Located 60 miles north of Duluth, and 200 miles north of the Twin cities, Hoyt Lakes and the Iron Range offers skiers and snowmobiliers a variety of experiences.
The many trails take you through tall forests of aspen, pine and spruce; along rivers and lake shores; down challenging hills and across scenic ridgetops.
An abundance of wildlife lives in this area and often you see deer, moose and wolf tracks.
Cross-Country Ski Trails:
Colby Lake Trail:
Beautiful hilly terrain covered with birch and aspen forest, and views of Colby Lake are the features of this 3km trail. Starting point is the Birch Cove Beach parking lot located just out the front door of the new Country Inn of Hoyt Lakes. For more information, contact the City Hall (218) 225-2344. Click here for a map!
Bird Lake Trail:
This 16km Superior National Forest trail is located five miles east of Hoyt Lakes, along the new Superior National Forest Scenic Byway (FH 11) and it offers easy, intermediate and difficult challenges. It meanders through typically beautiful northwoods country, with dense stands of black spruce, bogs, and hills of aspen and birch. Parking is available at Bird Lake, and also at the east end of Hoyt Lakes. An Adirondack-type shelter faces Lillian Lake which is on the trail and offers a terrific rest stop. For more information, call the Laurentian Ranger District of the USDA Forest Service (218) 229-8800. Click here for a map.
Giant's Ridge Recreation Area:
This northwoods setting located just 15 miles west of Hoyt Lakes hosts 55 km of winding routes passing through snow-laden pine and birch groves ready for all levels of skiers. Although the trails are world-class caliber, you don't have to be the greatest of skier to ski some of the best trails anywhere. Some trails are groomed for skate skiing and others for classical track skiing. Additional attractions include a chalet, ski rental, downhill skiing, and a 3 km lighted trail for night skiing. Call 1-800-688-7669 for more information. A daily fee is charged. The Giant's Ridge Recreation Area is located just 15 miles west of Hoyt Lakes. Visit their website!