IMBA EPIC Ride - High Country Pathway, Michigan

High Country Pathway

Overview

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.

Dogs: Leashed

Terrain

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. 

Access

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.

More details

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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107.152 km / 66.581 mi

Total Distance

1,183 m / 3,882 ft

Total Ascent

1,180 m / 3,872 ft

Total Descent

369 m / 1,211 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: Multi-day
Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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