` Trail snow conditions North Shore: Minnesota DNR

Trail snow conditions for: C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail

Comment details: (updated February 23, 2017)
The trail from Finland to the Gunflint Trail was groomed on February 23, this is the first time we were able to groom due to the warm weather and rain. This section of trail is slated to be groomed again on Friday and Saturday night. There is between a 1-6 base on this section of trail, watch out for icy areas and water flowing along the trail. Expect bare spots and be aware the section of trail from Lake County # 8 going north for 3-4 miles is down to dirt and ice due to logging activity along this section of trail. The trail south of Finland to Duluth still has some snow on it but not enough to groom. This section was last groomed on 2/16. Also, there is a section of trail south of the North Shore Mining Tracks that is down to dirt due to logging activity. The trail is in poor to fair condition, these conditions will change due to use and the weather. If you do go riding please slow down and use caution especially when meeting our groomers.

Skiing Snowmobiling
Conditions: Conditions: poor-fair
Trail groomed? Trail groomed? groomed
Trail base: Trail base: 0-6 inches
Groomed mileage: none Groomed mileage: 146
Information shown in blue was updated on February 23, 2017. Local snow depth is 3-20 inches.

The trail:
The trail winds its way through remote, wooded areas behind the bluffs that overlook Lake Superior. From there you can see some of Minnesota's most rugged and beautiful scenery.


  • Finland to Grand Marais section: Rentals available at Gunflint Pines Resort, Hungry Jack Lodge, and Steve's Sports & Auto.
  • Duluth to Finland section: Snowmobile rentals available at Beaver Bay Sports

Location Mile Date Depth Base Condition Groomed?
DULU - Jean Duluth Road 6 23-Feb-17 3 0 Poor Groomed
FRRV - French River 13 23-Feb-17 4 0 Poor Groomed
FXFM - Fox Farm Road 22 23-Feb-17 11 1 Poor Groomed
WSTO - Westover 28 23-Feb-17 14 2 Poor Groomed
ALGR - Alger Park Lot 37 23-Feb-17 16 2 Poor Groomed
LOND - London Crossing 45 23-Feb-17 13 2 Poor Groomed
TRKS - NS RR Tracks 53 23-Feb-17 11 2 Poor Groomed
FH11 - Forest Highway #11 58 23-Feb-17 18 2 Poor Groomed
HFFG - Heffelfinger Road 71 23-Feb-17 16 2 Poor-Fair Groomed
SONJ - Sonju Lake Road 82 23-Feb-17 14 3 Fair Groomed
LCR8 - Lake County #8 91 23-Feb-17 18 3 Fair Groomed
TEMP - Temperance Road 101 23-Feb-17 20 6 Fair Groomed
SAWB - Sawbill Trail 108 23-Feb-17 18 4 Fair Groomed
BARK - Barker Lake 117 23-Feb-17 18 4 Fair Groomed
MTOE - Mistletoe Road 125 23-Feb-17 19 5 Fair Groomed
PIKE - Pike Lake Road 130 23-Feb-17 18 5 Fair Groomed
GUNF - Gunflint Trail Junct. 140 23-Feb-17 18 5 Fair Groomed

Getting there

Duluth: From I35, take the 21st Ave. east exit to Woodland Ave. Turn right on Woodland Ave, follow to the Martin Rd., turn right. Parking is half mile down on the right.
Normanna Road: From Duluth take Cty. 37 north to Cty. 44, turn right, proceed for 1.2 miles, right on Cty. 38, lot is 1 mile east on left.
Two Harbors: From Hwy. 61 go north on Cty. 2 for 7 miles, right on Twp. 25, lot on right.
Beaver Bay: From Hwy. 61 go north on Cty. 4 which turns into Forest Highway 11, 9.5 miles on right.
Finland: From Highway 61, take Highway 1 to Finland, turn right on County Road 7, trail is one and one half miles on the right.
Lutsen: From Hwy. 61 take Cty. 4 north for six miles, lot on right.


Phone: (218) 834-1430

Email: info.dnr@state.mn.us

Contact hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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