McNearney Cross-Country Ski Trail

Area Status: Open

McNearney Cross-Country Ski Trail has four cross-country (XC) skiing loops including:

  • Flat Beginner’s Loop: One mile (1.7 km) flat loop.
  • Camp 4 Loop: Three-mile gentle terrain with slopes and level areas. Suitable for first-time and beginning skiers. Passes through unthinned second growth hardwood forest and the site of a 1900s logging camp. One up-hill section at the beginning.
  • Big Pine Loop: Moderate and advanced beginners.
  • The Forester’s Loop: Six-mile (9.6 km) loop with hills and corners that demand more advanced techniques.

The four loops are designed for one-way traffic.

Map and Conditions Report

Parking at McNearney Cross-Country Ski Trail:

There is ample parking, a warming cabin with wood stove and firewood, and an outhouse.

Logging History and Ancient Sand Dunes:

The parking lot and surrounding opening were the site of Camp 4, a logging camp used during the early 1900s.

The McNearney Ski Trail is located on ancient sand dunes just above the shores of Glacial Lake Algonquin (old Lake Superior). The hills are covered mostly by second growth hardwood forest.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is groomed in winter. The parking area/trailhead is plowed.
Open Season: January - December
Closest Towns: Strongs Corner

General Information


From Strongs Corner at the intersection of M-28 and Salt Point Road about 26.5 miles west of I-75 drive north on Salt Point Road 5 miles to trailhead on the left (north) side of the road.


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This non-motorized trail offers 9.2 miles of cross-country skiing trails.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

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