Snowmobiling Michigamme to Copper Harbor, 2006
/ © DM Gabrish
After a relaxing Sunday watching the NFL payoffs, we were up early Monday
and on our way to Copper Harbor.
from Lake Michigamme to Nestoria was a
bit rough, as it follows the power line over rock cliffs. One of the guys staying
at Maple Ridge stuck his sled in the swamp trying to go around a water hole
on this stretch Saturday night. He had a snow plow and wrecker come in to remove it.
The water was only about two foot deep and we went in and out with no trouble that morning.
We took our first break at the intersection of
Trail 8 & 15.
It was a beautiful mild morning with lots of sunshine. Unlike the
20 below zero days on our last trip through here. The trails had
been groomed and the traffic was very low. We headed south on 15
to avoid the Baraga area where trail 15 was closed north of town.
We hit Trail 109
north through the Sturgeon River Valley, one of my
favorites. It is a wide forest road with just enough curves and hills to
enjoy the flow. There are also some great views along the way, like the
Sturgeon Valley Overlook where we took our second break of the day.
Once on Trail 3 headed north we stopped in Twin Lakes, about half way on
our trip, to grab some lunch and top off our tanks. Back on trail 3 headed north
we passed through a few small towns and played in a gravel pit just north of
South Range climbing some of the steep hills before moving on into Houghton.
There are some awsome views of the Portage River Valley as you ride
on the ridge just west of town. The world's largest snowmobile bridge takes you
across the river and into Hancock on the lower level. Pretty cool!
We followed Trail 3 headed east out of town before turning north toward
Calumet and further on.
content property of
Michigan Interactive ©since 1995 all rights reserved