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Duluth Trails | Taft Trail | Pequaywan Hoyt Lakes Trail | Two Harbors Trails | Gooseberry Trails | Red Dot and Beaver Bay Trails | Tettegouche and Sawtooth Trails | Moose Walk Trail | Tomahawk Trail | Schroeder Trails | Tofte Trails | Lutsen Trails | Grand Marais Trails | Gunflint Trails | Blueberry Trail | Mushquash Trail | Swamper Trail | Grand Portage Trails | North Shore State Snowmobile Trail | Ontario, Canada Trails

 
North Shore State Trail does not close April 1st - A Common Misbelief

I need to correct a common misbelief; in a phone conversation with the MN DNR, I was corrected that only grant-in-aid trails close April 1st. The North Shore State Trail does not close on April 1st, as previously stated on snowmobiletrails.com and snowmobiletrailsblog.com. Read the whole story.

Duluth Cross Town Trail - West Section 33 miles [maps]
From I-35, take Hwy 23 to 131st Avenue West or take Grand Avenue to 72nd Avenue West. Ride the skyline ridge, around Spirit Mountain and the trails behind the zoo. This trail leads to the Willard Munger State Trail which goes south towards Carlton, Minnesota.

Duluth Cross Town Trail - East Section 12 miles [maps]
From 1-35 you can continue to London Road, drive north on 61st Avenue East, which turns into Lester River Road. Snowmobile from Lester Park into the Hawk Ridge Valley and city forests to the start of the North Shore State Trail. 

Taft Trail [maps]
A very popular local trail that leaves the North Shore State Trail 14 miles north out of Duluth and heads west to Island and Fish Lakes, many hotspots for riding, fishing and socializing.

Pequaywan_Hoyt Lakes Trail 43 miles [maps]
Leaves the North Shore State Trail about 20 miles north of Duluth, Pequaywan heads north into the Cloquet Valley State Forest and connects with the East Range Trail in Hoyt Lakes.

Two Harbors Spur Trail 12 miles [maps]
From Hwy 61, drive north on County Road 2 about 8 1/2 miles or ride the 9.6 mile Two Harbors Spur Trail, which has a trailhead and parking just east of town on Hwy 61. Trail takes the rider from town to the State Trail.

 

The following North Shore Businesses have
Sponsored the North Shore Snowmobile Trails

Two Harbors Lodging and Dining

Gooseberry Spur 14 miles [maps]
From the old Interpretive Center on the east side of the Gooseberry River, the trail climbs the ridge and connects with the six mile North Shore Access Trail.

Gooseberry Area Lodging and Dining

Red Dot Trail 37.5 miles [maps]
This trail travels through Beaver Bay and Silver Bay providing the option of heading north to the North Shore State Trail and Moose Walk Trails or east into Tettegouche State Park.

Beaver Bay Lodging and Dining  Silver Bay Lodging and Dining  Little Marais Lodging and Dining

Tettegouche Trail 12 miles and Sawtooth Trail 14 miles [maps]
Both trails explore the woods of the Tettegouche State Park crossing Palisade Creek and a scenic overlook of Palisade Valley. Dropping into the forests behind the Sawtooth Range, this trail provides some great wildlife viewing. Connecting the town of Finland, the North Shore State Trail and the Moose Walk Trail.

Silver Bay Lodging and Dining  Little Marais Lodging and Dining

Moose Walk Trail 20 miles [maps]
The Moose Walk Trail is a large loop in the Finland State Forest. The northwest portion runs along the East Branch Beaver River then climbs to a scenic overlook near Hockamin Creek before joining the North Shore State Trail again.

Little Marais Lodging and Dining

Tomahawk Trail 85.5 miles [maps]
Leaving at the Lake and Cook County border intersection with the North Shore State Trail, the Tomahawk travels four miles north to Crooked Lake. Then onto Ely, Minnesota you'll travel through the Superior National Forest. The Tomahawk connects with both the Stony Spur and Happy Wanderer Trails.

Little Marais Lodging and Dining  Schroeder Lodging and Dining

The following North Shore Businesses have
Sponsored the North Shore Snowmobile Trails

Schroeder Trail System 5 miles [maps]
Connects downtown Schroeder to North Shore State Trail via the Schroeder Trail.

Schroeder Lodging and Dining

Tofte Trail System 5 miles [maps]
Connects downtown Tofte to the North Shore State Trail via the Tofte Trail, Leveaux Trail, Lynx Trail or Eagle Trail.

Tofte Lodging and Dining 

Lutsen Trail System 67 miles [maps]
The Lutsen trail system travels through some very diverse topography. The Fox Trail joins Tofte and Lutsen. Crossing the Fox Trail, the Eagle Trail is behind Oberg Mountain on its way to the North Shore State Trail. The Lutsen Access Trail goes over thick forest land and crosses the Poplar River and then intersects the North Shore State Trail east of Barker Lake. Passing many nearby lakes; Caribou, Ward and Deer Yard Lakes, the Beaver, Caribou, and Deer Trails have several scenic overlook areas. Access to the Lutsen Trails is available from the Ski Hill Road / County Road 5 and from the Caribou Trail / County Road 4 a few miles away and at the parking area off Hwy 61 near mile marker 99 in Cascade River State Park.

