• Winter’s hottest new sport – Winter Biking!

There are some preliminary trail systems that will be offering limited trail use in 2021/2022.

  • Norpine Trail System: This trail segment under evaluation features both a tracked ski-only lane and a packed lane for shared use by skate-skiers and bikers. ONLY this trail is open to fat-tire bikers and skiers. Any bikers that ride on non-approved ski trails will jeopardize this limited partnership with the Norpine Trail Association. Bikers must not go through the “Scientific Natural Area” (SNA) which is well designated on the trail. Look at the map of the West end connector trail to see where the SNA is.
  • Pincushion Trail System in Grand Marais: This trail first opened in 2016/17 for limited use, thanks to careful maintenance and respectful bikers.
  • Gunflint Lodge: trail routes TBD
  • Bearskin Lodge: trail routes TBD

Please be aware of the trail conditions to preserve the safety and conditions of the trails. All trails will be open to fatbikes only when the trail base conditions are mature enough to support the weight of the bikes without damage to the trail. This includes both cold days with fresh powder snow as well as warm days with soft melting snow. If biking conditions are poor at the trailhead, assume the trail is closed to bikes.

Learn more about all of the biking opportunities from the Superior Cycling Association.

Help support trail maintenance by becoming a member of the local trail associations or Superior Cycling Association.

Dec. 6, 2021 update from the Superior Cycling Association: Britton Peak and Jackpot/High Climber Single-Track Mountain Biking trails are CLOSED FOR WINTER RIDING. Trails will reopen in the Spring when conditions allow riding.

Norpine Trail - Section A | Lutsen Mountains to Ski Hill Road Loop

January 8, 2022
Trail Base: 8"- 20"
Snowfall
Last 7 Days: 14"- 21"
Comments:

Trail Conditions Update: Jan. 8, 2022. From the Norpine Trail Association: Fat Tire Bike Conditions

Caribou Trail to Cascade Road: 10k, Open, Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Hall Loop: 5.4k, Open, Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Massie Loop: 6.2k, Open, Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Lutsen Mountain to Ski HIll Road Loop: 4k, Open (but not primary use), Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Anytime the Temperature is above 30 degrees consider the trail closed.

* Bikers must NOT go through the "Scientific Natural Area", (SNA) which is well marked on the trail and in our West end map. This year is an experimental year to determine whether Fat Tire Biking can co-exist on the Cascade Connector trail.

Trail Usage Details:
The 2017-2018 winter season was the first year designated as a trial period for testing a dual-use winter trail to be shared by both skiers and fat-tire bikers. Thanks to careful maintenance and respectful bikers, this partnership continues.

Please Note: Bikers must not go through the Scientific Natural Area (SNA) which is well designated on the trail. Look at the map of the West end connector trail to see where the SNA is. 

The trail segment under evaluation features both a tracked ski-only lane and a packed lane for shared use by skate-skiers and bikers.

  • Bikers must stay on the dual use trail and yield to skiers. Be aware that there are ski-only intersections with the dual-use trail. Bikers should be on the watch for merging skiers.
  • The dual-use trail will be open to fat bikes only when the trail base conditions are mature enough to support the weight of the bikes without damage to the trail. This includes both cold days with fresh powder snow as well as warm days with soft melting snow. If biking conditions are poor at the trailhead, assume the trail is closed to bikes. The trail is always open to skiers unless otherwise posted.

Donations are encouraged to support trail maintenance www.norpinetrails.org

Registration for the 2022 Norpine Fat Bike Classic is now open! Experience fat biking on the Norpine Trails in Lutsen. Ride through stands of old growth cedars on Pisten Bully groomed trails while overlooking Lake Superior – winter riding doesn’t get better than this!

This year you have 3 options to choose from – The Norpine Fat Bike Classic Race (19 or 30 miles), the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Tour (14 miles) and the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Full Moon Tour (6-8 miles). Learn more and sign up here: https://superiorcycling.org/norpine/

Make sure that you register by December 24, 2021, otherwise we can’t guarantee that you will get a t-shirt! We hope to see you there!

