THE MAASTO HIIHTO
TRAIL SYSTEM is a multi-use, silent sport recreation area that
features the area's premier natural asset: The Swedetown Creek Gorge.
In Finnish, maasto hiihto means "cross-country ski." The trail was
originally developed in the 1980s by a group of Nordic enthusiasts
with support from the City of Hancock. This group adopted the name,
Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club. In 1997, KNSC became official when it gained
nonprofit, 501(c)(3) status.
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,
north of UP Health System - Portage Hospital.
TRAILS provide an intimate, backcountry type of experience. This area
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.
teamwork of KNSC and the City remains integral not only in maintaining
and grooming 25 kilometers of trails spanning Maasto and Churning
Rapids for winter use, but also in ensuring the trails remain
available for a variety of silent sport uses, year-round.
trails are groomed for classic cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and
snow biking. We welcome your entire family to get outside together, as
Maasto and Churning are the area's only 100% dog-friendly trails. We
ask all trail users to purchase an annual membership or day pass.
Ongoing trail maintenance and grooming are only possible if trail
users help pay for it.
For the latest trail conditions and
information about Maasto Hiihto/Churning
Rapids go to the trail systems blog spot
buying a season membership or day pass
grooming and trail reports
viewing or printing a trail map
trail and club news
event information and to purchase
making a donation
contacting the KNSC board