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High Country Pathway - IMBA Epic

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Michigan's longest loop trail crossing through three counties and covering varied terrain.


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82.0

Miles

132.0

KM

Singletrack

1,221' 372 m

High

766' 233 m

Low

4,615' 1,407 m

Up

4,614' 1,406 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Description

From beautiful hill top vistas to dark, cool cedar swamps and pine plantations, the High Country Pathway (HCP) provides the full Michigan woods experience. Home to the largest free range elk herd this side of the Mississippi, the HCP crosses through three counties with very little sign of civilization. This 80-mile loop is perfect for an all day, or two-day adventure for those that enjoy rugged, unimproved trails. You'll have the opportunity to see elk, deer, bear, beaver and more along the way.

The official trailheads are in Vanderbilt on Sturgeon Valley Road and next to the forest headquarters. However, the trail crosses many roads and other campgrounds which can also serve as access points. Pump wells and artesian wells are located at campgrounds along the way, but there are no towns or food sources to access. Be sure to self-support for worst case scenarios with repair parts and food. This trail has humbled some very strong riders who walk back in or are running single speed upon return.

Waterproof maps are available here, and are highly recommended.

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Shared By:

glen ruczynski

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#256

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#15,257

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Wood plank bridges elevate a portion of the trail to keep off mossy undergrowth. Makes for a fun, scenic ride!
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI
Paul Bunyan Punch Bowl.
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI
The trail passes along the edge of Grass Lake
Oct 8, 2019 near Gaylord, MI
A creek flowing into Grass Lake.
Nov 14, 2016 near Gaylord, MI

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