Trail Conditions in Cook County

With 450 miles of snowmobile trails that wind through the wildest, most breathtaking scenery in Minnesota, the hardest part of riding in Cook County is deciding where to head first.

Every part of the area offers something special to snowmobilers — from wilderness and solitude to Lake Superior views. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like moose, fox, coyotes and wolves.

Looking for a wild ride? The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail winds for 146 rugged miles from Grand Marais to Duluth, threading through stunning backcountry. The North Shore State Trail connects with trails in Lutsen and Tofte and numerous other locations. The Gunflint Trail boasts some of the best lakes and trails around.

Our local club, the Cook County Snowmobile Club, is active all winter long, sponsoring rides, contests and other events throughout the season. Grooming is performed weekly on most trails and more often as needed. Cook County knows how to show snowmobilers a good time with friendly small-town hospitality. Rest, refuel and resupply at family businesses with countless lodging options, restaurants, fuel and repair services, groceries and other riding supplies. This is quite possibly the perfect snowmobile vacation.

Don’t forget to check MN snowmobile regulations for a safe and smooth visit.

Grand Portage Trails

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Grand Portage Lodge & Casino - Information available at Lodge Front Desk; 218-475-2401

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  5. Cowboy Loop/ Good/ 3-3-2022
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  11. Teal Lake Trail:
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  18. Teal Lake Cut Across:
  19. Nika Trail:

 

Gunflint Trails

The Cook County Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club welcomes you to the beautiful North Shore of Minnesota! Whether you are sledding with your pals or family, we have many miles of well-groomed trails that are sure to please any "sledder." Our trails are interconnected with many miles of state snowmobile trails. Be sure to be on the lookout for abundant wildlife that may cross your path including moose, wolves, coyotes and fox. We offer many winter activities and gatherings throughout the season. Come join us for cookouts, club rides, our annual kick off party (not to be missed), drag races, poker runs and annual Trout Derby. The Cook County Ridge Riders is an organization that strives to be family-friendly. We are dedicated to snowmobiling and safe family fun. Be sure to print out our schedule of activities as not to miss out on the winter fun! We look forward to seeing you! Check out the new Cook County Ridge Riders website here.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022 AT 5:00 PM – 11:45 PM CST

Cook County Snowmobile Club Kick Off Membership Party 

with music by The Northwood's Band

Don’t forget!

December 16th at the new Up Yonder (old Harbor Light) is our kick off party. All are welcome!

Can’t make it? visit www.ridgeriders.club to sign up for your membership & support the trails today!

 

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  • Current Trail Conditions/Notes: 12/1/2022: Opening day is here❄️ However, as normal for this time of year, we are waiting on some wet spots/lakes to freeze up in order for our groomers to safely cross them. Trails do have some snow on them, but they are not being groomed yet for reasons mentioned above as well as needing more of a snow base to officially start grooming. We always begin our season packing trails when we can as we await Mother Nature. ❄️Happy winter all! ❄️

 

Lutsen Trails

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C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail

The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail is a 146 mile natural surface trail from Duluth to Grand Marais. The trail runs through St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota, winding its way through the forests on the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior. The trail provides access to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Minnesota. In winter, the trail connects with hundreds of miles of snowmobile club trails and many communities in the area.

About C.J. Ramstad: Known as "Mr. Snowmobiling," C.J. Ramstad (1945-2007) was a passionate, highly respected journalist and photographer in the off-road community. For nearly 40 years he dedicated his life to the promotion, preservation and enjoyment of Minnesota snowmobiling and off-road riding. His tireless efforts ensured that trails, and the access they provided, were open for all to enjoy. Ramstad often declared the North Shore State Trail a "treasure," and a favorite among the many he traveled.

Requires MN "State Trail" Snowmobile Permit Sticker, this is an addition to the regular registration. You are required to have this permit only if you are riding the designated MN State Trail System or a Grant-In-Aid Trail. This includes the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail System and the Expressway Trail near Devil Track Lake. Grand Portage Trail system does not require this permit. See more information about Minnesota State Snowmobile Trail permit requirements and how to purchase Here

  • Date: 12/1/2022
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  • Trail Conditions Update/Notes: Poor. Gates are open on the snowmobile trail. The entire trail has not been cleared and packed. Crews are currently out clearing the trail and will start packing the trail when we get more snow. Use caution as there maybe trees down from strong winds this Fall, parts of the trail are wet and have unfrozen ground.

 

DNR Trail Conditions Here.

Location Mile Date Depth Base Condition groomed?
DULU - Jean Duluth Road 6 1-Dec-22 4 0 Poor Not groomed
FRRV - French River 13 1-Dec-22 6 0 Poor Not groomed
FXFM - Fox Farm Road 22 1-Dec-22 6 0 Poor Not groomed
WSTO - Westover 28 1-Dec-22 6 0 Poor Not groomed
ALGR - Alger Park Lot 37 1-Dec-22 6 0 Poor Not groomed
LOND - London Crossing 45 1-Dec-22 8 0 Poor Not groomed
TRKS - NS RR Tracks 53 1-Dec-22 8 0 Poor Not groomed
FH12 - Forest Highway #11 58 1-Dec-22 8 0 Poor Not groomed
HFFG - Heffelfinger Road 71 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
SONJ - Sonju Lake Road 82 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
LCR8 - Lake County #8 91 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
TEMP - Temperance Road 101 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
SAWB - Sawbill Trail 108 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
BARK - Barker Lake 127 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
MTOE - Mistletoe Road 125 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
PIKE - Pike Lake Road 130 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed
GUNF - Gunflint Trail Junct. 140 1-Dec-22 12 0 Poor Not groomed

Getting to The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail:

  • 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 County Road 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.

 

Tofte Trails

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