Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails are on the edge of the ridge overlooking the town of Grand Marais.  There are 25 km of looping trails with areas for both classic and skate skiing.  This area is used for cross country ski meets, so often the trails are wide to accommodate large numbers of skiers.  Many of the trails are one way, so be sure to follow the map and signs on the ground.

Snowshoers may follow one trail designated for snowshoeing.  Dogs and skijoring are not allowed.

Access is easy, right off the Gunflint Trail.  There is also a warming house and toilet facilities.  


A map of the Pincushion Mountain ski trails.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current conditions and maps, visit the Pincushion Mountain Trail System website, operated by the North Superior Ski and Run Club.
Fees See permit section below.
Permit Info: The Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails require a Great Minnesota Ski Pass.  Funds from this Pass go directly to maintenance and grooming of the trails.  Voluntary donations or membership in the Ski Run Club does not change this requirement - everyone must have 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 Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

There are 25 km of well maintained groomed ski trails of all difficulty levels easy to expert.  The trails are all groomed for both classic and skate skiing and are wide enough to easily accommodate both styles.

There is also a designated snowshoe trail separate from the ski trails.