Gunflint Trails End is located 55.6 miles (89.4km) up the Gunflint Trail northwest from Grand Marais in Minnesota’s Cook County. Gunflint Trail is a paved scenic byway up Country Road 12. starting in Grand Marais and ending before Saganaga Lake . The Gunflint trails end has night skies that are among the darkest on earth, ranking a one on the Bortle Scale. The Bortle Scale ranks locations on the degree of darkness on a scale of one to nine, one being the darkest. The darker the sky the more stars can be seen by the naked eye, making Gunflint Trails End the ideal place for star gazers and night time photographers.