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Ely-North Shore - Hwy 1 + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Minnesota Minnesota67 Miles

By Bentson
on September 1, 2006

4.6out of 5

9 Riders rated

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Written Directions

This route is very easy to find and follow. Start your route in the town of Ely, MN and simply head south on Hwy 1 all the way to the route's end point of Illgen City, MN.

Scenery

This is Northern Minnesota at its finest! Entire length of run is within the Superior National Forest. You'll see most of the best scenery at the end of the route once you reach the north shore of Lake Superior.

Road Quality

Smooth blacktop for entire run, good twisties ... just watch out for the autos and most corners are heavily wooded and no way to see what is ahead of you.

Roadside Amenities

Nothing around ... just you and nature. For something to do just head south. Once you hit Illgen, you will slowly get back to civilization.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By hunts4beer
on January 27, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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GREAT ride. You want the middle of nowhere you got it. When we arrived in Ely we were astonished at the lack of traffic and civilization along the way.

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By hunts4beer
on January 27, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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By Jasbear4u2
on July 8, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Started in the Twin Cites and rode up through Duluth, Two Harbors and up 61 to Hwy 1. Beautiful ride past Duluth. Hwy 1 was fun with a few turns. There is road construction on Hwy 1 and the detour leads you onto a DIRT road. Took some back roads home and not interstate 35. They talk about all the animals, I saw some birds including one grouse. It took me about 9 to 10 hours.

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By Guest
on March 8, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful road. This is a road for full apparel. Even being cautious and knowing the road, anything happens to the bike and your off the road and in the ditch. The wife and I are the only ones that the first responders ever saw walk away from a crash in this area. Not an area to take for granted.

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By Guest
on March 7, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Best ride in Northern Minnesota. Very scenic. The northern half is more exciting by far with tight blind corners. Road conditions are awesome, just be sure to stop in Ely for food, bathrooms and fuel. Not much else until the North Shore.

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By Guest
on December 18, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is definitely one of the best motorcycle roads in Minnesota, as long as you are cautious. There are about five billion moose and deer up by Ely, coupled with blind corners and the urge to go 'faster' this can get hairy. The road straightening is complete, it was only a couple of the scary sections (no shoulder, blind corners, tree branches that you can touch as you go by).

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By Guest
on August 11, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Standard

This road is great!! I took this as a detour to Duluth from Roseau a few weeks ago. The ride through the woods is great and the curves are like a mountain road. Best road in Minnesota by far.

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By Guest
on November 15, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Ride 1 while you can.....they are going to be straightening it soon.

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By Guest
on October 13, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We took this route on our 2008 Lake Superior Circle Tour. A slight bit out of the way of the Circle Tour if your coming from Wis. but it is well worth the detour! Not a lot of gear shifting, just a lot of bends and curves. It was by far the best winding road I have ever been on for that distance.

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