Cascade River is where skiing began along the North Shore, with
the development of trails in 1975 by the owners of Cascade Lodge and
operators of Cascade River State Park. The trails have evolved since
their early years, and the skiing just keeps getting better. Trails
meander along lakes and rivers, up steep climbs, and down thrilling
hills, and through tunnels of tree branches hung heavy with snow,
making scenic trails attractive foe beginner, intermediate and expert
Deer Yard Lake Trail From Forest Road 14, head toward Deer Yard
Lake, where you can ski the length of the lake along relatively flat
and easy terrain. As the name suggests, you'll spot a few deer hanging
around the lake. Watch for tracks as well - although it's rare to spot
one face to face, it's common to find moose and wolf tracks.
East of Cascade River State Park For a unique skiing experience,
head just east of Cascade River State Park for a stroll along Lake
Superior. When the snow conditions are right, this trail is an awesome
trip right on the shore, an experience unlikely to be repeated
elsewhere on the North Shore Ski Trail. Because the trail is so close
to the water, it's worth checking the snow conditions first. The best
skiing here is just after a big snowfall.
Lookout Mountain and Pioneer Loop There's a heavy concentration
of easy loops just outside Cascade Lodge and around the park as well.
Intermediate skiers can enjoy an easy warm-up here before heading
toward Lookout Mountain or Pioneer Loop. Both offer challenging but
manageable climbs followed by a nice downhill ride. Pioneer is also
groomed with two sets of parallel tracks for side-by-side skiing and a
track for skating.
Long Climb For a real rush, ski from Deer Yard Lake or the Old
Cascade Fire Tower Site to Long Climb, a grueling climb that will
challenge event he best skiers. It's worth the reward, however - a
half-mile downhill run that feels almost like downhill skiing. Because
of the downhill control required, this trail is recommended for
intermediate or expert skiers.
Bally Creek Trail to Moose Mountain For the adventurous type,
from Highway 45 ski the trail heading from Bally Creek Trail to Moose
Mountain for a trip reminiscent of a backcountry ski experience.
Groomed only occasionally, the trail offers a challenge in any snow