North of Duluth near Grand Marais, the 100+ mile Gunflint Trail System is open to snowmobiling and runs along the rolling hills through northern boreal forests of maple, aspen, birch, balsam fir and towering pines. The snowmobile trails are maintained by the Cook County Ridge Riders.
To reach the Devil Track Lake snowmobile trailhead from the intersection of CR 7 and SR 61 in Grand Marais, go west on CR 7 for 1.1 miles. Turn right (north) on CR 12 for 3.1 miles. Go left (west-north) on CR 8 for 2.8 miles. Turn left on CR 18 and go about .75 miles to parking. Keep an eye out for plenty of moose!
The Gunflint Trails abundant snowfall creates a winter haven for snowmobilers. Snowfall averages over 111 inches annually.
To sled the Gunflint, you begin your journey at the picturesque harbor village of Grand Marais, Minnesota, nestled on Lake Superiors rugged North Shore. From there, the Gunflint Trail travels 63 miles up and into the Sawtooth Mountain Range and the vast Boundary Waters.
You will discover some of the most scenic trails anywhere, combining the beauty of the northwoods wilderness with peaceful solitude. Some trails traverse winter moose yards, others follow scenic overlook ridges, cross into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and follow old trapper trails and railroad beds. The trails wind through a forest thick with pine, balsam, birch, and aspen. Snow cover is deep and dependable, from late November through early April.
Overall, Gunflint Trail is the 14th most popular snowmobile trail of all 38 snowmobiling rides in Minnesota.