Status of Mountain Bike Trails
The flash flood disaster that hit the Houghton/Hancock area has had substantial impact on the mountain bike trails. Here is a summary as of Monday, June 18:
Michigan Tech – Trails west of Core Loop (from the wax building west to Houghton High) are relatively clear. However, everything east of Core Loop is closed. Significant erosion, missing bridges, downed trees, and flooding make things very dangerous.
Maasto Hiihto/Churning Rapids – All bridges spanning Swedetown Creek have been damaged or washed away. There is no access to Churning Rapids from the trailheads in Hancock. A complete assessment has not been completed, but it is likely that the many short boardwalks and bridges on the mountain bike trails are damaged or missing. Riding is not advised until more information is available.
Swedetown – A complete assessment has not been completed, but the Swedetown trails appear to have weathered the storm well. If you are riding, be very careful around blind corners, as there may be downed trees.
Copper Harbor – Copper Harbor trails are in good shape and rideable.