Lutsen Lodging and Dining

Expressway Trail AKA; X Trail [maps]
This 33 mile trail is part of the Gunflint Trail System, the X Trail starts on the North Shore State Trail after it crosses the Cascade River. More details are under Gunflint 'G Trail' Trail Snowmobile Trail System below. A State Trail Sticker is required for this Grant-In-Aid trail.

Lutsen Lodging and Dining  Grand Marais Lodging and Dining  Gunflint Trail Lodging and Dining

The following North Shore/Gunflint Trail Businesses have
Sponsored the North Shore/Gunflint Snowmobile Trails

Grand Marais Trail 5.5 miles [maps]
This spur trail connects downtown Grand Marais to the North Shore State Trail and the Gunflint 'G Trail' Snowmobile Trails. At times this spur may not be an option late in the season when snow has melted due to being close to Lake Superior and a south slope facing the sun.

Grand Marais Lodging and Dining  Gunflint Trail Lodging and Dining

Gunflint 'G Trail' Snowmobile Trail System 125 miles [maps]
Forested snowmobile trails travel north of downtown Grand Marais with connections to the North Shore State Trail, the Expressway, Grand Portage Snowmobile Trail System, Upper Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System and the Ontario Trail System out of Gunflint Lake. Snowmobiling on the Gunflint Trails you may run into moose, deer, wolves, pine martens and fox. Snowmobiling is not allowed in the BWCAW(which is patrolled by dog teams and from the air.) You'll be riding in secluded areas, services are available at some lodges on the trail, with a concentration around Poplar Lake, the midway point on the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail system. Be prepared, do not sled alone and bring repair items, do not leave the trail on your sled or if you have a breakdown. Some one in your group should have a tow rope. Other items you better bring with are: emergency food, compass, water, cell phone, fuel and oil. Leave your itinerary with a friend, family member or the front desk where you are staying, and get a local weather forecast. A State Trail Sticker is required for this Grant-In-Aid trail.

Blueberry Road / Forest Road 1382 - Connecting trailway from the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System to the Grand Portage Snowmobile Trail System. [maps]
This connecting trail starts off of the Greenwood Lake Road / Forest Road 309. This is a Forest Road and is sometimes plowed due to logging operations. Parking is at the South Brule River Trailhead, 13 miles up the Gunflint Trail / County Road 12, from downtown Grand Marais. Trail heads north out of parking area and follow the Greenwood Lake Road / Forest Road 309 1/5 of a mile and turn right / south. 40 miles from parking / trailhead to Grand Portage.

Mushquash Trail - Connecting trailway from the Expressway Trail to the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System [maps]
6 miles north on the Expressway Trail from Devil Track Lake, just on the Northside of East Twin Lake, trail runs 4 miles east / west. Connects with the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System. Popular icefishing area with access to 4 lakes within a mile of one another.

Swamper Trail [maps]
This 12.3 mile deep forest trail zig zags through spruce, balsam, white pine, red pine, and aspens forests. Trail begins and ends at the South Brule River Trailhead, 13 miles up the Gunflint Trail / County Road 12, from downtown Grand Marais. Trail runs north along the Greenwood Lake Road / Forest Road 309 and connects near Swamper Lake 8.5 miles up the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System.

Grand Marais Lodging and Dining  Gunflint Trail Lodging and Dining

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.

 

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Trail Ethics and Common Sense [maps]
Most of the trails on the North Shore, Minnesota Arrowhead / Northeastern Minnesota are wilderness trails, or adjacent to wilderness areas. Trails cross private and public land and are developed and maintained through a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Grant-In-Aid program. Local snowmobile groups act in conjunction with the state to create, groom and maintain area trails. Your snowmobile must be registered here, or in your home state or province. Though you do need a State Trail permit to use the North Shore State Snowmobile Trail, Expressway Trail and the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System. A 50 MPH speed limit is in effect unless otherwise posted. Watch out for dog sledding teams, moose, deer and approaching snowmobiles. Stay off ski trails - Lodges and resorts spend large amounts of money grooming the ski trails, and when sledders destroy the skinny skiing trails, it gives all of us a bad rap!

Be prepared; do not sled alone and bring repair items, do not leave the trail if you have a breakdown. Someone in your group should have a tow rope. Other items you better bring with are: emergency food, compass, water, cell phone, fuel and oil. Leave your itinerary with a friend, family member or the front desk where you are staying, and get a local weather forecast. See emergency contacts on our area contacts page.

 

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North Shore State Snowmobile Trail System [maps]
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. The trail system winds its way through forests and nearby Lake Superior scenic overlooks.
Each sled needs a State Trail permit to use the North Shore State Snowmobile Trail.

 

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Updated Feb 28, 2014