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Club Completes Wayfinding and Sustainability Project

Finding your way around the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trail system has gotten much easier. The Hancock Trails Club (formerly known as the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club) has completed a two-year effort to improve the wayfinding and sustainability of the Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trail system.

A large portion of the funding (almost $17,000) came from the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation (formerly the Portage Health Foundation). Other support for the $27,000 project came from the Keweenaw Land Trust, MJO Construction, Studio 13, and from club funds.

New sign at Churning rapids

The project included documenting each of the 100 intersections in the trail system and developing and installing directional signs and maps. Intersection signs are numbered and the GPS coordinates of each have been provided to area emergency services. The club also improved the sustainability of several trails by adding gravel, culverts, or re-routing where appropriate.

The sustainability work will make for improved and earlier grooming in the winter and provide a better surface for cross country skiing. The grant also helped improve some summer trails, mainly singletrack for mountain biking and hiking.

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