Mesabi Trail

Trail Overview


The Mesabi Trail is just over 85% complete, with over 135 miles of the planned 155 miles of paved trail done. When finished, the trail will travel from Grand Rapids to Ely - the Mississippi to the Boundary Waters.

The terrain varies from hilly in the west to a bit flatter in the east. A few hills will test your stamina going up and your brakes going down - none greater than an 8% grade. Take a virtual tour of the entire trail, section by section, to get a better idea of the terrain - or check out the bottom of our paper map for an elevation chart. Be advised - this is NOT a rails to trails conversion is not flat & straight.


Current Trail Status:

  • The longest section of continuous trail stretches from Grand Rapids to McKinley - about 75 miles.
  • Beyond McKinley, there is another 25 plus miles, with an uncompleted section between McKinley and Biwabik (detour onto the shoulder of Hwy135). This section takes you past Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, with a spur to Aurora.
  • There are other separate sections of trail around Tower/Soudan, Eagles Nest Lakes and Ely. New trail construction is ongoing as we work towards connecting to Ely.


2018 Scheduled Construction - About 10 Miles:  (see the green dotted line on the paper map)

  • 5 miles - connecting McKinley to Biwabik.
  • 5.5 miles - from Hwy 135 (past Giants Ridge) to Embarrass

If you would like a lift between uncompleted portions of the trail be sure to connect with our Mesabi Trail Shuttle Service.


Mesabi Trail Wheel PassFarm VisitsLodge to Lodge ProgramMesabi Trail GearGreat River Energy Mesabi Trail Bike Tour Visit us on Facebook