Penokee Mountain Trail

The Penokee Mountain Ski Trail is in the snow belt of Lake Superior, so it typically offers some of the earliest skiing on the Great Divide Ranger District. Situated on the northern edge of a valley, the trail presents spectacular views of the surrounding area. An overlook next to the parking lot also offers a great view of the valley. 

Trail Information: This is a stacked loop system with 3.2 km, 5.1 km and 8.6 km options. The trail is groomed and tracked for classic technique skiing. During the winter recreation season, ski trail conditions are updated weekly in the Cross-Country Ski Report. Snowshoers and fat tire bikers may also use the trail, but they should avoid the groomed track.  

For the 2021 winter recreation season, the forest welcomes dog skijoring at the Penokee Mountain Ski Trail. Skijorers should clean up after pets and repair any paw-damaged ski tracks. The Great Divide Ranger District welcomes feedback from all trail users. 

What to Expect: Despite its location in rugged terrain, the trail is suitable for skiers of moderate ability. Only the 8.6 Km loop has climbs and downhills that demand intermediate skills.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Skijoring is permitted for the 2020-21 winter recreation season. Current ski trail conditions are available on the weekly trails report
Fees: Daily or annual vehicle pass required 
Closest Towns: Mellen
Information Center: Great Divide District

General Information


From Mellen, drive 3 miles west on State Highway GG. The parking lot is on the right (north) side of the road.

General Notes:

Penokee Mountain Ski Trail 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing