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Snowmobile April, 2007 " After most of the snow melts off the lake surface and before the ice becomes unsafe, is a great time to ride a dirt bike with studded tires. We studded both the front and rear tires of a Honda CRF450 and CR250R. Read more and see images... Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 18th, 2007 " I put on 175 miles today, from the Normanna parking lot onto the North Shore Trail, went up as far as the Trestle Inn (Crooked Lake) for a burger and back. The Tomahawk (5 miles) was really bumpy, snow cover was OK. They need to groom it. St. Urho's parade was Saturday, and the NST north of Finland (21 miles) was getting pretty worn thru from the extra traffic, with some brown outs you could not avoid. Nasty RR track crossing, too. Otherwise, smooth and snow covered for the most part. One bridge (the real narrow one- easy to see) leads right into a huge puddle, stay to the side where the pine tree is placed over that creek!

From Silver Bay to Finland (10 miles) was very nicely covered, smooth, wide and flat, very little ice in corners. Good spot to boogie. Although I did not go on the Moosewalk, I think it would be in good shape, from the conditions I saw in that area around Silver Bay.

From Two Harbors to Silver Bay was better up by Silver Bay (a little bumpy, soft corners), and by Two Harbors (Highway #3 to #2 was OK, some brown outs- mostly good cover), but that London/Beaver crossing area logging road is really terrible, lots of gravel, mud and very little snow for about half a mile. There is an exposed "marsh" just north of that road that has little to no snow cover for the better part of 1/4 mile. Another RR track crossing, exposed dirt. Some long stretches of fairly solid snow base.

