Churning Rapids and Maasto Hiihto
Maasto Hiihto System- The crown jewel of this system is “The River Trail” (trail 3), which follows the Swedetown Creek down its breathtakingly beautiful Gorge. Maasto’s northern most loop connects with the Churning Rapids trails. The two systems contain about 25 kilometers of groomed trails (see the trail map for details). Two trailheads provide access to the groomed trails at Maasto. One is at the Chalet on the Houghton County fairgrounds, and the other at Tomasi Road near the Hancock Department of Public Works garage.
Churning Rapids Trails- These trails provide an intimate, backcountry type of experience. Its narrow trails can be accessed either from Maasto Hiihto or from a trailhead at Christensen Road, off M-203, 5 miles north of Hancock. Trails wind through the John Christensen wildlife preserve. A 15-foot high observation tower (along trail 10) provides wonderful views of Lake Superior; a scenic meadow trail leads to the beaver pond; more trails wind through the diverse woodlands.
KNSC values offering an extensive trail system which is 100% family friendly. Whether you ski with your dog, or with the kids in a pulk, you are welcome on every trail.
The trail system is groomed for:
- Classic skiing
- Snow shoeing
- Snow biking
There are also many miles of ungroomed “back country trails” within the system; these narrow, scenic paths are popular with snow shoers and skiers.
All trail users should purchase an Annual Membership or day pass.
A few rules…
At Maasto/Churning, we are happy to announce that there aren’t that many rules!
- Enjoy the trails with your dog. Maasto Hiighto and Churning Rapids are 100% pet-friendly! Please pick up droppings and keep your dog under control (use a leash if needed).
- Travel any trail in either direction.
- Use the Four Seasons Chalet at the fairgrounds to warm up, use the restroom, fill water bottles, change your clothes…
Please do not:
- Walk on groomed trails without snowshoes. Walkers in boots can cause damage to the groomed surface, which can trip up skiers.
- Step or bike on the set tracks. Our skiers enjoy the trails when the tracks are in good shape – snowshoers and bikers, please avoid the tracks.
Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.
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