Snowshoe Trails

When using cross country trails, please do not snowshoe on cross country groomed areas.  Stay well to the side of any groomed areas.  Watch out for snowmobiles on multiple use trails, such as the North Shore State Trail.  For a true wilderness experience, take a day trip or a winter camping trip into the BWCA.  Chances are you will not see anyone.

Gunflint Trail

Magnetic Rock Trail
Distance: 1.5 Miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Requires: 
Information: Gunflint Lodge

This trail runs 1.5 miles (one way) to a massive rock 10 feet wide, 20 feet long, and 30 feet high. The rock was deposited by glaciers and has a strong magnetic field hold a compass up to the rock to see for yourself.

Creek Trail
Distance: 1/4 Mile
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Requires:
Information:  Boundary Country Trekking

Winds along the north side of Poplar Creek then returns along an esker ridge about the Creek. 

Northern Light Trail
Distance: 1/2 Mile
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Requires:
Information:  Boundary Country Trekking

This half-mile trek leads into prime moose habitat and provides excellent vistas from the top of Blueberry Hill.

BWCAW Swamp Lake Trail
Distance: 2 Miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Requires:  BWCA Day Permit
Information:  Boundary Country Trekking

This loop trail begins at the Tim Knopp trailhead near the Cabin. The trail travels through the BWCAW via the Swamp Lake portages.

Tim Knopp Trail
Distance: 2 Miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Requires:
Information:  Boundary Country Trekking

Follows the Knopp Trail to the Banadad then loops back along the Banadad to the Swamp/Poplar portage.

 

PINCUSHION MOUNTAIN TRAILS
Distance: 25 km Groomed/Tracked
Difficulty Level: All Skill Levels
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information:  Pincushion Mountain Bed & Breakfast 1-218-387-1276

The Pincushion Mountain Trail is the first cross country ski trail system you'll pass on the Gunflint Trail, just 2 miles from Grand Marais, Minnesota. The extensive trails, of regionally acclaimed system, offers skiers of all abilities opportunities to enjoy gentle scenic terrain, rolling hills or even steep hills. Take a break at an outstanding vista of Lake Superior from the summit of Pincushion Mountain.  Snowshoeing is allowed on designated trails only and is not allowed on groomed cross country trails.     Trail Conditions

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL FOREST
Distance: 3 km Groomed occasionally
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information: Gunflint District Ranger Station 1-218-387-1750

Snowshoeing allowed along side XC ski trails  Trail Conditions

 

CENTRAL GUNFLINT TRAILS
Distance: 70 km Groomed/Tracked
Difficulty Level: All Skill Levels
Requires: Trail Fee/Parking Fee
Information: Bearskin Lodge 1-800-338-4170; Golden Eagle Lodge 1-800-346-2203,
a good location to find moose.

Snowshoeing allowed alongside XC ski trails; Snowshoe Trails

Trail Conditions

 

BANADAD TRAIL
Distance: 5 Miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended plus Parking Fee
Information: Boundary Country Trekking 1-800-322-8327

Five miles of designated Snowshoe Trails

Trail Conditions

 

UPPER GUNFLINT TRAILS
Distance: 100 km Groomed/Tracked
Difficulty Level: All Skill Levels
Requires: Trail Fee/Parking Fee
Information: Gunflint Lodge 1-800-328-3325; Gunflint Pines 1-800-533-5814; Hestons Lodge 1-800-338-7230; Moosehorn Bed & Breakfast 1-218-388-2233

Snowshoeing allowed on sides of XC ski trails

Trail Conditions

 

Finland / Isabella

Crosby Manitou State Park

Distance: 23 Miles
Difficulty Level: Beginner/Advanced
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information:  218-226-6365

Snowshoeing/Winter Trail Hiking allowed

 

Offers nice view of Lake Superior from the hills and also of the cascades of Manitou River.  21 year-round campsites.

 

Trail Conditions

Snowshoe Country Trail System

Distance: 10 Miles
Difficulty Level: Beginner/Advanced
Requires: No trail pass required
Information:  218-365-2126

Snowshoeing/Winter Trail Hiking allowed

 

Trail Conditions

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North Shore

TEMPERANCE RIVER STATE PARK
Distance: 12 km Groomed/Tracked
Difficulty Level: Beginner/Advanced
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information: Temperance River State Park 1-218-663-7474

Snowshoeing/Winter Trail Hiking allowed alongside XC ski trails

Trail Conditions

LUTSEN TRAILS/POPLAR AND ONION RIVERS
Distance: 45 km Groomed/Tracked
Difficulty Level: Beginner/Intermediate; Diagonal and Ski Skating
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information: Lutsen/Tofte Tourism Association 1-888-61NORTH

Snowshoeing/Winter Trail Hiking allowed on Moose Trail.  Do not snowshoe on groomed areas for skiing.

 

MASSIE/HALL TRAILS
Distance: 13 km
Difficulty Level: Intermediate; 2.5 km Ski Skating
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information: Solbakken Resort 1-218-663-7566

Snowshoeing/Winter Trail Hiking allowed on one designated trail

 

CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK/DEERYARD LAKE TRAILS
Distance: 64 km
Difficulty Level: All Skill Levels
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information: Cascade River State Park 1-218-387-3053 or Cascade Lodge
1-218-387-1112

Snowshoeing allowed alongside XC ski trails

Trail Conditions

BALLY CREEK TRAILS
Distance: 30 km Groomed/Tracked
Difficulty Level: All Skill Levels; some Ski Skating
Requires: MN Ski Pass Recommended
Information: Bear Track Outfitting 1-218-387-1162

Snowshoeing allowed alongside XC ski trails; Skijoring/Dog Walking allowed on unplowed section of Co. Rd. 158 plus one designated Skijor trail

 

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