How to experience fall colors at Copper Peak

IRONWOOD, Mich. (WJMN) – In the far west of the Upper Peninsula you’ll find the not-so-hidden gem of Copper Peak. With views of Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains and acres of lush forest, the top of the ski jump has become a destination.

“So fall colors are our big season here at Copper Peak. We get visitors all summer long to see how spectacular it is. This is that time of year when people flock here and it’s just a great time,” said Bob Jacquart, Chairman of the Copper Peak Organizing Committee.

To get to Copper Peak, exit US-2 onto Black River Road.

Jacquart said the drive to the base of Copper Peak is part of the experience. Algonquin, Potawatomi and Rainbow Falls follow the Black River to Lake Superior and the North Country Trail.

Once you make it to the base of Copper Peak, take an 800-foot chairlift ride to the base of the ski jump. From there it is only a short walk to the valley station of the lift that carried ski flyers to their starting point. The experience can really take your breath away.

From the elevator, climb several metal grating stairs to the top platform. It was particularly windy when we visited. You can feel the structure sway, which is part of the design.

“What’s really fun is they think they know how beautiful it’s going to be, but everyone who gets to the top is amazed by it,” added Jacquart.

Pictures and videos do not do justice to the panoramic view from the top of Copper Peak.

“It’s hard to explain. It’s just beautiful out here,” Jacquart said.

You can also plan your visit through Travel Ironwood. How to experience fall colors at Copper Peak

Dais Johnston

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