The Copper Harbor Trails are known for being some of the best mountain biking trails in the mideast, but are designed to be shared with any human-powered, or dog-powered, activities. This means enjoying the great outdoors far from any noise or air pollution. The fact that the trails are primarily used by mountain bikers, means that by nature, they are generally hilly and rugged. These well-maintained and developed trails are good news for the tiny, 100 resident town of Copper Harbor. Locals love being so close to such accessible wilderness and the business that these trails bring in.
Trailhead #1 for the Copper Harbor Trails can be found on Manganese Road in Downtown Copper Harbor. Here you'll find parking and drinking water on the side of the community building across the road. Your adventure will start on the Copper Harbor Loop, which quickly takes you to a network of short trails of varying difficulties. Trailhead #2 and more parking can be found within the Keweenaw County Park on Golf Course Road. From here you can connect to the Red Trail, a challenging trail that starts at the pristine Lake Manganese, and goes uphill through woods alive with birds and wildlife, to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. The views will leave you breathless!
Copper Harbor Trails offer things to do all year round! You can play with your pooch in the snow on some of their snowshoe and cross-country ski trails. The trailhead can be found behind the Copper Harbor Welcome Center. In the winter the trails surrounding Trailhead #2 are not groomed in the winter, and the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is closed.
Playful pups are welcome to join you on all of these activities. They need to stay leashed or under your direct control. You’ll need to bring waste bags and be ready to stoop and scoop when necessary. Whether you want to take a short stroll or an all-day adventure with your best pal, with Copper Harbor Trails, the opportunities are endless!
There may be mountain bikers traveling at high speeds, so always be aware of your surroundings to avoid a collision. The network of trails can be quite confusing, and it may be a good idea to carry a map. Some can be found at the town Welcome Center or on the Copper Harbor Trails website.