UP SECTION 4

Negaunee to L'Anse
 
79.1 miles / 5,160 feet elevation

NOTES:  mixed terrain pavement, gravel, two track, singletrack, river crossing

RESUPPLY/CAMPING NOTES:

MILE 266.3 Negaunee. All services

MILE 277 Ishpeming. All services

MILE 324.5 Mt. Arvon Campsite

MILE 344.4 L'Anse. All services

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:

 

MILE 267-277 The route uses the legendary RAMBA trails to get from Jackson Park in Negaunee to the town of Ishpeming. These trails are quite rugged and technical but well worth the effort for the views and cool spots they traverse. This section is quite technical and hilly.

MILE 277-293.5 Ishpeming has all major services and is the last point of proper resupply until L'Anse over 65 miles away. The route stays on paved roads leaving town for quite a ways passing scenic Deer Lake. Eventually Deer Lake road turns to gravel and the route becomes a bit more rough and rugged.

MILE 293.5-303 This section leaves the Dead River and begins to gain elevation into the Mulligan Plains with tremedous views. The infamous Mulligan Truck Trail traverses over a "pass" in thecliffs and is very rugged requiring hike-a-bike. The route crosses the Yellow Dog Riverwhich needs to be forded on foot and can become quite swift after heavy rains so plan accordingly.

MILE 303-324.5 After crossing the Yellow Dog River the route uses AAA road and other forest roads heading to Mt. Arvon. These roads can be rugged at times depending on weather and include some sandy sections on AAA, loose rocks and decent size climbs. Generally the roads are hardpacked and good traveling though. The climb to Mt. Arvon is arduous. Small campsite on Arvon with picnic table, fire ring and overlook. Mt. Arvon is the highest point in Michigan.

MILE 324.5-346.2 The descent off Mt. Arvon begins on a rugged ATV trail which is suceptible to washing out. Use caution on the long descent and control speed. The route uses forest roads that are generally maintained after leaving Mt. Arvon and the roads become more improved closer to L'Anse. All major services in L'Anse, and just off-route west on US-41 is Baraga State Park for camping.

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© 2020 Route by Matt Acker. Photos courtesy Garrett Hein, Neil Beltchenko, and Rob Meendering