Michigan Tech - Flow Trail Ride
ElevationAscent: 249' 76 m
Descent: -251' -77 m
High: 947' 289 m
Low: 700' 213 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“All the gravity stuff at Michigan Tech, end to end.”— jeff parker
Half way down the Dual Slalom the Dirt Jump line joins back in. At the bottom of the slalom Sure Would turns right across the ski trail and begins a short, relatively flat section of berms and rollers as it crosses an old rail grade and pipeline easement. The it crosses another ski trail and begins a gentle descent in the woods parallel to the trail. Popping in and out of the tree line and an adjacent meadow containing a weather station, you dart your way downhill, loop through the woods and across a bridged stream, take a few pedal strokes, and roll up to the start of Don't Think.
Here's where the flow gets serious as the grade more than doubles and the trail descends along the edge of Hairpin ski loop. Now you're going fast from berm to berm amidst large mature oaks. Soon the berms are linked back to back as you cross one to the next, bmx park style. It can be a struggle to not get too much air on the transitions. A quick false flat at the pipeline crossing and you drop suddenly down into another series of chained berms, then start a straighter section of rollers and gaps, cross a stream to hit high walled 180, second berm, then rollers and gaps again.
Now you're making a transition into big hemlocks and things are darker as you hit one even bigger gap and prepare to drop into the stream bed again. Look up and see if you can spot the broken cross country skis screwed 20 feet up the hemlock at the bottom of Hairpin ski loop. Immediately following the drop is a step-up, roll down then a few flat rollers on a ridge, one last drop and roll out the end onto the ski trail.
From here you could join the Aerobic Adventure Ride by going straight, but this ride turns left on the ski trail, left again and heads back up the singletrack first on Outer Limits, then Twilight Zone in the most direct route to the top. Once Outer Limits crosses Core Loop ski trail, turn left onto Core and keep following the yellow arrows. This will quickly take you to the start of Don't Think again in case you want a quick repeat, or you can keep on Core to the bottom of the Dual Slalom where you can start on Sure Would again. Or keep following Core back to the main trailhead and call it a day.