Location Scouting on the Mesabi Trail

The Mesabi Trail runs from Grand Rapids to Ely and will be more than 130 miles long when complete. Currently, about 115 miles of the trail are paved. We’ve been tossing around some ideas for aerial shots of the trail and scouted out a location along the Prairie River last night.

The hexacopter was out over the river for the above shot. Shortly after the camera was lined up for a picture of the bridge that included the three pillars, a biker passed by, and his yellow shirt helped pop him out of the background. Would like to go back and work on the angle of the shot and location of the biker in the scene.

I can see a whole series of shots similar to this one. Just need a runner or biker in that small section of open trail. Any volunteers out there?

This section of the trail is surrounded by the river, an abandoned mine pit that has since filled with aqua-blue water, and mountainous piles of red overburden. An aerial feast for the eyes, if you will.


  1. Krista Matison September 21, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    I love these pictures on the trail. I will be a candidate as a biker or runner if you are still looking!- I bet I could find a friend to come with me! Fall colors?

    • john September 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      You’re officially on the volunteer short list, Krista. We’ll be in touch.

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