Cook County Snowmobile Club - Ridge Riders
Cook County Snowmobile Club - Ridge Riders
Cook County Snowmobile Club - Ridge Riders

We Welcome You to the Beautiful North Shore of Minnesota!

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Based out of Grand Marais, Minnesota, the Gunflint Trail system has got something for everyone. From Grand Marais to Gunflint Lake, our trail systems cover the majority of the region and interconnects with state trails as well as the trail systems from the Tofte/Schroeder/Lutsen area as well as the Grand Portage Reservation covering all of Cook County.

The Cook County Snowmobile Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and maintaining the Cook County-MN snowmobile trail systems.

Trail Conditions

Wednesday February 13th: 
Grooming update as of yesterday. The Expressway was groomed 1/12. The G trail up to swamper and Swamper were also groomed.  The Spur and Hungry Jack trail will be groomed today. Blueberry will get groomed  on Thursday. Just to let everyone know there are logging operations being done back in on the Blueberry road so the road is plowed for about 6 miles or so.  There is also logging on the G trail and a portion of the Pine mountain road is plowed. If you are riding in these areas please be aware of logging trucks and other logging equipment. As always ride safe and have fun. 

Thursday January 31st, 
Grooming update as of 1/30. Trails that were groomed on Monday were the Blueberry, and mid trail to Expressway where it meets the lLima grade. We did not do any grooming on Tuesday or Wednesday due to the cold weather. Today grooming will be done on lower Expressway as will the G trail to swamper and Swamper to mid trail and all the way to Gunflint Lake. 
Please be careful if you are out riding today as the groomers will be out late afternoon. Grooming on Friday Feb 1st will be mid trail upper X and down to G & X intersect, the Spur and Hungry jack trails. The Fun Run is happening on Saturday so expect a lot of sled traffic on the G trail and the Expressway. Trails are in good to excellent shape due to little or no traffic this week! The weekend temps look great so get out and enjoy the outdoors. As always please ride safe. 

Friday, January 25th, 
Hey Everyone. Here is the trail report 1-24-19 the Entire X trail was groomed on Tuesday and all the way to the state. The G trail was groomed up to the intersection of the G and X on wed. All mid trail was groomed on wed and all the way up to Gunflint was groomed early this morning. We are not grooming the state on Friday and will not be grooming until Sunday when the temps will be a bit warmer. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we groom at night and would hate to have our groomer operators at risk. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 22nd 2019: 
Starting late Monday night and continuing into today we received anywhere from 4-8 inches of light powdery snow. The groomers will be out tonight so stay tuned for a grooming update. Just a reminder to anyone who will be riding this weekend. Please be cautious on the trails as the John Beargrease sled dog Marathon begins on Sunday and runs up the North Shore to Trail Center Lodge and finishes the long distance race at Grand Portage and the short distance race at Lutsen Mountains. Please keep an eye out on the trails for these mushers and their dogs. Thank You. 

Thursday, January 17th 2019: 
Please be aware that there are very cold wind chills expected today through Friday 1/18/19. Dress warm and ride smart. 

Wednesday January 16th, 2019
Grooming update 1-16-19; Our groomers have been out in full force after the heavy traffic and we are trying to hit every trail, however we are still down a groomer for repairs. On Sunday from mid-trail; the G trail to greenwood was groomed and the Clearwater/ Spur.  The G Trail from Devil Track to the blueberry was groomed. The blueberry was groomed on Monday, Swamper was groomed on Tuesday and Clearwater/Spur to Clearwater lodge was groomed and Hungry jack Trail and upper G was groomed again. X trail to the state and all the way to G intersection was groomed and X to the Lullaby and down the lullaby was groomed. Mid trail to Gunflint will be done tomorrow 1/17. The state grooms on Tuesdays Fridays and Saturdays. Cold temps should set the trails up nicely and a slight chance of snow coming in on Monday would be great!

Monday January 14th, 2019
Here is the latest grooming up date and possible  schedule for the week! We were hit hard with traffic and warm weather last weekend which made for trails not setting up after grooming. Sunday night 1-13-19 the entire G trail was groomed from Devil Track Lake to mid trail. The Blueberry trail was also groomed! The swamper will get groomed tonight which makes the G Groomed 2 times. The Clearwater spur was groomed last night and will get groomed again tomorrow early morning. With a few more clean up spots. The X will get groomed late tomorrow night, 1-15-19 all the way up to the X and G intersection. The Hungry Jack trail and up to Gunflint will also get groomed more than likely on Thursday and X trail to lullaby on Sat night. 
Remember we try to groom at night or early morning due to traffic and trail set up. The snow base varies anywhere from 6-20 inches, Even though we have snow! We are also still down one groomer which makes it difficult to cover all of our areas. Please know we are trying to get to it all after a busy weekend so we make your ride enjoyable. And think more snow!!!!


For your information we only maintain and groom the Gunflint snowmobile Trails, there are separate clubs that groom the Lutsen and Tofte Trails and the DNR grooms the North Shore state trail. 
Trail Map

Trail Map

Stories and Events

Stories & Events

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March 2, 2019 Annual Trout Derby
Our annual trout derby and picnic is the perfect wrap up to our season.
 
Join us on Saturday, March 2nd, on West Bearskin Lake for our annual trout derby as we celebrate all things we love about the great Northwoods. A morning fishing contest followed by a club hosted BBQ Picnic and prize drawings is a sure bet for fun.

Registration for the contest is between 9-11am. Everyone must be signed up before going fishing. All fish need to be turned in by 2pm in order to get into the contest. 
The cost for club members is $10 per person or $20 per person for non-members.  

*All of the events we put on are fundraisers that help support our club in our efforts to maintain our trail system and grooming equipment. 
March 9, 2019 Poplar Haus Drag Races on Poplar Lake
Registration starts at 10:00am races start at 11:00am 600, 700, 800 open and improved stock classes. $5.00 bib fee $20.00 per class. More information to come.

Classes: 600cc, 700cc, 800cc, Open and Improved
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