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Red Trail to Stairway

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A point-to-point ride combining the advanced trails in the Mountain Lodge area.


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3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,135' 346 m

High

637' 194 m

Low

152' 46 m

Up

631' 192 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

The Red Trail to Stairway to Heaven ride encompasses the best of the advanced trails in the Mountain lodge area of Copper Harbor.

The route is a point to point that starts right in front of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and ends right in downtown Copper Harbor.

Throughout the ride you'll encounter plenty of the red rock and boardwalks that give Copper Harbor it's distinctive style.

Description

Start the ride on Red Trail, one of the classics in Copper Harbor. It's rowdy and fun with plenty of fast sections and technical challenges.

From the top intersection with the Golf Course Road, roll out on the level and then pedal a bit uphill before the top end series of short gradual downs and ups. From there you'll transition to a long bit of downhill. As your speed increases, the trail texture and obstacles also change - expect some quicks turns, a few off-camber and crumbly drops and some trees to navigate around.

The upper third ends as you descend a tight switchback into a small narrow passage with steep rocky slopes on either side. Stay left, past the intersection with Dancing Bear, and continue descending through a straight and tight tree corridor.

This ends at a steep and abrupt short climb over a root web to a big tree. From here, the trail throws some increased technical challenges your way. There are more up and downs punctuated by roots rock slabs and a narrow bridge crossing.

After the last root-laden technical descent, the trail rolls past a small wetland and then creeps out to Mango. Stay left here and pedal up, down, and around small islands of red rocks interrupted by narrow bridges.

From the end of Mango, stay left again to ride Ma Maki. The trail starts its overall gradual climb, starting through fairly open and dry forest. You'll pedal over a few short rock slabs. The forest eventually closes in and gets more lush.

There will be a couple of drainage crossings, the second is a new rock causeway placed in tight trees and dark forest.

After passing the Say Hello intersection, Ma Maki becomes more rocky with some roots. The dense forest opens up a bit before the last steep and punchy climb to the intersection of Der We Went.

Enjoy a quick hit of downhill over rocks slabs and one short boardwalk. There's also a bit of exposure as you ride along the edge of a small and steep gully. Connect with the top of Stairway to Heaven.

Stairway rolls out on a short, level and elevated boardwalk before transitioning to dirt.

From there, the route alternates between short sections of boardwalk and dirt until a big right-hand turn. At this point, you'll be on a long boardwalk section that descends through a gap between two steep rock hillsides.

The trail ends with a quick left-hand drop off the wood and down a rock face to the bottom of the mountain.

Stay right to ride flat and easy trail back to town.

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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

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  4.8 from 8 votes

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The rock slabs and exposed ledges of Der We Went.
Jun 25, 2015 near Copper…, MI
The big boardwalk on Stairway to Heaven.
Jun 25, 2015 near Copper…, MI
The bridges are just about as wide as your handlebar on the Mango trail.
Jun 25, 2015 near Copper…, MI
The Red Trail, a classic trail in the Copper Harbor network, is a great way to experience the unique geology of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Jul 20, 2015 near Copper…, MI
The narrow passage on the upper reaches of Red Trail near the Dancing Bear intersection.
Jul 20, 2015 near Copper…, MI
The last rowdy, rooty section of Red Trail.
Jul 20, 2015 near Copper…, MI

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