Trail Report: Keweenaw Peninsula / Houghton-Hancock, South Range, Copper Harbor
Reported By: Tammi the Trail Goddess at Dan’s Recreation
Date of Report: 02/02/2016
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 22″ -30″
Area Report: Well, our trails certainly took a hit over the weekend, with 2 days of high temps and the 5000 people here riding!! But, no fear, snow is on the way tonight and tomorrow (and actually at least a couple of inches everyday for the foreseeable future too) and the temps will be in low 20’s to high teens. February looks to be a great month for coming to the Keweenaw and getting your riding fix. Winds will be crazy tomorrow, but then die down. So trail conditions will be back up to par and ready for the weekend. All trails in the area are open and being groomed. There is some logging off of Trail 120 (South Freda Trail) so make sure and stay on the trail out there.
Please stay on the marked, groomed trail going thru the Houghton waterfront park area or we will lose access to that part of the trail. It is private property and marked. Don’t be the one to ruin it for the rest of the riders.
Please slow down out there on the trails, there have been lives lost every weekend because of going to fast. It isn’t a race out there. While on the trails, respect others and private property, stay off the ice unless marked safe, and save the drinking for when you are done riding!!
It’s Winter Carnival up here in the Houghton area at the college, Michigan Tech. They make spectacular ice sculptures, there is a parade on the ski hill and fireworks on Saturday night and all kinds of other things going on all weekend. Plenty to do while you are taking a break from the trails.
News & Events:
Snow, snow everywhere is a good description of what fortunate snowmobilers encounter when they ride the scenic well-groomed trails of the Keweenaw Peninsula of U.P. Michigan. Couple an extensive trail system, enabling the avid rider to experience the splendor of this area, with plenty of the white stuff, and you have a fantastic winter wonderland. More than 200 inches of snow blanket this region every season allowing sno-riders up to 5 months to enjoy their favorite sport!
The Bill Nichols Trail heads north through majestic forests and over the three Firesteel Bridges which are old railroad trestles rising more than 100 feet above the Firesteel River. This trail provides a tour past the towns of Twin Lakes, Toivola and South Range as it continues on toward the panoramic twin cities of Houghton and Hancock. Delicious, varied dining and comfortable lodging choices abound in this winter wonderland along with any other services snowmobilers may need.
Trail 15 travels east from the Houghton area through Chassel to the Keweenaw Bay. Here it turns south, winding along the bay to Baraga on the southern tip of Keweenaw Bay.
Traveling north from Houghton and Hancock on Trail 3 you encounter many historic signs of the mining of years past. Magnificent rides through Ripley, Dollar Bay and Hubbell grace the trail on your way to the historic towns of Laurium and Calumet. Continuing north on Trail 3 through Mohawk and Phoenix riders can experience the peaceful Eagles Loop, which leads along Lake Superior to the charming towns of Eagle River and Eagle Harbor.
Trail 3 heads east on the Brockway Mountain Trail, which yields a spectacular view of Lake Superior. On a clear day you can see Canada to the North and to the south the breathtaking carpeted forests that surround you. Just a short jaunt from this splendor, riders find themselves in quaint Copper Harbor, an excellent place to enjoy a delicious meal and spend the night in one of the comfortable lodging establishments.
Truly the Keweenaw Peninsula is an adventure every snowmobiler should experience. With over 200 miles of smooth groomed trails connecting to 2500 miles of trails, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers the avid rider unlimited riding opportunities. There are numerous warm, welcoming hotels, resorts and delicious dining choices to make your trip a remembrance of a lifetime.