RIDE MINNESOTA’S PREMIER PAVED BICYCLE TRAIL

It’s a bike trail like no other! View map.

Travel 135 miles from the Mississippi River to the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bicycle or hike through the Superior National Forest and over the Laurentian Continental Divide. Imagine a day of sunshine and a path to explore nature and the 28 communities nestled along the way.

The Mesabi Trail is one of Minnesota’s longest paved bicycle trails. It traverses fields, streams, lakes, bogs and forests along its path from Grand Rapids, across the Mesabi Iron Range, to Ely.  Our name comes from the Ojibwa Native Americans who made their home along many parts of the Trail. Our fame comes from what your adventure may reveal.

It’s a ride you won’t forget, filled with historic sites, not to mention a string of small towns with a TON of charm.

Pick up your Wheel Pass, put on your helmet, and hit the trail! Check out the official Mesabi Trail website to learn about current trail construction progress, potential detours and the places you’ll be passing!


Trail Adventures

During your ride, explore turn of the century logging at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, view the “Grand Canyon of the North” – the world’s largest open pit mine in Hibbing, land as an immigrant to find your fortune at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, cycle across the tallest bridge in Minnesota in Virginia, traverse a bog via a 3/4 mile long floating bridge in Embarrass, ride over 2,000 feet down a mine shaft to your work station at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park, or share our common bonds with the natural world at the Ely International Wolf Center.

Explore recommended itineraries and make plans to visit soon!

Looking for even more adventure? Join the Mesabi Trail Tour on the first Saturday of August, for a family-friendly ride on an amazing trail!


Lodge to Lodge Trips

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bike your way through a Minnesota vacation?  Do it with ease by utilizing the Mesabi Trail’s Lodge to Lodge trips.  Their great team will custom design the perfect getaway to suit your personality and style – a family trip, camping outing, or a romantic trip through the Iron Range.

They will walk you through picking the right lodging on the Iron Range, organize shuttles for your luggage and necessities, pack box lunches along the trail ride, and provide a final shuttle service to return you and your bicycles to your vehicle when your trip has been completed.

All you have to do is get on your bike and start pedaling – enjoying life in northern Minnesota.

Bike riding on the Mesabi Trail

Services and Support

Mesabi Outdoor Adventures is a nonprofit recreation meet-up that brings people together to enjoy the outdoors. Visit their Facebook page to get in on no-drop bicycle rides, hikes, canoe/kayak events and more.

With such an extensive length of trail, many adventurers are lured by the appeal of biking to new and unfamiliar places – but daunted by the thought of an equally exhausting return journey.

If you fall under this category, you may be interested in the Mesabi Trail Shuttle Service.  The shuttle service is based out of Giants Ridge Golf Course in Aurora and services the Mesabi Trail from Grand Rapids to Aurora.

Whether it is an emergency or you would like the convenience of a ride home, simply call the service to arrange a ride to or from a specific point on the trail for up to 12 riders and bikes.

The cost breakdown per person is listed on the Mesabi Trail website.

Experiencing a bicycle break-down in the middle of the Minnesota wilderness can be terrifying.  But have no fear – another portion of the Mesabi Trail shuttle services includes access to a certified bicycle mechanic. Available during normal hours, you can call to receive an emergency pick up and bike repairs within the range of the shuttle service.

Of course, in a serious emergency requiring a medical team or the police, please call 911.

Five stars and two hands’ worth of thumbs up for the Mesabi Trail Shuttle Service. They’ll help you figure out a route, including where to eat, drink, shop and more. Follow the link and give Chris a call or email. You won’t be disappointed!

Don’t have bikes or don’t want to haul them?

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