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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
Golfing at Superior National
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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.
Fall in Cook County is a time of tumultuous beauty. The air turns crisp and clear. Moose get an amorous gleam in their eyes. Changing leaves paint the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/BWCAW with a palette of goldenrod, pumpkin orange, and firetruck red. In late fall, a different kind of show begins; the infamous gales of November. This is a chance to get cozy and watch Lake Superior unleash her wild side.