High Country Pathway

They Survived! High Country Pathway Work Crew Enjoys Steamy Weekend

It was a real scorcher for the crew working on the High Country Pathway! 

We had ten brave, hearty souls deep in the woods this Memorial Day Week, all sacrificing leisure and the creature comforts of home for some tough trail work deep in the Pigeon River State Forest. With temperatures in the 90s, swarms of bugs and mosquitoes, and only a rustic cabin as their refuge, everyone made it through two nights and three days of trail work in good spirits. 

The High Country Pathway remains the only IMBA Epic in the state, and a true 'backwoods' experience for bikepackers and hikers seeking the most remote trail experience. NMMBA has assisted a number of other trail organizations over the year to keep certain sections, like this one near Vanderbilt, in great shape! 

A big thanks to all our volunteers, the DNR, and everyone involved to make sure the HCP stays awesome! 

Call To Serious Action: High Country Pathway Work Weekend

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NMMBA past-President Glen R is leading another ambitious work bee on the High Country Pathway, and you can help! 

The High Country Pathway is one of the really wonderful trail systems that remains an undiscovered gem for far too many mountain bikers. This spring, we're heading back to the remote forests that serve as the backdrop of this wonderful trail to fix, clear, and enjoy a few select parts of the pathway on Memorial Day Weekend. 

The DNR has given us access to the Staff Bunkhouse, giving us overnight accommodations for both Friday and Saturday night. We'll meet Friday at 9 am for the first of two days of trail work. Because of this unique location, volunteers need to remember that this is especially tough work. We'll have to ride in to access work sections, as well as be prepared to carry all our own tools and water for four or more hours of work per day. 

The meet-up location and where we'll be bunking is right here: 9966 Twin Lakes Rd, Vanderbilt, MI 49795 

All food and lodging will be covered by NMMBA, but that muscle and elbow grease comes from trail stewards like YOU! For more information about this unique trail day, make sure you email Glen at gdasher@gmail.com Spots are limited, so if you're interested, let us know as soon as you can. 

For more information about the High Country Pathway, head here