The rail-trail between Chassell and Houghton roughly parallels US 41 on one side and the shore of Portage Lake on the other. This trail is open to snowmobiles in the winter and walkers/hikers and cyclists during the rest of the year.
Users be warned that parts of the trail can be wet and muddy and some areas still have railroad ties, so be mindful as you use the trail.
Parking and Trail Access
Stealing, Not Reclaiming
Some local folks are trying to steal state land under the guise of "reclaiming". It was public knowledge that this was state land when they built across it. Shame on them.
Nice trail for an easy run
The trail is mainly wide and flat. In town, it is paved, but changes to fine aggregate east of Michigan Tech. The aggregate surface is actually very nice; it is smooth and soft like a well-maintained cinder track. The few highway and driveway crossings ...
Homeowners vs. State of Michigan
The trail is actually pleasent to ride, but very poorly maintained, the state has done very little other than lay claim to the trail.
The trail is mostly 'stamp sand' tailings from the copper mines that were prevalent in the area 100 years ago. There ...