bike trails north shore

north shore bike trails

Biking is fantastic on the very different types of North Shore bike trails; the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail [GGST], backwoods dirt roads, Pincushion Trails and a few winter fat bike trails. The paved Gitchi Gami Trail currently has a handful of sections complete, the longest section being Gooseberry Falls State Park to Beaver Bay. I recommend some rides on Forest Roads, but one of the best things you can do is  purchase a Superior National Forest map, plan a route and ride.

New trail in the works: The Split Rock Wild trails will span from Split Rock State Park to Beaver Bay and take riders through some of the most scenic and remote areas of Northern Minnesota. Rocky outcroppings will bring riders to breathtaking views of Lake Superior. Rocky descents and climbs will bring riders in and out of river valleys.

gitchi gami bike trail update

Coming in 2020:

  • 5 miles of new trail from the west side of Grand Marais to Cut Face Creek
  • completing a 1-mile gap in Tofte which will mean one continuous trail from Schroeder to Lutsen
looking for ideal gravel road routes?

Straddle and Paddle has mapped out a 180.2 mile loop, which can be easily modified with a good Superior National Forest map [buy AHEAD of time]. Get inspired with this short video submitted by Josh Rizzo from the summer of 2020.

handy biking checklist
  • Obtain a map & familiarize yourself with the trail
  • Let someone know your route and expected return time
  • Carry water, high-energy snacks, toilet paper and rain gear
  • Be prepared for a breakdown, and bring a tool and patch kit
  • Always pack out what you bring in – dispose of trash responsibly
  • Most trails tour isolated areas that offer no immediate services
  • Trails cross private, county, state and federal lands – please respect this
  • Consider bringing binoculars and a camera
  • Use common sense
  • Although bike riding on Highway 61 is legal, it is NOT recommended as it is quite dangerous due to narrow shoulders, increased seasonal traffic and road work. The same holds true for the Gunflint Trail. Choose one of the safer routes below.

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