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Hiking

  • Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary
    Russell and Miriam Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary at Bare Bluff is one of the most spectacular vistas in the Keweenaw.  This most difficult trail has been improved.  Take a three-mile hike along the base of this beautiful rhyolite formation then up a natural fault to the top, where the stunted forest opens to spectacular balds with a southeastern view down the Keweenaw to the point.  Allow three hours for this challenging adventure. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply.  Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden.  Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted.  Carry out all refuse.  Leave only footprints, take only pictures.West of Bete Grise off the Smith Fisheries Road.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 to Phoenix, then drive 10.4 miles to the Lac La Belle Road. Turn right and drive 4.7 miles to the bottom of the steep hill in Lac La Belle. Turn left and continue about 2 miles to Smith Fishery Road and turn left.  Travel 2.5 miles, bearing to the right, to the parking area marked with an MNA sanctuary sign.  The road is marked PRIVATE, but acccess is available to Grinnell Memorial Sanctuary.   The first .05 miles of the hike is a logging road that takes you to the trailhead sign.  This is a loop trail which may be hiked in either direction.
  • Black Creek Nature Sanctuary
    The Black Creek Nature Sanctuary is a 241 acre Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary with 1500 feet of Lake Superior shoreline. Trail difficulty is moderate with gently sloping terrain and features panoramic views of Lake Superior, wildlife, beaver ponds and White Birch stands. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. Off the end of the Cedar Bay Road outside of Calumet.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 to Calumet to the M-203/US-41 junction. Turn left and go approximately 1 mile to the Tamarack Waterworks Road. Turn right and go to Cedar Bay Road. Turn right again and continue approximately 2 1/2 miles to the MNA sanctuary sign on the right, about .2 miles from the end of the public road. Park alongside of the road.
  • Calumet & Hecla Industrial Core
    This tour of the historic Calumet & Hecla Mining Company site features 14 wayside panels that describe various aspects of mining and processing copper. These panels include information on geology, mining technology, the people who worked here and relations between the company and the surrounding communities. The trail covers 1.3 miles. At a moderate pace it can be completed in approximately 90 minutes. Maps are available, for a fee, at the Keweenaw National Historical Park Calumet Visitor Center at 98 Fifth Street in Calumet and the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau office on US-41. From late June through August the park offers ranger guided Calumet Walking Tours that explore the former Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company's industrial area and downtown Calumet's historic business district. 2 hours, 1.5 miles, easy terrain.  Meet in front of the Keweenaw History Center on Red Jacket Road in Calumet, tour ends at the Calumet Theatre.  Call (906) 483-3176 for details.  (NPS photo, KNHP-Dan Johnson)
  • Calumet's Historic Business District
    This tour takes you back to the early 1900's in the historic village of Calumet. The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located within the boundaries of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The tour map, designed by the Keweenaw National Historical Park, includes 26 historic sites or buidings. The map is available, for sale, at the Keweenaw National Historical Park Calumet Visitor Center at 98 Fifth Street in Calumet and at the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau Office on US-41.  From mid-June through August KNHP rangers lead Calumet Walking Tours that explorex the former Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company's industrial area and downtown Calumet's historic business district.  Meet in front of the Keweenaw History Center on Red Jacket Road in Calumet, tour ends at the Calumet Theatre.  Call (906) 483-3176 for details.  (NPS photo, KNHP-Dan Johnson)
  • CLK School Forest
    The 27 acres CLK School Forest is located across from the Calumet Township Park on Lakeshore Drive west of Calumet. The 1 mile long Gardner's Creek Nature Trail is of moderate difficulty with gently sloping hills. Along the wooded trail are markers identifying local plants, berries and trees, Gardeners Creek, cedar forests, some wetlands and some wildlife. A beach, park and playground are located at the park across the road.  (Photo courtesy of U.P. Resource Conservation and Development Council) Lake Shore Drive off M-203 at the Calumet Township Park.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 north to Calumet to the US-41/M-203 junction. Turn left and drive west approximately 2 miles to the Calumet Waterworks Road. Turn right and follow to the large pile of logs on the left - the trail starts here.
  • Central Mine & Village
    The Keweenaw County Historic Society has two hiking trails through the historic Central Mine site, 1/4 and 1/2 miles long through the woods.  Central Mine operated from 1854 to 1898.  Maps are available at the Visitor Center which is open seasonally. US-41 5 miles east of Phoenix.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 north approximately 28 miles to Central. Turn left.  The visitor center and parking lot are on the left.  The Central site is open year round, so please respect the privacy of dwelling occupants.
