Lutsen SNA






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720 acres




County Road 5, Lutsen Ski Area parking lot, north of trail
N47 39.534, W90 42.696

County Road 5, Lutsen Access Snowmobile Trail, pull-off at trail (recommended)
N47 39.404, W90 42.745

County Road 5, Lutsen Access Snowmobile Trail, pull-off south of trail
N47 39.316, W90 42.763

County Road 5, LTTA Ski Trail, pull-off at trail
N47 38.951, W90 42.475

Homestead Road & County Road 4
N47 40.403, W90 39.685


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          Cook County  
          Northeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


The Lutsen Access Snowmobile Trail follows a former forest road. LTTA Ski Trail (NF-1230) is a former forest road now used as a ski trail.

Follow the Lutsen Access Trail almost ½ mile east to the SNA. Follow it another 140 yards to the information kiosk and trail intersection. At the intersection the Lutsen Access Snowmobile Trail continues east and the LTTA Ski Trail (NF-1230), heads north and south. Follow NF-1230 north and northeast 1.4 miles to the east border of the SNA. At this point either double back to the kiosk, or continue 40 yards northeast to another trail intersection, then take the Lutsen Access Snowmobile Trail back to to the kiosk.




All hunting; except only deer hunting in Scherer Conservation Unit. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest

  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

  Land Type Association    

North Shore Till Plain
Tettegouche Till Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Beaver Wetland Complex

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)

Mesic Mafic Cliff (Northern)

Mesic Scrub Talus (Northern)

Paper Birch - Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)

Rich Black Spruce Swamp (Basin)

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)

Upland White Cedar Forest

White Cedar - Yellow Birch Forest

  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      

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Parking, County Road 5, Lutsen Access Snowmobile Trail, pull off at trail

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Parking, County Road 5, LTTA Ski Trail, pull-off at trail

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Snowmobile Trail

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Lutsen SNA
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Established in 1994, Lutsen SN has ridges, slopes, cliffs and valleys that support one of the largest blocks of essentially undisturbed old-growth northern hardwood forest in Minnesota.

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Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

  Black-capped Chickadee  

Fungi and Lichens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List


Insects and Arachnids


cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common scorpionfly (Panorpa subfurcata)

great spangled fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)


great spangled fritillary

twelve-spotted skimmer




American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American red squirrel  



One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Special Concern

Douglas hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore) WFn53a

Mesic Mafic Cliff (Northern) CTn32a

Mesic Scrub Talus (Northern) CTn24b

Paper Birch - Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore) MHn45a

Rich Black Spruce Swamp (Basin) FPn62a

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore) MHn45c

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

White Cedar - Yellow Birch Forest MHn45b



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

arrowleaf tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

brittlestem hempnettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

field clover (Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata var. pubens)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy goldenrod (Solidago hispida)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

Indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple-stem aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

squashberry (Viburnum edule)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazelnut)

Doellingeria umbellata var. pubens (flat-topped aster)

Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Euphrasia officinalis (eyebright)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galeopsis tetrahit (brittlestem hempnettle)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Monotropa uniflora (Indianpipe)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Persicaria sagittata (arrowleaf tearthumb)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (common selfheal)

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus (hooked buttercup)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Solidago hispida (hairy goldenrod)

Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum (purple-stem aster)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Viburnum edule (squashberry)


alsike clover

balsam fir

Canada anemone

common false Solomon’s seal

common tansy

common yarrow

flat-topped aster (var. umbellata)

interrupted fern

northern lady fern

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

prickly rose

purple meadow-rue

purple loosestrife

rough cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

tall buttercup

wild columbine

wild strawberry

yellow wood sorrel







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