The 13.5-mile Hancock-Calumet Trail was built on the bed of the original Copper Range Railroad, the first railway constructed on the Keweenaw Peninsula (in 1889) to haul raw copper from the mines in Calumet to processing facilities in the port city of Hancock. This is a "motorized" multi-use trail, but suitable for runners or cyclists with mountain bikes or wide tires.
The trail begins near the base of the Houghton Hancock Bridge at Porvoo Park. The first two miles of trail are paved with asphalt as it climbs a steady incline. Just north of Ingot Street, the grade begins to level off and the trail surface transitions to crushed stone aggregate. As you travel through the scenic wooded terrain, the trail passes by Boston Lake, several wetlands and the remnants of abandoned mining operations.
The trail officially ends at the abandoned Copper Range Railroad Depot. Head east of the depot to explore historic downtown Calumet where you will find several restaurants, stores, historic sites and the Coppertown USA Mining Museum.