Five trails are available for hiking and walking within the Giants Ridge Resort Area.
The North Face Trail is accessible directly to the west of the Lodge the first portion of this 3-mile trail follows a cat track up the mountain before winding through a loop around the woods. Hikers are rewarded with vista views of the Superior National Forest and Sabin and Wynne lakes.
The Birches Trail is accessible directly from the Lodge and begins just past hole #10 of the Legend golf course. The trail is wide and winds up and down along a snowmobile and cross country ski trail, and for a short distance on the golf cart path for a 4-mile trip. The Laurentian Shelter along the trail offers views of Wynne Lake.
The Sleeping Giant Trail is accessible to the south of the Lodge, just off of the Mesabi bike trail. The first portion of the 3-mile trail is narrow and climbs up through the forest. Mid way up the mountain the trail opens up and follows a cross country ski trail loop through the woods. The trail intersects with the North Face Trail at the top of the ski area to offer an additional hiking route and added distance.
The Narrows Trail begins just across Giants Ridge Road from the Lodge and travels along the narrow land between Sabin and Wynne lakes. Follow the Mesabi biking/walking Trail south to the entry point. This 1-mile trail wooded trail loops through the forest and features lake views. Minimal elevation makes it a great trail for families with young children.
The Mesabi trail, directly outside the Lodge, offers a scenic outdoor escape, and because it’s paved in either direction from the Lodge, it’s great for walking, jogging, rollerblading and is wheelchair accessible. There is some uphill and downhill elevation along the trail and two scenic bridges, one over the Wynne Lake narrows, and one over the Embarrass River. This is an out and back trail and distances are not marked. However, from the Lodge the town of Biwabik is 4 miles to the south. The town of Aurora is 5 miles to the east/southeast. And, to the northeast the trail terminates after 5 miles at Highway 135.
Download a Giants Ridge hiking map here. Note: Narrows Trail not shown.