Two Harbors to Normanna (24 miles) is a little less traveled area, in decent shape yet, occasional areas of very small patches of brown/grassy, best spot on the whole trail I was on. I was on this same area of the NST Saturday (17th), and the day before, and the groomers had done a great job for Saturday morning's ride. The trails had set up well due to the cold night before, and we had gotten 5 to 6" of snow on Thursday, so my ride on Friday was good then, too. I did not go much past Two Harbors on either day, however. I avoid that corridor if possible. "
See "Option
H or I" for planning this route.  Report by Dick T. Duluth, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 17th, 2007 " NORTH SHORE STATE TRAIL; Launched at the Lake County 2 parking lot and went north. Trails were in good shape for the most part but the further north we went the snow got leaner. Turned back near the Lutsen trail cutoffs due to lack of snow. Ran into some nasty stretches of 1/4 mile of grass and mud, etc. 188 miles total trip. I've heard that there is a snow advisory through Monday AM 3-19-07 for 3-6 inches and that should make the trail nice again for a couple more days. So those of you who can take some time off Mon or Tues, go for it. Two Harbors to Tomahawk trail is what I would recommend. It was getting pretty torn up in areas but 3-6 inches of new snow would take care of that, but forecast is for rain and 40-50 degrees later this week and that will end it all. This website is awesome. " See "Option I" for planning this route.  Report by Tim M., Duluth, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 13th, 2007 " Launched from the Mineral Center/Trail Center parking and access. Rode the Partridge Falls Trail, Cowboy Loop, and the Teal Lake Trail. Sunny, wet and warm today, about 60 degrees above zero, rode in a t-shirt and jeans. This is the warmest I've ever ridden when there's still snow on the trails. Small cold weather moths were also enjoying the warmth. Conditions on these trails will probably be best in area. If your coming up this weekend, best to plan riding on the Grand Portage Trails. " See "Option D" for planning this route.  Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 12th, 2007 " Launched from the old airport northside of Devil Track Lake. Lake was wet with about 50% snow cover. Rode snowmobile and dirt bike on surface of lake. The rotten top layer of ice was incredible hook-up with studded tires of bike. Registered OHMs [ off highway motorcycles ] can be legally operated on lake surface with registration stickers on fork area of bike. Unfortunately some "fun governor" living in the vicinity of Devil Track Resort feels they need to call the Sheriff and complain about the operation of OHMs. "  See more about dirt bikes with studded tires for use on ice. Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 10th, 2007 " From downtown Grand Marais, we rode to the Trestle Inn; trail is somewhat rough out of downtown, we hit the State Trail System through the Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder areas over to Finland. Most of the State Trail System was pretty smooth, some nice mougul sections, creeks were flowing and the sun was shining. Had lunch and burned back to Grand Marais. Round trip was 88 miles and 5 hours including lunch. "  See "Option H" below for planning this route. Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 6, 7 and 8th, 2007 " Silver Bay to Grand Marais and back...We stayed at the AmericInn Silver Bay Monday night. Tuesday morning after the best free continental breakfast we've experienced, we headed out on the trail right out of the parking area to the State Trail System. We headed up the shore towards Lutsen. Trails were well groomed and smooth, scenery overlooking the Big Lake was really great! It was about 55 miles to Lutsen Resort where we stayed the night. Wednesday morning we left Lutsen Resort on the Fox Trail to Clearview Store to fuel up for the ride to Grand Marais. We rode the Lutsen Access Trail to the State Trail System and hit the Expressway to the Mushquash Trail over to the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail and headed south to Grand Marais for the night at BestWestern Superior Inn in downtown Grand Marais. Thursday morning we rode back to the Lutsen area and stopped at Cascade Lodge Restaurant via the Muehlberg and Deer Trails. After lunch we took the Beaver Trail over to the Lutsen Access Trail north back to the State Trail System and back to Silver Bay. Last year was our first time using the North Shore Snowmobile Trails, and after going to the U.P. for years, we found a new home to snowmobile. This is our third trip up this year, we love it! " See "Option H" below for planning this route. Report by George, Paul, Leslie, Don, Stacy, and Kim., Superior, Wisconsin.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 2nd - 5th, 2007 " Seven of us came up from Thunder Bay, Ontario March 2nd - Friday morning, wow, talk about perfect timing. It never stopped snowing until Saturday morning. We stayed at Hungry Jacks until Sunday and put on 380 miles. The conditions were awesome we rode the Expressway, State Trail, and the Gunflint. Saturday we rode from Gunflint Lodge to Lutsen and on Sunday we rode from Hungry Jacks to Devil Track for lunch (was not open until 4:00pm) so we ate sandwiches at the gas bar. Still well worth the ride. Then we went to back to Hungry Jacks to pack up. Great hospitality at Hungry Jacks (thanks Forrest) and great trails. We'll be back soon! " See "Option A, B, C or F" below for planning this route. Report by Steve K., Thunder Bay, Ontario - Canada.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile March 3rd and 4th, 2007 " Our party of ten rode all of the snowmobile trails around Gunflint Lake, Poplar Lake, and Devil Track Lake this weekend. Trails were great and groomed. Saturday we went to the Radar Run on Poplar Lake and Sunday we went to the Trout Derby on Gunflint Lake, we really had a great time! " See "Option A, B, C or F" below for planning this route. Report by Scott M., Albert Lea, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Feb 23rd and 24th, 2007 " Sag Lake to Kashabowie, Ontario 126+ miles - See complete report and information.

