Copper Harbor, located at the tip of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, is not just any quaint little town; it is a mountain biker’s sanctuary. The place is home to the iconic Keweenaw Point Trail—a 37-mile network of paths that offer a wide range of experiences from easy-going flat gravel routes to adrenaline-pumping singletracks. With something for everyone, it's no wonder why avid riders dub this trail network as one of the best in the Midwest.
Getting to Copper Harbor is quite straightforward. Take US-41 all the way north, and you'll end up in this northernmost Michigan town. For trail intel, Keweenaw Adventure Company is your go-to source for trail conditions, shuttles, and rentals.
This network boasts a variety of trails, but one segment stands out—ride the Keweenaw Point Trail out to High Rock Bay. It’s about a 12-mile one-way journey through some of the most remote terrains you can find. There are also plans to extend it into a 30-mile loop. The experience is like a roller coaster for mountain bikers:
End your ride by diving into a stunning lake, but beware—the water's chilly!
From the flowy downhill sections to the rooty and rocky technical paths on the lower trails, Keweenaw Point Trail won't disappoint adrenaline junkies. Riders highly recommend the Flow for endless descents and short but rewarding segments like Daisy Dukes.
Ride conditions are optimum during dry periods. Avoid the trail when it's raining or very wet, as some sections, especially the wooden bridges, can get dangerously slippery.
The town might be small, but it's well-equipped for riders. There’s a brewery for post-ride relaxation, and while the town lacks a full-scale bike shop, basic repairs can be handled by the shuttle service shop. Be advised, this is a remote area, so prepare accordingly.
Whether you're new to mountain biking or an experienced rider, Keweenaw Point Trail offers a memorable experience. From the stunning views atop Brockway Mountain to the stormy shores of Lake Superior at High Rock Bay, this place is not to be missed. So pack your gear and head to Copper Harbor. The trail—no, the beast—is waiting to be tamed.