Harlow lake area trails

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↑ 700 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
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This system is owned and operated by the state of Michigan (dnr). There are 6 rustic cabins, a lake and a river, it is also 1.5 miles from lake superior. The trails are a mix of two track, old railway, orv, hiking, and single track mtn bike trails. The trails are at times very easy but can instantly turn into craggy expert level trails. Beyond category views along with a great mix of terrain make this a local hotspot for riding. There are no aids to navigation, so stop by one of the 4 local shops to get a "custom" map. You can loop into this area from other trail systems in the area with local knowledge making for a trully EPIC ride.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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World Champ

August 7, 2018
Review: This system is probably my favorite in Michigan with a variety of trails for every type of rider at any skill level. I love the creative use of the area's shallow bedrock on Mclovin (rock rolls!) and on Doc Nobbs (rock berms!). In addition, the Jedi Trail is one of the most deceptively easy climb I've ever ridden. Maybe it's the dirt. It's velco-like qualities make riding any trail a mach speed roller coaster ride!

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November 27, 2016
Review: Very technical to ride and navigate. unmaintained trails. but lots of fun and EPIC views.


August 11, 2015
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Think of this system as the less refined/more interesting (if not necessarily more fun) flipside to the South Marquette trails. Unmarked, unmapped, and unpromoted, they see little traffic in these dark, Hobbit-feeling woods. For those with the gumption to give it a go, finding the crazy descents off the top of the mound (with awesome views of Lake Superior), can find some very unique, and potentially high-consequence riding.


April 7, 2013
goridemike Gramcounter  
Review: No signage makes this system hard to follow but the shear beauty and remoteness make it worth the navigational challenge. The trails can start out smooth and easy winding through pine trees and over bridges but in an instant can become a very technical granite gnar fest. If you are up to the challenge check out "bareback" mtn and "Mclovin" "top of the world" the "jedi" downhill and for the trials rider "lily pond" (don't let the name fool you) I ride this system starting from Marquette's "north trails" system and have ridden the "south trails" system on the way out making for an all day affair (50 miles). Go to local shops to get help finding your way.

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