Copper HarborTrails Fest
A Family Reunion of Mountain Biking
Thanks for a super weekend everyone!
Hosted by the Copper Harbor Trails Club, the 30th Annual Copper Harbor Trails Fest takes place September 1 - September 3, 2023. The annual Labor Day Weekend event features races, music, beer, and good times on Saturday and Sunday! This all-ages event has something for everyone, whether you're a cross-country lover, blazing-fast downhiller, enduro expert, sure-footed trail runner, or aspiring young ripper. Enjoy the best of what Copper Harbor, MI has to offer with us all weekend!
Saturday brings our classic XC mountain bike race in the morning, split into long, short, and new for 2023, a SUPER SHORT version depending on your appetite for pedaling our hilly, scenic terrain. Later in the afternoon we kick off our Downhill race on Overflow, the biggest, baddest trail in Copper Harbor. Shortly after that our young riders show us what they've got in their quest for pint-sized XC glory. We wrap it up in the park downtown with music and beer from local and regional breweries.
Sunday picks up where we left off with a rugged 10k Trail Run that will have you wondering if you should have worn hiking boots instead of running shoes. Later in the morning we send it with our Enduro race, split into three classes for you to choose from. Stick around for the music into the evening along with booze, food, merch, and more. It all culminates with the drawing of winners for our summer raffle and crowning of the King & Queen of the Mountain and Beast Mode Champions. Think you'll win big this year?
The Sport and Expert Enduro and Downhill races are part of the Lake Superior Gravity Series. Additional details can be found in the Participant Guide below.
Do you have what it takes to dominate at every event? Maybe not dominate... how about survive? The King and Queen of the Mountain is awarded to the fastest racers in the Expert Enduro, Long XC, & Downhill events. You must race in all three events to qualify! KOM/QOM ranks are determined by tallying up your place in each of the qualifying races. The lowest combined score wins (this is not judged on time except in a tie breaker).
Add in the 10k Trail Run to qualify for our special Beast Mode award! Given out to the craziest man and woman on the mountain, this special award recognizes the insane spirit of those that truly appreciate trails and are able to tackle every discipline at a high level. Just finishing all four of our top events is a feat to be commended for!
Volunteer For the event
Volunteers are our favorite kind of people. These awesome folks give their time to make this event possible, keeping racers safe and ensuring everything goes smoothly. Want to lend a hand? We've got tasks as short as an hour or as long as an afternoon. Volunteers get rewards for helping out, including swag, food/beer tickets, and entry to evening music. A list of volunteer positions can be found here.
Group Campsite Available!
Town fills up quickly for Labor Day Weekend but if you still need a place to pitch your tent, we have limited spots available in the group campsite at Fort Wilkins! Sites are only $9/person and are the cheapest place to stay in town. Find the registration link here! Space is limited and WILL fill up.
Trails Fest Refund Policy: We will allow transfer of entries. Sorry, no refunds.
Schedule of Events
Look for the who/what/when/why and how? You've come to the right place. Our Participant Guide provides all the nitty gritty to get you organized for the weekend including a complete schedule of events, registration details, course maps, and more. Download the most up-to-date Participant Guide below and start planning your trip!
You can always use our contact button on the website if you have questions that haven't been answered elsewhere. Area information can be found on our website: www.copperharbortrails.org/visit
Volunteers are needed across the board for Trails Fest! Sign up to help with a wide variety of different tasks, from help in the park during our afterparties, race timing, course marshalling, and more. Volunteers get swag, entry to evening music, and more for your help. We couldn't do it without you!