Major Cross-Country Ski Trails in the Upper Peninsula

For statewide ski conditions, call: 800-MI-4-SNOW (644-7669)

Trails are located in national and state forests; state, county and city parks and just out in the woods. There are trails to waterfalls, ice caves and scenic lookouts. Designated trails are well marked with directional signs and levels of expertise. Some of these trails can be used for mountain biking and hiking during the warmer months.

 

ALGER COUNTY (Munising, Grand Marais, Christmas, AuTrain)
Bruno's Run. Munising. 12K marked trails for novice to intermediate skier. 11 miles south of Munising on FFH 13. Mountain Biking. 906-387-3700
Buckhorn Ski Trail,
400 E. Munising Avenue, Munising 906-387-3700.
Grand Marais Ski Trails.
Two trails. The first is four miles east of Grand Marais on H 58 and is 25 miles of intermediate to expert trail. The second is two miles west of Grand Marais on H 58 in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and is ten miles of beginner to intermediate trail. For more information contact, 906-387-3700, or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Headquarters 906-387-2607, or the Grand Marais Ranger Station 906-494 2669.
Hiawatha Ski Trail. 400 E. Munising Avenue, Munising 906-387-3700.
McKeever Hills, 6K groomed, marked trails. 400 E. Munising Avenue, Munising. 906-387-3700.
Munising Ski Trails, One mile east of Munising on H-58 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Marked trails. Beginner through advanced. 11 miles of trail. Trail link up with North Country Trail. Portions groomed and tracked. Contact Lakeshore Headquarters, 906-387-2607, or Chamber of Commerce 906-387-2138.
Valley Spur Ski Trails, four miles from Munising on M-94. 12 miles from Chatham. Munising Ranger District, Hiawatha National Forest. Seven trails 1.6 to 18 km for beginner to advanced skiers. Warming shelter and ski shop. Groomed and tracked on a regular basis. Ski and snowshoe rental. Mountain Biking. 906-387-3700; 906-387-4918.
Cross Country Ski Trails in the Pictured Rocks from Grand Marais to Munising.

BARAGA COUNTY. (Baraga, L'Anse)
Pinery Lake Ski Trails, 2.5 miles northeast of L'Anse, 10 km various loop lengths. Novice and intermediate levels. Ski through red pine woods. All marked and groomed. Call Baragaland Ski Club at 906-524-6514 or 906/524-7444.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY. (Sault Ste. Marie, Paradise, DeTour)
Algonquin Ski Trails, Located in a convenient heavily wooded area in the western section of Sault Ste. Marie. Three separate loops of well groomed trails total eight miles. The first loop lighted for night skiing. For more information 1-800-MI-SAULT
Paradise Pathway, Half mile west of Paradise on M 123. Two trails, north trail is three miles and south trail is 1.5 miles. DNR trail is locally groomed. State park 906-492-3415. DNR District Headquarters 906-293-5131, or contact Paradise Chamber of Commerce, 906-492-3282
Pine Bowl Pathway, Near former Kincheloe Air Force Base, four miles from 1-75 on Wilson Rd., 9.5 miles of groomed marked trails in the Munuscong State Forest. DNR maintained. State Forest office 906-635-5281.
DeTour Pathway, Located five miles west of DeTour on M 134. Four miles through the woods on groomed and marked trails to St Vitals Point on Lake Huron Shores for a spectacular view.
Drummond Island Ski Trails, Several miles of groomed trails are offered on this island paradise from novice to expert.

DELTA COUNTY. (Escanaba, Gladstone, Rapid River)
City of Escanaba, North 30th St, 4.2 miles to 6.6 miles.
Escanaba River State Forest, 906-786-2351
Fayette State Park, Eight miles southwest of Garden, five miles of groomed trail. Park Headquarters 906-644-2603.
Gladstone Sports Park, Three miles of marked novice cross country trail, located adjacent to ski hill. Trail groomed and double tracks set on a regular basis.
Days River Pathway, Bay de Noc State Forest. Near Gladstone. 17.9 miles of DNR maintained trails. 906-786-2351
Rapid River Ski Trails, Seven miles north of Rapid River Ranger Station on US-41. Rapid River Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest. Three trails, four to 13 km. Groomed and tracked on a regular basis.

