The Iron Range is a great snowshoeing getaway!
If you love winter (or even just tolerate it) you need to bring your ‘shoes to northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. This region is a great getaway for snowshoeing, with superb trails, views, plenty of guided opportunities, rentals and even family-friendly trails. Give them a try, and our snowshoe trails might just make you a fan of winter. And if you’re already into snowshoeing, you won’t want to miss these trails.
Giants Ridge Resort
Giants Ridge® Golf & Ski Resort in Biwabik offers three different beautiful trails, some even wrap around the lake. There are approximately 3.5 miles of snowshoe trails at Giants Ridge. Snowshoe rental is available on site, and ladies hikes are frequently offered in the winter. When you’ve taken in the views of the Superior National Forest, relax at the Burnt Onion for drinks and fine dining, the nearby Neighbor’s BBQ, or everyone’s favorite Vi’s Pizza in Biwabik.
Redhead Mountain Bike Park
At Redhead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm, designated snowshoe trails host guided events, or snowshoe around the vast Minnesota Discovery Center campus. Rent snowshoes onsite. Call 218-749-8161 for information about guided or on-your-own snowshoe tours and rentals at Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota’s Museum of the Iron Range. There’s even a trail close enough to the museum that little ‘shoers can warm up if they get tired! Most of the trails, however, are in Redhead Mountain Bike Park, a reclaimed iron mine with incredible views of sheer cliff walls through a sparkling winter forest. There are more than five miles of trails to explore!
Superior National Forest
Within the Forest, a dozen cross country ski trail systems in the area are open to snowshoers. Get a map! The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway which connects Silver Bay (on Lake Superior’s North Shore) to Aurora (on the Iron Range) offers endless opportunities of wilderness snowshoeing through the Superior National Forest along rivers, lakes, and streams. Try the Bird Lake Trails, the city of Aurora’s St James trail, or even select sections of the Mesabi Trail.