A moderately difficult trail of rolling hills along wide ski trails. There are over 33km of single track, 8km of 2 track and 2.7km of mixed track. Lodging, dining and services nearby.
To reach the trailhead, take the Swedetown Road off US-41 in Calumet to the Swedetown chalet/parking lot.
Copper Harbor Trail System
This trail systems has various loop lengths with over 25 miles of designated singletrack trails. Trails offer natural obstacles, challenging climbs and fun downhills along scenic streams, woods and rock bluffs. Vehicles, hikers and other bikers may be encountered at any time, so please be courteous and aware of your surroundings.
Copper Harbor's trail has earned the elite "Epic Ride" status designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The trails are one of only 47 "Epic Rides" in the world and the first "Epic" in the U.P. They have also been designated as a new IMBA "Ride Center", one of only seven in the world. Lodging, dining and services available nearby.
Riders may park at the Copper Harbor Welcome Center to access the trailhead.(Photo courtesy of Aaron Peterson and aaronpeterson.net)
Churning Rapids is a private trail system open to non-motorized use. Several loops offer distances up to 12 miles of moderate to difficult trails featuring woods, bridges, bogs, streams and fun singletrack. Other bikers, hikers and horses may be present...please stay off trails during early spring and other wet times of the year. Lodging, dining and services nearby.
To reach trailhead, take M-203 north from Hancock 4.5 miles to Christensen Road, which you follow to the designated trailhead.
Bill Nicholls Rail Trail
This trail links Houghton to Mass City, a distance of 41 miles on the former Copper Range Railroad grade. The grade crosses the branches of the Firesteel River with 3 bridges that are 65, 75, & 85 feet high. Surface is relatively flat and is mostly sand, some gravel, and clay, not suitable for narrow tire use. Trail is also open to off-road vehicles.
Suggested trailheads include Houghton Beach, South Range at the M-26 crossing, Toivola, Twin Lakes State Park and Mass City.
Michigan Tech Recreational Forest
This trail system offers two distinct trail areas with distances up to 18 miles of marked and unmarked single tracks and widened ski trails. This is moderate difficulty with rolling hills. Some ski trails are closed to biking, please obey signage. Lodging, dining and services nearby.
Trail head is located off US-41 on the Michigan Tech campus. Take MacInnes Drive/Sharon Avenue to trailhead or Sharon Avenue from M-26 to trailhead.
Nara Nature Park
Nara Nature Park - Minutes from Houghton. Over 50 miles of exquisite trails. World-class skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, biking, birding, boating! Chalet, fireplace, showers. Boat launches.
Trailhead is along US-41 south of Houghton on the north side of the highway.
(906) 482-1700, Fax (906) 482-0282
This is a private trail system that is open to non-motorized use. Loops may be incomplete due to farming activity--please stay out of newly planted fields. Trail runs for 7 miles of rolling, moderate terrain through woods and fields. No signs in the summer. Lodging, dining and services nearby.
Trail begins at the Chassell Heritage Center on Hancock Street in Chassell.
Jack Stevens Trail
This trail runs for 14 miles from the Portage Lift Bridge in Hancock to just south of M-203 in Calumet on the former Soo Line railroad grade. Trail terrain is easy with mostly sand and gravel surface, not suitable for narrow tires. Trail is also open to ATV traffic.
Suggested trail heads include the Swedetown Ski Trail site on Osceola Road in Calumet, Porvoo Park in Hancock, the Houghton County Airport on US-41 and the Houghton County Historical Museum in Lake Linden.