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Pincushion Trail System: A North Shore Gem

Because of its varied terrain, the Pincushion Trail system offers trails for all sorts of users including hikers, bikers, skiers, fat bikers, birders and many more! With many miles of access, the Pincushion Mountain provides a spectacular view down the mountain to the town of Grand Marais. For hikers, the 15 miles of Pincushion Mountain’s trails offer loops to Lake Superior’s North Shore, the Devil’s Track River, and more! Keep an eye out along the way for an endless amount of birch, aspen, and pine. Hikers can use either the cross-country ski or biking trails, but must keep alert at all times.

There are about 6 miles of single-track trails that mountain bikers can enjoy starting from the trailhead at Pincushion. The trails vary from easy to moderate and some even intersect the cross-country ski trails that can be used if the weather permits. Most of the trails have been developed over time to accompany a smooth ride, but still be cautious as conditions are bound to change. If you’re up for the challenge, many visitors have tried fat biking the Pincushion trails as it makes for a much easier and enjoyable ride.

On a sunny day, the top of the mountain provides a stunning view of Lake Superior. Keep an eye out for pine martens, wolves, and the occasional moose as you stroll along the trails.

A trail map can be found here. 

To get to Pincushion: Follow the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Pincushion Drive. You will find a parking lot and the trail head about .25 miles down Pincushion Drive.



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