Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers two groomed and tracked cross-country ski trail areas with multiple loops; one is located near Munising on the park's west end and the other is near Grand Marais on the park's east end.
These trails wind more than 20 miles through a magical landscape of varied habitats and topography, including beech, maple, hemlock, and conifer forests, old gently rolling farm fields, and rugged hills created in the park's glacial past. Since this region receives about 140+ inches of snow each year, skiing is one of the park's most popular winter sports.
Each trail area offers a variety of loop lengths for a leisurely day ski or quick workout at the end of the day. Trail loops range from easy to difficult. All lakeshore trails are designed for diagonal stride only - skating is not permitted. In addition, pets, winter camping, snowshoeing, bicycling, and walking are not permitted on lakeshore ski trails.
Maps are located at trailheads and at trail intersections. Follow the direction of travel. Note that some trails are two-way. Watch and listen for grooming equipment when you ski. Several Munising trail loops feature interpretive wayside exhibits along the route. Be sure to stop at these to learn about the interesting natural and human history of the area.
Skiing is free at the lakeshore; however, the park has installed donation boxes for those who wish to assist us in the cost of maintaining these beautiful trails.
Whether you are a novice or an accomplished skier, we hope you find the trails challenging and fun!
For Your Safety
On the Munising Trail, loops A and B cross a snowmobile trail at four locations - listen and watch for approaching snowmobiles before crossing.
Ski trail conditions may vary. Heavy weekend use and alternating daytime thawing and nighttime freezing may turn snow-packed slopes into fast, icy runs. Watch for other skiers on downhill runs. Severe storms are common in the area and can occur quickly. Wind may obliterate the trail at times.
Darkness comes early in winter so allow plenty of time to return to your vehicle before dark. As always, be sure to let someone know you where are skiing and when you expect to return.
Wear adequate layers of clothing. Take food and water if you plan to be out for the day. Match your skill level to the trails you ski.
The parking area at Sable Falls is accessible only by snowmobile. The parking area at the Grand Sable Visitor Center is accessible by car via Newberg Road (Rt. 772) from M-77, then following H-58 west for about 1/2 mile to the ski trailhead parking lot. This is the only portion of H-58 near Grand Marais that is plowed for regular traffic.
On the Grand Marais Trail, loops C and D cross a county road used by snowmobiles - listen and watch for approaching snowmobiles before crossing.
For more information about skiing within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and nearby trails ...
Grand Marais Cross-Country Ski Trails (pdf)
Munising Cross-Country Ski Trails (pdf)
Grand Marais School Forest Ski Trails
Valley Spur Ski Trails
Last updated: February 11, 2020