When you find yourself asking: “where are the best bike trails near me?” – wonder no further. These are the rides on every biker’s list. With no crowds and over 2,000 miles of potential rides, Cook County, Minnesota is a bike and biker’s paradise. From the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail winding along the Lake Superior shore to white-knuckle single track to endless backcountry roads threading the Superior National Forest, these are bike trails you will never forget.

Backcountry and Forest Service Roads

Numerous backcountry gravel roads and trails wind through the Superior National Forest and into some of the most breathtaking country ever to roll beneath your bike. Pick up an official Cook County Highway Map or the official Superior National Forest Visitor Map for a comprehensive list of all roads and bike trails nearby as well as bike rentals, gear, guided tours and more.

Winter Fat Tire Biking in Cook County MN

Biking is not just for summer anymore. Winter bike trails are now open in Cook County, MN.

Winter fat tire bikes gracefully float over every kind of terrain due to their build and they are very noticeable. As in very big tires. Make that fat tires. One of the fastest growing winter sports now has a prime presence in Cook County. Our area was made for fat tire biking! Enjoy the Gunflint Trail area wilderness. Or, the Lutsen and Tofte mountainous region. Don’t forget the shoreline and trails near the picturesque village of Grand Marais!

Fat bikes are built around frames with wide forks and stays to accommodate the wide rims and soft rubber for the tires. And those tires are made to ride on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, rocks, bogs and mud. Cook County, Minnesota has all those ingredients, and the best snow bike trails nearby to suit your pedaling pleasure!

Besides being a new way to have fun, this sport can be enjoyed in any weather, and it takes you places you have never been to before! Think frozen lake shores, iced rivers, cold rocks, and soft snow. Lake Superior provides us with abundant snowfall, and Cook County’s mountainous topography and panorama provide for breathtaking trails and paths.

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Click on the orange numbered circles on the map below for a detailed map of each trail.

Bike Map trails
Heartbreak HillHeartbreak HillOnion River RoadHoneymoon Loop + 3a Spur TrailHoneymoon Loop + 3a Spur TrailPike Lake Loop + 4a Spur TrailPike Lake Loop + 4a Spur TrailDevil Track LoopPine Mountain LoopFire Box LoopLima Mountain TrailCentral Gunflint TrailsOld Gunflint TrailUpper GunflintGrand Portage TrailsPincushion MountainPincushion MountainBritton Peak TrailsBritton Peak TrailsGitchi-Gami State TrailGitchi-Gami State Trail
1

Heartbreak Hill

  • DISTANCE: 18 Miles
  • TIME: 2-5 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
Description:

Over the river and through the woods is the best way to summarize this trail. In the first few miles you gain a good deal of elevation. This scenic loop crosses the Temperance River multiple times, it is recommended to take the opportunity to park the bike and take a short hike along the river.

Terrain:

This ride blends gravel road adventure with a taste of the Gitchi Gami paved bike trail. Hybrid or mountain bike are recommended. Be aware that the Sawbill Trail is a well-traveled road and a main route into the inland lakes – be cautious of vehicle traffic.

2

Onion River Road

  • DISTANCE: 7 Miles
  • TIME: 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
Description:

Easy, family-friendly ride with several fun side-trip opportunities. Several hiking, cross-country ski, and snowmobile trails cross through the area. This light traffic gravel road is a gradual climb through a mixed and scenic forest. Please remember riding on the Superior Hiking trail is not allowed.

Distance is round trip (out and back trail).

3

Honeymoon Loop + 3a Spur Trail

  • DISTANCE: 20 Miles
  • TIME: 3-5 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
Description:

A classic Northwoods ride, the Pancore/Honeymoon Loop will give you a taste of the ruggedness of the area. Rated intermediate due to distance but mild for route.

Terrain:

Generally smooth gravel with a few rockier sections on the Pancore Lake Road. Recommended to use a mountain bike but, with caution, a hybrid bike is capable.

