Bally Creek Ski Trails

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

A multiple short loop cross country ski trail system with several access points.  The main access is a parking area off of FR 158 just short of Bear Track Camp.  Depending on snow conditions and grooming, access is also off Cook County 45 and as a branch off of the Cascade River Ski Trails.  Heavy snows will limit grooming some trails; travel on ungroomed trails is not recommended.


A map of the Bally Creek ski trails.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current conditions can be found by looking on the Norpines Trail Association webpage or the Visit Cook County webpage.  
Permit Info: Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required.

General Information


The main access is from the south.  Get on County 7 either from Grand Marais or from MN61 south of Grand Marais.  Take County 48 a very short distance to FR 18 Bally Creek Road.  Take FR 158 to the large parking lot on the left side of the road, just short of the rental cabins.  The small parking area with the arch over the trail is for cabin users only; if you find yourself there, please turn around and park in the main lot.

General Notes:

Georeferenced PDF (GeoPDF or Avenza) maps are digital maps made to download and use with geolocation wayfinding apps such as Avenza.  Once downloaded into a phone or digital device, a wayfinding app can place a dot on the map right where you are, even without a cell or wifi connection.

Digital maps are not intended as primary sources of navigation.  Always bring a hard copy map with you.  Batteries will go dead, especially in cold weather.

Download a georeferenced pdf of the Bally Creek Ski Trails.


The main public parking area and trailhead for the Bally Creek Ski Trails is a large lot just off of Forest Road 158.  The road continues plowed for a short distance to provide access to rental cabins.  Parking and trail access beyond the public lot is for the use of cabin residents only.  Beyond the cabins, FR 158 is unplowed and the right of way is part of the ski trail system, so there is no access to the trails from the north.


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Groomed ski trails, mainly easy.  There are variety of interconnected loops as well as a long trail connecting to Cascade State Park.  The connecting segment is not groomed in some weather conditions; travel on it when it is not groomed is not recommended.