DICKINSON COUNTY. (Iron Mountain, Norway, Sagola)
Fumee Lake Natural Area, Two miles east of Quinnesec on US-2, 1 mile north on Upper Pine Creek Rd. Seven, two and one mile loops. Groomed.
Gene's Pond, Co. Rd. 581 (Norway Lake Rd ),
take Gene's Pond Rd. to parking area. Trail starts at boat launch, goes to scenic overlook and through wildlife opening. 2.3 miles.
Iron Mountain City Park, West off Carpenter, end of "A" St, Four loops totaling 3.5 km. Easy to difficult paths. Groomed.
Lake Antoine, Path is located at Lake Antoine Park just north of Iron Mountain.
Lake Mary Plains,
West on M-69 from Sagola. South on Glidden Lake Rd. Both loops 3.4 miles. Groomed.
Merriman E. Pathway, North of Iron Mountain. Seven miles east on Merriman Truck Trail off M-95. Two loops, three and six miles, Hiking and cross-country. DNR maintained. Forester in Felch, 906-246-3210.

GOGEBIC COUNTY. (Bessemer, Ironwood, Lake Gogebic, Wakefield, Watersmeet)
ABR Ski Trails, Ironwood.
55km of well groomed & marked trails. 906-932-3502
Lake Gogebic State Park,
On M-64, 13 miles NE of Marenisco. Five miles of more difficult trails, all marked, Park headquarters, 906-842-3341.
Milje's Ski Trails (Wakefield, MI).
2 miles south of Wakefield on County Rd. 519. 12 KM of classical only ski trails with less crowds and beautiful scenery. For the novice to intermediate skier. 715-292-3441
Mt. Zion,
located on the campus of Gogebic Community College in Ironwood. Downhill ski area, 906-932 9879 or 932-4231.
River Falls Trails,
8 km. 906-932-5638
Sylvania Wilderness,
32 km near Watersmeet. 906-358-4766
Wolverine Hill Trail, Ironwood/Bessemer,
14 miles of marked and groomed trails. Novice and intermediate trails. 906-932-4465 or 932-4470.

HOUGHTON COUNTY (Houghton, Hancock, Chassell, Calumet)
Chassell Classic, One block off US 41 in Chassell, one km lighted for night skiing, eight km of marked and groomed trails. Novice, intermediate and advanced. Keweenaw Tourism office, 906-337-4579 or 800-338-7982.
Maasto Hiihto, Adjacent to Houghton County Arena, Hancock, for novice to expert. Packed and groomed. 906/482-2720.
McLain State Park, On M-203. Seven miles west of Calumet. Four miles of easiest and more difficult trails, all marked. Ski rental in Calumet. Park Headquarters 906-482-0278.
Michigan Tech Trails,
One mile south of US-41 on McInnes Dr. 9.3 k of marked and groomed trails, novice to advance. 906-482-2388, 800-338-7982.
Old Grade Trail,
On M-38, seven miles west of Nisula. Ottawa National Forest-United States Forest Service. 3.9 miles partially marked novice trail. 906-884-2085
Swedetown Pathway, Calumet, off Osceola Rd.
, 30 k, 4.5 k lighted for night skiing, loops of novice, intermediate, and advanced trails, all marked and groomed for cross-sountry skiing and snowshoeing. Chalet open at noon with snack bar. Sledding hill. Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 906-337-4579 or 800-338-7982.