4

Pike Lake Loop + 4a Spur Trail

  • DISTANCE: 22 Miles
  • TIME: 2-4 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate/Advanced
Description:

After a rainstorm, sections of this trail can be very muddy. There are many spur trails and roads, pay close attention to remain on main trail. Excellent wildlife viewing.

Terrain:

Gravel and primitive minimum maintenance road. Mountain bike recommended.

5

Devil Track Loop

  • DISTANCE: 18 Miles
  • TIME: 1.5-4 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate/Advanced
Description:

Remote trail is perfect for adventurous mountain bikers. Beautiful 150-year-old white pines line the way. Some logging traffic.

Terrain:

Mixed – pavement, gravel and snowmobile trails. Mountain bike recommended.

6

Pine Mountain Loop

  • DISTANCE: 16 Miles
  • TIME: 1.5-3 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
Description:

The gravel forest service road is has some traffic but very minimal and travels past spruce bogs, multiple streams, and towering pines. Great moose habitat.

Distance/time is round trip (out and back trail).

Terrain:

Primitive gravel road. Mountain and hybrid bike suitable.

7

Fire Box Loop

  • DISTANCE: 16.7 Miles
  • TIME: 2-4 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy/Intermediate
Description:

16.7 miles of trail. Scenic hilly terrain that is very remote with little to no vehicle traffic. Bring a map and pay attention to the signs, there are numerous spur trails along this route. Ride can be done in either direction.

Terrain:

Gravel and forest service roads as well as portions of multiuse trails. Mountain bike recommended.

8

Lima Mountain Trail

  • DISTANCE: 26.2 Miles
  • TIME: 1.25-4 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
Description:

A great extended family ride. Elevation climbs very gradually over rivers and through low areas of pine forest. BWCAW borders the trail. Multiple starting points allow for variable distance rides.

Distance is round trip (out and back trail).

Terrain:

Gravel road with minimal traffic. Perfect for both mountain and hybrid bikes.

9

Central Gunflint Trails

  • DISTANCE: 60 Miles
  • TIME: 1-4 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy/Intermediate
Description:

60+ miles of trails. Very remote hilly terrain with little to no road traffic. Map and navigational tools recommended as there are multiple spur trails along the route. Consult either Golden Eagle Lodge or Bearskin Lodge for maps and information.

Terrain:

Primarily cross country ski trails and private gravel roads near the BWCAW. Great terrain for adventurous families with some experience. Ideal for either mountain or fat tire biking.

10

Old Gunflint Trail

  • DISTANCE: 9 Miles
  • TIME: 1-2 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
Description:

Old Gunflint Trail is County Road 92, a fairly flat trail that passes through a healthy black spruce forest. Part of the trail runs through the Ham Lake fire recovery zone.

Distance/time is round trip (out and back trail).

Terrain:

Gravel road with minimal traffic. Mountain and hybrid bike suitable.

11

Upper Gunflint

12

Grand Portage Trails

Description:

Several trails are available in the Grand Portage area. Please call 1-800-543-1384 for trail maps and more information.

13

Pincushion Mountain

  • DISTANCE: 10 Miles
  • TIME: 1-2 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate/Advanced
Description:

10+ miles of trail. A variety of single track trails loop around the multi use recreation center.

Terrain:

Narrow Single-track trails.

14

Britton Peak Trails

  • DISTANCE: 5.5 Miles
  • TIME: 1-2 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate/Advanced
Description:

5.5 miles of trail. A series of single-track mountain bike adventures await discovery.

Terrain:

Narrow single-track trails. Mountain bike required.

15

Gitchi-Gami State Trail

  • DISTANCE: 10.41 Miles
  • TIME: 1-5 Hours
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
Description:

10.41 miles each way. A paved recreational trail to provide a safe corridor for bicyclists, in-line skaters, joggers and walkers along Highway 61, paralleling the North Shore of Lake Superior. Trail can be broken into segments or done in full.

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Terrain:

Paved multi-use path offers a safe route along the highway but crosses multiple private driveways. Travel with caution then approaching high traffic zones. Any bike can be used on this trail but ideal for road biking.

Whether you're looking to hit single-track trails, a casual ride or one of our annual marathons, we've got you covered.

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