Norpine Trail - Section B | Caribou Trail to Cascade Road

January 8, 2022
Trail Base: 8"- 20"
Snowfall
Last 7 Days: 14"- 21"
Comments:

Trail Conditions Update: Jan. 8, 2022. From the Norpine Trail Association: Fat Tire Bike Conditions

Caribou Trail to Cascade Road: 10k, Open, Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Hall Loop: 5.4k, Open, Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Massie Loop: 6.2k, Open, Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Lutsen Mountain to Ski HIll Road Loop: 4k, Open (but not primary use), Groomed 1/8/2022, 4" base, Good Condition.

Anytime the Temperature is above 30 degrees consider the trail closed.

* Bikers must NOT go through the "Scientific Natural Area", (SNA) which is well marked on the trail and in our West end map. This year is an experimental year to determine whether Fat Tire Biking can co-exist on the Cascade Connector trail.

Trail Usage Details:
The 2017-2018 winter season was the first year designated as a trial period for testing a dual-use winter trail to be shared by both skiers and fat-tire bikers. Thanks to careful maintenance and respectful bikers, this partnership continues.

Please Note: Bikers must not go through the Scientific Natural Area (SNA) which is well designated on the trail. Look at the map of the West end connector trail to see where the SNA is. 

The trail segment under evaluation features both a tracked ski-only lane and a packed lane for shared use by skate-skiers and bikers.

  • Bikers must stay on the dual use trail and yield to skiers. Be aware that there are ski-only intersections with the dual-use trail. Bikers should be on the watch for merging skiers.
  • The dual-use trail will be open to fat bikes only when the trail base conditions are mature enough to support the weight of the bikes without damage to the trail. This includes both cold days with fresh powder snow as well as warm days with soft melting snow. If biking conditions are poor at the trailhead, assume the trail is closed to bikes. The trail is always open to skiers unless otherwise posted.

Donations are encouraged to support trail maintenance www.norpinetrails.org

Registration for the 2022 Norpine Fat Bike Classic is now open! Experience fat biking on the Norpine Trails in Lutsen. Ride through stands of old growth cedars on Pisten Bully groomed trails while overlooking Lake Superior – winter riding doesn’t get better than this!

This year you have 3 options to choose from – The Norpine Fat Bike Classic Race (19 or 30 miles), the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Tour (14 miles) and the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Full Moon Tour (6-8 miles). Learn more and sign up here: https://superiorcycling.org/norpine/

Make sure that you register by December 24, 2021, otherwise we can’t guarantee that you will get a t-shirt! We hope to see you there!

Pincushion Trail System

January 8, 2022
Trail Base: 6"- 15"
Snowfall
Average Depth: 18"- 24"
Comments:

Trail Conditions Update Jan. 8, 2022, from the Superior Cycling Association: Groomed this evening. Surprising amount of snow fell throughout the day. Drifts as expected. Cautiously optimistic about how well trail will set up tonight.

Trail Conditions Update Dec. 28, 2021, from the Superior Cycling Association: Wow! If you haven't heard....Grand Marais has been getting hammered with snow. Get out and ride, we need the traffic. We're grooming Talus, Fluvial, Canadian shield, and a new easier way back to the parking lot that links Rift to Rock and a hard place, check it out, it's fun.

Also, we’re starting Sunday night fat bike rides. Join us tonight at the Pincushion parking lot at 5:30pm to ride Pincushion trails. Bring your fat bike, a light, water, tools, etc. All are welcome. For information contact Tim Kennedy 218-370-0955

Britton Peak and Jackpot/High Climber: Closed for winter riding. Trails will reopen in the Spring when conditions allow riding.

Download a georeferenced biking trail map here: Pincushion Mountain Area Winter Fat Tire Bike Trails

Anytime the Temperature is above 30 degrees consider the trail closed.

Registration for the 2022 Norpine Fat Bike Classic is now open! Experience fat biking on the Norpine Trails in Lutsen. Ride through stands of old growth cedars on Pisten Bully groomed trails while overlooking Lake Superior – winter riding doesn’t get better than this!

This year you have 3 options to choose from – The Norpine Fat Bike Classic Race (19 or 30 miles), the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Tour (14 miles) and the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Full Moon Tour (6-8 miles). Learn more and sign up here: https://superiorcycling.org/norpine/

Make sure that you register by December 24, 2021, otherwise we can’t guarantee that you will get a t-shirt! We hope to see you there!