The Keweenaw is famous for its world-class hiking and mountain biking. Buckle up your big-kid pants and test your mettle on the Keweenaw Point Trail.
- 47.46567, -87.87704
- Adventure Details
- Difficult, 30 miles round trip, 480 ft. elevation gain.
- Don't Forget
- Lots of water and snacks, bug spray, compass, spare tube if biking.
Fresh Coast Tip
Watch out for the landing at High Rock Bay—the trail ends abruptly in a bumpy “rock garden” followed by a sand pit. Both can be easily walked, if your legs are all done.
An ongoing project of the Copper Harbor Trails Club, this multi-use trail features 15 miles of carved single track, with some of the most feature-rich riding in the peninsula.
Beginning at Manganese Falls, the trail leads north through several drops and ascents, some tricky conglomerate slabs, muddy creek crossings, constructed rock elements, and a quarter mile-long boardwalk through a cedar swamp before arriving at the end of US-41. The end of Phase 1, about 3 miles in, is a perfectly respectable spot to call it a day.
However, if you’re ready to dig in for the long haul, grit your teeth for Phase 2.
Lauded for its intentional design—users report that it feels as though you’re going downhill the whole time—this trail features exceptional flow, a couple of bridge crossings, and plenty of opportunities for catching air.
The trail ends at High Rock Bay, a truly exceptional Keweenaw destination reached by only the most intrepid explorers. If your favorite vacation souvenir is bragging rights, this is the adventure for you.
Photo: Jackie Johnson / @jackie.johnzon