Denham to Moose Lake

Total Miles


367.17 ft


0.75 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Denham to Moose Lake on the Soo Line South is a section of converted rail grade that is 12.6 miles long and takes about 45 minutes with an average speed of 16.8 MPH. This section has a few muddy areas due to spring thaw and could be wet during rainy times later in the season. There are great views over the Kettle River on the railroad bridge that crosses it about 6 miles northeast of Denham.

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Denham to Moose Lake
Denham to Moose Lake
Denham to Moose Lake


The section is easy and flat converted rail grade. Depending on the time of season and water levels, you might want 4x4 or to lock the rear differential. This section does have some standing water on the trail from spring thaw in an area where the rail grade cut through a large rock ledge. No large rocks seem to be hidden under the water, but perhaps keep that thought in mind and go slow. Water on the trail may be gone at dryer times of the season. The surface is packed gravel without large rocks. Do pay attention to the edge of the trail, as it can have steep backs since it is converted rail grade. Bridge crossings are well-marked and are the only areas you need to use care and slow down.

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Access Description

Parking at the Moose Lake end is just off I-35. Try State Highway 27 and Halgren Road at the Soo Pits ATV trails: 46.45361, -92.73150. (Note that even though the city owns the parking lot just off the trail at the Convention Center on Foltz Boulevard, signs are posted no ATVs or trailers. Parking is needed for the Convention Center.) Moose Lake also has a covered picnic shelter with room for some trailer parking at Earl Evans Drive and Arrowhead Lane (County Road 73): 46.44699, -92.76956.

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