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.
1. Skyline Trail: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
2. Rengo Road: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
3. Partridge Falls: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
4. Chevan’s Road: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
5. Cowboy Loop: Groomed 1/22/20; Condition: good
6. Reservation River Trail: Groomed 1/16/20
7. Mt. Sophie Trail: Groomed 1/22/20; Condition: good
8. Moose Ridge Trail: Groomed 1/16/20;
9. Section 11: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
10. Trout Lake Trail: Groomed 1/22/20; Condition: good
11. Teal Lake Trail: Groomed 1/21/20; Condition: good
12. Sawmill Loop: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
13. 5 Dog: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
14. North Lake Road: Groomed 1/22/20; Condition: Open Water - good
15. Hollow Rock: Groomed 1/21/20; Condition: good
16. Joe's Road: Groomed 1/22/20; Condition: good
17. To Sawmill: PACKED 1/14/20
18. Teal lake Cut Across: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
19. Nika Trail: Groomed 1/24/20; Condition: good
Grooming Update: January 24, 2020: we have about a 24 inch base. The last snowfall helped out tremendously! All of G & X were groomed Monday or Tuesday. Swamper Trail was groomed Wednesday, as was mid trail up to Gunflint lake. All of G & X will be groomed again tonight, along with the State Trail. 💥 please be AWARE there is still a lot of slush on the lakes, and we remind all snowmobilers please do not ride down plowed or Forest Service roads. There was logging going at the Lullaby and G intersection causing some confusion as to where the trail went or continued through. It will be signed this week. Lullaby Road is also plowed. ❄️ The 11th annual FUN RUN next Saturday, February 1st !
Mid Trail Area Grooming Schedule: (Please note this could change at times).
Monday: Trail Center to G south to Lullaby in & out of Lullaby to G to Clearwater Spur back to G to Trail Center.
Tuesday: Trail Center to G to X down X to Lima Mt. rd Jct. turn around on G to HJ spur in & out, back on G then in & out of Poplar Haus, Nor'Western and in & out to Trail Center.
Wednesday: Maintenance Day.
Thursday: Trail Center up G to Gunflint Lake in & out and continue to Sag then return. (approx. 60 miles).
Friday: Trail Center to G south to Lullaby in & out of Lullaby to G to Clearwater Spur back to G to Trail Center.
Saturday: Trail Center to G to X down to X to Lima Mt. rd jct. turn around on G to HJ spur in & out back to Trail Center.
Lower Section Grooming Schedule: (Please note this could change at times).
Mondays: GS to G north to Lullaby return on G trail to Meridian Rd to State Tr. and return to GS.
Tuesdays: GS to Devil Track to X to State trail return to X to Lima Mt. Rd return X to DT to GS.
Wednesdays: Maintenance Day.
Thursdays: GS to G to Blueberry Rd to Arrowhead Rd and return to GS.
Fridays: GS to G north to Swamper through Swamper one way, then back out on G past Lullaby return on G trail to GS.
Friday Night State Trail: GS to G to State Tr. In & out of Grand Marais then to Caribou Trail and return to GS.
Saturdays: GS to Devil Track to X to State Trail return X to Lima Mt. Rd. return X to DT to GS.
All of our grooming is done late at night or early mornings.
Grooming Update:: January 9, 2020: New snow is falling on our freshly groomed Trail system. The past 24 hours have delivered an additional 4 inches of snow. Past 72 Hours has produced a total of 5 inches. Our groomer continues to work the entire system on a weekly basis. Look to mid-week for the best riding. Base depths continue to grow. Average Base Depth at the lake is 5", BUT just 1 mile back it doubles to 10", Then increases again to about 15" of good compressed base snow. There is about 12" of powder snow at the lake off-trail, with 30" plus in some spots inland. Look to the Pike Lake area for the best boondocking at this time. I have not encountered any water on the Trails as I have been out. The cold weather did it's thing and even the lakes are improving. Remember Shiny side up, rubber side down! Regards, Larry McNeally
C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail
Grooming Update: January 23, 2020: Trail conditions good. Not all sections of the trail were groomed this week due to groomer breakdowns. Sections of the trail will be groomed Thursday and the trail is scheduled to be groomed Friday-Sunday night.
The North Shore State Trail is groomed five days a week on a rotating basis:
Monday: Finland/Two Island River Rd to Caribou Lot (County Road 4).
Tuesday: Caribou Lot to Grand Marais.
Wednesday: Finland/Two Island River Rd to Caribou Lot.
Friday Night: Finland/Two Island River Rd to Caribou Lot & Caribou Lot to Grand Marais.
Saturday Night: Finland/Two Island River Rd to Caribou lot & Caribou Lot to Grand Marais.
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