Current Trail Status: Closed for Mountain Biking. some availability for XC Skiing & Snowshoeing. Send snow.
Now that winter is here to stay for several months, it should be obvious to those who are familiar with the Keweenaw that mountain biking will have to wait until May at the earliest. Deep snowpack, ice, and downed trees due to winter storms keep much of our system inaccessible for quite a while. Don't despair though, there is still fun to be had! If you are up for a backcountry adventure, our trails are still open for those who are properly equipped. Trails are not marked in many areas and it is easy to stray off a trail corridor if deep snow obscures your path. Don't say we didn't warn ya!
The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge maintains several XC ski loops around their property for winter enjoyment. Snowshoe trails are also marked, many overlapping our existing summer trails. You can find maps, groomer reports, and rental information on their Winter Trails page.
Additional XC ski, snowshoe, and fatbike trails around Copper Harbor are maintained by volunteers when snow depth allows. You can find out more on the CH Snow facebook page. At this time the Copper Harbor Trails Club does not maintain any winter trails directly.
Current closures: Our trails are currently closed for to mountain bikers due to snow.
Even though we're at the end of the road in the U.P., we are not immune from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses closed temporarily, schools shuttered, and people quickly moved to working from home in an effort to halt the virus in its tracks. So far, we have been successful. As of late-May 2020, the Keweenaw region only saw a few confirmed cases and we'd like to keep it that way. Our trail opening was delayed in an attempt to stymie the flow of visitors to our region as long as possible. However, with summer slowly arriving and our trails ready to ride, the CHTC Board decided to open our trails effective May 22, 2020. As with everything related to this potentially deadly illness, we ask that you follow some simple recommendations and guidelines to keep yourself, your friends, and our community healthy.
- If you have recently been ill, near someone that was ill, or are not feeling 100%, please refrain from traveling. There is no shame in staying at home until you feel well.
- Local businesses are trying their best to balance personal safety while welcoming customers. Respect businesses that require masks to be worn. It’s not a major burden and does a lot to show that you care not only about those around you, but also our trails. Our community and trails cannot thrive if we are battling a potentially deadly virus, nor can you visit if we are down for the count. Many in our community are at-risk; treat them as you would your friends or family.
- Local businesses are constantly adapting to changing regulations and are doing their best to keep their staff and patrons healthy and their establishment viable. Hours and availability are subject to change and will likely be different than in years past. Check-in before you go to ensure you are familiar with the current situation.
- Lodging may be scarce until campgrounds and vacation rentals are permitted to open. If you cannot make a reservation, consider visiting at a less-busy time of year. Fewer people = lower risk = more fun on the trails.
- The public restrooms in the visitor center are closed until further notice. Port-a-potties are available near the park. Be advised that you should bring extra water with you in case it is not available in the usual public spaces.
On-Trail COVID-19 Safety
If you do find yourself in Copper Harbor, there are some simple things you can do to keep you and others safe. You are probably doing many of these things already! The rest are easy to implement into your routine and will benefit all of us if followed correctly.
- Keep your distance: Maintain at least 6’ distance from those around you not in your immediate party.
- Pass safely: If approaching another trail user from behind, call out ahead of time that you would like to pass. Give them time to find a suitable location to do so safely, and do not tailgate them closely. If approaching head on, stop well ahead and coordinate a pass. When passing, try to maintain at least 6’ distance. This may require stepping off of the trail in a safe area.
- Dial down the rad factor: Now is not the time to try anything new or outside your comfort zone. Not only will your injury put essential emergency personnel at risk, it will draw away resources from potentially treating patients with COVID-19. Save that big jump for another day.
- Pack a mask: Be sure to have a mask with you in case you need to interact with others on the trail. This is particularly important if you must assist with an injury or are injured yourself.
- Break wisely: If you pause to take a break, be sure to allow ample space for people to pass outside of the 6’ buffer.