Copper Country Cross Country Ski Trails


 Cross Country Ski Trail Information


Houghton County

McLain State Park
Groomed Trail - 6 km
Passes: State Park pass required.
Daily Passes: State Park pass required
Directions: 10 miles west of Hancock on M-203.
Information: 906-482-0278
Misc Info: Trail follows Lake Superior Shoreline.

Twin Lakes State Park
Groomed Trail:  Classic Only
Ungroomed Trail: Yes
Terrain: Varied
Passes: State Park pass required
Directions: On Poyhonen Road, just off of M-26, 25 miles south of Houghton, Trailhead at DNR building.
Information: 906-288-3321
Misc info: Lake Superior overlook

Michigan Tech Trails
Groomed Trail: 33 km
-  "Classic" 21 km
-  "Freestyle" 15 km
Ungroomed Trail: 12 km
Terrain: Varied
Night Skiing: Yes - 7.5 km of lighted trails
Passes: Season: $50/yr or $75/family; (two passes)  in conjunction with Swedetown, Maasto Hiihto and Chassell Trails, free for MTU students
              Daily: $6
Events: US Cross Country Ski Championships, Dec 31-Jan 6; TalviTohinat winter festival Jan 19, 2009; Winter Carnival Feb 2, 2009; Big Foot Snow Shoe Feb 2, 2009
Chalet: Heated
Rentals: Yes, at MTU Student Development Complex
Directions: On Sharon Ave, Houghton, adjacent to the MTU campus (across from the football stadium.)
Information: 906-487-2578
Misc info: Pet accessible areas, stadium, was building snow making capabilities.

Swedetown Trails
Groomed Trails: 30 km
-  "Classic" 30 km
-  Freestyle 27 km
Ungroomed Trail: 3 km
Terrain: Varied
Night Skiing: Yes (3.5 km until 10 pm everyday)
Passes: $40 and $60 in conjunction with Michigan Tech Trails and Chassell Trails.   Daily: $6, kids ski free.
Events:  Junior Bear Chase Race, March 10, 2009
              Great Bear Chase Race, March 11, 2009
Chalet: Heated, Snack Bar. Open Sun-Mon 12-5, Tue-Sat 12-9.
Rentals: NO
Directions: US-41, north to Calumet.  Left on Agent St. before the first light.  Right at the T-intersection.  Chalet immediately on left (visible from the road)
Information: 906-337-1170 (Chalet)
Misc info: Groomed sledding hill, 1400 acres skiing, snow shoe trails.

Chassell Classic Trail (this is a picture gallery)
Groomed: Classic only 10 km
Ungroomed Trail: NO
Terrain: Intermediate
Night Skiing: NO
Passes: $15-20, $65-95 in conjunction with MTU Trails and Swedetown Trails,  Daily - by donation
Events: Copper Island Classic (5k and 10K timed race.) January 18, 2009
Chalet: NO
Rentals: NO
Directions: Trailhead at old school, 1 block off of US-41 on 2nd Street in Chassell (see signs)
Information: 906-523-4884
Misc info: Indoor facilities for races. Pine forest.

Maasto Hiihto
The Maasto Hiihto Trail is a striding-only trail system that connects with the Churning Rapids trails. The two systems contain about 25 kilometers of groomed trails. The Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids ski trails are operated and maintained through a joint agreement between the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club and the city of Hancock. 

Two trailheads provide access to Maasto Hiihto: one at the Houghon County fairgrounds, and the other at Tomasi Road near the Hancock city garage, north of The Portage Health System.

Groomed: 12-15 km, Classic -
full grooming
Terrain: Varied
Night Skiing: NO
No charge, donations accepted
Chalet: Located at Houghton County Fairgrounds

Directions:  Turn up the hill on Birch St in Hancock from M-203.  At the top of the hill to the left.

Churning Rapids
Groomed Trail: Classic 7km
Ungroomed Trail: 10 miles
Terrain: Varied, Backcountry
Night Skiing: NO
Free of charge - donations accepted
Events: None
Directions: Head west on M-203 from Hancock.  Turn right on Christensen Rd to trailhead.
Misc info: Connects to Maasto Hiito system when that trail is operating.


Baraga County

Pinery Lake Ski Trail
Groomed Trail - 5 km
Terrain: Novice to Intermediate
Directions: 2.5 miles northeast of L'Anse
Information: 906-524-7444

Pinery Lakes Ski Trails

Ontonagon County

Old Grade Trail
Groomed Trail - 6 miles
Directions: On M-38,  7 miles west of Nisula, 8 miles east of Mass City
Information: 906-884-2085

Gogebic Ridge/Bergland Ski Trail
Groomed Trail - 5 miles
Directions: On M-64, 1 mile north of Bergland
Information: 906-884-2085

Porcupine Mountains (within Porcupine Mts. State Park)
Groomed Trail: "Classic" - 42 km
Ungroomed Trail: Yes
Terrain: Varied
Night Skiing: NO
Passes: Season:  Free of charge without lift service.
              Daily: NO charge - donations accepted
Chalet: Full service, at downhill area
Rentals: Yes - 906-885-5612
Directions: On M-107 west of M-64 junction (past S. Boundary Road)
Information: 906-885-5275 or 888-937-2411
Misc info: Scenic vistas.  Groomed once or twice weekly.  Ski-in cabins (3) available through park service.

Riddle Farm Ski Trails
11425 Aspen Lane, Mass City, MI 49948
Located at 11425 Aspen Lane between Mass City and the junction of US-45 and M-26. The Riddle Farm Ski Trails offer 5 K of groomed and tracked classic cross-country skiing. Good for beginners. Located in the snow belt.

Keweenaw County

Copper Harbor Pathway/Fort Wilkins State Park
Groomed Trail - "Classic" - 20 km
Ungroomed Trail - 8 km
Terrain: Intermediate to Expert
Night Skiing: No
Passes: No charge.  State Park parking fees apply if parking at the Fort Wilkins trailhead.
Events: TBA
Directions: Trailheads on 2nd Street or just past the Lake Fanny Hooe Resort.  Fort Wilkins is on US-41, 1 mile east/north of Copper Harbor
INformation: 289-4652