Tech Trails - TRAIL

Tech Trails - Trail, Houghton, Michigan

Baby smooth flowing singletrack with Recreational Trails and segments of technical singletrack. Dirt Jumps, the infamous Dragon Bridge, and a technical bridge spanning more than 300 feet and growing. This tied in with some hidden 'secret' stunts make the Tech Trails a fun ride for the cross county enthusist or the freeride crowd.

User Reviews (10)

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car_auctioneer   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2009]

These trails are a blast. Very extensive system goes for miles. Maps at trailhead, several other places to jump in and out. Fast downhills in sections, LOTS of freeride tricks and difficulty ranging from easy to very technical. The deeper you go, it seems, the harder it gets. Don't visit the area without checking these trails. Could easily spend an entire day here.

Customer Service

Time Trial loop is just to right of the trailhead, good intermediate place to start. If you head to the left (west) from the trailhead, you'll go downhill for quite a while, but remember you have to come back up! Not too bad, though. Pilgrim Road section is easy to find (straight back from TH along Tecumseh Trail) and a good place to start for an easy, quick ride where you can't really get lost. If you head east, you'll connect with the lower MTU trail section and, eventually, the NARA trail system. You won't get lost, but it might take you a while to get back to your car! Can be maddening if you're on a schedule.

Trails have arrows and maps throughout but you might bring a compass anyway. Trail admins try to help by placing a red arrow indicating the direction you're facing but it can STILL be confusing where four trails come together and you're sucking wind from the last climb. Some more simple signs pointing the direction back to the main trailhead would help. There are some, but not enough. But in my mind, you can never have too many signs!

Similar Products Used: Swedetown, Churning Rapids, Copper Harbor
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5
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3
YoungerNow   Cross Country Rider [Nov 25, 2007]

Simply awesome.

The Outer Limits loop is the most fun I've ever had on two wheels, and Inner Peace is a close second. These trails aren't very technical in terms of roots and rocks; The challenge here is not to ride the trail, but to ride them fast, maintaining speed through the endless rollercoaster of curves.

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5
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4
ryguy79   Cross Country Rider [Apr 23, 2007]

I rode these trails all the time while I was at MTU from 97-02. I loved these trails. I miss these trails. I long for these trails. I don't remember any routes and from reading more recent reviews they may have changed, but man these were fun trails that flowed well. Good length descents for Michigan.

Similar Products Used: Maasto Hiito
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5
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4
Di_bear   Cross Country Rider [Sep 02, 2006]

One of the Tech students introduced me to the Tech trails (and mountain biking) back in May. I've spent four days a week here ever since.

The Pilgrim trails (across the road around Dragon loop) are great for beginners and challenging enough to encourage quick skill development. They're fun and fast trails for an easy ride for more advanced riders. Dragon Loop is very challenging - lots of funky little "stunts" here.

Time Trial is a favorite of beginners and advanced riders alike. It is a technical trail perfect for developing skills. Outer Limits (aka Outer Loop -easier) and Twilight Zone (aka Inner Loop - more advanced) are the longest loops that offer lots of downhill. There are some jumps on Outer Loop (go clockwise to hit these right). Of course, there is a challenging climb at the end of these loops. Go clockwise on both loops to maximize downhill fun and shorten the ride up the hill.

Hairy Toad and Barking Frog are the rocky, curvy, rooty trails. These are very technical. The bridges on these trails are narrow planks - beginners should be prepared to walk if they brave these trails. They are great fun is you're looking for a technical ride.

The trails are very well maintained and constantly evolving. I give it a difficulty rating of 3 for "varied" terrain.

Customer Service

21.5 km of trails (>13 miles) - a little something for everyone, pick your poison.

Similar Products Used: Churning Rapids, Swedetown
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5
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3
stevemtu   Cross Country Rider [Mar 28, 2006]

These single track trails were designed by a creative genius. The flat sections have a nice flow with varying grades of technical difficulty, from manufactured constructs to some hairy glacial till (on the ‘hairy toad’ trail). The three hill loops make full use of the 400 ft vertical and can challenge almost anyone’s lungs. Yet the flow and rhythm of the trail is consistent and uninterrupted over the entire course. As a local rider, I may be a bit biased, but I haven’t ridden anything in the Rockies or Appalachians designed for biking as well as the Tech Trails.

Customer Service

I like to ride the flat sections (Time Trial trail and Hairy Toad trail) first to warm up for the hills.