IRON COUNTY (Iron River, Crystal Falls)
Ge-che Trail, Iron River. Ottawa National Forest, United States Forest Service. 4.75 miles partially marked intermediate trail. 906-265-5139.
Lake Mary Plains Pathway, Between Crystal Falls and Sagola on M-69. 9.6 miles of DNR maintained trails. 906-875-6622.
George Young Recreational Complex, The Iron River Nordic Cross Country Ski Center offers 25 km of meticulously groomed trails, prepared for both classical and skating techniques. Follow the trails to explore Scott Lake, Minnie Lake and Wagner Lake or wind through the wooded expanse of the complex. The varying terrain provides excellent skiing for all ability levels, from novice to expert. Trails are open daily from 10 am, to 4 pm. (Closed Mondays) Lodging across the street at the Chicaugon Lake Inn.
Bewabic State Park
has a 2.5 mile groomed classic style ski trail. The trail head is at the south end of the day use parking lot. Bewabic State Park is located 4 miles west of Crystal Falls on US-Highway 2. Park Headquarters (906) 875-3324.

KEWEENAW COUNTY (Copper Harbor)
Copper Harbor Pathway, Over ten miles of marked and groomed trails. Novice to expert. For more information contact Keweenaw Tourism Council 800-338-7982.
Fort Wilkins State Park, Near Copper Harbor.
Two miles of easiest trails, marked and groomed. 9 k novice to expert. Park Headquarters 906-289-4215.

LUCE COUNTY (Newberry)
Canada Lakes Pathway, Four miles from Newberry off M 28 on Co. Rd. 403, three trails of over three, four and six miles in the Tahquamenon River State Forest. Maintained by the DNR. State Park 906-492-3415. DNR District Headquarters 906-293-5131, or the Newberry Chamber of Commerce 906-293-5562
Lake Superior State Forest, 906-293-5131
Natural Area Pathway,
Luce and Chippewa Co., between Paradise (14 mi.) and Newberry (23 mi.). 13 miles of DNR maintained trails in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. 906-492-3415. Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce 906-293-5562
Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Luce and Chippewa Counties on M-123. 12 miles Southwest of Paradise. Six miles of easiest and most difficult trails. Trails marked. Park Headquarters 906-492-3415

MACKINAC COUNTY (Mackinac Island, Curtis, Les Cheneaux Islands)
All Mackinac Island roads and trails are open to cross-country skiing.
Curtis Area Trails,
Curtis Chamber of Commerce 906-586-3700
Les Cheneaux Area, Cedarville and Hessel,
Combination snowmobile/ cross-country trails. Chamber of Commerce 906-484-3935
Sand Dunes Ski Trail, 11 miles west of St. Ignace on US-2, 0.5 miles north of Co Rd. H-57, 5 trails 1.5 to 6.2 miles (2.4 km to 10 km). Marked and groomed. St. Ignace Ranger District. Hiawatha National Forest.
St. Martin Cross-Country Ski Trail
(U.S. Forest Service)&emdash;No motorized vehicles. Hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking also. 6-7 miles west of Hessel, MI. (Les Cheneaux Islands).
Curtis Area:
Manilak Resort Ski Trail, total length of 2.4 miles/4.6 km), the Barrett Road Ski Trail (total length of 1.5 miles/2.4 km).
Sprang Road Ski Trail,
(total length of trail 9.1 miles/14.5 km). The trail difficulty ratings are easy and more difficult.

