Michigan Tech - Technical Trails Ride
ElevationAscent: 194' 59 m
Descent: -195' -60 m
High: 970' 296 m
Low: 919' 280 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
Current trail conditions
Popular rides nearby
Michigan Tech - Flow Trail Ride
2.4 mi 3.9 km • Loop • 249 ft Ascent 75.81 m Ascent
Singletrack Houghton, MI( 7 )
Aerobic Adventure Ride
11.0 mi 17.7 km • Loop • 1,078 ft Ascent 328.52 m Ascent
Singletrack Houghton, MI( 5 )
Michigan Tech Easy Loop
4.5 mi 7.2 km • Loop • 202 ft Ascent 61.48 m Ascent
Singletrack Houghton, MI( 3 )
19.8 mi 31.8 km • Loop • 851 ft Ascent 259.28 m Ascent
Singletrack Laurium, MI( 5 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“A concatenation of all that is rocky, rooty, and North Shorish at Michigan Tech Trails.”— jeff parker
Half way through Time Trial, you'll turn right onto Hairy Toad for a sampling of the natural terrain the tops the Keweenaw Penninsula - scattered rocks and degraded bedrock with a thin scree of soil - often mixed with water. Again, very little elevation change as you ride 14 inch by 30 foot boardwalks over wetlands, curve over rock piles, ford a rock garden spangled stream twice, all under stunted black ash, birch, and balsam forest.
As you approach the west end near Houghton High School, there begin to be a few short, steep rocky climbs and descents and the ratio of rock to soil increases. You'll scramble over a rock pile from copper mining days past, scoot down a short section of abandoned narrow gauge railroad, then work your back through the boardwalks and wet rock gardens before turning right onto Barking Frog.
Barking Frog is like Hairy Toad, but with a bit more flow and speed. The boardwalks are a bit wider, the turns not so tortured, but the rocks are still there. Barking Frog traverses all manner of ecosystem - cedar swamp to abandoned rocky field (how did they farm this stuff?) to dense cedar woods, into the damp black ash glades, back to cedars, across another field and back to Hairy Toad.
After the short remaining section of Hairy Toad, you return to Time Trial to change it up again with wooden features, then cross and join a short section of the Sure Would flow trail just below the dual slalom course, but then veer right onto Dragon Loop.
Crossing Pilgrim Road, Dragon is another legacy trail at Tech. The original wooden features have long since rotted away, but the students have diligently replaced then with new treated lumber versions of the super narrow elevated skinnies, boardwalks, and the like, including the Dragon Bridge which is a humped, winding skinny 6 inches wide and over 100 feet long 30 inches above a wetland. On the back side you'll come to a pair of gap jumps in a small meadow, mixed with compression dips through old exploratory mining pits, before swinging back across the road and making the short return to the trailhead on the Tecumseh ski trail.
Biked this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, E-Bikes Allowed