Great River Energy – Mesabi Trail Tour

Ride for the fun or ride for the challenge – Saturday, August 10, 2024

Join us on the Mesabi Trail for the most fun you can have on two wheels!  Choose from 5 different routes – 12, 26, 46, 58, or 70 miles – all traveling out and back on Mesabi Trail from one start/finish location in Buhl.

While you pedal (fully supported) along one of Minnesota’s premiere paved bicycle trails you will encounter historic & scenic points of interest, enjoy food, music, activities at rest stops, and a finish line celebration complete with lunch and more music!

Camping will be available at Buhl Park with a $10 charge for tent/camper parked. There is no water or electrical hookups at this park. There will be a portable toilets and hand wash station. Please keep your trash and dispose correctly. Please leave your site as you found it. The money collected will go towards the Buhl Youth Recreation Program.

Whichever route you choose, you will experience the same outstanding customer service and reliable logistics we’ve become famous for since 2005!


Cost is $55 per person for folks 17 and older – kids 16 and under ride $10 for first kid and the rest are FREE!


Registration will open March 4th


New for 2024:

  • We’re excited to announce a iconic tour route! We will be riding between Buhl & Calumet, showcasing the mining and historic sections of the Mesabi Trail.


Selecting Your Route:

  • The Mesabi Trail is not a rail-to-trail conversion…it is NOT flat & straight, there are a number of hills (some steep) and curves (some sharp).
  • PLEASE select your route according to your abilities to assure you will be able to finish the tour in a timely fashion.
  • While this public trail is open at all times, our tour volunteers will be on the course only until about 4:00 pm.
  • You will encounter TWO-WAY bicycle traffic on the Mesabi Trail.


The tour is a fundraiser for the Mesabi Trail and Club Mesabi, the “Friends” of the Mesabi Trail.


Route #1: Bruce Mine Headframe Park 12 miles round trip from Buhl

This rest stop is 6 miles from Buhl for total 12 miles round trip. We will have snacks, water and local activities for all ages to participate.

The Bruce Mine Headframe is the headframe of a former underground mine in Chisholm, Minnesota, United States. It was built 1925–26 and operated until the mine closed in the early 1940s. The Bruce Mine Headframe was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for its state-level significance in the theme of engineering. It was nominated for being the last standing example of the headframes that once proliferated on the Mesabi Range.

Route #2: Greyhound Bus Museum 26 miles round trip from Buhl

All routes start & finish at the Buhl Park in Buhl - 524 Memorial Drive Buhl, MN.

The Turn-Around for Route #2 is at the Mesabi Trail kiosk nest to Greyhound Bus Museum. Your wristband will be your admission to this iconic museum to tour. Water, snacks, Kona Ice Truck (must purchase on own), music, and activities.

18 historical buses and a 1914 Hupmobile; AV exhibits; hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia; VCR presentation;18 vintage buses, diorama of a 1916 bus being built; outside exhibits of 1940 Art Deco Terminal & 1921 Flag Stop Station; 2 buses before & after restoration; Bus frame and completed bus: 2 converted buses plus a newly added exhibit building with 100's of new exhibits

Route #3: O'Brien Reservoir 46 miles round trip from Buhl

All routes start & finish at the Buhl Park in Buhl- 524 Memorial Drive Buhl, MN

The Turn-Around for Route #3 is at O'Brien Reservoir - also a rest stop & storm shelter - 34613 Hwy 169 Nashwauk, MN 55769. We will have water, snacks and activities for you to try!

O'Brien Reservoir is enjoyed by many because of it's diverse accommodations and beautiful location. There is also a beautiful swimming area with a fun playground for children, sandy beach and a fishing pier. Cool down for a quick swim also!

Route #4: Nashwauk 58 miles round trip from Buhl

All routes start & finish at the Buhl Park in Buhl- 524 Memorial Drive Buhl, MN

This stop will just have tent with water/snacks on the trail.

Route #5: Calumet 70 miles Round Trip from Buhl

All routes start & finish at the Buhl Park in Buhl- 524 Memorial Drive Buhl, MN

This rest stop will be at Take 5 Park at 916 Gary Street, Calumet, MN. This rest stop will provide many local activities and library that the City of Calumet and youth enjoy. Water, snacks and air conditioning will be provided. This will be a must stop and close to the Hill Annex MIne (fossil mine). This will be a great place to take break before heading back to Buhl

Buhl - Start / Finish Start-Finish

Tour start and finish activities will be held at Buhl Park, 524 Memorial Drive, Buhl MN 55713

Located high on the Laurentian Divide and midway across the historic Mesabi Range. Families will enjoy Buhl’s abundant recreational facilities and city infrastructure. The Mesabi Trail winds through Buhl offering visitors a panoramic view of the historic Grant Iron Mine. Along the trail is Stubler Beach, which offers a pavilion, swimming area, restrooms/changing rooms, and a fishing dock. Stubler and Judson Pits are stocked for trout fishing and you’ll find remote portage in lakes just north of the city. The City of Buhl also features a scenic walking trail which winds around Stubler and Judson Pits. We will have volunteers there to guide you! Park features three bocce ball courts, playground equipment, a pavilion, a basketball court, restroom facilities, skateboard ramps and an 18 hole championship disc golf course at Judson Pit (We will have volunteers there to guide you!). The campground offers eight rustic campsites with fire pits, elevated tent pads and a picnic area. The Buhl Park will allow tents or rvs to park during the event for $10 fee per tent/rv. This money will be collected and donated to the Buhl Youth Recreation Program. Please pick up all trash and leave how it was left. The Buhl Library is home to the City’s most precious artifacts. Be sure to stop and sample Buhl’s famous water, named, “The finest drinking water in America”, which is taken from an underground glacial river 700 feet below the surface. Buhl Water is absolutely refreshing! We invite you and your family to visit Buhl and find out why the Iron Range is a great way to getaway!

Tour Day Schedule

Saturday Schedule, August 10

7:00 – 8:00 am / Start All Routes  

11:30 am – 5 pm / Finish Line Food

11:30 am – 5 pm / Finish Line Music

5:00pm-6pm / Finish Line  Clean Up

Tour Registration Includes
  • Your choice of five different routes – 12, 26,46,58 or 70 miles.
  • Music – music – music!
    Live local entertainers perform at some turn-around points and the finish line.
  • Food – food – and more food.
    Enjoy food & refreshments at all turn-around points/rest stops, plus a picnic lunch (complete with vegetarian options) at the finish line.
  • Rest Stop Activities at all except Nashwauk (58miles).
  • T-shirt for each participant.
    Choose your size carefully when you register, we will adhere strictly to your order.
  • Three Day Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass
    Use your tour wrist band as a three day pass to enjoy more time on the Trail.
Funding Source

The Mesabi Trail™ has been funded in part by the LCCMR and the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.