If you are an avid mountain biker you'll quickly appreciate the ruggedness and natural feel to these trails. Hand built with natural obstacles the rocks, roots, and basalt outcroppings will remind you why Mt Biking is so fun. The trails encompass the old Adventure Mine a copper mine that ran from 1850-1920 and is now used for tours. Along the path you are always surrounded by old mine pits, rock piles, and mine shafts dating back over 5000 years.
Need to Know
Park in the old campground, which will be on the left as you enter and is easy to identify by the bonfire pit near the road. Park near the back of the campground where the pavilion/stage is. You can access the trails through the cut in the trees and to the right (there's a water spigot here to fill your bottles). Drop down onto and across the bridge and you are on your way.
You are starting off on the foundations trails which takes you across several old mine buildings on your way to the first climb. The main hill is called Adventure Mountain and has 350' of vertical climb to it's summit on a section of trail called Lionsback. You cross the hill on Poker Run trail and start your descent on Dangerous Curves. The descent is fast and technical while offering the best views in the area. Once you have descended you enter flatter sections which are fast and flowy but narrow enough to keep your attention, these trails are Boulder Trail and Powderhouse Trail watch for the ATV trail crossing in the middle. Powderhouse transitions to a trail known as Fern Gully, which can be very wet after a good rain. Once you exit Fern Gully near the big red barn you get to another climb appropriately called Ragemaster. Nobody has ever successfully climbed it and probably never will so a short hike a bike to the top will land you in the beautiful field of flowers traversing the top of the hill before you descend rapidly to the bottom and start your way on an old railroad grade back to where you started. Overall this lap will take the average rider 40-50 minutes to finish.
History & Background
Some of the trails date back to 5000 BC and were the walking paths for ancient miners who were digging pits to mine copper. The old railroad grade dates back to 1900 when the modern railroad service was connected from here to Houghton. The buildings that you see and ride through were built in 1898 or later.