Snowbank Lake / Old Pines Trail For Mountain Biking

The 12th most popular mountain bike trail in Minnesota.

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Located northeast of Ely in the Superior National Forest, this is a 46 mile route through northern boreal forests of maple, aspen, birch, balsam fir and towering pines. The Snowbank Trail is a 16 mile loop around Snowbank Lake and between Parent and Disappointment Lakes. Crusing along the ST, the north side of Snowbank Lake has high rock ridges with excellent overlooks. The Old Pines Trail is a cutoff extending another 11 miles. The highlights are large stands of virgin white pine over 300 years old and abundant wildlife including moose, black bear and timber wolves.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Ely, follow CR18 (Ferberg Trail Road) for 15 miles to the parking area.

Overall, Snowbank Lake / Old Pines Trail is the 12th most popular mountain bike trail of all 31 mountain biking rides in Minnesota. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Snowbank Lake / Old Pines Trail including Arrowhead Trail, Bear Head Lake Trails, Laurentian Trail, McDougal Lake, Secret / Blackstone and Silver TrailGiants Ridge Ski Area.


Local Contact(s):  Superior National Forest (218) 365-7600; Ely Visitors (800) 777-7281; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700; Northcountry Guide To Mountain Biking by Bijold (612) 440-6374.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Biking Minnesota" from Steve Johnson

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Smittys On Snowbank, Ely

Luxury Loding:  Burntside Lodge (218) 365-3894

Breakfast Restaurant:  Minglewood Cafe, Ely

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  7/17/2016

ID:  6193


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