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Here we are in the month of March.
But winter isn’t over!
March is a great time of year to visit Copper Harbor.
From the Harbor Haus beach 3/3/2020
From the Harbor Haus beach 3/5/2020
Footprints found on 3/6/2020
We have already been teased quite a bit with abundant sunshine. It seems like spring could be right around the corner. And then we get a blizzard two days later, so we can make fresh tracks again.
It’s really all okay. It’s only March.
We’re in the Keweenaw. Winter is not over!
PSA! Don’t miss The Brockway Mountain Challenge on March 21st! It’s a snow bike race over Brockway Mountain Drive, a cookout/party and live music with Frank an’ da Beans at The Pines Resort!
This blog written by resident writer, Amanda Wais
Did you know that winters in Copper Harbor are going to get even cooler?
A group of adventurous locals have started a new club in town. It’s called CH SNOW. With all the potential this town has as a winter wonderland, CH SNOW has decided to see how far they can take it.
2019 Ice Formation Near Porter’s Island
They have been collaborating with a few existing local organizations which include:
Some of the efforts that the group would like to promote yet this winter are:
Kid’s Rides at the Copper Dog 150
Some of the up and coming dreams for the group include (but are not limited to):
Does this sound like it’s right up your alley? Then, seriously, follow CH SNOW on Facebook, and stay in the loop.
Copper Harbor is upping its winter game.
You can now enjoy miles of trails past magnificent vistas and into quiet reprieves. Whether you like to snowshoe, cross country ski, skate ski or snow bike, Copper Harbor has become a place you can work it out and take it in all at once.
The amount of cross country ski trails has tripled this year.
You bet your sweaty bippy!
Sure you can take the kids or the pups on a lovely loop through the meadows and Fort Wilkins, but now you can take your ambitious self past the beginning of Highway 41 — or to the “End of the Road Winter Trails,” as they’re called.
Why should you Nordic track all the way up that hill?
Because you can see this…
Do you know this view?
A little sun shining on the Nose of Brockway Mountain from the turnoff to Horseshoe Harbor always puts a little glory in your soul. Get it!
From there you can do the whole 16 km loop around the trail to Horseshoe Harbor and even up to the lookout on East Bluff! Just start at the turnaround at the beginning of Highway 41.
One of Copper Harbor’s newer residents, Casey Krueger, has taken it upon himself to groom to the East Bluff Lookout with four passes at each crack to make sure it’s wide enough to skate ski.
“I wanted to ski out my back door,” he told me. “Winter is my big passion, and this is one of the few remaining places where there’s real winter!”
Casey actually grooms the whole 16 km of the End of the Road Winter Trails every other day to make sure that you (and he) can enjoy the awesome views and get the best of winter exercise while the getting is good.
“It’s all just starting now, but I’d like to get a small Pisten Bully one of these years, so I can groom it that wide to the top in one pass,” Casey said.
Because who wouldn’t want to pant all the way up to this view?
Do you know this view?
It’s the sunrise from the lookout on East Bluff looking south.
“On a clear day, you can see Mount Houghton and the Huron Mountains,” Casey assured me.
So you can now skate ski from the beginning of 41 to this lookout on East Bluff.
Got your fatty wheels pumped up? (Not too much… just enough!)
You can ride the 16 km to all the vistas mentioned above!
If climbing on your fat bike is not your thing, head 1 mile west of Copper Harbor on M-26 to Trails End Campground. There’s a gentler 2 km loop out there.
But if you start on 10th Street by the highway, you can also ride 2 km to get there and then 2 km back. Or ride through the meadow and state park from the trailhead in town.
Dan Kauppi is the big push behind getting groomed trails out at this campground. He also reinstated the Brockway Mountain Challenge, which used to be a ski race, but is now a Fat Bike race over Brockway Mountain Drive! This year, it’s held on March 21st. Think your thighs can handle it? Check out their facebook page!
Okay, so here’s the fun at a glance (distances are approximated):
Need a map? There is a nice laminated one on the counter at the General Store and other businesses in town to look at.
Want snow reports? Like the CH SNOW page for winter recreational events, grooming reports and updates!
And for goodness sakes, get out there!
This blog is written by resident author and outdoor enthusiast Amanda Wais.