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Outer Limits Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (6)

A whirlwind descent of rollers with significant exposure followed by a winding climb to the top.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Singletrack

886' 270 m

High

701' 214 m

Low

193' 59 m

Up

183' 56 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Outer Limits begins at Time Trial Loop very near Tech's main trailhead with a gradual, meandering course of smooth treaded goodness to and along Deadman's Creek. After crossing the creek at the ski trail, it begins its descent in earnest as Deadman's stream bed quickly deepens.

At the Keweenaw Fault, the trail dives into the gorge created by the falls and rips through a series of Hemlock shaded rollers on the steep hill side above the creek. The trail continues to roll fast and furious before popping out along the ski trail for a breather, then dives into the ravine again, with significant exposure, before a sharp right bermed turn brings it onto a moderate downhill plateau.

The trail turns right and rises slightly, continuing to follow the gorge, drops again, then leaves Deadman's to cross the ski trail and into another side ravine. Here speed picks up again to a slight rise topped with several more rollers, then a dip, a small lip as it crosses the ski trail again, followed by a wide bermed turn to a bridge, and a right turn leading to a fast, flowing, flatter section.

The trail then rolls more gently along Peepsock Creek, crosses on the ski trail and begins its extended climb. The first of the climb is steep, but it quickly moderates and begins a flatter winding course with numerous sweeping connected turns and dips. It takes its time to play in this way before skirting below the highway on a bench cut and resuming the climb. Still not steep, the climb continues, then moderates again as you come back to the main trailhead.

ADDED NOTE: Beginning of the trail is a loop called Inner Core which is green/easy - as a loop it can be enjoyed on its own before entering Outer Limits and can be added with Sure Wood (counter-clockwise) for additional green trail sticking to the left easy pump/jump line. Inner Core has been mapped separately now and Outer Limits being revised to depart from Inner Core and rejoin at the end. Note the trail description here for Outer Limits at the start and end describes Inner Core.

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Shared By:

jeff parker with improvements by Elvin Chan

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Photos

Big linked berms after the first drop on Sure Would.
Oct 11, 2013 near Houghton, MI
Flat bottom section of Outer Limits Loop.
Aug 7, 2013 near Dollar Bay, MI
You are entering the Hemlock Zone....
Oct 11, 2013 near Houghton, MI
Fall color and paired berms on Sure Would.
Oct 11, 2013 near Houghton, MI
Outer Limits Loop skirts below Sharon Avenue in a bank of wild flowers and crosses the creek.
Aug 12, 2013 near Houghton, MI
Inner Peace Loop crosses Center Creek near its headwaters.
Aug 12, 2013 near Houghton, MI

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Jul 20, 2021
Andy Martz
5mi
Sep 16, 2018
ryan Windgassen
Jul 3, 2017
Tyler Dennis
2.4mi
Aug 17, 2016
Kirsten White
Aug 6, 2016
Kirsten White
Really awesome today, dry, sunny and warm! Super fun fast and flowy.
Jun 10, 2016
Russell Johnson
A lot of fun followed by Bobsled.