Biking

Experience The North Shore Powered by Pedals

You’ve hiked the trails. Paddled the lakes. Seen the views and watched the waves. So you think you know the North Shore. 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.

At the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we invite you to explore the shore by bicycle. Road and mountain bike rentals are included as part of your stay at any of our Bluefin Bay Resorts, and the area offers bike trails for both that meet all skill and ambition levels.

Bike the Gitchi Gami Trail

One of the most accessible biking experiences along the North Shore is the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail. 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 now, more than 29 miles are complete.

From Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts — Bluefin Bay, Surfside or Temperance Landing, 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.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Gitchi Gami State Bike Trail.

The Challenge of Off-Road Biking

For bikers looking for a challenge, the North Shore offers no shortage of off-road experiences. Ranging from lung-busting, white knuckled single track bike trails to winding backcountry roads, the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts 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 bike trail, stop by Guest Services or click here for more information and trail maps.

The Lutsen 99’er

Want to test your skills? You’re in luck. Every June, the hugely popular Lutsen 99er draws mountain bikers from across the country ready to take on a 99, 39 or 19-mile course spread across the mountainous North Shore terrain. Learn more about the Lutsen 99’er here.

Winter Fat Tire Biking

Biking is not just for summer anymore on the North Shore. Winter fat tire bikes are built around frames with wide forks and stays to accommodate the wide rims and soft rubber for the tires. And those tires are made to ride on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, rocks, bogs and mud. One of the fastest growing winter sports has made its way to Cook County. Enjoy the mountainous terrain of the Lutsen-Tofte area is fantastic from the seat of a fat tire bike. Learn more about winter fat tire biking in Cook County here.

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. No bike? No problem. All guests at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts have access to complimentary road and mountain bikes. Our bikes are new and ready for the trail. Join in the fun by reserving one of our Trek Marlin bikes ahead of time. In addition, we offer a number of Trek Shift 2 comfort bikes that are great for paved trails and road use.

For families, we have a range of kids’ bikes covering all sizes, including training wheels and tag along bikes. We also have Burley child carriers for adults to pull for younger children. Guests unprepared to head out on their own can take advantage of our weekly guided bike tours on our road bikes.

Check out our current guided biking schedule on the resort activities and events calendar here.

Happy peddling!