Copper Harbor Pathway - TRAIL

Copper Harbor Pathway - Trail, Copper Harbor, Michigan

One of the most exciting cross country trails in Michigan. Lots of climbing leading up to the extreme downhill sections. Be sure to visit "Paul's Plunge" if your looking for an intense experience. For a really good time, race the Fat Tire Festival on Labor Day weekend.

User Reviews (17)

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Kyle   Cross Country Rider [Aug 31, 2015]

Rode garden brook, whoopy doo, on the edge, and The Flow/Daisy Dukes. All amazing trails. Garden Brook was a long fun climb with a few dips throughout. Whoopty doo was mostly a climb for us, but well maintained and fun. We did On the Edge just for the novelty of the wooden bridges and to climb to the top of Brockway. The flow is the best trail in the midwest. There is nothing I have ridden in Wisconsin or Michigan that compares. All the trails were perfectly maintained.

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5
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3
AllMountin'   Weekend Warrior [Sep 21, 2013]

Trail system runs the gamut of skill levels, but mostly intermediate to expert. Riding from town, I found all of the climbing pretty easy, with grade reversals, with the exception of Red Trail. Red has much exposed conglomerate with steep rock faces, switchbacks, and roots, making for a very challenging(at times) climb. East of Hwy 41 is more traditional singletrack construction, while West of the road is machine built flow trail.

Downtown carries a double black rating and is best ridden on a longer travel rig. Mandatory drops, gnarly rock gardens, and a couple optional 10ish foot drops should be expected. Bullwinkle is full of pump track segments. Woopidy Woo and The Flow are fun intermediate DHs. Red is a very fun, technical, and mostly DH section riding West to East.

Ride everything, have a swim in Lake Superior, try a 'Monkey Fist' at the Mariner North, a Stone Ship Stout from Brickside, and then a campfire/overnight at Fort Wilkins State Park. Your cell service is no good here, but you'll be better off without it, and there is WiFi available in the park and in town.

I've ridden trails all over MI, IN, NY, PA, AL, TN, KY, NC, WV, and OH. You'll be hard pressed to beat the quality and variety of trails in any one location that you'll find here.

Similar Products Used: Marquette South/Noquemanon
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5
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3
gabrielle   Cross Country Rider [Aug 16, 2013]

I have family from the UP and got to spend a week and a half up in Copper Harbor for a family reunion (I'm from the PNW). Honestly, I was not expecting much out of the trails because I'm a PNW snob.

Well, color me impressed! Nice scenery, technical challenges. There are lots of short (1 or 2 mile) sections, and you can put together pretty much any kind of ride you want. Trail signage and the map available at the LBS are both excellent; I was not ever lost or confused.

There are a lot of wood bridges/ladders in this trail system. All the ones I rode were nice & wide like sidewalks.

Customer Service

Both times I rode I had a rental bike for only a couple of hours, so was a bit limited in what I could do.

Ride 1:
Visitors Center -> Garden Brook -> Bullwinkle -> right on Whoopidy Woo -> right on Garden Brook -> Blue Trail -> Dza Beet -> right on Simeh to make a loop, then left on Simeh to get to Here We Go -> Here We Go -> Ma Maki -> Say Hello -> Here We Go -> Stairway to Heaven.

Watch for people coming up Stairway to Heaven.

Ride 2:
VC -> Garden Brook -> Bullwinkle -> right on Whoopidy Woo -> right on Garden Brook -> Bullwinkle (had to ride it again, I liked it so much!) -> left on Whoopidy Woo -> climb up On The Edge (challenging but mercifully short) -> down The Flow -> Hunter Point trail back to town.

Of the two, I actually liked the Dza Beet/Simeh/Here We Go stuff better than The Flow. The Flow is fun, but the trails on the east side of 41 had more of that XC feel with roots and rocks, and that's more my kind of riding.

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4
VALUE
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3
Ron   Weekend Warrior [May 27, 2013]

Garden Grove Trail was anexhilerating treat while visiting the Keweenaw for the weekend. Beginning across from the entrance to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge the trail winds its way down the slope with nice bank turns, planked trails, and long runs that require minimal effort. There's lots to see with streams, waterfalls and vistas as you pass down into the vally that leads to Copper Harbor. Sadly we had to retrace our path jsut before the end of trail as a bridge was washed out due to the spring melt. We cannot wait to return, sadly, it's almost 11 hours one way from our home.

