High Country Pathway
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.
Food and drink
There are no towns or places to eat or drink along the way. You'll need to be self-sufficient for the full length of this ride, including spare parts as well as food and water.
Pump wells and artesian wells are located at campgrounds along the way. This trail has humbled some very strong riders who walk back in or are running single speed upon return.
Some of the information on this page is sourced from: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7005013/high-country-pathway-imba-epic
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