These are the rides on every bike’s bucket list.
With no crowds and over 2,000 miles of potential rides, Cook County is a bike and biker’s paradise.
From the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail winding along the Lake Superior shore to white-knuckle singletrack to endless backcountry roads threading the Superior National Forest, biking in Cook County, Minnesota is a ride you’ll never forget.
Top 5 Cook County Bike Rides
- Test your quads in the Sawtooth Mountain Range during a race, like the Lutsen 99er or Sawtooth Mountain Bike Challenge.
- Meander along the family-friendly Gitchi Gami State Trail, stopping for Lake Superior views and a picnic along the way.
- Try the sweet singletrack at Britton Peak and Pincushion Mountain.
- Spend a day on a backcountry adventure ride (listed below) with only a moose for company.
Gitchi Gami State Trail
A paved biking path winding 86 non-motorized miles up the shore of Lake Superior, offering gentle hills and gorgeous views.
Heartbreak Hill (text description) - adventure riding
Pancore Honeymoon – adventure riding
Onion River Road – adventure riding
Wringer Lake Road – adventure riding
Britton Peak - single track trail
Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail area
Devil Track Lake Loop – adventure riding
Pincushion Mountain Biking Trails
For those eager to clip in and climb, try the singletrack at Pincushion Mountain Trails, offering a variety of technical challenges from roots to rocks to granite outcroppings.
Bear Cub Loop (text description only)- adventure riding
Pine Mountain Road – adventure riding
Gunflint Trail Biking – Lima Mountain Road, Old Gunflint Trail – adventure riding
Lima Mtn. area is relatively flat gravel road biking along varied forests. The Old Gunflint Trail is hilly with lots of ups and downs on a gravel road. One way in and the same way back.
Forest Service Roads
Countless backcountry gravel roads and ski trails wind through the Superior National Forest and into some of the most breathtaking country ever to roll beneath your bike. Ask the lodging property or outfitter where you are staying for information about backcountry biking.
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