This one-mile isolated segment circumnavigates the Silver Creek Tunnel and is constructed on the old scenic Highway 61 road bed. This segment offers 4,000 feet of continuous vistas of Lake Superior. This segment is also the site of the Sjoquist bench, donated in honor of Paul L. Sjoquist of Two Harbors. Parking is available at the east end of the tunnel.
The 14.6-mile segment of the GGST between Gooseberry Falls State Park and Beaver Bay is the longest and most scenic of the currently completed trail segments. A spur trail connects to the historic Split Rock Lighthouse. The GGST can be accessed at five designated trailheads along this segment: at the lower level parking lot within Gooseberry Falls State Park, the present southwest terminus of the trail; at the Visitors Center at Gooseberry Falls State Park; at Twin Points wayside; at the Split Rock Lighthouse Visitors Center; and at the Beaver River trailhead in Beaver Bay, the present northeast terminus of the trail segment. The Visitors Center trailheads offer parking, restroom facilities and drinking water. Restaurants, restroom facilities and other amenities are available in Beaver Bay. A 2.3-mile segment of trail from West Road in Beaver Bay to Silver Bay is scheduled for construction in the summer of 2012.
Temperance River Segment
This trail segment is 3 miles long and connects the towns of Schroeder and Tofte. Parking is available at the MnDOT wayside rest in Schroeder and at the Tofte Town Park/Public Access on Lake Superior. This segment is on the inland side of Highway 61 and travels through the interior of Temperance River State Park, crossing the Temperance River gorge. This trail segment also offers a scenic view of Carlton Peak, elevation 1526 feet (Lake Superior's elevation is approximately 600 feet above sea level). This trail segment is not connected to the next segment, from Tofte to County Road 34, but riders can cross the highway at the northeast end of the trail and ride through the town of Tofte on Tofte Park Road and Highway 61 to the next segment. As an alternative to riding on Highway 61, which has narrow shoulders through Tofte, bikers can walk their bikes along the lakeside path west of Bluefin Bay resort.
Tofte to County Road 34 Segment
This 5.5-mile trail segment starts at the northeast end of the town of Tofte and presently deadends at County Road 34,at a tunnel underpass under Highway 61. This trail segment currently offers greater parking challenges than other trail segments. At this time there is no designated public parking available. Bikers are advised to speak with business owners before parking and leaving vehicles on private property. Plans presently call for extension of this segment, construction of 1.6 miles of trail from County Road 34 to County Road 4 (Lutsen Ski Hill Road) in the fall of 2012. Food, beverages and restroom facilities are available in Tofte.
The 1.5-mile segment of completed GGST in Grand Marais lies within the Grand Marais city limits. This segment of the GGST connects to the Grand Marais Corridor Trail, a one-mile paved bike trail that travels through the heart of downtown Grand Marais. There currently is no designated parking area for this segment of the GGST, but the Coast Guard Point public parking area is one possibility. All amenities are available in scenic Grand Marais.