Upper Gunflint Ski Trails

The Upper Gunflint Ski Trails are a 47 km system of loops near the end of the Gunflint Trail.  Difficulty varies from easy to moderately difficult.  This trail system is privately maintained, so you will need a ski pass purchased from one of the local resorts.


A map of the Upper Gunflint ski trails

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current conditions and trail maps, visit the Visit Cook County website.
Fees: Most of the Upper Gunflint Ski Trails are privately maintained and a fee is required by the maintaining organization to use the trails.  The fee is payable and permits are available at several of the local lodges and resorts.  The same permit is good for the entire Upper Gunflint Ski Trail area, but a separate permit is needed for the Central Gunflint Ski Area.  Visit the Gunflint Trail Association website to find out more about where to pick up a permit for these trails.
Permit Info: You do not need a Great Minnesota Ski Pass for most of the Upper Gunflint Ski Trails since they are privately maintained.  However, you will need to obtain a permit by paying a fee to the area lodges and resorts for trail maintenance.  The permit is available at many of the area lodges and resorts.
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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This intertwined series of loops provides plenty of skiing variety in a wonderful near wilderness setting.  You'll enjoy the skiing, but make sure to take the time to look at tracks in the snow and listen for the calls of ravens and Canada jays.  There are some areas for snowshoeing, and some loops that are groomed for skate skiing.  As always, be respectful of other users and try to avoid fouling the groomed ski tracks.

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