Isojärvi Mountain Biking Trail (MTB) takes you time travelling into the past in the footsteps of the lumberjacks from days gone by. Parts of the trail are challenging, taking bikers up to the barren heaths high on the rocks and down to the mires located deep in canyon valleys.
The circle trail starts at the Heretty Loggers’ Cabin cafe and goes in a counter-clockwise direction. It runs along a biking trail that was levelled out by loggers working with spades in the 1950s, and continues deep into the rugged wooded hills. The rocky and occasionally steep forest trail provides a good biking challenge. From the highlands, the trail descends to an area where you cross the mires on duckboards. After the demanding start, the rest of the journey is an easy bike along old forest roads and sandy roads. At the Huhtala wooded pastures, you can see grazing sheep and get a glimpse of the crofter lifestyle of the past. There are several campsites along the trail, where you can enjoy some snacks or even spend the night. Or how about renting accommodation at Heretty Loggers’ Cabin and washing off the day’s sweat in the gentle steam of the sauna?
The trail description has been uploaded to the #Keski-Suomen retkeilyreitit maailmankartalle project, which was funded by the Central Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Heretty Loggers' Cabin has a summer café offering visitors tips for trips and selling souvenirs and small savoury and sweet treats. You can also rent row boats for Kalalahti and accommodation at Heretty at the café. More information on Facebook-site Heretyn Kämppäkahvila.
The trail is marked in the terrain with black and white signposts and yellow diamonds. Please note that the work related to trail markings and signs is still in progress and will be completed in summer 2019.
Most of the route is a hard-surfaced trail or sandy road, but especially in the beginning (0-6,5 km S1) of the trail, there are some short S2 sections with a lot of rocks and tree roots, and also some duckboards. Differences in elevation in the terrain require a higher level of fitness. There are sections, where you should be prepared to push or carry your bike.
The trail runs along the national park’s hiking trails. Please take other trail users into consideration: Maintaining a moderate speed in all situations makes it safe for everyone. Be alert especially in the narrow and fast trails. Since bikers are moving at a faster speed, you should always be prepared to yield to other trail users.
There are campsites on the trail, which are suitable for a short break or overnight camping. When the forest fire warning is in effect, fires are not allowed – even at the campfire sites.
Although the trail is marked in the terrain, always take a map of the area with you. Be sure to take a first aid kit. In case of an emergency, call the emergency number 112. How to use the emergency number 112 in Finland?
A mountain bike or fatbike is needed to cycle the Isojärvi MTB Trail.
Your own fitness level and bike model significantly affect the difficulty of the trail. The trail is more challenging if you have a mountain bike with narrow tyres rather than a fatbike with wide tyres.
Remember to take enough fluids with you. The trail has no drinking water points. There is a well at Heretty Loggers' Cabin. You should always boil natural water before drinking it.
Isojärvi National Park (Nationalparks.fi)
Instructions and rules (Nationalparks.fi)
Hiking in Finland (Nationalparks.fi)
Heretty Rental Huts (Nationalparks.fi)
When going to Heretty parking area, drive from the road 9 (Tampere - Jyväskylä), follow the National Park signs for 14 km from Länkipohja or 17 km from Kuhmoinen.