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Canadian Shield

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 93' 28 m
Descent: -92' -28 m
High: 962' 293 m
Low: 876' 267 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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A rugged loop featuring lots of bedrock!

Matt Goodman

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Description

"Canadian Shield", named for all of the bedrock it traverses, is a rugged singletrack loop with incredible scenery and great cerebral riding.

Trail is two-way. Riding either direction provides very similar experiences. Essentially, you'll leave Fluvial Trail and make a gradual descent, onto more and more bedrock, as you make your way out onto a massive, butting chunk of bedrock.

At its farthest reaches (southeast) the loop provides several incredible vistas: overlooking Lake Superior and Grand Marais, with clear panoramic views.

Regardless of which direction you're riding, the ride back to Fluvial Trail is essentially a gradual uphill climb, off of the bedrock and back into the woods.

In sections without much vegetation or soil (all rock), watch for cairns (stacks of rocks) to mark the way.

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  4.0 from 3 votes

#5

in Grand Marais

#8122

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#5

in Grand Marais

#114

in Minnesota

#8,122

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Near the highpoint of the loop going counter clockwise. Don't forget to look back for the view!
Jul 28, 2019 near Grand M…, MN

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