Deer Yard Ski Trails (Norpine Trail System)

Area Status: Closed

The Deer Yard Ski Trails offer some beautiful skiing along the ridge at the edge of Lake Superior.  They are part of the Norpine Ski Trail System and connect to the Massie - Hall Ski Trails and Cascade River Ski Trails.  Be prepared when  you set off - one stretch of trail is named 'The Long Climb'.  The plus is that there is long wonderful downhill run on the way home!

Deer Yard Ski Trails (named for Deer Yard Lake) are accessed from the north from a parking lot off FR 332.  FR 332 turns off County 45 (Pike Lake Road).  They can also be accessed from the south from Cascade Lodge.  Cascade Lodge charges a small parking fee for using their lot.

A georeferenced pdf map usable with phone apps such as Avenza is available for download.

A map of the Cascade/Deer Yard ski trails.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current conditions and maps, visit the Norpine Trails Association website.
Fees: Parking at Cascade State Park or at Cascade Lodge requires a parking fee.  Additional fees, see permit section below.
Permit Info: The Deer Yard Ski Trails require that you have a Great Minnesota Ski Pass.  Funds from this Pass go directly to trail maintenance and grooming.


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Deer Yard Ski Trails are groomed for classic cross country skiing.  While most of the system is intermediate in difficulty, there are some expert trails as well.  Be prepared for long up and down sections, and great views, especially from the old Cascade Fire Tower site.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
11 km