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Trail Report December 31, 2008
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Grand Portage Snowmobile Trails
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Launched from the Grand Portage Casino / Lodge at noon, minus 2 and sunny... headed to Mineral Center via the Skyline Trail. Hit the Cowboy Loop first, it was knee deep powder, not groomed, which was very fun, heck... we rode it twice. The Partridge Falls and Chevan's Road appeared to be rolled or dragged, though both were in good shape. There was a lot of moose tracks on the trails. Stopped at Partridge Falls, to see the Pigeon River tumbling down. Attempted to take some pics, but the camera was dead from the sub zero temps.  We usually ride the river west from this area... no tracks yet venturing upstream and some dark areas, so we stayed off the river today.  Even though these trails were not groomed, only rolled or dragged, the surface was very smooth with 4 or so inches of powder on top.

Grand Portage Minnesota
HWY 61 coming into Grand Portage, Minnesota from west. Trading Post is on the corner of HWY 61 and main entrance into Lodge and Casino.

Grand PortageLodge and Casino  Minnesota
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino parking area with direct snowmobile trail system access.

From Chevan's we headed west on the Rengo Road to the Otter Lake parking area next to the Arrowhead Trail / County Road 16. The trail which is actually a road, was like a highway, smooth and unplowed. We turned back to hit the Mount Sophie Trail.  On the Mount Sophie Trail we stopped at the fire tower, some of us climbed to the top and tried to take some pics, after my camera was inside my jacket I was able to snap a few before the batteries died. Figures... From the top you can see 360 of forest and Lake Superior. The tower is at least 100 feet with a small enclosure on top.

Grand Portage Mount Sophie fire tower
Looking up at the Grand Portage Mt Sophie Fire Tower

Grand Portage Mount Sophie fire tower
Looking down from half way up the Grand Portage Mt Sophie Fire Tower

Grand Portage Mount Sophie fire tower
Looking down from all the way up the Grand Portage Mt Sophie Fire Tower

Grand Portage Mount Sophie fire tower
Looking west at Trout and Swamp Lakes from top of Grand Portage Mt Sophie Fire Tower

The Mount Sophie Trail is a bit narrower than other trails and was in good shape all the way to the fire tower. There is also an old dilapidated cabin at the foot of the tower. We hung out and even used the cell phone at the top of the tower, usually there is no cell phone coverage in the Grand Portage area. As night approached and temps starting to plummet even more we headed back to the Grand Portage Casino / Lodge parking area. Nice trails and many options in Grand Portage... and great scenery of bluffs, water falls and overlooks above Lake Superior. They even have video surveillance of the Casino / Lodge parking area, so your stuff is more secure.

Climbing the fire tower is at your option and your own risk. Your safety cannot be guaranteed.

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