Routes Though the Keweenaw

Updated: March 1, 2011
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We're offering up two routes through the Keweenaw. The first is a bit flatter and shorter than the second, but does so at the cost of cutting some quality Lake Superior miles from the journey. The second is a no-holds-barred, bring-it-on route that throws down some big climbs, but lessens the pain with fifty or so Lake Superior miles.

Note that both routes avoid US41 between Houghton and Baraga. While this stretch of 41 does parallel Lake Superior (Keweenaw Bay), only about five miles offer any vista of the big lake at all. Considering the high traffic volume and long, wide-open straightaways, we prefer to stick to the back roads through Tapiola and Pelkie. While there is no shoulder on the back roads, traffic volume is much lower. The scenery isn't half-bad either.