Get up close and personal on the 18th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride. On Saturday, August 18, enjoy shoreline views of Lake Superior as you pedal the Gitchi-Gami Trail (GGST). Occasionally along the way passing through a state park or riding over a serenading waterfall as it cascades into the lake. This year with the usual: Snacks, T-shirts and sag support on four ride lengths, that includes a family friendly 8-mile option.
Gitchi-Gami ride lengths
Starting at Gooseberry Falls State Park, the start time is : 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday morning with recreational ride lengths offered at: 8-miles, 28-miles, 34-miles and 55-miles. The 55-mile ride is the only course that will use connecting roads. on the ride. All other options stay on the trail. Click HERE for a mail-in registration form!
The 8-mile family ride option
Follows the GGST for 4 miles from Gooseberry to a rest stop at Twin Points wayside, where there will be treats and special events for families. The ride returns on the GGST to Gooseberry.
The 28-mile ride option
Entirely on the GGST, from Gooseberry through historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, continuing to the rest stop at the Beaver Bay Wayside, and returning on the trail. Because it is an “out-and-back” ride, bikers can turn around at any time to return to the starting point.
The 34-mile ride option
A new route this year (All on trail)! Follows the GGST to the rest stop at Beaver Bay Wayside, continues over the Beaver River Bridge on separated trail. You’ll turn left up the hill on the NEWEST segment of GGT along the West Road and continue on trail to Silver Bay. From there, you’ll turn around and retrace your your path back to the rest stop at Beaver Bay. Refuel and then the route returns to Gooseberry on the trail.
55-mile ride option
Another new route this year! Follows the GGST to Beaver Bay Wayside, continues on trail over the Beaver River Bridge and left onto the NEWEST segment of trail alongside West Road. Continues to Silver Bay where you will make a loop north beginning by turning left on Penn Avenue. Turning right on to Lax Lake Road you’ll bike to Hwy 1 and the Eckbeck rest stop, continue to Hwy 61, where you’ll head uphill at Outer Drive/Penn Avenue and pick up the Gitchi-Gami trail again near Rukavina Arena back to Beaver Bay, and then back to Gooseberry on the trail.
Registration can be completed online (through secure PayPal payment) at the link above or by mail, using the form on this page. Cost of the ride is $45. They offer a $10 discount to members, if you would like to join.
Questions? Contact [email protected]
Lodging opportunities and more scenic experiences to explore
Consider staying in Silver Bay, the Heart of the Northshore, on the top end of the GGST Ride Route, for plenty of things to do pre- and post your bike ride.