RIDE ALONG THE RIDGE [ North Shore ] GREAT TRAILS The C.J. Ramstad - North Shore State Trail is not just one of the best trails in Minnesota, its exciting elevations and vast lake views make it one of the most beautiful rides in the United States. Among its many charms is its proximity to the Arrowhead region’s parks. Take short spurs off the main route to admire the frozen waterfall at Gooseberry Falls, the ferocious river gorge at Temperance River, and the wilderness valleys of Tettegouche. The main trail features thrilling dips and turns, with overlooks that invite you to stop and catch your breath and take in the panoramic view of Superior and its islands. Although this trail is commonly known as the North Shore Trail, it’s properly named after Clifford John “C.J.” Ramstad. This legendary figure in the snowmobiling world established an enduring historical record for the sport, with his photographs and journalism that continue to set the standard for today’s coverage. As a writer for nearly every major snowmobiling publication and author of several books on the topic, Ramstad’s enthusiasm helped spur interest in the early days of the sport and inspired subsequent generations of riders. His trail advocacy laid the groundwork for many of the routes we ride today. Tragically, Ramstad and his son were lost in an auto accident in 2007. Two years later, to honor his legacy the state officially renamed the trail he called one of his favorites. At the tip of the Arrowhead, the Grand Portage State Forest Trail system lets riders enjoy remote, nearly roadless territory between Lake Superior and Canada. Share more than 100 miles of trail with lynx, wolves, bobcats, snowy owls and moose. Bring your passport if you’d like to follow the trail across the border, and understand the procedure for a remote border crossing. You can even snowmobile right outside of Duluth, with the city lights reflecting off the snow. The Over the Hill Night Riders and the Drift Toppers snowmobile clubs maintain the 35-mile Duluth Cross Town Trail, which runs in two sections just outside the city neighborhoods, around Spirit Mountain, and out of Lester Park into the Hawks Ridge Valley before connecting with the North Shore State Trail. Midway along the shore, the interconnected Moose Walk, Moose Run and Red Dot trails let Minnesota riders get a taste of mountain-style snowmobiling. Located in the Palisade Valley and Sawtooth Mountains, these looping networks can be picked up in Finland, Beaver Bay or Silver Bay. The Taft Trail is a popular local trail that leaves the C.J. Ramstad just north of Duluth and heads west 14 miles to Island and Fish Lakes. This is a friendly, social place to ride, with lots of spots for breaks and ice fishing opportunities abound. The Gunflint or “G” Trail System runs north of downtown Grand Marais to reachdeep into the remote north woods. This secluded trail includes significant roadless sections, so bring food, fuel and friends, and leave a trip plan with someone at home when you ride in remote territory. The Pequaywan-Hoyt Lakes Trail explores 43 miles of the Cloquet Valley State Forest, just 20 miles north of Duluth. 16 Minnesota Snowmobiling Destinations