RIDE ALONG THE RIDGE [ North Shore ] Highway 61 along the North Shore of Lake Superior is made for road trips. This winding journey twists and turns along cliffs over shimmering Lake Superior, passing through tunnels, crossing rivers and overlooking some of Minnesota’s most dramatic scenery. State parks come along every few miles of the journey, each with their own wonders, and towns originally built on fishing, mining and logging invite visitors to learn from their history. Snowmobilers can get many of the same views just inland on the C.J. Ramstad-North Shore Trail. This 146-mile natural surface trail runs along the craggy ridgeline parallel to 61, passing through pine and aspen forests, over churning, rock-lined rivers, through deep wilderness parks, and connecting to dozens of other trails in the Arrowhead region. Although snow has been unpredictable in recent years, Lake Superior exerts a powerful influence in the Arrowhead region, and most of the time, lake-effect snow can be counted upon to freshen the trails in a 20-mile band all along the big lake. The North Shore averages more than 80 inches of snowfall per year, but a lake-effect blizzard can easily dump a foot in short order — turning the area into an irresistible playground for those who love winter sports. In the spring, this can be one of the last places to ride in the state. Canada Canada Superior National Forest Grand Portage State Forest Pat Boyle State Forest GRAND PORTAGE GRAND MARAIS Superior National Forest LUTSEN Finland State Forest TOFTE Superior National Forest FINLAND (Photo by Finlan Club) obile/ATV d Snowm Cloquet Valley State Forest SILVER BAY Lake Superior TWO HARBORS PROCTOR DULUTH Winter 2017 -18 15