Sugarbush (Moose Fence) Ski Trails

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

The Sugarbush Ski Trails (including the Moose Fence area) is a huge area of cross country ski trails with 60 km of trail.  There are distances and skill levels to match every skier from a novice headed out over lunch to a serious skier headed out for the day.  There is also snowshoeing on the Superior Hiking Trail and a section of ski trail up Carlton Peak where skijoring is permitted.  Trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.  Some of the trails are very long with no crossing trails or shortcuts back, and cell phone reception is sporadic.  Before setting out on a long trail, be sure you have adequate equipment to deal with an emergency and someone knows where you are and when you are expected to return.

Access is from three parking lots.  On the Sawbill Trail (Co 2) there is a lot at Britton Peak with restroom facilities.  Farther north on the Sawbill is a parking lot at the 'Moose Fence', so named for a fence built to keep browsing moose out of an experimental plot of disease resistant white pine.  To the east, there is a parking lot off the Onion River Rd. at the Oberg and LeVeaux Mountain Trails trailhead.  

A map of the Sugarbush ski trails.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current conditions and maps, visit the Sugarbush Trail Association's webpage.
Fees See permit section below.
Permit Info: The Sugarbush (Moose Fence) Ski Trails require a Great Minnesota Ski Pass.

General Information

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 Sugarbush Ski Trails.


Activities


Winter Sports

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Mushing/Skijoring

The Sugarbush Ski Trails have a designated skijoring route which leaves from the Britten Peak parking lot and heads east across the Sawbill Trail towards Carlton Peak.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Skiing the Sugarbush Trails is a wonderful north woods experience.  You can go for a half an hour or a whole day.  Be sure to bring a map and compass, a GPS if you have one, and plenty of water.  

The designated snowshoe trail in the area is the Superior Hiking Trail.  This trail can be rocky in places, so make sure there is adequate snow. Some areas are near steep cliffs and you may be on snow covered bare rock.  Snowshoes can be slippery, so use caution when near cliffs.



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