Summertime fun abounds in the Sawtooth Mountains where visitors can escape the heat with the cool, fresh air thanks to Lake Superior. At Eagle Ridge Resort, guests enjoy a schedule of complimentary activities including Voyageur canoe tours, naturalist programs, campfires, and more. Not only that, but guests are right on-site for a few of the North Shore's most popular attractions. The Alpine Slide is a favorite for kids of all ages; the exhilarating ride down this luge-type slide twists and turns its way down Eagle Mountain. And, the Summit Express Gondola is the Midwest's only gondola; the eight-minute ride takes you over the Poplar River, through the woods to the top of Moose Mountain. On Moose Mountain you will find the Summit Chalet, a great place to eat, relax, and enjoy the 100-mile views over Lake Superior on the expansive outdoor deck, as well as hiking trails, (including the famed Superior Hiking Trail) that traverse the Sawtooth ridgeline for second-to-none views of the Superior National Forest and Lake Superior.
Everybody likes a little thrill every now and then, and the Alpine Slide is ready to oblige. Getting there is half the fun with a leisurely chairlift ride to the summit of Lutsen's Eagle Mountain. Then hop on your sled and cruise down an exhilarating half mile of twisting, turning track back to the base.
Summit Express Gondola
You won't find a better vantage point from which to view the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior's dramatic coastline. This aerial gondola is one of the North Shore's most popular attractions, taking you on a scenic ride to the top of Moose Mountain, rising 1,000 feet over Lake Superior.
These are the rides on every biker's bucket list. With no crowds and over 2,000 miles of potential rides, Cook County is a bike and biker’s paradise. From the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail winding along the Lake Superior shore to white-knuckle singletrack to endless backcountry roads threading the Superior National Forest, biking in Cook County, Minnesota is a ride you will never forget.
Lutsen Mountains features several miles of hiking trails, including hiking along the famed Superior Hiking Trail. Combine a hike with a ride on the Summit Express for easy access to mountaintop trailheads that lead you through wildflower meadows and deep forests, past waterfalls, wildlife, and spectacular mountain overlooks.
After the snow melts, experience the raw power of North Shore waterfall season – a fleeting yet unforgettable spring wonder.
Cook County has the North Shore’s most dramatic waterfalls, including Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the ephemeral “phantom falls” that pour from the cliffs lining Highway 61, and the High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park.
At 120 feet, High Falls (pictured above) is the highest waterfall in Minnesota. No wonder it is sometimes called “Minnesota’s Niagara.”
Golfing at Superior National
Superior National at Lutsen is a visually stunning 27-hole, 6,300-yard championship golf course with sloping fairways and grand elevation changes. It has been named the #1 public golf course in Minnesota by Golf Digest magazine.
Superior National nestles against the Sawtooth Mountain Range, winds through the Poplar River Valley, and opens onto Lake Superior vistas so spectacular you might struggle to concentrate on your swing.
Discover the headwaters of the Poplar River as the early fur traders once did in a 10-passenger Voyageur canoe. Deer, otters, and waterfowl are commonly sighted, with moose, bear, and timber wolves are seen occasionally. A great family adventure! Available July 1-September 2