Snowmobile Feb 16-20, 2007 "  We rode the expressway to Trail Center, G-Trail to Gunflint Lodge, Swamper Trail and Clearwater Trail to Hungry Jack Resort. All trails had a good base of about 8". Good conditions for the amount of snow they have. There are some rough areas, but all in all trails were very rideable. " See "Option A, B, C or F" below for planning this route. Report by Wayne R., Hanska, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Feb 17-18, 2007 " My party went snowmobiling on the Swamper Trail, Blueberry Trail, G-Trail, and the Expressway on 2-17-07 and 2-18-2007. All of the trails were well groomed - we hit very few rocks while putting on about 100 miles of trail riding. I also talked to several other riders who had ridden trails around the Gunflint Trail and Devil Track Lake area, that noted they were in good condition. Of course, none of the trails have any fresh powder, but there is a good 8 inches or better base to play on.  " See "Option A, B, C or F" below for planning this route.  Report by Aron L. St. Paul, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Feb 10, 2007 " We rode up the Expressway on Saturday all the way to Gunflint Lodge with a stop at Trail Center in the morning. Trails were wonderful hard packed and in great shape came back the same way so did not try the "G" Trail,116 miles and very good conditions. Sunday 60 miles of fire roads on the way to Grand Portage trails, conditions were also excellent. If you are looking for snow they have it and they are not talking about it. Stayed at Devil Track Lodge, wow, what a great place... will stay there again.  " See "Option A, B, C" below for planning this route. Report by Mark P. Centerville, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Feb 10, 2007 " Though it was a cold bugger we had an excellent time, starting from a private trail to the Brule River north of Colvill, we snowmobiled the Brule River, Swamper Trail, Blueberry and Firebox trails east of the Gunflint Trail/County Road 12 to the Expressway and Mid and Upper Gunflint Trails, to Gunflint Lake. All trails were in good condition. Some rough spots and ice under the powder. We also hit Poplar Lake, Little Iron, Iron, Magnetic and Gunflint Lake, some drifting caused by highwinds in some places and pressure ridges on lake surfaces use caution. Watched some folks skip the open water in the narrows between Gunflint and Magnetic Lakes. Stopped at Windigo and Trail Center Lodge for a beer on the way up and had dinner at Trail Center Lodge on the way down.  " See "Option F" below for planning this route. Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Feb 9 and 10th, 2007 " We rode from Devil Track Lake to the Expressway to Mid Gunflint Trail area and all the way up to the Sag Lake area. Trails are good and icey in places. The lakes were really nice with about 3 inches of powder and deeper snow near shorelines. Yesterday we rode to the Grand Portage Trails and the unplowed Grand Portage State Forest Roads, and Greenwood Lake, stopped at a friends fishhouse to warm-up, well worth the drive from the cities. The information we were getting from other sources [ DNR and other Web sites ] was totally wrong, plenty of good trails and conditions. "  See "Option A, B, C" below for planning this route. Report by Dan and Jo T. Lakeville, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 31, 2007 " We trailered to Devil Track Lake and unloaded. We went the length of Devil Track Lake to the expressway north to Trail Center for a great lunch. We returned via Hungry Jack Lake and then down the Gunflint back to the trailer. Trails were fair to good with about 50% recently groomed. It was great to be on the white stuff even if it was a bit rough in several places. The groomer was headed north from Trail Center, but we were short on time and were not able to go to Gunflint Lodge to try the trail further north.  " See "Option C" below for planning this route. Trail report by Steve & Pauline E. Spring Park, MN.  Send your report to us!