Similar Products Used: Check out the Churning Rapids Trails (mostly single track) and the Swedetown single track (built in part by the same guys who built the Tech Trails). Ask at the LBS, Downwind Sports or Cross Country Sports, for directions. There is also some good wilderness riding up at Copper Harbor.
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5
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4
Nelson   Weekend Warrior [Nov 21, 2003]

There is something for everybody at the Tech Trails, and development is constant. New XC ski trails were put in two years ago, and this summer marked the rebirth of mountain biking at MTU. Trails are still being developed, with combined efforts from students and local riders. There are four cross country style loops; Outer Limits, Inner Peace, The Gnome Loop, and The Troll Loop. Outer Limits is the longest trail, and the most fun. It basically runs up and down the length of the property, so its all down, then all up. Fast, fun, and flows very well. About a 30 minute loop. Inner Peace is a shorter version of Outer Limits. It basically runs the same course, but on the ridges inside Outer Limits. Doesn't flow quite as well, but still a good ride. About a 20 minute loop. The Gnome and Troll loops are on south of the main trails, across Pilgrim River Rd. They are snowshoeing/skijoring trails in the winter, so they are wider, but a singletrack trail has been worn in. No significant elevation changes, and a little bumpy, but enjoyable. With input from student riders, the Tech Trails also sports 3 "freeride" loops. Technical singletrack with small North Shore style stunts. The Time Trial Loop was the actually the first new trail built after the ski trails went in. It is just over a mile long, and is littered with jumps, bridges, skinnies, and a recently reconstructed step-up. The Hairy Toad loop is a branch off of the Time Trial loop to the west. It is newest trail, and is only a trail at the moment. Easily the most technical singletrack here, as you frequently come across tight trees and rocky sections. The Dragon Loop is the original freeride loop, and is the only remaining trail from former Tech Trails. Build by the infamous Brian Edwards over a 3 year span, it once included the famed Dragon Bridge, which is currently being reconstructed to meet the 30" bridge height rule (it used to stand 7' at the highest point). There are several other built stunts along the trail, including a set of fast doubles. A must ride for everyone!! If you want to see where all these trails are, print yourself off a map here: http://www.aux.mtu.edu/rec/ccski/trailmaplarge.html, or just look for the same maps frame mounted at the ski trail heads (those are easy to find). There are more trails our there, and more stunts (pre-30" rule that haven't been removed).....

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but you'll have to find a local rider, or do some serious searching to ride 'em ;-) To top off the freeride scene, a dirtjump track was built this summer, sporting a line of over a dozen tabletop and gap jumps. A favorite amongest the local bmx-ers and students. If you follow the map, it runs between the Pine Loop ski trail.

Similar Products Used: Churning Rapids across the canal in Hancock Up north in Copper Harbor. In my opinion, the best mountain biking in the Midwest. BC style singletrack with rocks instead of roots and 1000' instead of 10,000' hills. Check out www.keweenawadventure.com!
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5
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3
mcballer52   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2003]

These trails rule. Now that we've installed miles of new fast singletrack and miles of technical singletrack, this trail system has it all. We're currently building a stunt section to play on while on the return to the head of the dirt jumps. We have lots of people working on these trails. I helped put in the new trails west of the trailhead (not the dirt jumps) and I'm hoping to install a little playground on a bunch of boulders I found out towards the high school. That probably won't happen until spring or next fall though. For all those who don't know- the dragon has been torn down due to a new 30 inch high rule, but it is currently up in a reduced form and should be extended in the future. In the meantime I recommend visiting the pipeline. It's much more difficult than the dragon was, but it's not very high off the ground.

Customer Service

I like to take the trails to the west of the main trailhead so I can do some stunts, but I visit the pipeline regularly too.

Similar Products Used: Don't bother going anywhere else around here, the Tech Trails are the best!
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5
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3
swankmotee   Cross Country Rider [Aug 22, 2003]

I visit the area every summer(up from Nashville,Tn)and these trails were a real surprise! Whoever is building the newest singletrack should be thanked for creating some really nice flowing lines! I build trails down hear and definitely took some "notes" because the lines were so right and really great at blistering speed! I hope you guys are going to go all out and cover the property with this stuff because it really ranks up there with some of my favorite stuff down here. I even got into some of the NORTH SHORE stuff which was interesting too! Do some building like this up at the Rapids/Hiito area and you will have some of the best trail in the country! The stuff at Copper Harbor is good but lacks the cherry singletrack like you guys have, BUILD MORE!

Customer Service

That was the only difficulty I had was finding all the trailheads and connections. I'm sure you guys will have that all done by next summer and it will be easy to get around. I rode it in both directions!

Similar Products Used: Copper Harbor, Maasto Hiito(sic),Churning Rapids, and the snow mobile trails around Lake Linden and Hubbell.
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5
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3
w8n2ski   Cross Country Rider [Aug 14, 2003]

Trails are getting better every day. The trail crew has been working to add many miles of new singletrack and the tech boys are adding new stunts and even a jump area with permission! Much fun to be had!

Customer Service

Start at the main trailhead and start riding. Keep your eyes open for signed and unsigned trails. Be sure to hit the rec. trails across Pilgrim Rd also. Enjoy!

Similar Products Used: Maasto/Churning Rapids System - Favorites include Iron Ring, Finney Creek, Great Oaks, Pow Pow, Long Bridge....okay they're all good!
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5
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5
Bill   [Jun 23, 2003]

A good several hours of riding can be found here. Great to ride on your way through to the Masto Hitto trails in Hancock on your way to the great trails up in Copper Harbor

Customer Service

the new singletrack is phenominal and still being built. find this at the trail head. The rec trails across pilgrim road are also great...don't foget to stop and see the Dragon Bridge

Similar Products Used: Masto Hitto, Copper Harbor
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