C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail
Wind your way through the rugged northern forests behind and atop the bluffs that overlook the vast Lake Superior. For most of its 146 miles from Duluth to Grand Marais, Minnesota, the trail provides a back-country experience. While on it, you may encounter moose, deer, bear, fox, hawks, waterfowl and possibly timber wolves. It is serviced with 14 shelters, crosses 40 bridges but encounters few roads or other developments, so you are encouraged to prepare adequately. Its natural surface is intended for use by hikers, bikers, snowmobilers and horseback riders. The trail connects the Cloquet Valley State Forest and Finland State Forest with the Superior National Forest, as well as Gooseberry Falls, George Crosby-Manitou, Tettegouche, Cascade River and Temperance River State Parks. For an extended riding experience, you can connect up with Minnesota’s vast trail network of over 22,000 miles. The C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail intersects other trails in Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland, Tofte and Lutsen, as well as numerous local trails created and maintained by local snowmobile clubs. For interactive snowmobile trail maps, visit www.mndnr.gov/snowmobiling.
In summer, much of the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail may have standing water. During this time, we suggest you use the section of trail from the town of Finland to Grand Marais (70 miles).
Nearer Lake Superior is the Superior Hiking Trail which follows a similar route 296 miles from Duluth to the Canadian Border. Learn more about this world-class trail and the Superior Hiking Trail Association at www.shta.org.
For more information, maps and a list of amenities along the C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail, visit our website at www.mndnr.gov/statetrails.
Easy - Suggested for all riders
Trail Rules and Restrictions
This trail is open to hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling.
- Share the trail with others.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Keep right so others can pass.
- Keep all pets on leash.
- Obey traffic signs and rules.
- Pack out all garbage and litter.
- Respect adjoining landowners rights and privacy.
- Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
- Some horses may be spooked by quiet bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing.
- Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only on designated campsites.
- Do not leave campfires unattended.
- Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
Trailhead Access and Parking
- Lester River Park parking lot - Lester River Road off Highway 61
- Martin Road Parking lot - at the northern edge of Duluth's city limits
- From Hwy 61 in Two Harbors, north on County Road 2 about 8.5 miles
- On Hwy 61 on the northeast side of Gooseberry River
- Take County Road 5 and then 15 about ten miles west of Silver Bay
- At Tofte, go north on the Sawbill Trail about 4.5 miles
- At Lutsen, go north on the Caribou Trail about 5 miles