Written By: Megan Christianson
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a beautiful place to snowmobile! Itasca County has over 300 miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails. We had heard the Itasca County Snowmobile Trails were in excellent condition, so we booked a weekend getaway with friends for the last weekend in January. We booked a four-bedroom cabin at Loon Point Resort in Bigfork and booked snowmobile rentals from R&R Rental in Grand Rapids. The weekend was perfect for snowmobiling, the temperatures were 10 degrees to 25 degrees both days. Friday night after work we headed north to Loon Point Resort. The cabin we rented was an updated log cabin that featured a full kitchen, dining room, living room (with a fireplace), four bedrooms, and two baths. Friday night we enjoyed a home cooked meal, and played cards and dice games on the large log wood table in the dining room.
Day 1, Saturday – Destination was The Junction Bar in Togo – We got up early to pick up the snowmobiles from R&R Rental in Grand Rapids. R&R Rental had everything you would need to snowmobile: Skidoo snowmobiles, snowmobile suites, helmets, and a trailer. Our end destination was The Junction Bar in Togo for a late lunch. We left around 11am from Loon Point. There is a spur trail from Loon Point that takes you onto the Herb Brandstrom Trail. From there we got onto the Taconite Trail. The Taconite Trail was such a nice trail, well groomed, and met several groups of snowmobiles. From the Taconite we road onto the Tim Corey trail, and then finally on the Circle T that took us to The Junction Bar in Togo. At The Junction we had a great late lunch. The Junction was full of snowmobilers, and we were pleasantly surprised by their wide variety of menu, and very friendly staff. We got back to Loon Point Resort around 5pm. This was an approximately 80-mile round trip ride from Loon Point Resort to The Junction Bar and back. The trails on this day were mixed forest, tamarack bogs, around through small lakes and tall pine forests. The Taconite was nice a wide and very well groomed.
Day 2, Sunday – Destination was The Timberwolf Inn in Marcell – We slept in a little bit, ate breakfast, and headed out around 10am for Timberwolf Inn in Marcell. From Loon Point Resort we took a spur trail that took us to the Herb Brandstrom Trail, and then onto Cameron Lake Trail, onto the Marcell North Trail that took us into Timberwolf Inn. The Cameron Trail was a little rough, but the other trails were very well groomed. We all ate the best homemade caramel rolls we had ever eaten. At Timberwolf they make everything from scratch like bread for sandwiches, soups, and salad dressings. The staff were welcoming and very attentive. After our bellies were full, we headed back to Loon Point Resort. We got back to Loon Point around 2pm. This was an approximately 60-mile round trip snowmobile ride from Loon Point Resort to the Timberwolf Inn and back. The trails on this day were mixed forest, tamarack bogs, around small area lakes, and through tall pine forests.
It had been 10 years since my husband, and I had ridden snowmobiles. We rode a total of approximately 140 miles throughout the two days, which was the perfect amount for people that don’t ride snowmobiles very often. We felt that the cost of the snowmobiles, the cabin rental, food, and gas were very reasonable for a weekend getaway. We would recommend this trip to anyone. It was the perfect winter weekend getaway!