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Tech Trails

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

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.
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Latitude
47.1090416442834
Longitude
-88.55195045471191
Trail Directions
Entering on US41 comming from the east turn south at teh stoplight in campus on to Sharon Ave. follow a couple miles up past the stadium and the trailhead will be on your left. MTU Trails sign
Trail Length
10 + miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Houghton
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Review Date
July 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: car_auctioneer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Swedetown, Churning Rapids, Copper Harbor



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Review Date
November 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: YoungerNow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
April 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ryguy79 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maasto Hiito



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Review Date
September 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Di_bear ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Churning Rapids, Swedetown



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Review Date
March 28, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stevemtu ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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