MARQUETTE COUNTY (Marquette, Ishpeming, Negaunee)
Al Quaal Recreation Area, Near Ishpeming and the National Ski Hall of Fame. Four cross-country courses, 2.5, 5, 7 and 10 km. Sponsored and maintained by the Ishpeming Ski Club.. Chambers of Commerce 906-226-6591 or 906-486-4841. Also call 906-486-6181 or 906-486-6581. (Map)
Anderson Lake Pathway, Near Gwinn on Co. Rd. 557. Escanaba River State Forest. 10.3 miles of DNR maintained trails. 906-228-6561.
Black River Pathway,
Near Ishpeming on Co. Rd. 581. Escanaba River State Forest. 2.5 miles of marked trails (slightly hilly) 906-475-4213.
Blueberry Ridge Pathway, Near Marquette on the jcts. of Co. Rds. 480 and 553. Three loops, 2.5, 5 and 8 miles of DNR maintained trails. 906249-1497.
Cleveland Location Trails, Ishpeming Ski Club, 906-486-9281 and 906-486-4841..
Harlow Lake Pathway, 1985 US-41, Ishpeming.
906-485-1031. Eight miles north of Marquette on Co. Rd. 550. Five miles west of DNR maintained trails. Beginner to expert. Not groomed.
Kivela Road Park Ski Trail, Negaunee.
906-475-7869.
Longyear Ski Trail,
Expert trail located northeast on Forestville Rd. Not groomed
Maple Lane X-C Ski Area, Skandia, MI ,
20 K Beginner to expert.
Marquette Fit Strip,
Marquette. 906-228-0460.
National Mine Biathlon Area, Rt. 3, Box 1024, National Mine. 906/486-8080
Negaunee Township Touring Trail, M-35, Negaunee 906-475-7869.
Nequemanon Trails Network. Lower Nequamanon Trails.
25K groomed and marked trails. Phone: 906-225-9445
Presque Isle Park Trails, Two trails in northeast Marquette. End of Lakeshore Blvd. Beginner and intermediate loops. Trails groomed. 906-228-0460.
Silver Creek Trails,
Marquette. 800-544-4321.
Snowtrac Trails in Ishpeming. Complex contains the Hill Street Trails and the Suicide Bowl Trails, 2.5k, 5k, and 7.5k trails, groomed regularly for both skating and diagonal stride. Trails connect to Cleveland Location Trails, Ishpeming. 906-486-9281 or 906-486-4841.(Map)
Private cross-country ski trails for guests to use at
Lost Lake Lodge in Republic, MI.

 

MENOMINEE COUNTY (Cedar River, Menominee)
Cedar River Pathway, Near Cedar River. 17.5 miles of DNR maintained trails. 906-753-6317.
Henes Park Trail, City of Menominee.
906-863-2656
J.W. Wells State Park,
On M-35, one mile south of Cedar River, 4 miles of easiest and more difficult trails all marked. Park Headquarters 906-863-9747.

ONTONAGON COUNTY (Ontonagon, Mass City, Bergland)
Gogebic Ridge Trail, On M-64, 0.5 miles north of Bergland. 2.5 miles marked trails.
Ottawa National Forest.
United States Forest Service, 4 miles of marked expert trails. 906-575-3441.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, 13 miles west of Silver City on the shores of Lake Superior. One of the midwest's oldest and most scenic trail systems. State of the art grooming on 42 km of double track set trail. The trail pass includes a special lift ticket to allow Nordic skiers quick access to the trails on the backside of the Alpine ski area. Children 12 and under always ski free. Trailside cabins, equipment rental, ski shop, warming chalet, 2 trailside warming shelters, cafeteria. 906-885-5275.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY (Manistique, Seney, Germfask)
Ashford Lake Pathway, 16 miles north of Manistique off M 94. Trails of three, six and nine miles marked and tracked. DNR maintained. 906-341-258
Indian Lake Cross-Country Ski Trail, Three miles west of Manistique off M 149. 1, 3, and 4.5 miles long
Northern Hardwoods Cross Country Ski Area, Seney National Wildlife Refuge. 906-586-9851.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge,
1.5 miles north of Germfask on Hwy M-77. Three marked trail loops ranging from 1.5 to 10 miles in length For information call Refuge Headquarters at 906-586-9851 (weekdays) and 586-9801 (weekends). This 96,000 acre Wildlife Refuge is closed to snowmobilers and off-road vehicles.

 

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