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Pine Mountain 500

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Largest outdoor staircase in the United States. 


Located at the base of the Giant Pine Mountain ski jump, host of the World Cup ski jumping competition, the Pine Mountain 500 outdoor staircase has been a staple in Dickinson County for decades

The many iterations of the stairs have played host to thousands of visitors and local athletes. Recently redone, the Pine Mountain 500 are a set of concrete stairs climbing nearly half of a mile straight up. 

The stairs are open year-round for public use, although during the winter snow and ice make traversing them more difficult. The local Rotary Club of Iron Mountain-Kingsford hosts an annual stair climbing race in August that draws participants from all over the United States.

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