Biking the North Shore

One of the perks with staying at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts is that we have bikes available for guest use as part of our complimentary activities program. We also have easy access to the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, which is a paved biking path that you can ride all the way from Lutsen to Temperance River State Park. We are excited to announce that this year we purchased 20 brand new bikes to add to our fleet! They are called the Specialized Roll-Sport Low Entry and they are perfect for easy cruising while you gaze at Lake Superior.

New Bikes Outside

The other exciting news is that we have had a warmer than usual spring on the North Shore (and we are loving every minute of it)! So we already have the road bikes available for guest use, which means you can get out and enjoy the sunshine on two wheels. This is probably the first time we’ve ever had bikes available before April! It will be another month or two before we get the mountain bikes out.

New Bikes

We’ll begin our bike & hike tours on April 10th if you want to join us! These tours are complimentary for guests. We start by riding the 2.1 mile section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to Temperance River State Park. We then hike along the Temperance River for a little ways and check out the amazing waterfalls. It’s one of our favorite excursions!

Remember to ride responsibly, wear your helmet and we’ll see you on the trails!

Activity Spotlight: Bike and Hike!

Biking at Temperance River State ParkIf you like to bike and hike then this resort activity is for you! We combined two of our guests’ favorite activities into one and even threw in some waterfall viewing to create the Temperance River Bike & Hike guided activity.

This family-friendly activity starts with a ride along a 2.1-mile section of the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail. Along the trail, we’ll ride through a northern forest containing birch, balsam, and spruce trees. Once we arrive at the beautiful Temperance River State Park, our activity staff will guide you along a river trail to catch breathtaking views of the many waterfalls the river has to offer. After hiking you’ll enjoy a relaxing bike ride back to Bluefin Bay which is a gentle down sloping path for an easy and rewarding way to finish the trip!

As a guest at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, you have complimentary bike rentals or you may bring your own. There are many great bike trails from paved to single-track mountain bike trails to check out all along Minnesota’s North Shore. During your stay, stop by the front desk or the Activity Center for detailed maps and tips for heading out on your own biking adventure.



Mountain Bike Through The Fall Colors: An Instagram-Worthy Adventure!

Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: 90% Summer, 10% Fall
*A few isolated pockets are seeing closer to 85% Summer & 15% Fall

Britton Peak Mountain Bike TrailsAre you looking for more Instagram-worthy adventures? For this week’s Fall Color Report, we headed up the Sawbill Trail to the Britton Peak trailhead and hopped on the single-track mountain bike trails. The Sawbill Trail heads north right out of Tofte, across from our Coho Café & Bakery, and after a quick 2-mile drive you’ll find the Britton Peak parking area.

The Britton Peak trails were built, and are maintained, by the Sugarbush Trail Association. They also maintain 65 kilometers of cross-country ski trails in the Lutsen-Tofte area.

On Sept. 10th we biked the Short Stacker and Crosscut loops – Both were sweet rides and definitely got our adrenaline going! These routes take you through thick forests full of Aspen, Birch, Pine and lots of Maple trees. While on these trails bikers do need to concentrate on the terrain that lies ahead as you roll over rocks, roots, and narrow boardwalks. When we stopped for a breather, and to take in the sights, we noticed most areas still look quite green. We did come upon a couple stands of maples that decided to turn much earlier than the others. Their pop of orange was a treat for the eyes.

Overall, we’re reporting 90% summer leaves and 10% fall colors with just a few small pockets showing 85% summer and 15% fall color. There is still enough green throughout the forests that your eyes light up with surprise when a flash of orange, yellow, or red appears. This link to our photo gallery shows the Fall colors on September 10, 2017.

A word of caution: The Britton Peak Mountain Bike Trails are fairly technical and we recommend that you have previous experience on single-track trails before heading out. The good news, if mountain biking is not your thing: this trailhead is also the access point for the Superior Hiking Trail routes to Britton Peak, Carlton Peak, and Tofte Peak. These hikes are spectacular any time of year and especially during the fall color season. Join one of our guided hikes to Carlton Peak during your stay this fall to experience this incredible wilderness area located just a short distance from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

For avid mountain bikers, there are a couple other local single-track mountain bike trails to check out during your stay. This area along Lake Superior’s North Shore also provides miles and miles of back-country gravel roads and minimum-maintenance Forest Service roads to take your off-road bikes on. During your stay, stop at Bluefin Bay Guest Services or contact the Activities Department for directions and maps. For guests staying at any of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we also provide complimentary road and mountain bike rentals.

Check out the Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Finder to find the best color anywhere in the state. You can also find additional information on area biking at the Visit Cook County website.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails soon! Don’t forget your camera.

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