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.  A map to locate the trails can be found here.

With Houghton’s average snowfall approaching 250 inches, the season usually opens in early December and continues into April.  During the winter, grooming takes place daily and the system includes 7.5 kilometers of lighted trails, making an after-class ski trip convenient for students.

Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club members are scheduled to be at the Tech Trails selling club memberships and trail memberships or day passes on the following days: (EXCEPTION: Winter Carnival, Friday, February 5, the club will be at the trails starting at 10:00 a.m.)

Monday – Friday             Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday                        10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday                          Noon – 8:00 p.m.

A $10 semester membership to the club includes free ski and snowshoe use for students and the general public. 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.

Checkout the Trail Genius virtual map which shows skiing the Competition Trails.

Michigan Tech hosted the 2006 junior cross country skiing national championships at the Tech Trails. Michigan Tech also hosted the 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2016 U.S. cross country skiing championships at the trails. Read some comments on the 2016 championship and an additional feature on behind the scenes work at U.S. Nationals from National Nordic Foundation.

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 2015/2016

Spring/Summer 2015

Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Spring/Summer 2014

Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Spring/Summer 2013