Michigan Meandering - Video

Dec 27, 2016 at 23:02
Dec 27, 2016
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Michigan Meandering // Exploring the UP's Best Singletrack

Venturing into the unknown is often a gamble, but when it pays off, it’s incredibly rewarding. Our plans to explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula felt a bit like rolling the dice, as we’d heard whispers of surreal singletrack in the area, but without much of a plan or many contacts, we were operating off local advice—most often from people we met at bike shops or dive bars. It didn’t take us long to figure out that beta was better than anything we could find on the internet.

Joined by Eric Porter, we landed in UP country and started our tour de singletrack in Marquette before venturing east to Munising. Working our way back north, we continued to ride any network that was suggested, including Houghton, Hancock, Calumet and finally Copper Harbor. Our wager paid off, as we found exactly what we were looking for, but rather luck, it was all thanks to the locals.

Continue the story in print with "Da Yooper Delicacy" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue. Pinkbike readers save 40% with our Shared Reader Discount.

Eric Porter
Rider: Eric Porter | Photo: Margus Riga

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34 Comments

  • + 38
 I think articles like these (just like the one about Arkansas) are great for the image of mountainbiking in the US where trail access has become an issue. If you want to show people what mountainbiking is, this video will leave a more honest image of the riding that most people enjoy doing. And that trail impact isn't any larger than caused by pedestrians (not to mention horse back riders). And if it has any impact on the community there, it must surely be a positive one. Well done!

That picture reminds me of the Adirondack mountains, northwest NY. I've only been hiking there for a day and didn't have my bike with me, but it has huge potential.
  • + 5
 We're working on it! (The Adirondacks)
  • + 1
 most of it is north and east, but it's on trailforks!
  • + 16
 Man I'm gonna miss all my buds (and beers) at Blackrocks and the awesome trails the NTN, RAMBA, and Copper Harbor trails club build and maintain. I'm gonna miss dig days buttering up the jumps on the Benson Freeride trails, then ripping it up on Freeeride Friday's. Volunteering to tape race courses, run timing and racing the Trails Fest and Gravity Sessions series put on by my good friend Doc. The fellas here in Marquette are who helped me ride harder, smarter, and faster! The bike shops are top tier and the best in the state. I'll do everything I can to bring the Yooper steeze to my new home in Arizona next month and rep the 906 to the best of my ability. I may have been a transplant to the Yoop but Marquette will forever be recognized as home for me.
  • + 1
 AZ has some of the best stuff in the Nation! Beats your bike up a little more...but all the more justification to get a new one every few years!!
  • + 16
 "Just like Squamish "
  • + 3
 like squamish but less blown out haha
  • + 6
 Marquette and Copper have great riding and the U.P. in general is one one of the most honest places with the best vibes Iv'e been to. Also there is good camping, hiking, swimming, beer, and college girls!. Cant wait to send it on next years trip
  • + 9
 love seeing pieces from my home state. copper harbor has some of the best trails ive ridden.
  • + 6
 Just moved to Marquette from Utah...one reason was for the excellent riding, and it has not disappointed! This article doesn't even touch on the world class winter biking. Even a died in the wool anti-fat biker would would have a hard time not enjoying the winter singletrack here. Now about that screen name of mine...
  • + 6
 Cool to hear about us westerners moving there. I thought I'd be the "weirdo" from Colorado driving all the way out there to ride Michigan. Turned out we're fairly common. Parked at the trailhead in Cable, WI and the only other car there was from Colorado as well.

I've been secretly wishing I'm going to lose my job so I could just say f*ck it, sell the house, and move to Marquette. Affordable, great biking, even decent skiing (Bohemia) and beer that might even be better than Colorado's.
  • + 2
 @FatahRuark: You don't need to lose your job to say "f*ck it". I had a great job and said "f*ck it" anyway. BTW...Marquette cost of living isn't really that inexpensive. It IS cheaper than Boulder though.
  • + 1
 Funny, I moved from Marquette to Utah (Park City) three years ago. I prefer the a lot of the riding around the U.P. to most of the non-desert riding in Utah.. And Michigan has the best beer in the world!
  • + 5
 I'm fortunate enough to ride these trails a few times a year, the trails, shops, beer, food, people, wildlife, sights, sounds... The UP is a vast landscape that really feels like one of the last great frontiers, you have to expierece it to really understand, it's amazing.
  • + 3
 My grandparents were from the western/south western part of the U.P. so for nearly 45 years, I never really went farther north or east of Watersmeet/Iron River/Iron Wood until last fall. My wife had said something about going to Copper Harbor a couple times the past couple summers, but who wants to drive 3 hours north after a 5.5 hour drive a day or 2 before. CAMBA is an hour away and several trails 30 minutes away. So anyway, her brother was going to Copper Harbor and invited us along. I knew about the trails, but never really looked into it. I feel like an ass for never going. It was great! 24 miles of shuttle runs in 2 days. The town is very small, but everyone, per usual for the U.P., was friendly. Next summer, going to plan a route from Houghton to Marquette. "Pasty Tour 2017" Wink
  • + 2
 "Pasty Tour 2017" +1
  • + 2
 "Pasty Tour 2017" +2
  • + 3
 Well done Video. Who would have thought that I'd ever want to visit Michigan for it's mountain biking, but it looks pretty fun all said and done!
  • + 4
 Nice vid, good skills and good to see handle bar tashes still going strong! That brewery looks awesome!
  • + 2
 Huge fan of UP riding, i've spent the last two summers teaching kids to mtb in Marquette and Copper Harbor, great trails and great beer!
  • + 2
 Ha nice to see a video where I know all the locals! Too bad I missed the filming, must have been shuttling Copper Harbor instead of pedaling!
  • + 3
 Nice short edit. This is another aspect I love about mountain biking which is travelling to different places.
  • + 1
 lived in Michigan for a couple years, and never went to the UP to ride, it is problably the only thing i regret about my life in the US.
  • + 4
 da yoop
  • + 2
 Great to see some Michigan features!
  • + 2
 If you like ultras, check out the Marji Gesick in Marquette.
  • + 2
 Marquette is the sh!t!
  • + 1
 Did that guy just call Michigan "the mid-west"???
  • + 3
 @cWatt what geographic region would you call Michigan, Really Southern Ontario? Every definition of the Midwest I have seen, including the one by the US Census Bureau, includes Michigan. I grew up in Wisconsin, went to university in the UP of Michigan (Houghton, featured in this video) and the only geographic definitions I every heard anyone use was Midwest, Upper Midwest, Great Lakes States, or Rust Belt which has just as many economic implications as geographic. Then again, I work with a guy from Colorado who includes that as part of the midwest.
  • + 0
 @twd953: haha. It's just thatharthat us Canadians are ignorant to the fact that your "mid-west" is pretty central and a bit east even. Geographically Ohio and Michigan are not mid-west. It seems like a throw back to colonization.

Ontario which borders Michigan is considered eastern Canada for instance and it's a more geographically accurate description.
  • + 2
 Ore 2 Shore 2017!
  • + 2
 COOL VIBE!
  • + 1
 Didn't know Hulk Hogan was a MTB rider...

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