Nearby North Shore State Trail Access Points
- Access the trail via the Two Harbors Corridor Trail or trailer 8.5 miles north of Highway 61 on County Road 2 in Two Harbors.
- Take the Gooseberry Falls State Park trail
- Ride the Red Dot Trail from Highway 61 in Beaver Bay or on Outer Drive (north off Hwy 61) in Silver Bay
- From Hwy 61 in Illgen City, drive north on MN Hwy 1 to Finland, then east on County Road 7 about 1-1/2 miles.
4 Things You Should Know About Snowmobiling From Grand Superior
A little bit of preparation can often help a lot. This is true about snowmobiling from Grand Superior Lodge. If you haven’t driven a sled while staying here, knowing a few things can make the experience much more fun.
Know Where to Start
A good thing about Grand Superior Lodge is the starting line is out in the parking lot. Whenever you are ready, you can jump on the sled and begin.
From there you can ride on the side of the Highway 61 a few hundred feet, and zoom off into the woods. This section of the Two Harbors Trail starts at the intersection of 61 and 106 and connects to the North Shore State Trail (NSST) and the furthest parts of the state.
Know the Landscape
Just thinking about all the paths you will be cruising down can be very enjoyable. Being able to visualize this landscape can really add to the experience and help you plan. Some really good maps make it easy to create a mental image and insert yourself into the picture.
The DNR has put together a great interactive map of the paths. It shows the trails in great detail. It is even better when you click the link on the page, which allows you to see these trails on Google Earth.
When you first zoom out the map you might be astonished by what you see. A dense web of trails appears to go to practically every town in the state. Later, when you enter that first trail, you can enjoy the feeling that from here, you could go anywhere.
You might notice you don’t even need a car if you have a sled. For fun, you might decide to take a snowmobile to Silver Bay, eat some food, and even bring back some shopping items by sled.
If you are a map freak, you might love staring into Google Earth’s 3D view, vividly picturing all the places you can go. You can study all these ups and downs, sharp peaks, and tight valleys. You can see the places where the waterfalls will be frozen and make a note to visit those spots.
Seeing the land on Google Earth is no substitute for the real thing, but it is a pretty good start. This modern technology can make us feel well acquainted with the land before we even go out there. Then it is a joy to see it all in person.
Get a Little Firsthand Knowledge
Besides showing the locations and the shape of the trails, the DNR map mentioned above is useful in another way. If you click on the trail it shows you the name and the number of the contact for that trail. This is the person responsible for making sure that particular trail is maintained. This is often a private person that the state has a contract with.
For example, the Two Harbors Trail is maintained by the Voyageur Snowmobile Club with club administrator Gordy Anderson being the contact. He is the one to call if there is some information about the trail you can’t find anywhere else, including the Internet. You might call a certain contact and find out exactly how many warming shelters are on a certain section or something else that will make your snowmobiling more enjoyable.
Know Where to Rent if You Need To
Though before we talked about the advantages of bringing your own sled, there is also a good snowmobile rental company close to Grand Superior Lodge. Renting might work better for people who don’t go out that often and want to drive top-notch machines.
Beaver Bay Sports is a Polaris Dealer, so their rental sleds are all new. They do require that the sleds come back to the shop at the end of the night and ask for a $1500 security deposit. Just like if you were to leave from Grand Superior Lodge, you won’t have to deal with trailers at Beaver Bay Sports. They are on a different spur of the Two Harbors Trail, which also connects to the NSST. They have been in business over 20 years so they’re a good source of trail information as well.
Snowmobile Trails near Grand Superior Lodge
Two Harbors Corridor Trail
Length :: 9.6 miles Connects to :: North Shore State Trail Trail heads north from Two Harbors, then angles west, intersecting the state trail. From here, ride the state trail for miles in either direction; about 11 miles to the southwest, you can pick up the 45-mile Pequaywan Trail, while about 10 miles northeast, you can pick up the 49-mile Yukon Trail.
Gooseberry Falls State Park Trail
Length :: 3 – 9 miles Connects to :: North Shore State Trail via the Access Trail From the old Interpretive Center on the east side of the river, this trail climbs the ridge for three miles, leaves the park and connects with-the six mile North Shore Access Trail.
Red Dot Trail
Length :: 15 miles Connects to :: North Shore State Trail, Moose Walk Trails & Tettegouche State Park Trails The Red Dot loops through Beaver Bay and Silver Bay providing the option of heading north to the North Shore State Trail and Moose Walk Trails or east into Tettegouche State Park.
Tettegouche State Park & Sawtooth Trails
Length :: 10 and 15 miles Connects to :: North Shore State Trail, Moose Walk, Red Dot Trails & Sawtooth Trail Both trails explore the backwoods of the State Park crossing Palisade Creek and featuring a scenic overlook of Palisade Valley and offer several loop options as they intersect with other trails in several places.
Moose Walk Trail
Length :: 15 miles Connects to :: North Shore State Trail This trail is a large loop, which runs in part, along the East Branch Beaver River then rises to a scenic overlook near Hockamin Creek before rejoining the North Shore State Trail. MN DNR map of the North Shore Trail
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