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Copper Harbor Trails Club opens singletrack system early ahead of busy tourism season

The nearly 40-mile trail system located in the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula is now open to visitors and mountain bike enthusiasts.
Mountain biking on the Copper Harbor Trails.
Mountain biking on the Copper Harbor Trails.(Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 5:54 PM EDT
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COPPER HARBOR, Mich. (WLUC) - The Copper Harbor Trails Club is excited to announce the early opening one of the Midwest’s most distinguished singletrack mountain bike trail systems.

The nearly 40-mile trail system located in the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula is now open to visitors and mountain bike enthusiasts ahead of the traditional Memorial Day Weekend schedule.

“We wanted to open our trails as soon as possible not only because they’re a lot of fun to ride, hike, and run, but also because we wanted to support our local businesses,” explained Nathan Miller, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club.

The Copper Harbor trails are a designated Silver Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. It is the only Michigan destination to receive the distinction, and one of two in the Midwest (the other being Crosby, MN). By all accounts, this summer is expected to be a busy one.

Shelby Laubhan, co-owner of the Keweenaw Adventure Company, which provides mountain bike rentals in and adventure guide services in Copper Harbor, shared she expects the upcoming tourism season to be “intense and adventurous.”

“We’re receiving unprecedented bookings -- particularly from families -- for tours and rentals, for mountain biking and sea kayaking,” she explained.

Helping local business was a motivating factor to get the trails open early this season.

“Visitors to the Keweenaw stay at motels and eat at our restaurants, and with an early spring we had the chance to get the season started a little earlier than usual,” shared Miller. “Our local businesses have been great supporters of our trails and we owe it to them to open our trails and welcome visitors to the area as soon as we can.”

Miller encourages visitors to plan ahead and visit the Copper Harbor Trails Club website (Copperharbortrails.org) for trails news and updates.

“We encourage visitors to check our website for the most up-to-date information on which trails are open. CHTC will also be updating several trails across our system, so be on the lookout for fresh trails to ride later this summer,” he explained.

The Keweenaw Peninsula has over 90 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. For more information on Keweenaw trails, visit www.keweenaw.info.

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