MTB Project Logo

CJ Ramstad Trail - Britton Peak to Pincushion Mountain

Easy/Intermediate
 2.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

42.3

Miles

68.1

KM

0%

Singletrack

1,829' 557 m

High

1,083' 330 m

Low

2,734' 833 m

Up

2,710' 826 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

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.

Overview

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.

Need to Know

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!

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Luke Malm

Trail Ratings

  2.0 from 3 votes

#3468

Overall
  2.0 from 3 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
67%
Recommended Route Rankings

#36

in Minnesota

#3,468

Overall
119 Views Last Month
3,329 Since Jul 3, 2014
Easy/Intermediate

50%
0%
50%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Just before the jungle insanity on the CJ Ramstad Trail near Tofte.
Jul 30, 2019 near Grand M…, MN
Grassy trail that leads into Rock and a Hard Place
Oct 30, 2014 near Grand M…, MN

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none