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Snowmobile Jan 29, 2007 " Stayed at Hungry Jack Lodge and took the Gunflint "G" Trail north heading for the trail end. Trail is slow around the many lodges, but as you get away from them, the trail improves greatly ! Also made a loop to the south of Hungry Jack Lodge on the Expressway, which is also in fair/good condition. The lakes in the area are again, perfectly smooth. Amazing is the difference from downtown Grand Marais, which has nothing, to just over the hills. If ya gotta ride, here is the place in Minnesota to do it ! " See "Option F" below for planning this route. Trail report by Mark B. Alexandria, MN.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 27, 2007 " From Devil Track Lake we took the Expressway Trail North to Gunflint Lake. Stopped at Trail Center for lunch and went on to Gunflint Lake, trail was in good shape. Picked up a trail [unplowed logging road] north out of Gunflint Lake into Canada, trails were wide and smooth all the way up to Sag. Lots of moose sign on these trails. " Trail report by Todd R. Blaine, MN.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 16, 2007 " We rode 80 plus miles from Devil Track Lake on the Expressway to Mid Gunflint Trail area and then over to the Greenwood Lake/Brule River Valley area. Trail is fair to good and rough in places. Some rocks and bare spots are showing. Hard base with a few inches of crunchy powder snow on top of icy ground. "  See "Option C" below for planning this route. Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 12, 2007 " Launched from the Otter Lake Parking lot off of the Arrowhead Trail/County Road 16, headed west on the Esther Lake Rd.  Rode most of the unplowed Grand Portage State Forest Roads, Greenwood Lake area, Brule River Valley, and back to the access area. Total of 78 miles, one bull moose and two wolves, saw only three other sleds. " See "Option E" below for planning this route. Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 9, 2007 " Launched at the Sag Lake Trail/County Road 11 public access on Sag Lake and crossed Sag up into Canada, into Curran Bay, picked up a trail and rode the Canadian logging roads around the Northern Light Lake area and back to Sag Lake. See photo above. Lake surface was covered with a few inches of snow and trails were 3-5 inches of powder snow, see photo above. Very cold 70 plus miles with temps in the single digits. Went to the Red Paddle Bistro at Gunflint Lodge on Gunflint Lake to warm up with food and drinks, the beer was good and the walleye chowder was excellent. All persons crossing into Canada remotely must be in possession of a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit. [ RABC - more info ] " Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 7, 2007 " We stayed in Grand Marais Saturday night and unloaded Sunday morning from the South Brule parking area. From there we headed East towards  Tom Lake. When we started to hit icy logging roads, we took a northern loop back toward the parking area. We then caught the Swamper trail North to Trail Center, got lunch there and then and headed South on the Expressway. We caught the Mushquash cross trail back to the parking area. We logged about 90 miles and had a great time. There were some rough areas (logs were covered, but not enough snow to level them out), but the trails were in better shape than I thought they would be. The Swamper, Gunflint, and Expressway were all groomed; however they could all use some more snow. It was well worth the 4 hour drive from the cities, thanks snowmobiletrails.com! " See "Option A" below for planning this route.  Trail report by Joel N. Twin Cities  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 6, 2007 " We rode from the old airport runway parking, across Devil Track Lake to the Expressway Junction, headed north on the Expressway to Windigo Lodge and Poplar Lake. Trails were better than we thought they'd be. " See "Option C" below for planning this route.  Trail report by John V. and Tim R. Savage, MN.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 5, 2007 " We rode 60 plus miles from Devil Track Lake on the Expressway to Mid Gunflint Trail area and back. Trail is fair to good and rough in places. Some rocks and bare spots are showing. I found a hard base with a few inches of crunchy powder snow on top of icy ground. Stop at Trail Center for lunch or dinner! " See "Option C" below for planning this route.  Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Jan 3, 2007 " Rode 40some miles of the Grand Portage Snowmobile Trails from the Mineral Center/Trail Center parking and access. Rode Chevan's Road, Rengo Road, Cowboy Loop, and went to Partridge Falls. While on the Rengo Road I stopped at the Pigeon River Overlook/Helispot as the full moon was rising, see photo.  Rengo Road is plowed due to a logging Op, it is ice and snow topped, no gravel showing. I found 4-5 inches of crunchy powder snow on top of icy ground on all trails today. " See "Option D" for planning this route.  Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

Jan 1, 2007 " We rode over 100 miles of the snowmobile trails from the Otter Lake Road Parking lot off of the Arrowhead Trail/County Road 16. Rode most of the Grand Portage Trails, back to the access area and then all of the unplowed State Forest Roads going west and north. New snow 3-4 inches last night, icy base, moose on trail... " See "Option E" for planning this route.  Report by Chad Jones/Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Dec 17th, 2007  " From the South Brule River Trailhead [ Option A below ] east towards Grand Portage. Rode the trail on December 15th, 2007. The trails have TONS of snow and are pretty well groomed from Grand Marais to the Arrowhead trail. As you leave the Arrowhead trail and get closer and closer to Grand Portage, the trails become less groomed (if groomed at all). In fact, my party ran into lots of logging on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation lands. We also hit a lot of gravel and rocks. Had to puddle skip a few creeks too. Most of the small ponds are frozen but the lakes are slushy - we stayed off of those.

