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blueBlack High Country Pathway - IMBA Epic

Trail

82.0 mile 132.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,615' 1,407 m
Descent: -4,614' -1,406 m
High: 1,221' 372 m
Low: 766' 233 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by glen ruczynski

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

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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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