The Copper Harbor Trail System that surrounds the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is one of the top trail destinations in the Midwest. With multiple trailheads on our property, you are able to run right from our cabins onto the trails. Looking for a training run along a steep ridge-line trail or a fun run along the shoreline of Lake Superior? Simply open the door to your cabin and start running. The diversity of the trail system provides a unique trail running experience only found in Copper Harbor. Whether you seek the solitude of the lush forest floor or want to run across the infamous Copper Harbor bridges, the trails are literally steps from the Lodge’s rustic and cozy cabins.
The staff at the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) can help you plan a run for however your legs are feeling. The Back 9 beginner trails are located right on the Lodge property and are a great place to start for families with kids or if you are looking to just get a quick few miles in. Along the back of the Lodge property is the scenic Dancing Bear Trail.
There are many destination spots in the Copper Harbor trail system that runners and hikers like to plan their activity around. Waterfalls, lakes, and viewpoints can be found throughout the trail system.
Throughout the summer and fall there are multiple running events held in Copper Harbor. The Back 9 Endurance Run is held at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. This annual event challenges solo and team runners to see how many laps they can do in either 12 or 24 hours.
Another event that draws athletes from all over the region is the annual Run the Keweenaw. This event takes place in early July and the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to be your basecamp for this multi-day event.
During Labor Day the annual Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Copper Harbor Trails Fest takes over the community. This celebration of trails in Copper Harbor has running and bike races, live music, and workshops. People from around the country travel to Copper Harbor for this fun and joyous event. A strong spirit of camaraderie bonds first timers and annual participants to this end-of-summer celebration.