Map of Banadad Ski Trail

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Map of Trails on Eastern End

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Banadad and Adjoining Trails on Eastern End


  • 29 km (17.4 mi)
  • Easiest to More Difficult- note: it is defined as "More Difficult" because of the trails length.
  • Single tracked
The trail connects the Central Gunflint with the Upper Gunflint Trail systems. Most of the trail runs through the BWCA. Trailheads along the Banadad beginning on the east end are the Lace Lake and Seppala Trails, Swamp Lake Portage (snowshoe), Tim Knopp trail (snowshoe) and Lizz Lake Portage. At the Mid Trail Junction the Banadad meets the western end of the Moose Trail. Continuing west, the Banadad connects with the North Star Trail before terminating at the Gunflint Trail. The Eastern and Western Ends of the trail are technically very easy with few curves and only small hills — great for beginners or to practice your ski technique.

Knopp Trail

  • 3.3 km (2 mi)
Follow the Knopp Trail to the Banadad and then loop back along Banadad to the Swamp/Poplar Lake Portage. Named in honor of Tim Knopp, former University of Minnesota Outdoor Recreational Professor, North Star Ski Touring Club leader and avid skier. This trail is an alternative route from the Lace Lake and Seppala Trails to the Banadad. The trail is groomed for skiing and snowshoeing.
NOTE — Please stay off groomed ski tracks when snowshoeing on ski trails.

Lace Lake Trail

  • 5 km (3.1 mi)
  • Easier to More Difficult
  • Single tracked
The Lace Lake Trail is a five-kilometer loop connecting the Banadad Ski Trail with the Poplar creek Trail. The northern portion of the trail follows Poplar Creek and is very scenic. The southern section of the trail is the shortest route between the Banadad and the Poplar Creek Trail.

Tall Pines Trail

  • 2.4 km (1 1/2 miles
  • Easier
  • Single Tracked
The Tall Pines Trail is a loop trail branching off the south side of the Lace Lake Trail. The trail passes near Hooker Lake where the Tall Pines Yurt is located. The trail's name comes from the stand of old growth White Pine located east of Hooker Lake.

Seppala Trail

  • 1.6 km (1 mi)
  • Easiest
  • Single tracked
The trail is the eastern exit of the Banadad to Little Ollie Lake and the Poplar Creek area. After exiting the Banadad, the trail crosses Little Ollie Road and then passes the Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B enroute to Poplar Creek Bridge where it travels along the creek and the loops back to the bridge. This trail was named in memory of Sam Seppala who ran a sawmill in the 1930's at what is now Trail Center Lodge. He drowned on Poplar Lake on July 4, 1940. The trail is not often groomed and can be used for snowshoeing.

Poplar Creek Trail

  • Note: This trail begins the privately operated Central Gunflint Nordic Trails — a trail fee is required.
  • 10.2 km (6.3 mi) from Ox Cart Trail
  • Easiest to Most Difficult
  • Diagonal stride only
From the Lace Lake trail, the Poplar Creek Trail leads to a large gravel pit where you can practice downhill technique. From there you can ski into Bearskin Lodge or loop back to the Lace Lake Trail passing Bow and Quiver lakes along the way.

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