  • Sturgeon Sloughs Wildlife Area
    The Sturgeon Sloughs Wildlife Area/Bert deVriendt Nature Trail is 1.5 miles of flat, easy terrain. Observation platform, picnic pavilion, wetlands and stream wildlife. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock, take US-41 south to Chassell. Drive 2.5 miles and watch for the DNR sign on the left.
  • Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary
    The Estivant Pines Wilderness Nature Sanctuary includes moer than 510 acres of virgin northern hardwoods, interspersed with groves of eastern white pine. Three trail loop combinations give the hiker a choice of 1 mile, 1.2 mile or 2.5 mile loops over rugged terrain. Besides the old growth pines, features include 256 plant species with 10 species of orchids, some 85 nesting bird species and large mammals.  Open year round for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted.  Carry out all refuse.  Leave only footprints, take only pictures. South of Copper Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 to Copper Harbor. At the Copper Harbor Community Visitors Center on US-41, turn right and go 3 miles, following the signs. This bush road is rough, so be careful.
  • Ft. Wilkins Nature Trail
    Ft. Wilkins State Park, 1 mile east of Copper Harbor, has a 2 mile nature trail with easy to moderate walking on flat to gently rolling terrain with views of Lake Superior, Lake Fanny Hooe and the Copper Harbor Lighthouse.  A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entrance. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 north to Copper Harbor. Turn right at the light and drive 1 mile to the state park entrance.(906) 289-4303
  • Hunter's Point Trail
    The Hunter's Point Trail begins at the Copper Harbor Marina and goes out to the tip of Hunter's Point along Lake Superior and the western end of the harbor.  Look for natural history, birds, plants & animals and unique geological structures.  A 1.6 mile long "family friendly" biking/hiking trail runs between the Copper Harbor Visitor Center and the Hunter's Point Parking Lot. West end of Copper Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 to Copper Harbor.  Turn left at the light and drive to the Marina entrance and follow the trail to the left (west) of the boat launch or continue driving west on M-26 for .3 of a mile.  Turn right on North Coast Shores Road.  At the end of this road turn right on Harbor Coast Lane and drive east to the parking area.
  • James Dorian Rooks Memorial Nature Sanctuary
    Formerly the Brockway Mountain Nature Sanctuary. With its bluffs and ridges, this dry-mesic northern forest shelters a variety of unusual plants from the fierceness of Lake Superior. Brockway Mountain is well-known for its showy spring raptor migration. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. On US-41 south of Copper Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 45.2 miles to Copper Harbor. About .025 miles past the Kewenaw Mountain Lodge entrance, and .5 miles before the intersection of US-41 and M-26, look for the MNA sign on the north side of the highway, and park in the designated area at the trailhead.
  • Klipfel Memorial Nature Sanctuary
    The James H. Klipfel Memorial Nature Sanctuary at Brockway Mountain is located at the top of Brockway Mountain. An easy one-mile loop trail starts at the sign and takes hikers north to a lookout that shows Mt. Lookout, Eagle Harbor and Lake Superior. This is an easy hike for all ages. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 north 45.2 miles to Copper Harbor. Turn left at the light at M-26 and left again at Brockway Mountain Drive at the edge of town. Drive 3.4 miles up the Mountain Drive until you see the green MNA sign, which marks the trailhead.
  • Robert T. Brown Environmental Education Center
    The 18 acre Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary is a northern fen surrounded by a small pond and bordered by a black spruce, tamarack and white cedar swamp. The fen is comprised of sphagnum moss that supports a variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Sedges are common here and several species of orchids and carnivorous plants can also be found. There is a boardwalk and observation platform to the fen. Foot traffic only is allowed in Michigan Nature Association sanctuaries. Please, no pets, no mechanized vehicles, no fires, no camping & carry out everything you carry in. DIRECTIONS:  Take State Highway M-26 south out of Houghton to Painesdale, then drive 5 miles west to Lake Pereault Road and drive 1/2 mile on Lake Perreault Road to trailhead. 
  • Brockway Mountain Audubon Sanctuary
    The 1/2 mile Oren Krumm Trail is located within the Brockway Mountain Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Hiking is moderately difficult with gently rolling hills to steep inclines with loose footing. Great views of Lake Superior, and abundant bird and wildlife. Twinflower, many orchids, and plants of rock outcrops and wet forest are found here. Hunting, trapping, pets, camping, fires, ORV's, motorcycles and snowmobiles are prohibited.  The taking of any specimens is restricted. On Brockway Mountain Drive.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock, take US-41 north to Phoenix. Take M-26 approximately 13 miles north to the junction of M-26 and Brockway Mountain Drive. Turn right onto Brockway Mountain Drive and drive approximately 2.5 miles to the Brockway Mountain Audubon Sanctuary parking area and sign on the left.