Customer Service

Begin at the trailhead across from the KML entrance. Or, begin adjacent to the tennis courts at the lodge, take the Blue Trail to the resort entrance (although, when we were there, the trail needed some clean-up,large rocks, stumps and roots make the short trail a little too technical for a warm-up.

Similar Products Used: Stairway to Heaven.
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4
VALUE
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3
Ray M   Weekend Warrior [Apr 08, 2013]

The best in Michigan! We spent three days there last summer and plan to spend five this summer. I had the biggest dumb grin on my face while riding these trails, just blown away by how well-built the trails are. There's a little for everyone, with technical rocky areas, long flow rides, extended downhill tabletop jump sections, climbs that make you whoop if you manage to scramble up, boardwalks, simple trails next to dropoffs... just spectacular.

Customer Service

Garden Brook - Woopity Woo - On the Edge - The Flow
Stairway to Heaven - Here We Go - Dza Beet - Simeh - De Deet - Red Trail - Mango - Ma Maki - Der We Went - Stairway to Heaven

Similar Products Used: Marquette
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5
VALUE
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5
Wheelock   Racer [Oct 02, 2012]

Copper Harbor trails boast a diverse and enjoyable mix of flowy and smooth, flowy and rough, technical, DH, and scurry! These are basically my favorite trails in the Midwest region of MN/WI/MI/IN. I would not recommend any of these trails to beginning riders. Even though some of them are navigable for the novice the traffic is fast, and as a destination ride it just isn't the place to take your kids.

Customer Service

My favorite trail was Downtown, because it is a technically challenging all mountain adventure that fits my style of riding perfectly. Flying Squirrel and Danimal were great jump lines, but I am not as skilled in the airborne as I would need to hit these properly. They both start with fun drops that I enjoyed a lot, and I still worked what I could. Keewenaw Adventure Company offers shuttle service, and that's a great way to use your energy for the fun (downs). As much as I like climbing, after a few runs up I found I would rather work some of the downhill lines and save the energy.

Can't really say a favorite loop. Ride it all.

Similar Products Used: Marquette
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5
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5
kjsayers   Weekend Warrior [Sep 18, 2012]

Everything! Jump trails, wooden structures, rocks, fast and flowing. Some nice XC trails and some DH.

Customer Service

Start at the top and go down ;)

Similar Products Used: Michigan Tech trails.
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5
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4
Koey Erickson   Weekend Warrior [Aug 15, 2011]

pretty mint!

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5
VALUE
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4
Uber_hampster   Weekend Warrior [Oct 15, 2010]

This trail is fantastic. There is everything you could need to keep anyone interested. Moderate trails like Garden Brook and Blue Trail are great for beginners, while Red Trail and Woopidy Woo will challenge experts. Very unique trails such as Stairway to Heaven and Paul's Plunge are a joy to see and ride.

The atmosphere in Copper Harbor is fantastic, and the easy-going and friendly owners of the Keweenaw Adventure Company will be glad to answer any questions or shuttle you to a trailhead for a small fee. The surroundings are fantastic regardless of what time of year you come.

Customer Service

I don't have a regular route, although the IMBA Epic Ride route is always a blast. Recently the two new trails down Brockway Mountain have been serving up tons of fun with South Brockway Mountain Trail -> Woopidy Woo -> Garden Brook -> Shuttle -> Repeat. There's also a pretty intense Freeride trail starting at the North end of the Keweenaw Mountian Lodge parking lot that I can't seem to find on a map...

Similar Products Used: Michigan Tech Trails
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5
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4
Murda MC   Downhiller [Jul 12, 2010]

Best trail system in the Great Lakes Region. Incredibly well built all mountain trails. I would strongly recommend any sweet mountain biker to take a trip here, stay at the state park, or there is some small hotels in town.

Similar Products Used: Marquette is really sweet as well. Other trails systems in the keweenaw.
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5
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4
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