Copper Harbor Trails Club
“In Copper Harbor and the surrounding Keweenaw, the non-motorized trail systems have become a center point for recreation as well as an economic driver for our communities. People visit and stay in the Keweenaw because the extensive trail systems allow them to explore more and develop a deeper connection with the outdoors. The trails would not exist without the financial support of the community and the dedicated volunteers on the ground.”
– Lori Hauswirth, Copper Harbor Trails Club Executive Director
Life’s an Adventure; Go for a Ride
The Copper Harbor Trail Club (CHTC) is a volunteer-based organization that is working hard to offer a world-class trail experience to locals and visitors. Although their primary focus is mountain biking, they support and encourage all types of human-powered recreation. In 2010, the CHTC invested $10,000 into an endowment through the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The primary purpose of this fund was to provide long-term support and capital development funds for the acquisition of property, promotion, development and maintenance of public human-powered trails in Keweenaw County.
Supporting Copper Harbor’s Tourism Economy
Nestled in the tip of the Keweenaw, the Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails have become home to an enthusiastic biking community. The trails serve as a major draw for tourists to Copper Harbor, and trail counters in 2015 showed over 20,000 people passed by the main Copper Harbor trailhead. Part of the appeal to tourists is the Silver Level “Ride Center” designation bestowed upon the trails by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Key reasons for them receiving this designation were their beautifully-sculpted trails, gravity-based riding opportunities, and continued development of the trail system.
Currently, the CHTC is developing the Keweenaw Point Trail: an exciting project that will open up new terrain each year and add additional intermediate mileage to the trail system. Phase 1, completed in June, opened up new route options and presented beautiful views of Fort Wilkins State Park and Lake Fanny Hooe. Funds are currently being gathered for phase 2. Upon completion, the Point Trail will be a 30 mile sustainably constructed loop allowing Copper Harbor to offer a true backcountry experience navigating over 8,000 acres of DNR property.