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Pincushion Mountain Trails

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Pincushion Mountain Trails is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Marais, Minnesota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.0 miles
1,440 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





4 months ago

Light rain falling but still safe until the rock climb to the top, hug the left side, as the rock is slippery. Beautiful overlook.

5 months ago

Not bad. Overlook was very pretty with great views, but the trail was a wide cross country ski trail, so it didn't feel real rustic.

8 months ago

Start at Woods Creek, walk along Devils Track, and up to the summit on Pincushion and you will not be disappointed.

8 months ago

The Pincushion Mountain trails are great for skiing, but a little boring for hiking--wide grassy trails. There are great views from the overlook. The trail along the Devil Track River is much more interesting.

9 months ago


Friday, August 11, 2017

Pincushion Overlook is breathtaking.

Monday, July 03, 2017

I'd recommend going straight to Pincushion overlook. We did most of the cross country ski trail, and it gets a bit redundant. The pincushion overlook is amazing though, and the cross country ski trails were great with the dogs, just won't do them as long next time :).

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Amazing views

Friday, September 16, 2016

GORGEOUS! A good part of the trail is also for skiing, so it's well groomed and wide. Views are astounding, and even though it's not far from the main road it seems secluded and peaceful. Loved it!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great view! Would love to go biking there next time

Monday, April 25, 2016

A rewarding hike with spectacular views of Lake Superior and the Devil Track River watershed. On a clear day you might see Isle Royal. This is also a fantastic cross country sky area with groomed trails and degrees of difficulty to challenge all levels of skiers.

Friday, July 18, 2014

One of my favorite hikes! Just outside Grand Marais on the Gunflint Trail, lots of loops of varying difficulty, and the Pincushion overlook view is a fantastic payoff where you could spend hours exploring the giant rock dome. Beautiful anytime, especially amazing in fall.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The view is amazing at summit of Pincushion Mtn! One of the best vistas you'll see on the North Shore.

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