Superior Hiking Trail
The Superior Hiking Trail is a 310-mile footpath 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, where it connects with the Border Route Trail. Read more …
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Along the Trail
You’ll find trailhead parking lots every five to ten miles, making it ideal for both day hikes and overnight camping. 93 back country campsites offer a one of a kind outdoor experience with no fees, reservations or permits required. Eight state parks and ten communities have even more camping or a cozy lodge to sleep in between hikes.
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 a day hike. The starting points are easily located following the mileposts along scenic Highway 61.
Read about running this trail: A Runner’s Guide to Minnesota’s North Shore
Suggested Day Hikes
270° Overlook: 2 Miles
Start at the Otter Lake Road trailhead north of Hovland. Hike on both the Border Route Trail and the Superior Hiking Trail on a short section shared by both trails. The destination is a fantastic vista overlooking the Swamp and Pigeon River Valleys and the US-Canadian border at the end of the Superior Hiking Trail.
Kadunce River: 0.9 Miles
Park at the Kadunce River Wayside located at Highway 61 milepost 120.2, north of Grand Marais. Cross the highway and take the spur trail 0.9 miles along the beautiful Kadunce River Gorge to the bridge. Hike back the same way.
Devil Track Canyon: 2.5 Miles
Park at the County Road 58 Trailhead located 0.7 miles north from Highway 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 the river. Hike back the same way.
Oberg Mountain Loop: 2.5 Miles
Park at Oberg Mountain Trailhead located 2.2 miles north on Forest Service Road 336 (Onion River Rd.) from Highway 61 milepost 87.5, north of Tofte. This moderate hike has nine spectacular overlooks.
Carlton Peak: 1.5 Miles
Park at the Britton Peak Trailhead located 2.7 miles north on County Road 2 (Sawbill Trail) from Hwy. 61 milepost 82.8 in Tofte. Hike to the summit of Carlton Peak with breathtaking views and return the same way.
Egge Lake: 2.3 Miles
Park at the Finland Recreation Center trailhead on County Road 7, east of Finland on State Highway 1. Hike to beautiful Egge Lake through maple forests and return the same way.
Bean and Bear Lakes Loop: 6.7 Miles
Park at the Penn Boulevard trailhead in Silver Bay. At Highway 61 milepost 54.3, turn north and continue on Outer Drive and Penn Boulevard for 2.1 miles to the parking lot. This loop goes to spectacular overlooks of Bean and Bear Lakes and back to the parking lot.
Split Rock River Loop: 5 Miles
Park at the Split Rock River Wayside at Highway 61 milepost 43.5. The Superior Hiking Trail travels along the scenic river past numerous falls for 2.5 miles, crosses the river on a bridge, heads back on the other side 2.5 miles, crosses Highway 61 and goes west on the paved Gitchi-Gami Trail to come to a box culvert under the highway that returns to the wayside.
Gooseberry River Loop: 2 Miles
Park at the Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitor Center parking lot at Highway 61 milepost 38.9. Take state park trail to Upper Falls, continue upstream on Fifth Falls Trail, cross the bridge at the Fifth Falls and return on the other side of the river to the visitor center.