The Cook County trails area are in great shape = good base. The Cook County Ridge Runners snowmobile club has done a great job grooming the Gunflint trails and Saganaga trails. Devil Track Lake and most of the smaller connecting lakes are slushy and not safe yet. Stay off of them until 2008.

The North Shore (State) trail running from Grand Marais to Lutsen is in excellent condition! TONS of powder for which the State groomers have done a great job carving for everybody to use. The North Shore trail is also mapped and marked exceptionally well for any beginner riders. " See "Option A" below for planning this route. Report by Aron L., St. Paul, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Dec 5th, 2007 " From downtown Grand Marais, we rode to the Devil Track Lake area; trail was packed out of town and smooth. We hit the State Trail System near Devil Track Lake and many unplowed forest roads full of powder! Great early season riding. "  See "Option J" below for planning this route. Report by Andy J., Todd R., Barb T. - Minnetonka, Minnesota.  Send your report to us!

Snowmobile Dec 5th, 2007 " We snowmobiled 70+ miles of the snowmobile trails east of the Gunflint Trail/County Road 12 and into the Grand Portage State Forest area trails and there was lot's of powder snow, and we had an excellent time! "  See "Option A" for planning this route.  Report by Sam J. Duluth, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

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SNOWMOBILE TRAIL SYSTEMS

North Shore State Snowmobile Trail
From Duluth to Grand Marais, Minnesota the 153 mile long North Shore State Snowmobile Trail system traverses St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties of Northeastern Minnesota, along the vistas overlooking Lake Superior. The trail system winds its way through forests and nearby Lake Superior scenic overlooks. (Requires MN "State Trail" Snowmobile Permit Sticker, this is an addition to the regular registration.)

More Local North Shore Snowmobile Trails

Grand Portage Trail System northeast corner of Minnesota

Duluth Cross Town Trail - West Section 33 miles West area of Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth Cross Town Trail - East Section 12 miles East area of Duluth, Minnesota

Taft Trail North out of Duluth, Minnesota

Pequaywan Lake Trail 10 miles North out of Duluth, Minnesota

Two Harbors Corridor Trail 9.6 miles East end of Two Harbors, Minnesota

Gooseberry State Park Trail 3-9 miles Located at Hwy 61 and Gooseberry River/State Park

Red Dot Trail 15 miles East end of Beaver Bay, Minnesota

Tettegouche Trail 10 miles and Sawtooth Trail 15 miles East of Silver Bay, Minnesota

Moose Walk Trail 15 miles North of Silver Bay, Minnesota

Tomahawk Trail 86 miles North of Little Marais, Minnesota

Lutsen Trail System 67 miles Between Tofte, Minnesota and Cascade River State Park

The X Trail North of Cascade River State Park and leads to the Gunflint Trail System

Grand Marais Trail 5.5 miles

Gunflint Trail System 125 miles

Grand Portage Trail System Over 100 miles of loops, great scenery and well groomed trails.

Ontario Snowmobile Trails from the Gunflint Trail/Gunflint Lake/Sag Lake area.

Cascade Lodge Lutsen Minnesota
Cascade Lodge
Lutsen, Minnesota

Hungry Jack Lodge Gunflint Trail
Hungry Jack Lodge
Gunflint Trail

Lutsen Resort Lutsen Minnesota
Lutsen Resort
on Lake Superior


AmericInn Two Harbors

Gunflint Lodge
Gunflint Lodge

Gunflint Trail


Timber Trail Lodge

Ely, Minnesota

Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway
Gunflint Trail Lodging

 

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