Pincushion Mountain Trails

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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This is another cross-country ski trail system, but it is much more bike-friendly than many of the previous ski loops. Most sections of this area have well-defined dirt singletrack, and the grass isn’t high enough to hide potential endo-causing impediments. There are a few wet stretches to deal with, but overall this is a great place to ride. A variety of difficulty levels makes these trails ideal for most enthusiasts; however, even the easiest ones require that riders be in shape. The North Advanced Loop lives up to its name, with plenty of steep climbs and descents and sharp turns over fairly technical terrain. The highlight, of course, is Pincushion Mountain itself, bald on top with scattered tufts of dwarf pine and other foliage. A short hike from the outer edge of the main loop takes you up to the top, and once there you can ride along the northern part, getting a little taste of slickrock riding made famous in Moab, Utah.
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Mountain Biking Minnesota

by Steve Johnson (Falcon Guides)

This is another cross-country ski trail system, but it is much more bike-friendly than many of the previous ski loops. Most sections of this area have well-defined dirt singletrack, and the grass isn’t high enough to hide potential endo-causing impediments. There are a few wet stretches to deal with, but overall this is a great place to ride. A variety of difficulty levels makes these trails ideal for most enthusiasts; however, even the easiest ones require that riders be in shape.

The North Advanced Loop lives up to its name, with plenty of steep climbs and descents and sharp turns over fairly technical terrain. The highlight, of course, is Pincushion Mountain itself, bald on top with scattered tufts of dwarf pine and other foliage. A short hike from the outer edge of the main loop takes you up to the top, and once there you can ride along the northern part, getting a little taste of slickrock riding made famous in Moab, Utah.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Grand Marais
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Best June through October
Local Contacts: Superior National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Grand Marais
Driving Directions: Directions to Pincushion Mountain Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

8/28/2007
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Rode this trail for the Sawtooth Challenge. Aside from the climb from town to the trail...it was awesome. Nice rolling terrain, good amount of smooth and rough ground, great single track to mix up the pace. Trail was in really nice condition. Will definitely be back.



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