Cross Country Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing: How far can you go?
Cook County, Minnesota is home to the largest cross-country trail network in North America, totaling over 400 km.
Lutsen – Tofte – Schroeder Area Trails | 140.5km
- #1 Sugarbush Trail System, Tofte, 77km. Publicly maintained. Mountains and Lake Superior views.
Sugarbush Trail System XC Ski Map (PDF)
- # 2 Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen 3km. Privately maintained, trail pass from Lutsen Mountains required. Call Lutsen Mountains for updated grooming report.
- #3 & #4 Norpine / Hall-Massie /Cascade / Deer Yard Trail System, Lutsen, 63.5 km. Publicly maintained. Some beginner-friendly trails connect to the Cascade River State Park system.
Lutsen-Hall-Massie Trail Map (PDF) | Deer Yard Lake Cascade River XC Ski Trail Map (PDF)
Grand Marais Area Trails | 52.9km
- #5 Bally Creek Trails, Grand Marais, 25 km. Publicly maintained.
Bally Creek Ski Trails (PDF)
- #6 Pincushion Mountain Trail System, Grand Marais, 25 km. Publicly maintained. Mountainside trails beside Lake Superior.
Pincushion XC Ski Trail Map (PDF)
- #7 George Washington Memorial Forest, Grand Marais, 3 km. Publicly maintained.
George Washington Pine Ski Trail (PDF)
Gunflint Trail Area Trails | 210.7 km
- #8 Central Gunflint Trail System, Gunflint Trail, 98 km. Privately maintained. Well-groomed trails amongst wildness.
Central Gunflint Trail XC Ski Map (PDF).
- #9 Banadad Trail System, Gunflint Trail, 43 km. Publicly maintained. Winds through the BWCAW, connects with Central Gunflint Trail System.
Bandad Ski Trail-West (PDF) | Bandad Ski Trail-East (PDF)
- #10 Upper Gunflint Trail System, Gunflint Trail, 70 km. Privately maintained. Wild beauty and roller-coaster terrain.
Upper Gunflint Trail XC Ski Trail Map (PDF).
Skiers between the ages of 16 and 64. using non-Federal trails, must purchase a Minnesota State Ski Pass, or, if skiing on Central of Upper Gunflint Trails, a Ski Ticket.
Source: Visit Cook County