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Copper Harbor Pathway

Average Rating:    (4.76 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

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.
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Latitude
47.46662880011102
Longitude
-87.88925170898438
Trail Directions
In the Keweenaw - Follow US 41 all the way to Copper Harbor. Take a right when 41 Ts off, then a final right on 2nd st. Visit the Keweenaw Adventure company for info or rentals. Grid 118 in the Trail Atlas of Michigan.
Trail Length
20 km
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Copper Harbor
Zip/Postal Code
49918
Country
United States
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Review Date
August 31, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kyle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
September 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: AllMountin' ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marquette South/Noquemanon



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Review Date
August 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gabrielle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
May 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ron ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stairway to Heaven.



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Review Date
April 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ray M ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Marquette



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