north shore is definitely one of my favorite places to go! usually ride the finland/isabella area. they always have snow! trails can get rough at times, but there is always good spots to jump off the trail n do some exploring
some great little spots i've found w/in an hours drive of the twic cites are:
Unload 2-3 miles south of Redwing and follow Trails SE towards Lake City and Frontenac ( some real nice 60-100 mile loops) very hilly and wooded. Groomers do nice job too, little traffic and a wide variety of woods,hills, twistys, open stretches, ditches, drifted fence lines, etc.
The other is the St. Croix St Forest (Pine City/Hinckley Area) unload in Pine City on Cross lake boat landing and run the lake to the trails and get in the St.Croix state forest and ride to Danbury, Wi. 75mi or 150 roundtrip. St Croix state forest is very well groomed and twistys/heavy woods, hills, forest roads, river crossings, scenic!
Lots of trails around the Hackensack area. I'm not much of a trail rider we mostly ride swamps, powerlines, and fire roads. If any of you guys are ever up this way let me know we could maybe do some riding.
to the north and the northwest of Alexandria is the area i play in. the trails are not that bad if the groomer drivers would get their head out of where the sun don't shine and actually use their equipment to fix the trails. We rode ditches from north of lake Milltona to veining then to highway 29 and back to lake Miltona. we never seen another track till we hit highway 210. It was all ditch riding.
Right from my garage in Nashwauk. Trail runs almost through my back yard and once south of town the off trail is dang near limitless. If that ever get's old we load up and trailer up to Isabella and go ride the LTV powerlines