Snowshoe / Cross Country Ski
Mount Bohemia Cross-Country Trails
In addition to having the largest backcountry glade and the only triple black runs in the Midwest, Mount Bohemia now has 12km of cross country skiing to enjoy.
Hostel, cabins, yurt cabins and winter camping on site. Bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ski guide service available. Summer lodging also available. Open December through March. View full listing.
Swedetown offers something for everyone: the gentle 5k Green Trail; the 8k Bearchase Trail is gentle with a long uphill return; the 5k Backcountry Trail is less frequently groomed for classic only; the 2.5k Blue Trail with short, more steep hills and the challenging 8k Red trail with lots of fast turns and exciting descents. The 30k of trails are groomed daily for skating and classic skiing. Daily or season pass required. Operated and maintained by Calumet Township and the Copper Island Cross Country Ski Club. Chalet with snack bar open daily. 5k of loops lighted until 9 pm for night skiing. 10k snowshoe trail. Groomed sledding hill. Ski rental, lodging, dining, shops and services available nearby. Open year round. To reach the trailhead, take the Swedetown Road off US-41 in Calumet to the Swedetown chalet/parking lot. View full listing.
Keweenaw Snowshoe Trails
The Michigan Tech Cross Country Ski Trail System off MacInnes Drive in Houghton, has a 24km ungroomed recreation trail open to snowshoers. The Copper Harbor Pathway has 15km+ trails open to showshoeing. The Swedetown Recreation Area in Calumet has 10km.
Many Michigan Nature Association Sanctuaries in the area have trails open to showshoers including: In Keweenaw County, the Black Creek Nature Sanctuary at the end of the Sedar Bay Road, the Eagle Harbor Environs south of M-26 in Eagle Harbor, the Keweenaw Shore Nature Sanctuary south of M-26 at Esrey Park or the Redwyn Dunes Nature Sanctuary on the east side of M-26 at Great Sand Bay. In Houghton County, the Gardner's Creek Nature Trail at the Calumet Township Park on Lakeshore Drive west of Calumet, the Lake Linden Hubbell School Forest trail off the Bootjack Road in Lake Linden and the Sturgeon Sloughs Wildlife Area south of Chassell are open for year round use by cross country skiers and snowshoers Showshoe rental information is available under the Service category. Please stay off the groomed snowmobile and cross country ski trails and please respect private property.
Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center
Ski the trails that hosted the 2007 & 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Long downhills, gathering speed and sharp turns at the bottom are distinctive of the 34km of trails you will find here.
Trailheads at Sharon Avenue and the Nara Nature Preserve - both with warming shelters and waxing facilities; lighted trails. Trails are groomed regularly as necessary for both skating and traditional skiing. There are also 12k of recreation trails for walking, snowshoeing, skiing and pets and 24 km of ungroomed showshoe trails. Daily and/or season passes required for non-students. Ski rental available at the Student Development Complex. Some trails open to hiking/biking in summer. Ski rental, lodging, dining, shops and services nearby. Open year round. South of Houghton off US-41, trail head is off MacInnes Drive near the SDC. (906) 487-2578
Chassell Classic Trails
Chassell Classic Trails are a private trail system maintained by volunteers from the Chassell Recreation Club who groom the trails for the traditional skier. Your donations are needed to keep it maintained and can be placed in the donation pipe at the Heritage Center. The 5k Lower Trail and the 5k Paradise Loop are both easy to intermediate. A warming hut is located at the ice rink next to the Heritage Center. Some sections open to non-motorized use in summer. Lodging, dining, shops and services nearby. Parking is available 1 block west of US-41 in Chassell on Hancock Street at the Chassell Heritage Center and on Archambeau Road.
Copper Harbor Pathway
Enjoy the romance and wilderness experience of the Northwoods when skiing Copper Harbor's Pathway. The 9km of classical skiing trails are groomed as necessary.
Copper Harbor Pathway also offers 15km+ of snowshoe trails. Areas of the trails open to vehicles, hikers and bikers in summer. Lodging, dining, shops and services nearby.Open year round.
Trailhead/parking/restrooms available at the Copper Harbor Welcome Center on US-41.
Eagle Harbor Ski Trail
The Eagle Harbor Ski Trail begins at the west end of Pine Street just outside of Eagle Harbor. The classic wilderness single track trails are groomed by volunteers as needed, usually on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. A donation box is located at the trailhead. The main loop runs around Long Lake with many shortcuts and additional loops that can take you as far as Great Sand Bay. View full listing.
Maasto Hiihto & Churning Rapids
The Maasto Hiihto Trails and Churning Rapids in Hancock offer groomed trails for classic skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking. These two systems contain about 25k of groomed trails. The chalet is open during the day, providing a community room, restrooms, and waxing bench; at the trail head you’ll find the donation pipe, information kiosk, and free map/membership fliers. View full listing.
Twin Lakes State Park Trails
While skiing the wooded trails at Twin Lakes you can enjoy a view of Lake Superior at the scenic overlook sight. All trails are maintained on a volunteer effort as needed for traditional skiing. Trails include the 3.5k Superior Loop of gently rolling terrain and the 1k Sand Pit Loop with a steeper grade, and the ungroomed 1.8k Wyandotte Falls loop and the 2.8k Ravine Loop with rolling terrain and steep hill & curve. A Michigan Recreation Passport required for entrance. Located at 6204 E. Poyhonen Road, Twin Lakes/Toivola, MI 49965. (906) 288-3321
McLain State Park Trails
Beautiful ice formations along the shores of Lake Superior attract skiers to McLain State Park. Spectacular lakeview scenery is the specialty of this trail. Terrain varies from flat open expanses to woods and hills. No true track is set, but the trail is smoothed as needed. The 2k East Loop is easy to intermediate and the 4k West Loop is easy. A Michigan Recreation Passport required for entrance. Located at 18350 State Highway M-203 (7 miles west of Hancock) or call 906-482-0278.
Nara Nature Park
Nara Nature Park - Minutes from Houghton, between Houghton & Chassell on the north side of US-41. Over 50 miles of exquisite trails. World-class skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, biking, birding, boating! Chalet, fireplace, showers. (906) 482-1700