Location: Burma Road, Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Distance: 1.2 miles

Pets: Dogs allowed on a leash.

GPS Coordinates: 47.446049, -87.877536 / 47° 26’ 45.779” N, 87° 52’ 39.128” W

Fee: Free

Operating Hours: Open year round

Amenities: Parking Lot

Cool Features: Located on the Keweenaw Peninsula just outside of Copper Harbor is the

508-acre Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. Some of said pines are over 600 years old and are

between 130 and 150ft tall, representing some of the last remaining old-growth virgin white

pines in the Midwest. Two different trail loops run through this living museum; both are about

a mile long and are well-marked, easy hikes with much of the trails covered in boards,

creating a "foot bridge" through the forest. The Sanctuary is also home to some 85 bird

species for birdwatchers.

Nearest Town: Copper Harbor


  • Follow US-41 to Copper Harbor and turn right on Second Street. Follow Second Street

for 1.2 miles, bear left onto Clark Mine road. Travel 1.2 miles and turn right on Burma

Road (look for sign that say E. Pines) travel another .65 miles to the trail head and

parking area on the left.


Cathedral Grove Loop (1 mile) - The Cathedral Grove holds some of the biggest and

oldest pine, measuring over four feet in diameter, they are 125 feet tall and 500 years

old. All sizes of pine are present, from tiny seedlings to giants. Only a fraction of the big

pine can be seen from the trails as most are tucked away in hard to reach places.

Memorial Grove Loop (1.2 miles) - The Memorial Grove loop takes you through a large

grove of younger, 200 year old pine which was seeded in after a hot fire cleared the

competing hardwoods and exposed the thin mineral soil. Along this trail you will pass

red oak over 40 inches in diameter. Yellow birch up to 48 inches in diameter are also

found in this region.