Will you hit the Jackpot? Check out this new mountain bike trail in Lutsen

Jackpot flow mountain biking trail tofteThe North Shore is blessed with its biking trails — from the paved Gitchi Gami Bike Trail running parallel to all three Bluefin Bay Resorts and for 29 miles along the shoreline, to the adventure and thrill of off-road experiences ranging from white knuckled single track to winding backcountry roads. Oh, and fat tire biking in the winter!

But have you hit the Jackpot?

Last Fall, a new single-track bike trail in Lutsen called the Jackpot Connector Trail made its debut. The Jackpot Connector runs between Britton Peak trails in Tofte to Onion River Road and on to Lutsen Mountains. The 18-mile trail offers adventure and an outstanding ride for every skill level from beginners to advanced riders.

Riders will experience a variety of terrain as they climb over and around the Sawtooth Mountains. Entry level riders can ride certain sections of the trail, and expert riders will enjoy big climbs and some of the technical features. The ride includes several scenic overlooks and it’s a wilderness ride that’s not easily replicated anywhere in the Midwest.

Our recommendation is to know a bit about the sections of this trail in advance of venturing out. In that spirit, we’re sharing this great video where you can actually see and experience sections of the trail for yourself.

The Jackpot Connector Bike Trail was built thanks to the hard work of the Superior Cycling Association (SCA). In this video co-produced by SCA and Visit Cook County, Tim Kennedy, SCA President, provides a great overview of what to expect.  See video here.

In truth, you haven’t really experienced the North Shore until you’ve done it from atop two wheels. Powered by pedals, the rugged Lake Superior coastline and jagged mountaintops take on a whole new meaning. It’s an intimate experience and a trip unlike any other. And, it’s the perfect outdoor activity during these crazy and challenging times.

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. Read more here on our biking page, or join a guided bike tour as part of our complimentary resort activities. Visit Cook County also has trail maps and more biking information here.

If you venture out on the Jackpot, share your adventure with us. We’d love to see your photos or video.

Happy pedaling!

 

Explore the Shore by Pedal Power!

Biking at Temperance River State ParkAs a guest at Bluefin Bay or Surfside on Lake Superior, bike rentals for adults and kids are included as part of your stay. In addition, you can join in on a complimentary guided bike trip. Once again, we’ll be offering our popular Temperance River Bike & Hike.  For this trip, we start off biking a  2.1-mile section of the Gitchi-Gami trail through the northern boreal forest. Once at the Temperance River, we’ll trek along the river on a short hike with views of beautiful waterfalls. Finally, a relaxing bike ride takes us back to Bluefin Bay.  A mostly gentle down sloping path for an easy and rewarding way to finish the trip! This year, we’re adding another biking adventure to our activity schedule. The Onion River Bike & Hike will feature a 6-mile (12-mile roundtrip) ride along the paved Gitchi-Gami trail plus a short hike along the scenic Onion River.

Local Bike Races and Events

The Lutsen-Tofte and Grand Marais areas have become known as a haven for bikers and biking events. The Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic is coming up this weekend, May 25th. Starting out at the Grand Marais harbor this gravel course climbs almost 6000 ft! Live music, Voyageur Brewing Company beer and the vibe of Grand Marais make this a fun event for bikers and spectators.

On June 29, the Lutsen 99er returns. Several thousand bikers from around the country gather to race through the pristine north woods of Cook County. The race is most known for its 99-miles of mountainous course. But, it has now expanded to include a 69, 49, 25-mile course options, and Sunday kids races.

Mountain Biking

In addition to the Gitchi-Gami paved trail that runs right to the Bluefin Bay properties, this area has incredible mountain biking opportunities. For single-track enthusiasts, check out the Sugarbush Trail Association Trails located just a couple miles from the resort and the Pincushion Mountain Biking Trails in Grand Marais.

 

Happy pedalling!

 

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