Copper Country Trails
The Copper Harbor Trails aren't the only incredible trails to try out during your next visit to the Keweenaw region. Almost every community has both summer and winter trails available for you to explore. Add 'em to your list and take an extra day off of work, you won't regret it!
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 35+ 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. Swedetown also boasts a 10k network of dedicated fat bike trails and is growing every year. The ski trails host the annual Great Bear Chase event that brings several hundred riders to the region. Think Trails Fest, but with way more snow and a little less beer!
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. Churning Rapids Trails are well marked from summer use, while Maasto Hiihto is a bit more rugged. Many summer trails in Maasto Hiihto were destroyed by the 2018 Father's Day Flood and may be difficult to bike or hike along.
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 km of well-groomed, scenic trails for the skiing enthusiast. A portion of the winter trails along the Swedetown Creek in Maasto Hiihto were destroyed by the 2018 Father's Day Flood and remain closed.
The Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club also maintains some of the fat bike trails in the Keweenaw 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. Day passes are required for entry and can be purchased at the trailhead.
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 forests, you'll be surprised at the diversity of trails here. They are typically the first to groom in the area and people are often out riding on as little as a few inches of base. Their trails are that good.
The Southern Keweenaw trails at Adventure Mine in Greenland have 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. While not every trail is a burly, no-holds-barred riot, quite a few are and are among the toughest you'll find anywhere in the area. 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 occasions.