Copper Country Hiking Tails

Should you ever get the urge to take a hike and wonder where some great hiking trails may be, the Copper Country boasts many excellent trails that you can take.  There are literally hundreds of miles of maintained trails, some of them short and some of them long.  Some of the trails are easy walking, while others are very difficult. 

Presented here are some of the trails that we have identified and will continue to add to throughout the months as we map them and present them.  No where are all the trails in the Copper Country identified and unified in one place.  Hopefully, we will seek them out for you and present them.  If you have a favorite that we missed, please let us know and we will include it.  Some of the trails are identified at various places within Copper Country.Com and others are extensively laid out on other web sites which we will link to.  Enjoy all the trails and see sights others only wish they could visit.

Trails are presented here in alphabetical order according to county.

Houghton County

Churning Rapids Trails Hancock - connects with Maasto Hiihto trails in the winter  
Ft. Wilkins State Park - nature trail  

2 miles


Gardeners Creek Nature Trail Trail through woods with local plants, berries, and trees marked & identified for the hiker.  West of Calumet on Lake Shore Drive at the Calumet Township Park

1 mile

Houghton- Portage Township Schools Forest Gundlach Road in Houghton.  27 acre school forest has a barrier free nature trail with three interpretive themes. Open May 1 - October 30  
Lake Linden-Hubbell School Forest Off Bootjack Road in Lake Linden.  400 acre school forest has 4 trails open to non-motorized traffic on a year round basis  
Maasto Hiihto Trails Hancock - ski trails in winter and subject to user fees, connects with Churning Rapids Trails  
McClain State Park nature trail

2 miles

Nara Nature Complex Located at the east end of Houghton's paved recreation trail, it includes the Peepsock Trail (3/4 mile trail along Portage Lake that begins near Pilgrim Terrace Industries) & the Nara Nature Trail, a 6 ft wide, 2300 ft long elevated boardwalk with 5 fishing sites that begin across from the Pilgrim River Steak House and runs along the Pilgrim to its mouth.  
Silver Mountain South Houghton County- Go west on M-38 from US 41 about 8-10 miles, turn left on Prickett Dam Road and then follow the signs to Silver Mountain. Climb the  stairs to enjoy a panoramic view of the Sturgeon River Valley and Prickett Lake.  Approx. 20-25 minute walk.  (This is especially a place you want to visit during the fall color season.)  
Sturgeon Sloughs Wildlife Area/Bert de Vriendt Nature Trail Self-guided nature tours with docks, observation platform and picnic pavilion.  Just south of Chassell on US-41  

Baraga County

Baraga Plains Trail Part of the North Country Trail System


Craig Lake State Park Baraga County - on US-41 just before Michigamme - look carefully for the sign or you will miss it.

8 miles

Little Mountain Go 2 miles south of L'Anse and turn right on Golf Course and proceed another 2 miles and park at the sign and white rocks. Hike to the top for panoramic view of Keweenaw Bay and the Huron Mountains. Approx. 20-25 minute walk  

Keweenaw County

Isle Royale Trails  

165 miles


Black Creek Nature Sanctuary Begins less than a quarter mile from the end of the Sedar Bay Road, on the right

2.5 miles

Brockway Mountain Nature Sanctuary Begins just off of US-41 south of Copper Harbor at the Copper Harbor Cemetary

1.6 miles

Eagle Harbor Environs Begins .85 miles west of the historic Eagle Harbor Store on the south side of M-26

4.3 miles

Estivant Pines Wilderness Sanctuary Located 3 miles south of Copper Harbor, this wilderness has 2 hiking trails that lead to the 100 foot tall virgin pines  
Keweenaw Shore Nature Sanctuary Begins on the south side of M-26 at Esrey Park and leads south to Brockway Mountain Drive and the Lake Upson Nature Sanctuary  .75 miles
Redwyn Dunes Nature Sanctuary Begins 3.5 miles east of Eagle River and 4 miles west of Eagle Harbor on the east side of M-26

1/3 miles

Ontonagon County

Porcupine Mountain State Park Trails  

90 miles


Houghton/Baraga/Ontonagon Counties

North Country Trail System   140+miles
Ottawa National Forest

- 107.64 miles of the National Scenic Trail (North Country Trail) that crosses the Ottawa in an east-west direction;
-  one mile trail offers two alternative routes to reach a small waterfall on Cascade Creek;
- short trails -at Sturgeon Falls and Silver Mountain, north of Sidnaw, and O-Kun-de-Kun Falls on US 45 north of Bruce Crossing.



The most ambitious effort to create remarkable hiking trails in the Copper Country belongs to the Peter Wolfe Chapter of The North Country Trail.  When completed, the North Country Trail will extend for about 3200 miles and will link the Appalachian Trail in Vermont to the Lewis and Clark Trail in North Dakota. The North Country Trail is challenging. It traverses areas of very rugged topography and is often several miles from the nearest motor vehicle access point. Most stream crossings are without bridges. The Peter Wolfe Chapter has accepted the responsibility of developing and maintaining most of the western portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, from the east side of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to eastern Baraga County.  The Chapter is interested in attracting volunteers to help them in their many projects and can be contacted at this site.