Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Recognized as one of the top trail systems in the world, the Copper Harbor mountain bike trails offer
some of the most unique terrain and challenging trails in the country, including 40 + miles of single track trails.

No Doubt, Michigan’s Best Mountain Biking

The Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails were designated as an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Silver Level “Ride Center” in October of 2012. Ranked among the top five trail systems in the world at that time just behind Park City, UT and on the same level as Sun Valley, ID, Oak Ridge, OR and Tauppo, New Zealand, the Copper Harbor Trails are now among the top 20 with the addition of more “Ride Centers” since that time. Points were scored based on Copper Harbor’s variety and quality of gateway, cross-country, flow and gravity trails, in addition to the village being considered as mountain biker friendly with its resorts, motels, campgrounds, restaurants, bike shop and a brew pub all easily accessible to/from the trails.

The Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails offer some of the most unique terrain and challenging trails in the Country. Working diligently on the grassroots level, the Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, has been building a network of designated human-powered trails, while working to promote the area as a mountain bike destination since the late 1990’s. A cooperative effort between the CHTC and neighboring land owners have resulted in a network of 38+ miles of world-class single track trails, with more being built each season.

Setting a New Standard for Midwest Mountain Biking

The riding in Copper Harbor is REAL mountain biking and really does not compare with anywhere else in the Midwest…if you have ever been to nearby Mount Bohemia to ski or snowboard its 900’ vertical drop, you know what we’re talking about! This Midwest mountain bike destination hosts a series of rocky, undulating ridges and valleys punctuate Keweenaw County and are highlighted with natural wonders such as old growth forests, geoheritage and geology, historic locations, nature preserves, pristine inland lakes and streams, mountain top vistas and rugged Lake Superior shoreline. Singletrack trails wind over bedrock, cobbled rock, rooty, hard packed surfaces with lots of climbs, technical descents, berms, rustic bridges and boardwalks and a total lack of sand. Constant elevation changes provide a Western-like riding experience and some riders have nicknamed it “the BC of the Midwest.”

While its reputation may entice the experienced rider, a number of easy and intermediate rated trails do exist. Approximately two-thirds of the trail system are rated as intermediate and efforts have been prioritized to develop new, easy rated trails including the addition of the “Back 9 Trails” at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in 2019. Other novice/family friendly trails include the Hunter’s Point and Fort Wilkins Pathways and Lighthouse Overlook and Lake Fanny Hooe Trails at Fort Wilkins State Park.

Additionally, a network of old logging roads and jeep trails traverse the narrow, uninhabited tip of the peninsula, east of Copper Harbor and offer some less technical mountain or gravel bike riding options. This includes over 8000 acres of State Forest land along Lake Superior near Keweenaw Point and a side trip to the Nature Conservancy Preserve at Horseshoe Harbor.

A Mountain Bike Festival to Remember

The annual Copper Harbor Trails Festival (formerly Fat Tire Festival) is truly a mountain bike festival that will be in your keepsakes forever. Traditionally held on Labor Day Weekend, this end of the summer “gathering of the tribe” hosts a spectacular array of e vents, which makes for an awesome time for the racers, volunteers and spectators alike. The Cross Country, Endur and Downhill races feature some of the most diverse and challenging courses in the region and attract racers from all around the Midwest and beyond. A true festival by the definition of the word, the Trails Festival mountain bike festival also includes a Kids race, a Trail Run, “Art Bike”, two nights of live music, tasty food, great camaraderie and of course plenty of cold beer on tap.

Find more info on the trails, Trails Club events and how you can help to support the non-profit’s efforts at the Copper Harbor Trails Club.

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Mountain Biking Services

Copper Harbor Trails Map

The non-profit Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) produces a glossy, fold out trail map that’s used as a fundraiser to support their trail building and maintenance efforts. Maps can be purchased for $5 at Keweenaw Adventure Company and several other businesses in town.

In the meantime, click here for a Trail Genius virtual preview/ride experience of Copper Harbor’s world-class trails.

IMBA Ride Center

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated Copper Harbor as an “Epic Ride” in 2009, and by 2011 were designated as a “Bronze Level” Ride Center. In just one year of amazing growth and progress, a “Silver Level” Ride Center designation was given in 2012. The vast quality and quantity of gateway, cross-country, flow and gravity trails – in addition to the mountain bike friendly community of the Harbor, a local bike shop and brew pub – all added up in points for this awesome recognition. Learn more about the Copper Harbor Trail System at:

Keweenaw Adventure Company

Service & Repair, Gear & Custom Wear

Find essential bike parts and accessories to keep you riding or have our professional mechanics help you out with a repair. Discover one-of-a-kind custom T-Shirts, Jerseys, Hoodies, Hats and Socks. Stickers and trail snacks, too. Book mountain bike rentals and guided tours, Lake Superior sea kayak tours and canoe/SUP/recreational kayak rentals. Learn more on website or call.

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Mountain Bike Rentals

Bikes and other rentals

Get your ride on! Whether looking for wheels to cruise about town, family-friendly pathways, or the world-class singletrack trails, Keweenaw Adventure Company has got you covered! From high-end Tech Enduro Downhill bikes to Dual Suspension Trail bikes, to Hard Tail or even Kids’ bikes, their fleet of Rocky Mountain and Kona mountain bikes is truly one of the best selections in the Midwest. A downhill mountain bike shuttle service is also available. Reservations recommended. Visit their website to book online or call to learn more.

Mountain Bike Shuttles

Keweenaw Adventure Company

Save time and your legs and catch a ride to the top of the trail system on one of their mountain bike shuttles and then take advantage of gravity as you ride back down. Buying a day or weekend pass on Keweenaw Adventure Company’s Downhill Mountain Bike Shuttle allows you to ride as many times as you’d like!  Daily shuttle passes are available every day Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.  Ride your own bike or rent one of from their high-end fleet. Reservations recommended. Visit website to book online or call to learn more.

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