Explore the Keweenaw

Brockway Mountain

Located just off the northernmost stretch of US-41, Brockway Mountain drive is only 10 miles long, but traveling it may take you up to an hour with all the pull-offs to take in the scenery of the surrounding shoreline, woodlands, and lakes.

Adventure Details
10 miles round trip, 1,328 ft. elevation gain.
Don't Forget
An extra layer or even two—the windy peak of Brockway Mountain can get very chilly.

Upon reaching the windswept crest, 735 feet above Lake Superior, you’ll be perched at the top of the volcanic “spine” that forms the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Along with the distinction of having the highest paved road between the Allegheny Mountains and the Rockies, Brockway Mountain is a hot spot for sighting birds of prey—a morning visit during migration season (in mid-April) means frequent sightings of low-flying bald eagles, Cooper’s hawks, osprey, and many others.

June brings peak bloom of 700 wildflower species, including rare species such as trillium and orchid, while September and October offer a world-renowned display of fall color on the surrounding mountainsides.

Fresh Coast Tip

Brockway Mountain is not only a tourist hot spot, but is also a trailhead for the many mountain biking trails in the area. Drive slowly, and consider visiting early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.

At any time of year, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of iconic Keweenaw landmarks, including the Eagle Harbor lighthouse, the village of Copper Harbor, Mount Baldy, Lakes Bailey and Medora, and passing freighters floating around the tip of the peninsula.

While this adventure is good at any time of day, it’s highly recommended to arrive just before sunset and linger until nightfall for some of the best 360-degree stargazing you’ll ever see.

Photo: Hans Isaacson / @outdoorpixs