Copper Harbor - IMBA Silver Level Ride Center
May 9, 2017 Condition Update: Trails will open this weekend but expect early season conditions with leaf cover and a few wet spots. Bridges may be slippery. Be careful, have fun.
NOTICE: ALL USE OF TRAILS IS AT THE INDIVIDUAL'S OWN RISK! TRAILS DO NOT CLOSE BECAUSE OF RAIN.
1. Trails are human-powered non-motorized. We partner with a variety of land owners to operate the trails for non-motorized use. No e-bikes (please respect the agreements with our land owners).
2. The Copper Harbor Trail System contains both natural and man-made features.
3. Terrain changes constantly due to weather and use. Please pay attention to moisture levels because wooden features become very slippery when wet. Trails DO NOT close because of rain.
4. Always ride in control and within your ability. If you are uncertain, please dismount and walk your bike.
5. Due to frequent high winds in the area, you may encouter downed trees on the trail. Please proceed with caution and report any trail concerns to the Keweenaw Adventure Company or call 906-289-4788. You can also send us a note via the contact button above.
Located at the northern tip of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the Copper Harbor Trails are a quintessential destination for the silent sports enthusiast. Tucked away from the commotion of everyday life, the Copper Harbor Trails provide the perfect escape, combining exhilarating singletrack with the natural beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
The Copper Harbor Trails system provides over 35 miles of prime, scenic singletrack amid miles of untamed forestland spotted with unique geological features and overlooking Lake Superior. These trails showcase a variety of riding options including downhill tracks, flow trails, traditional cross country and technically featured trails. Trails are generally open to human-powered activities (biking, hiking, trail running, skiing, and snowshoeing) and dogs are welcome but should be on a leash or under your direct control. There is no charge to use the trails so please help support the trails through a donation.
Van shuttles are available on certain days to bring riders to the high points of the trail system. Service is offered through the Keweenaw Adventure Company.
The Copper Harbor Trails Club is committed to providing recreational opportunities year-round for those looking to get outdoors -- even during the winter months! Over the years the Club has helped to develop and maintain several winter resources including a ski and snowboard terrain park, marked snowshoe trail, and two nordic ski systems.
Nordic Trails: The trailhead for the nordic trails is located behind the Copper Harbor Welcome Center. Laminated maps are posted along the trail and personal copies can be purchased at the Gaslite General Store. (Trails are no longer groomed at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.)
Snowshoe Trails: Snowshoes may be rented from the Keweenaw Adventure Company (KAC) for use on the trails. Maps of the summer/snowshoe trails are also available for purchase from the KAC.
Ocha Potter Terrain Park: CLOSED as Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is no longer open in winter.
These trails are free to use. Donations are appreciated to help support the cost of grooming and maintenance.
OTHER TRAILs to ride in the Keweenaw region
The Swedetown Trails, located in Calumet, MI, are comprised of fun, fast, flowing trails that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. These trails are 25 miles of smiles, containing primed singletrack for everyone from beginners to more advanced riders. Their location makes them a great stop before or after Copper Harbor.
The Swedetown trails also boast 30 km of groomed nordic ski trail, varying from beginner to more advanced trails. These trails take advantage of the flowing landscape, creating fun and challenging trails. On Tuesdays fat bikes are allowed on all trails beginning at 5pm.
Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trails in Hancock, MI, are two trail systems that blend together seamlessly, creating 21 miles of singletrack trail. These winding trails rest on the hillsides of the Portage Canal, creating varied trails for a diverse riding experience. The variety of the trails coupled with the scenic views of the Portage Canal, Ruby Marsh, and quiet forests create an exceptional riding environment. Be aware, while Churning Rapids Trails are well marked from summer use, Maasto Hiihto is not.
As it’s name proclaims, Maasto Hiihto (“nordic skiing” in Finnish) is home to a network of exceptional cross country ski trails. Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids combine to create 25 kilometers of well-groomed, scenic trails for the skiing enthusiast.
Starting in 2016, the Copper Harbor Trails Club is partnering on an effort to groom fat bike singletrack at Churning Rapids. Keep up to date on conditions and learn how you can support the effort at the Churning Rapids Snow Bike Trails facebook page.
The Michigan Tech and Nara trails, located in Houghton, MI, have something for everyone. Tech offers 25 miles of diverse trails including flow, jump line, dual slalom, technical, traditional XC, and wide and scenic trails. Riders can experience a little bit of everything at Michigan Tech.
Michigan Tech is also home to world class cross country ski trails. Including both beginner and competitive trails, this system contains 30 km of trail which flow effortlessly over Houghton’s rolling landscape. With natural water features and diverse forestry, you cannot find a mundane trail at Michigan Tech.
Adventure Mine in Greenland has approximately 6 miles of biking and hiking trails around the mine site. These challenging, hand-built trails weave around many of the old mine building foundations, and historic pits on the site. Trails are open year round, except for the underground portion which is only available during the Ride the Keweenaw group ride, the Miner's Revenge Bike Race, and other special occassions.