The Superior Hiking Trail
is a 310-mile footpath largely following the rocky ridgeline above Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.
It stretches from south of Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth to the 270 Degree Overlook just before the Canadian border. There are trailhead parking lots every five to ten miles, making it ideal for both day hikes and overnight camping.
93 backcountry campsites offer a one of a kind outdoor experience with no fees, reservations or permits required. Eight state parks and 10 communities have even more camping or a cozy lodge to sleep in between hikes. Canine hiking companions are allowed, but they must be on a leash. Shuttle services and lodge-to-lodge hiking packages are available.
The Superior Hiking Trail Association builds and manages the trail with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers who constantly maintain signage, steps and bridges. Their hard work along with the stunning mix of high vistas, deep gorges and raging waterfalls, has earned the Superior Hiking Trail a place among the top hiking trails in the nation.
A great way to get acquainted with the natural beauty of this trail is to try one or all of these eight day hikes. The starting points are easily located following the mile posts along scenic Highway 61.
Gooseberry River Loop: 2.0 miles. Park at Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitor Center parking lot, Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9. Take state park trail to Upper Falls,
continue upstream on state park Fifth Falls Trail, cross bridge at the Fifth Falls, and return on other side of the river on SHT to Visitor Center.
Split Rock River Loop: 5.0 miles. Park at Split Rock River Wayside at Hwy. 61 milepost 43.5. SHT travels along scenic river past numerous falls for 2.5 miles, crosses river on bridge, heads back on other side 2.5 miles to Hwy. 61, crosses highway and goes west on paved Gitchi Gami Trail to come to box culvert under Hwy. 61 that returns to Wayside.
Bean & Bear Lakes Loop: 6.7 miles. Park at Penn Blvd. Trailhead in Silver Bay.
At Hwy. 61 milepost 54.3, turn north and continue on Outer Dr. and Penn Blvd. 2.1 miles to parking lot. Loop goes to spectacular overlooks of Bean and Bear Lakes and back to parking lot.
Egge Lake: 2.3 miles one way. Park at Finland Recreation Center Trailhead on Co. Rd. 7 east of Finland on State Hwy. 1. Hike to beautiful Egge Lake through maple forests. Return the same way.
Carlton Peak: 1.5 miles one way. Park at Britton Peak Trailhead 2.7 miles north on Co. Rd. 2 (Sawbill Trail) from Hwy. 61 mile- post 82.8 in Tofte. Hike to summit of Carlton Peak with breath-taking views. Hike back the same way.
Oberg Mountain Loop: 2.5 miles. Park at Oberg Mountain Trailhead 2.2 miles north on Forest Service Rd. 336 (Onion River Rd.) from Hwy. 61 milepost 87.5 north of Tofte. Moderate hike has nine spectacular overlooks.
Devil Track Canyon and River: 2.5 miles one way. Park at County Rd. 58 Trailhead 0.7 miles north from Hwy. 61 milepost 113.8 north of Grand Marais. Hike along edge of a deep canyon and see Devil Track River far below, then descend to river. Hike back the same way.
Kadunce River: 0.9 miles one way. Park at Kadunce River Wayside at Hwy. 61 milepost 120.2 north of Grand Marais. Cross highway and take spur trail 0.9 miles along beautiful Kadunce River gorge to bridge. Hike back the same way.