IMBA EPIC trail for 2015
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.
Local Trail AssociationNorthern Michigan Mountain Biking Association (nmmba.net)
More Stats for High Country Pathway (IMBA EPIC) mountain bike trail
Altitude change0 ft
Altitude min766 ft
Altitude start915 ft
Altitude end915 ft
Distance climb33.5 miles
Distance down30.9 miles
Distance flat7.7 miles
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