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greenBlue CJ Ramstad Trail - Britton Peak to Pincushion Mountain

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42.3 mile 68.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,734' 833 m
Descent: -2,710' -826 m
High: 1,829' 557 m
Low: 1,083' 330 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)


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A north shore bikepacking trail to match the North Shore Hiking Trail.

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Just about everything is allowed. CJ Ramstad was a snowmobiling advocate so appreciate them (reluctantly) when they are out there. In the section between Finland and Grand Marais, there are no ATV's allowed.


There are shelters every 7 to 10 miles. Viewpoints are especially good between highway 2 and Barker Lake.

Take basic fishing tackle, a worm and a hook into a river or stream will get you a nice trout to eat for dinner.

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Take basic fishing tackle, a worm, line, and a hook into a river or stream will get you a nice trout to eat for dinner. These trout are dumb!


The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail is a 146 mile natural surface trail from Duluth to Grand Marais. Primarily used by snowmobiles, it traverses St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota. The trail winds its way through the forests behind the outer bluffs that overlook Lake Superior, and provides access to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Minnesota. The trail also connects the Grants-In-Aid (GIA) trails at Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland, Tofte and Lutsen, as well as numerous local trails, created and maintained by local snowmobile clubs.

For most of its length, the North Shore Trail provides a backcountry experience and, in some areas, wilderness conditions. The great majority of the trail is in a remote, natural and undeveloped setting, although some logging and farms are included. Trail visitors may encounter moose, deer, bear, fox, hawks, waterfowl and possibly timber wolves.

History & Background

Clifford (C.J.) Ramstad, a former advertising copywriter, Ramstad became involved in snowmobiling when he got the Arctic Cat account in the late 1960s.

He owned, published or edited a half dozen snowmobile and off-road sports publications such as Minnesota Snowmobiling Magazine, SuperTrax and All Terrain Magazine.


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As of 9/24/16 The trail is not mowed. It is also very soggy. Its ridable, but not all that enjoyable. If it was dryer and mowed it would be a decent bikepacking route. We bailed out to the forest roads and had a much better time. Sep 24, 2016

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