Does Copper Harbor have the best riding in the midwest?

Former Michigan logging community reinvents itself as riding destination

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The Copper Harbor community is working diligently towards becoming a Moab-esque riding destination. Today, it’s just a largely undiscovered MTB gem.

The Copper Harbor community is working diligently towards becoming a Moab-esque riding destination. Today, it’s just a largely undiscovered MTB gem.

Next Exit is a series that explores communities around North America that are passionate about cycling. In this episode they stopped in Copper Harbor, the northernmost town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

This region was once home to booming mining and logging industries, but there are now less than 100 full-time residents. While the region is largely unknown in the mountain bike world, the local trail network has over 35 miles of singletrack and has earned an IMBA Silver Level rating. Have you ridden here? Tell us about it.

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  • Rich Lee says:

    I was amazed to see this video! I started mountainbike riding and racing in the UP with Steve Rowe during medical school in 1986. I first visited Steve’s camp on lake Medora in 1994 and again in 1996 to ride and Kayak with Steve and the other Yoopers. It’s great to see how much the riding in the Copper Country has grown. After 20 years, I guess it’s time to pay him a visit.

  • JimF says:

    I regret not making out there this year, really enjoyed it last year. Not just Copper Harbor but also MTU trails and riding around the peninsula/island. I was planning to get there just to see fall colors (scenic highways alone are worth the trip) but other stuff got in the way. Make sure to book your campsite in advance – I was lucky to get into Fort Wilkins right after Labor Day (weekend would be tough, and noisy).

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