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Swedetown Trails and Calumet

20140816_0871The Setting

  • On 2000 acres of publicly owned rolling forest in the heart of Keweenaw National Historic Park.
  • 22 miles of twisty and flowy, but mostly smooth-tread singletrack.
  • 10 miles of scenic and nonthreatening double-track access roads.

The Upgrades

In 2013, the Deer Chase Committee merged with the Swedetown Trails Club, and things really got rolling.  $1549 was spent to upgrade trail signage, $2081 went for a dump trailer, and $1549 for fill to raise, berm, and smooth the trail.

More trail improvements and additions are in the works for 2015. These all rely on the Aspirus Keweenaw Great Deer Chase racers and financial supporters for continuing improvements.

The Town

There is enough fun at the Swedetown Trails to keep you busy for at least a couple days.  But where can you stay? And what can you do when your legs can’t take any more fun?

Historic Calumet is home to ten restaurants, 2 B&Bs, and there are more than 10 hotels in the immediate area. The Calumet Theater hosts concerts and shows. Coppertown USA and the Keweenaw National Historic Park Interperative Center tell our mining story, and are right in town. Cool off after riding Swedetown with ice cream at Jim’s Pizza or Pat’s Foods, or enjoy a cold one at Michigan House Restaurant and the Red Jacket Brewery.  You won’t find a mall here, but touris shops and art galleries are plentiful. Copper World is a great place to start your treasure hunt.

Remember to spend your $5.00 “Bambo Bucks” included in your race package.

For help in planning your stay in Calumet and Swedetown, click on the Keweenaw Convention and Visitor Center’s website.

Even More Biking

Did you know that there is an old railroad grade heading south out of Swedetown?  It leads ten miles to the Maasto Hiihto / Churning Rapids mountain bike trails.  They have 20 miles of singletrack, and are home to the Keweenaw Chain Drive bike race held every Father’s day in May.  Stop in at Cross Country Sports or talk to any friendly local biker for directions.

Just over the lift bridge in Houghton are the MTU Trails another 20 miles of lung-busting purpose-built singletrack complete with a stunt and jump area.

Swedetown is happy to be within easy striking distance of the Copper Harbor Trails, an IMBA epic trail.

Add it up.  That’s 100 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails within 35 miles of Swedetown.

For more information on biking and staying in the Keweenaw/Swedetown area, check out or Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau.