Looking for a place on the Gunflint Trail to snowshoe or ski with or without your dog? Head to George Washington Pines which is a groomed, level 2.5 mile loop for both skiing and snowshoeing. It’s a beautiful trail through towering pines and is a perfect loop for beginners. The hills on the trail are minimal with very little elevation change.
The George Washing Pines trail is one of the busier groomed trails in Cook County due to the close proximity to Grand Marais. You can expect to see other people on the trail and it’s always nice to let them(and their dogs) know you are behind them by announcing yourself. As with all outings with your four legged friend be sure to pick up after them.
The beautiful pine trees are courtesy of a group of boys from Boy Scout Troop #67 of Grand Marais. In 1932 they planted 32 acres of land with 14,570 Norway Pine and 7,500 White Pine after a fire in 1927. In 2010 some of the undergrowth was cleaned up to reduce ladder fuels in the area.
To reach George Washington Pines just take the Gunflint Trail out of Grand Marais and drive about 6 miles to the parking lot and trailhead on the left hand side of the road.