George Washington Pines Winter Recreation Trail

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

George Washington Pines Winter Recreation Trail is a relatively short 3.3 km trail located fairly close to Grand Marais, only 6 miles up the Gunflint Trail.  It passes through a beautiful grove of pines, the George Washington Memorial Pine Plantation.  The plantation was established when 13 boys from the Grand Marais Boy Scout Troop #67 planted 32 acres of land with 14,570 Norway Pine and 7,500 White Pine in 1932 after a 1927 fire.  More recently, in the summer of 2010, some of the understory was cleared to reduce hazardous fuels and create a better wildfire situation.

The trail is shared between cross country skiers, snowshoers, and people using dogs for skijoring.  People also might be simply hiking or walking their dog on the trail.  Please respect other users by not fouling groomed ski tracks and by alerting dog users of your presence so as not to spook dogs by rapidly passing them on skis.  Encourage your dog to use off trail areas for potty stops, but if the trail is used, pick up any dog droppings, and try to repair tracks melted out by dog piles.

This is an easy trail, suitable for beginning skiers or for people looking for an easy access quick ski close to town.  For a map of the trail, click here.


A map of the George Washington Pines Winter Recreation Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visit the Visit Cook County website for current conditions on the George Washington Pines Trail.
Fees See permit section below.
Permit Info: These trails are maintained and groomed by the US Forest Service and do not require the Great Minnesota Ski Pass.


Winter Sports

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