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Beat the Buckthorn Work Day at Swedetown

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Glossy buckthorn is a non-native shrub, which has been taking over Swedetown’s woods and wetland areas.  Its dense thickets create extra work for trail maintenance and crowd out native species. 

A work day is planned on Wednesday, August 8, to slow down this infestation. A hard-working crew from Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA) will be joining us. They will share their extensive knowledge of invasive species in the Keweenaw and will be happy to answer any questions you might have about invasive species management. 

Check in at Swedetown Chalet at 9 a.m. for maps and direction to various work sites. Continue reading →

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Mountain Bike Trails Update – June 27

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Michigan Tech Trails – Much of the single track is in good shape. The area at the bottom of Just Mite and Don’t Think has been reworked to account for the now-missing ski trail bridge. Please enjoy these two new water crossings (but slow down at the bottom of these two trails)! The new water crossings (the water is only 3″ deep or so) also allow access to Hillside, Outer Limits and Walkabout. Please note that Walkabout is closed east of the Nara trailhead, given the culvert washout on the Ridge ski trail. In general, be careful and anticipate problems your first time out after the deluge.

Churning Rapids – Much of Churning Rapids is in good shape. However, the Spring Creek trail has washed away in the part along Spring Creek, so avoid that trail. In addition, the large groomer bridge over Spring Creek is intact, but the approaches are 12″ lower than the bridge. The Long Bridge on the Ruby Marsh trail needs some repair. Most of the single track bike bridges on Churning Rapids appear to be in place. Bridges on the Maki and High Point trails are MIA. You should not ride Brooks Gorge.

Maasto Hiihto – The pedestrian bridge on the Pine Trail, just east of Tomasi Road, has been moved back into place, but the approaches are very rough. Other bridges over Swedetown Creek are not in place.

Swedetown – Swedetown was unaffected by the deluge.

Copper Harbor – CH was also unaffected by the deluge.

Posted in General News, Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Trails Update – June 23

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Michigan Tech Trails – Much of the single track is in good shape. Most ski trail bridges are washed out, which affects some key intersections of the bike trails. The bridge at the bottom of the two flow trails (Just Mite and Don’t Think) is not in place, so take care. Hillside has a culvert that is exposed.  A portion of Walkabout was washed away with the Ridge ski trail just below the intersection with the Nara Trail. In general, be careful and anticipate problems your first time out after the deluge.

Churning Rapids – Much of Churning Rapids is in good shape. The Long Bridge on the Ruby Marsh trail needs some repair. Most of the single track bike bridges on Churning Rapids appear to be in place. The large groomer bridge over Spring Creek is intact, but the approaches have washed away. Bridges on the Maki and High Point trails are MIA. We don’t have a report on Villie Maki, which goes along a gorge and was susceptible to erosion.

Maasto Hiihto – Volunteers are working to get the bridge in place on the Pine Loop (closest to Tomasi Road) to provide a way across Swedetown Creek. Otherwise, the bridges over the creek are all washed out.

Swedetown – Swedetown was unaffected by the deluge.

Copper Harbor – CH was also unaffected by the deluge.

Posted in General News, Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Trails Update – June 19

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The flash flood disaster that hit the Houghton/Hancock area has had substantial impact on the mountain bike trails. The short story – plan to ride at Swedetown or Copper Harbor. Most trails at Michigan Tech are closed, and most trails at Churning Rapids have some sort of damage.

Here is a summary as of Tuesday, June 19.

Michigan Tech – Trails east of Core Loop remain closed. Everything east of Core Loop has significant erosion, missing bridges, downed trees, and flooding. The trails west of Core Loop are rideable.

Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All bridges spanning Swedetown Creek have been damaged or washed away. Further assessment has revealed damage to many trails in Churning Rapids, including bridges displaced or destroyed along Spring Creek (affecting the Spring Creek, Maki, and Villie Maki trails). There is some damage to the long bridge on the Ruby Marsh trail. There are also washouts and damage on the Brooks Gorge trail. Given the many short boardwalks and bridges at Churning Rapids, riding is not recommended.

Swedetown – Swedetown Trails emerged relatively unscathed. Riders report trails are wet, but undamaged.

Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor trails are in good shape and rideable.

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