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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2012: April: Apr 25-12
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:15 am:

Today we get to go on a hike around the trails in Copper Harbor, via Josh Hill and friends. This trail head sign that Josh snapped sure made me chuckle with the unique names for the various routes. The trails they went exploring on are normally thought of as biking trails, but you can also hike them and according to Josh it's an easier method of seeing these areas, as several of the trails are quite intense for biking. I've often checked out these trails online, but after seeing the photos, thought they looked a little too difficult for my biking skills, so I was glad to see that hiking them is an option, too. Sure looks like a great place to set out on a hike, with water falls (this one near Lake Manganese) and woods surrounding you along the way.

You can check out the trails over at CopperHarborTrails.com, where it says there are over 25 miles of trails in the Copper Harbor area, rated from easy to difficult, but of course that is mostly referring to mountain biking them, but it also gives you an idea of how tough a hike they might be, too. The webpage also tells you about where to purchase a map to carry along with you.

So, if you're looking for a hiking adventure in the Keweenaw, be sure you check out the Copper Harbor trails as a possibility!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:21 am:

Great pictures!!! Looks like a lot of fun (well, maybe not the mosquito part, lol). Will have to walk that some day!

By JAD, Orgnst (Jandalq) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:25 am:

The signs recall what I've written once before about the signs that were (many years ago) at the "T" that leads down to Agate Beach: "T'is vay" "T'at vay" and "T'udder vay." I drove back the next week to get photos and the signs had already been torn down. Sad. The language of signs says so much about the "place and the people." Humor and uniqueness bring smiles and appreciation. I have heard that the "Stairway to Heaven" makes for beautiful snowshoeing.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:29 am:

Looks to be a great place to take a refreshing walk!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:30 am:

Wow...nice pics! Thanks for the outing.

By ILMHitCC (Ilmhitcc) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:43 am:

Thanks for the great pics! The hard work of the CHTC really shows, and those trails have been raved about in national biking magazines. It's also important to note that the 25+ miles mentioned here are only the CHTC designated biking trails, but there are hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and exploring in the Keweenaw and up near the Harbor.
Too bad about those great "T" signs, JAD. I'm sorry to miss those! The "Miami 1990 miles" sign at the end of US41 kept getting stolen by the knuckleheads, too, til it was moved into town.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 02:27 pm:

Beautiful scenery.

By Nick Karjala (Nmkarjala) on Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:09 am:

JAD's comments reminds me of a story my old friend Pastor Wendell Hakala (now deceased) told me about how the lumberjacks in Minnesota found the road to the lumber camp by looking for a sign that said "Kotisvay".

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