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The Copper Harbor Trails are located 50 miles north of Houghton, MI at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Trailheads are located within the village at the Copper Harbor Welcome Center and one mile south of town at the county-owned Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, off of US Hwy 41.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is a narrow finger of land that juts about 60 miles into the center of the world’s largest fresh-water sea, Lake Superior. Surrounded by this greatest of all of the Lakes on three sides, the Big Lake’s influence has a profound effect on the weather, keeping the summers cool and pleasant and the winters relatively warm with abundant snowfall.

Copper Harbor is the low point of elevation for the trails, situated at Lake Superior level (620 feet of elevation), while the Mountain Lodge and historic Brockway Mountain Drive are the high points at over 1,300 feet of elevation. Numerous two-way trails link the village and the summits with options of valley and ridgeline routes. There are also four downhill-only trails featuring jumps, berms and drops for advanced riders. The terrain consists of a series of rocky, undulating ridges and valleys and has sustained climbs and descents up to 3 miles in length.

Copper Harbor is recognized by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as a Silver-Level Ride Center and showcases both an Epic Ride and Model Flow Trail designation. The trail system offers superb, scenic views above Lake Superior, extensive singletrack over cedar-planked bridges and boardwalks, and routes that wind through old growth forests, along streams, inland lakes and places of historical significance. Copper Harbor is a must ride on any avid mountain bikers’ “to do” list. The trails are also open to hiking and trail running during spring through fall and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter months.

The Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) - IMBA Chapter is a 501c3 non-profit organization and oversees the maintenance, development, marking, mapping and insurance of the entire trail system. The Club has an on-going relationship and continuous dialog with a number of adjoining land owners whose combined properties compose the trail system. Currently the Club is constructed the first phase of the Keweenaw Point Trail that will eventually traverse the circumference of the Peninsula and add over 25 miles of singletrack to the existing system. Additionally, the CHTC is working on a major land acquisition campaign to purchase up to 1,900 acres of adjoining timber management owned property to secure and expand the year-round, human-powered trail network connecting Copper Harbor, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park.


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