Current Trail Status: Open as of May 22!
Once we open for the season, the Copper Harbor Trails are rideable in nearly all weather conditions. Whether you visit on a bone-dry summer day or in the middle of a deluge, our trails can handle it. However, there's one time of year when we must remain closed: spring mud season. Staying off the trails as we wait for the snow to melt and the ground to solidify again is important if you want beautiful berms and (someday) dry trails. Spring also is when we clear downed trees, branches, and leaves from the trails, ensuring a safe time on the trails for bikers and trail runners alike.
As of June 3, 2020, we have completed our annual spring maintenance. The trails are rideable across the entire system. Even the Keweenaw Point Trail Phase II is cleared all the way to High Rock Bay! If you see a tree down on the trails, please let us know. Trees weakened in winter often fall later when we least expect them. Unless you report it, we may never know. Lopping and other tasks will take place throughout the summer on an as-needed basis.
Current closures: Danimal (to repair sloughing on the jumps). We are unsure of when this will be repaired as it is partly up to the availability of machines to move dirt.
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.