  • Eagle Harbor Environs
    The Eagle Harbor Environs encompass the Eagle Harbor Red Pine Dunes, the Dean Webster and the Cy Clark Memorial Nature Sanctuaries. The approximately 8 mile trail is easy to moderate with flat rolling terrain. Parts of the trail are on private property. Features include Long Lake, stabilized sand dunes, marsh areas and surrounding bluffs.The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. On M-26 south of Eagle Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock follow US-41 to Phoenix. Turn left onto M-26 and follow to just before Eagle Harbor. The trail, an old bush road (there are several loop options) begins on the south side of M-26 .
  • Holy Transfiguration Monastic Park
    By means of this park the monks of the Holy Transfiguration Skete share with you some of the peace and beauty of their monastic patrimony.  Respect the land and the peace of the others who may now be sharing it with you.  Take only photographs and leave only footprints. The trails traverse about 150 feet of elevation over a half mile of distance and are for able bodied pedestrian traffic only.  The Forest Trail heads northwest about one half mile to the gorge at Jacob's Creek; the Ruins Trail heads southwest to the remains of the Arnold Mine buildings; the Creek Trail completes the 2.5 mile circuit.  No wheeled vehicles of any kind are permitted.  Off US-41 on the Eagle Harbor Road.  DIRECTIONS:  Drive north on US-41 from Houghton to the Eagle Harbor Road and turn left.  The trail system is accessed from the west side of Eagle Harbor Road about 300 yards north of Jacob's Creek.  A small sign bearing a cross marks the Trailhead.  Limited parking is possible alongside the Monastery Service Drive up to the gate.  Please do not block the drive or access to the gate.
  • Keweenaw Shore/Upson Lake Nature Sanctuary
    At the Keweenaw Shore Nature Sanctuary trail head, across M-26 from Esrey Park, the trail takes the hiker over the ridge to the Upson Lake Nature Sanctuary. The total distance is two miles. This is a great trail that gives you a cross-section of Keweenaw geology and habitats. This is the only trail that is not a loop. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. On M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock drive north on US-41 to the M-26 junction at Phoenix. Turn left, drive through Eagle River and Eagle Harbor. From the M-26/Eagle Harbor Cut-off Road in Eagle Harbor, turn left and drive 6 miles on M-26 to Esrey Park. The trailhead is across the highway and to the right about 50 yards.
  • Lake Bailey Audubon Sanctuary
    The hiking trail is about 2 miles up and back and goes through dense woods. Views are spectacular and birds abundant. The sanctuary is entirely wooded by a mixture of northern conifers & hardwoods. Twinflower, many orchids, plants of rock outcrops and wet forest floor are common. Notable are rare and threatened plants. Hunting, trapping, pets, camping, fires, ORV's, motorcycles and snowmobiles are prohibited. The taking of any specimens is restricted. On M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock, take US-41 north to Phoenix. Turn left onto M-26 and follow to Lake Bailey, 3.5 miles east of Eagle Harbor. There is a large sign and parking area on the south side of the road, just past the Lake Bailey public access at the east end of Lake Bailey.
  • Eagle River Historic Walking Tour
    Established in 1843, Eagle River is now the county seat of Keweenaw County. Once a thriving shipping port for the early copper mines, this now sleepy community has a courthouse dating back to 1866. The tour map takes you past many private residence, so as always, please respect private property! Tour maps are available at the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau office on US-41 in Calumet.
  • Redwyn Dunes Nature Sanctuary
    The Redwyn Dunes Nature Sanctuary has a one-mile trail through beautiful stable dunes covered with red oak and pine. The trail also weaves around dune ponds used by migrating waterfowl. This is a nice hike for all ages. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. On M-26 between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor.  DIRECTIONS: From Calumet take US-41/M-26 north to Phoenix. Turn left onto M-26 to Eagle River. From the village of Eagle River take M-26 north three miles to the Jam Pot Bakery, then about a half-mile to the sanctuary sign and trailhead on the east side of the road. Parking is along the side of the road.
  • Gratiot Lake Overlook Nature Sanctuary
    The 100 acre Michigan Nature Association Gratiot Lake Sanctuary is located across the road from the Gratiot Lake public access site, off US-41 near Central. The one mile nature trail goes through the second growth open hardwood forest to views of a waterfall on Eister Creek and an overlook of Gratiot Lake from a high bluff. This moderately strenuous trail includes a gradual 400 foot climb. The trail is in a Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary and all sanctuary rules apply. Collecting plants, seeds, or animals of any kind is strictly forbidden. Stay on established trails. Only foot traffic is allowed - the use of all motorized vehicles or mountain bikes is prohibited. No hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, campfires, or pets are permitted. Carry out all refuse. Leave only footprints, take only pictures. At Gratiot Lake off US-41.  DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take US-41 north to Phoenix, then go four miles farther on US-41 to Gratiot Lake Road. Turn right and go to the bottom of the hill approaching the lake. Turn left and drive a half-mile to the DNR public access site. Park here and walk across the road to the trailhead.
