Hit the Bike Trail

August 18, 2015

Bike the Gitchi GamiYou’ve hiked the trails. Paddled the lakes. Seen the views and watched the waves. So you think you know the North Shore of Lake Superior. But you haven’t really experienced the shore until you’ve done it from atop two wheels. Powered by pedals, the rugged coastline and jagged mountaintops take on a whole new meaning. It’s an intimate experience, and a trip unlike any other.

Bike the Gitchi Gami

The Gitchi Gami, recently named one of the 10 Best bike rides by the water by USA Today, is one of the most accessible biking experiences along the North Shore. Running through the backyard of Bluefin Bay parallel to the shores of Lake Superior, this recreational trail is planned to eventually extend 88 uninterrupted miles from Two Harbors to Grand Marais. As of this summer, more than 29 miles are complete.

From Bluefin Bay, the closest trail sections are the Temperance River and the Lutsen Ski Hill Road Segments. The Temperance River Segment runs 3 miles each way and travels from Tofte through the picturesque interior of Temperance River State Park to the town of Schroeder. The Lutsen Ski Hill Road Segment offers 7.3 miles (one way) of paved trails and stunning Lake Superior views.

The Challenge of Off-Road

For bikers looking for a challenge, the North Shore offers no shortage of off-road experiences. Ranging from lung-busting, white knuckled single track to winding backcountry roads, the Bluefin Bay area is home to more than 2,000 miles of trails.

Perfect for families or those new to trail riding, the nearby Onion River Road Trail is a 7-mile round trip ride featuring a gradual climb through scenic forest. Intermediate riders will want to check out Heartbreak Hill Loop. And Britton Peak offers a series of single-track adventures for everyone from beginner to advanced riders.

Of course, trails are available as far as the end of the Gunflint Trail and north of Grand Portage. To find your perfect trail, stop by Bluefin Bay Guest Services or check out the biking page on visitcookcounty.com.

Complimentary Bike Rental

No matter your skill, age or trail preference, stop by Guest Services for an area trail map and trail condition information before heading out. Or join one of our many Bluefin Bay guided biking excursions. No bike? No problem.  All our guests have access to complimentary road and mountain bike rental. All our bikes are brand new this season and ready for the trail. Happy pedaling!