` Trail snow conditions North Shore: Minnesota DNR

Trail snow conditions for: C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail

Comment details: (updated January 18, 2018)
The trail has been groomed from Duluth to Grand Marais this week. There is a 1-4" base from Duluth to Finland and between a 2-4" base from Finland to Grand Marais. The trail is icy in spots with rocks and brush showing. The trail from the Laine Road south of Two Harbors to Grand Marais is slated to be groomed again on Friday and Saturday night. Trail conditions will vary and please use caution while riding.

Skiing Snowmobiling
Conditions: Conditions: poor to good
Trail groomed? Trail groomed? groomed
Trail base: Trail base: 1-5 inches
Groomed mileage: none Groomed mileage: 146
Information shown in blue was updated on January 18, 2018. Local snow depth is 6-22 inches.

The trail:
The trail winds its way through remote, wooded areas behind the bluffs that overlook Lake Superior. From there you can see some of Minnesota's most rugged and beautiful scenery.


  • Finland to Grand Marais section: Rentals available at Gunflint Pines Resort, Hungry Jack Lodge, and Steve's Sports & Auto.
  • Duluth to Finland section: Snowmobile rentals available at Beaver Bay Sports
Location Mile Date Depth Base Condition Groomed?
DULU - Jean Duluth Road 6 18-Jan-18 6 1 Poor Groomed
FRRV - French River 13 18-Jan-18 8 1 Poor Groomed
FXFM - Fox Farm Road 22 18-Jan-18 11 1 Poor Groomed
WSTO - Westover 28 18-Jan-18 13 2 Poor Groomed
ALGR - Alger Park Lot 37 18-Jan-18 10 2 Fair Groomed
LOND - London Crossing 45 18-Jan-18 14 4 Fair Groomed
TRKS - NS RR Tracks 53 18-Jan-18 11 2 Fair Groomed
FH11 - Forest Highway #11 58 18-Jan-18 12 2 Fair Groomed
HFFG - Heffelfinger Road 71 18-Jan-18 13 3 Fair Groomed
SONJ - Sonju Lake Road 82 18-Jan-18 13 3 Fair Groomed
LCR8 - Lake County #8 91 18-Jan-18 13 3 Good Groomed
TEMP - Temperance Road 101 18-Jan-18 15 4 Good Groomed
SAWB - Sawbill Trail 108 18-Jan-18 18 4 Good Groomed
BARK - Barker Lake 117 18-Jan-18 14 4 Good Groomed
MTOE - Mistletoe Road 125 18-Jan-18 20 5 Good Groomed
PIKE - Pike Lake Road 130 18-Jan-18 16 5 Good Groomed
GUNF - Gunflint Trail Junct. 140 18-Jan-18 22 5 Good Groomed

Getting there

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 Cty. 4 north for six miles, lot on right.


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.

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