  • Hancock Downtown Historical Walking Tour
    Downtown Quincy Street, between Reservation & Montezuma Streets, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This self-guided walking tour guides you through the city and highlights the architecture and history of 19 of these historic structures. Maps are available from the City of Hancock offices on Quincy Street or from the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau in Calumet.
  • McLain Park Nature Trail
    The F. J. McLain State Park has 2 trails, each 2 miles long.  This is easy to moderate walking on flat, gently rolling terrain along Lake Superior and Bear Lake. Interpretive signs are posted.  A Michigan Recreation Passport if required for entrance. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take M-203 9 miles north to the State Park entrance on the left. 18350 State Highway M-203Hancock, MI 49930(906) 482-0278
  • Quincy Ruins Walk
    Join a Keweenaw National Historical Park ranger for a guided walk through the surface ruins of the former Quincy Mining Company. The tour is on varied terrain, and not fully accessible. Meet in front of the Quincy Mine Gift Shop on US-41 north of Hancock. (NPS photo, KNHP-Dan Johnson) Available mid-June through August.  Call (906) 483-3176 for details.
  • Houghton Historic Walking Tour
    The Historic Houghton Walking Tour celebrates the area's rich & diverse past. The tour is comprised of 15 themes that highlight various historic aspects that contribute to Houghton's unique personality. Tour maps are available at the City of Houghton offices at 616 Shelden Avenue or the Chamber of Commerce Office at 902 College Avenue in Houghton or the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau office on US-41 in Calumet.
  • Houghton Portage Township School Forest
    This 27 acre school forest has a barrier free nature trail with three interpretive themes. Access is on Gundlach Road, off Sharon Avenue in Houghton. Open May 1 through October 30.
  • Marsin Preserve
    The Marsin Preserve, owned by the Keweenaw Land Trust, was established with the intention of making land available to the public, especially children, to provide opportunities to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors. Located near Oskar Bay, the Preserve includes forested and shrubby areas with scattered wet meadows that slope to a small upland area. An eagle's nest is visible from the property. The hiking trail, developed by a Boy Scout as part of his Eagle Scout project, is accessible from a parking area off Red Brick Road and is a gentle hike that passes through an open field and a cedar swamp. The trail is about 0.75 miles long.The trail is good for observing bird life with a variety of songbirds, an eagle nest, and waterfowl on Portage Lake.  The Preserve is located adjacent to the Marsin Retreat Center facilities and campus on Portage Lake, which can be scheduled in advance through the KLT office. Off the Houghton Canal Road north of Houghton.  DIRECTIONS: The Marsin Preserve is freely open to the public and can be accessed from a small parking area on Red Brick Road. Turn onto the Houghton Canal Road off M-26 just south of Houghton and travel about 7 miles to Red Brick Road, about 1 mile past Oskar. Turn right and proceed about 1/2 mile to the parking area on the right. (906) 482-0820
  • Lake Linden-Hubbell School Forest
    The 400 acre school forest has 4 trails that are open to non-motorized traffic on a year round basis.  Primitive camping is available north of the parking area, but no trash pickup or drinnking water is available.  DIRECTIONS:  As you travel along Hwy M-26 through Lake Linden from the school, make a right turn on 9th Street (Bootjack Road). Drive approximately 5 miles until you see the signs for the SCHOOL FOREST. Turn left and go straight up to the top of the hill. The road will lead you right to the School Forest main gate. (906) 296-6211robertsra@lakelinden.k12.mi.us
  • Laurium Historic District Walking Tour
    Laurium is noted for its spectacular mansions and prominent homes built during the copper mining boom years of 1890-1915. Tour the Laurium Historic District Business and Residental areas. Please respect private property! Self-guided tour maps are available on the website or at the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau on US-41 in Calumet, the Laurium Village Hall at 310 Hecla Street and the Laurium Manor Inn at 320 Tamarack Street in Laurium.
  • Twin Lakes Nature Trail
    The Twin Lakes State Park has a 1.25 mile nature trail, part of which is the original Military Road that connected Green Bay to Fort Wilkins. This is easy, flat terrain. The park is located south of Houghton along M-26. A Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entrance. DIRECTIONS: From Hancock take M-26 south for 25 miles to Twin Lakes State Park. 6204 Poyhonen Road (M-26)Twin LakesToivola, MI 49965(906) 338-3321

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