` Trail snow conditions North Shore: Minnesota DNR

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

Comment details: (updated March 23, 2017)
The trail from Finland to the Gunflint Trail was last groomed on Saturday, March 4th. There is between 1-21” of snow in the woods and between a 0-2” base on the trail. The trail base near the Caribou Parking Lot by Lutsen is hard packed and very icy. We won’t be able to do anymore grooming until we get more snow. Bare areas are occurring on corners, hills & south facing exposures. If you do go riding please slow down and use extreme caution. Expect spring riding conditions.

Skiing Snowmobiling
Conditions: Conditions: poor- very poor
Trail groomed? Trail groomed? partially groomed
Trail base: Trail base: 0-2 inches
Groomed mileage: none Groomed mileage: 146
Difficulty:     
Information shown in blue was updated on March 23, 2017. Local snow depth is 1-21 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.

Facilties:

  • 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-Mar-17 1 0 Very Poor No
FRRV - French River 13 23-Mar-17 4 0 Very Poor No
FXFM - Fox Farm Road 22 23-Mar-17 5 0 Very Poor No
WSTO - Westover 28 23-Mar-17 6 0 Very Poor No
ALGR - Alger Park Lot 37 23-Mar-17 16 1 Very Poor No
LOND - London Crossing 45 23-Mar-17 12 1 Very Poor No
TRKS - NS RR Tracks 53 23-Mar-17 10 1 Very Poor No
FH11 - Forest Highway #11 58 23-Mar-17 14 1 Very Poor No
HFFG - Heffelfinger Road 71 23-Mar-17 14 1 Very Poor No
SONJ - Sonju Lake Road 82 23-Mar-17 11 2 Very Poor No
LCR8 - Lake County #8 91 23-Mar-17 14 2 Very Poor No
TEMP - Temperance Road 101 23-Mar-17 21 2 Very Poor No
SAWB - Sawbill Trail 108 23-Mar-17 15 2 Very Poor No
BARK - Barker Lake 117 23-Mar-17 16 2 Poor No
MTOE - Mistletoe Road 125 23-Mar-17 19 2 Poor No
PIKE - Pike Lake Road 130 23-Mar-17 18 2 Poor No
GUNF - Gunflint Trail Junct. 140 23-Mar-17 18 2 Poor No

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.

Contact

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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Skiing
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Snowmobiling

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