` Trail snow conditions North Shore: Minnesota DNR

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

Comment details: (updated February 4, 2016)
The trail has been groomed this week & the entire trail is slated to be groomed again on Friday & Saturday night. There is between a 3-6" base from Duluth to Finland and between a 4-6" base from Finland to Grand Marais. The trail is in fair to good condition; these conditions will change due to use & the weather. Please slow down & use caution especially where logging operations are occurring & when meeting a groomer. Please be aware of snow covered brush & branches hanging over the trail and icy areas along the trail. Please remember that it only takes a few sleds to go over a freshly groomed section of trail to make it look like we havenít been grooming. The Blackwood's Blizzard Tour started today, Thursday Feb. 4th; the trail route is from Proctor to Lake Vermillion today, then to Ely and back to Two Harbors on Friday and from Two Harbors back to Proctor on Saturday.

Skiing Snowmobiling
Conditions: Conditions: fair-good
Trail groomed? Trail groomed? groomed
Trail base: Trail base: 3-6 inches
Groomed mileage: none Groomed mileage: 146
Information shown in blue was updated on February 4, 2016. Local snow depth is 9-21 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 4-Feb-16 9 3 fair groomed
FRRV - French River 13 4-Feb-16 9 3 fair groomed
FXFM - Fox Farm Road 22 4-Feb-16 17 5 good groomed
WSTO - Westover 28 4-Feb-16 18 5 good groomed
ALGR - Alger Park Lot 37 4-Feb-16 22 6 good groomed
LOND - London Crossing 45 4-Feb-16 16 5 good groomed
TRKS - NS RR Tracks 53 4-Feb-16 17 5 good groomed
FH11 - Forest Highway #11 58 4-Feb-16 20 6 good groomed
HFFG - Heffelfinger Road 71 4-Feb-16 16 4 good groomed
SONJ - Sonju Lake Road 82 4-Feb-16 16 4 good groomed
LCR8 - Lake County #8 91 4-Feb-16 21 6 good groomed
TEMP - Temperance Road 101 4-Feb-16 20 6 good groomed
SAWB - Sawbill Trail 108 4-Feb-16 20 6 good groomed
BARK - Barker Lake 117 4-Feb-16 20 6 good groomed
MTOE - Mistletoe Road 125 4-Feb-16 21 6 good groomed
PIKE - Pike Lake Road 130 4-Feb-16 19 5 good groomed
GUNF - Gunflint Trail Junct. 140 4-Feb-16 17 5 good 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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