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.

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

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.

The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club will staff the Waxing Center. Day passes, trail memberships, and club memberships. The waxing center will close for the season on Sunday, April 13.

Regular Waxing Center hours:

Monday 1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Visit forest.mtu.edu/ski for more club information. Join the club for $10 per academic year and receive free equipment use at the Tech Trails. 

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) has snowshoes for rent.  Visit mtu.edu/student-activities/oap-wellness for more information.

The Michigan Tech Trails hosted the 2006 junior national championship, and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. championships.

Read the Tech Trails semiannual newsletters:

Winter 2014

Spring 2013