Michigan Tech Trails and Recreational Forest

Michigan Tech's trail system is located right across the street from the Student Development Complex, or the south end of the Michigan Tech campus on MacInnes Drive. The 35 kilometers of trails are nationally recognized for quality, variety of terrain, and maintenance. 

Checkout the Trail Genius virtual map showing the Competition Trails with trail videos and GPS.

Currently enrolled Michigan Tech students and children 17 and younger can use the trails for free; community members must purchase a reasonably priced membership or day pass.

With Houghton’s average snowfall approaching 250 inches, the season usually opens in early December and continues into April, however, this year we opened on November 12! Grooming takes place daily and the system includes 7.5 kilometers of lighted trails, making an after-class ski trip convenient for students.

Members of the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club will be at the trailhead waxing center selling memberships and day passes. Join the club for $10 and be eligible to use skis at the Tech Trails for free! Wax Room Hours:

Monday 12:30 - 8:00 p.m

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday  1:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Michigan Tech hosted the 2006 and 2014 junior cross country skiing national championships at the Tech Trails. Michigan Tech also hosted the 2007, 2008, and 2015 U.S. cross country skiing championships at the Tech Trails and will host the 2016 U.S. championships.

Winter snow bikes are permitted on designated trails. Please abide by the Tech Trail snow bike rules.

Read the Tech Trails semiannual newsletters:

Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Spring/Summer 2014

Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Spring/Summer 2013