Mild to "out-of-control", but always scenic, biking is a great activity on the North Shore. With the advent of "fat tire" bikes, even winter no longer means an end to the biking season!
- The nearby Gitchi-Gami State Trail is a paved, state-of-the art bike touring trail that will eventually go from Two Harbors all the way to the Canadian border. Pincushion, Britton Peak, Heartbreak Hill, Pancore, Honeymoon, Onion River, Wringer Lake, and Devil Track Loop all provide adventure riding nearby. Highway 61 and the Cascade Beach Road offer wide, level surfaces. The national and state forests are criss-crossed with semi-wilderness roads that can be ridden as well.
- Every year, the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race is held at Lutsen Mountains. This is a 99 mile race (19 and 39 mile races are also offered, with even shorter races for kids age 5-12) that starts at Lutsen Mountains and courses through the forest, up and down mountains of the Sawtooth Range. The Lutsen 99er is a charitable partner with the Minnesota High School Cycling League. The Minnesota High School Cycling League promotes personal development and teamwork through mountain bike racing, and encourages the formation of teams at public and private high schools. See the link in the left-hand sidebar for more information.
- In January, the Norpine Fat Bike Classic fat tire bike race runs through the boreal forest, along the rugged ridgeline of the Sawtooth Mountains, with Lake Superior serving as the backdrop. The course is primarily on cross country ski trails, with the long distance going all the way to Cascade River State Park and back. The race includes a mass start with long and short racers starting together, beginning at Superior National Golf Course. The cart paths at Superior National are also groomed for fat tire biking.
Photos by Rod Hasse Photography: