Copper Harbor Challenge

Copper Harbor, Michigan

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The Copper Harbor Challenge features the toughest climb in this book: Brockway Mountain Drive. A Midwestern version of the Appalachians, Skyline Drive, the peak rises some 735 feet above Lake Superior (1,330 feet above sea level) and the surrounding forests and is especially beautiful in fall, when the hardwoods put on their Joseph's coat of reds, yellows, and oranges. You'll pass mining ghost towns like Phoenix, Central, and Delaware before arriving at Fort Wilkins, built to protect the prospectors from the Indians back in 1844 and now a state park. People left the Keweenaw Peninsula when the copper boom went bust more than a century ago. Today they return for other natural resources, like the purest, most vitalizing air on earth, Lake Superior, and the wooded, winding roads between the hamlets that somehow escaped ghost town fates. Terrain: Rolling to hilly, including one very steep hill, Brockway Mountain Drive.
Road Biking Michigan

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Road Biking Michigan

by Cari Noga (Falcon Guides)

The Copper Harbor Challenge features the toughest climb in this book: Brockway Mountain Drive. A Midwestern version of the Appalachians, Skyline Drive, the peak rises some 735 feet above Lake Superior (1,330 feet above sea level) and the surrounding forests and is especially beautiful in fall, when the hardwoods put on their Joseph's coat of reds, yellows, and oranges.

You'll pass mining ghost towns like Phoenix, Central, and Delaware before arriving at Fort Wilkins, built to protect the prospectors from the Indians back in 1844 and now a state park. People left the Keweenaw Peninsula when the copper boom went bust more than a century ago. Today they return for other natural resources, like the purest, most vitalizing air on earth, Lake Superior, and the wooded, winding roads between the hamlets that somehow escaped ghost town fates. Terrain: Rolling to hilly, including one very steep hill, Brockway Mountain Drive.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Copper Harbor
Distance: 47.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 650 feet
Top Elevation: 1,300 feet
Local Contacts: Fort Wilkins State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Harbor Challenge

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