Temperance River and Tofte Segments Temperance River Segment

Temperance River Segment
This trail segment is 3 miles long and connects the towns of Schroeder and Tofte. Parking is available at the MnDOT wayside rest in Schroeder and at the Tofte Town Park/Public Access on Lake Superior. This segment is on the inland side of Highway 61 and travels through the interior of Temperance River State Park, crossing the Temperance River gorge. This trail segment also offers a scenic view of Carlton Peak, elevation 1526 feet (Lake Superior's elevation is approximately 600 feet above sea level).

This trail segment is not connected to the next segment, from Tofte to County Road 34, but riders can cross the highway at the northeast end of the trail and ride through the town of Tofte on Tofte Park Road and Highway 61 to the next segment. As an alternative to riding on Highway 61, which has narrow shoulders through Tofte, bikers can walk their bikes along the lakeside path west of Bluefin Bay Resort.  

Tofte to Lutsen Ski Hill Road Segment
This 7.3-mile trail segment starts at the northeast end of the town of Tofte. At County Road 34, where the trail used to dead-end, a tunnel underpass beneath Highway 61 connects to a new trail segment that ends at County Road 5 (Lutsen Ski Hill Road).

At the Tofte end of this segment, there is no designated public parking available. Bikers are advised to speak with business owners before parking and leaving vehicles on private property. At the Ski Hill Road end, there is now a designated GGST parking area.

Food, beverages and restroom facilities are available in Tofte, in the Lutsen Mountains resort facilities at the top of the Ski Hill Road, and one mile from the end of the trail in the town of Lutsen.
 



Tofte to Onion River Segment
This 5.5-mile trail segment starts at the northeast end of the town of Tofte and presently deadends at County Road 34,at a tunnel underpass under Highway 61. This trail segment currently offers greater parking challenges than other trail segments. At this time there is no designated public parking available. Bikers are advised to speak with business owners before parking and leaving vehicles on private property. Plans presently call for extension of this segment, construction of 1.6 miles of trail from County Road 34 to County Road 4 (Lutsen Ski Hill Road) during the summer of 2011. Food, beverages and restroom facilities are available in Tofte.