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We live and play in northern Minnesota—a fabulous landscape filled with wild rivers, deep woods, diverse wildlife, and the greatest Lake. An abundance of trails, campgrounds, state parks, outfitters, and lodging makes this landscape accessible to nearly everyone. We started There and Back Books in 2007 to publish guidebooks that feature this landscape and what it has to offer. Our books and blog feature detailed maps, clear photographs, and descriptive text to boost your confidence. We’ll  get you there…and back. We welcome your comments below. See you on the trail!


Blog posts

Where to cut your own Christmas tree
December 1, 2016 by Andrew Slade

Where to cut your own Christmas tree

Do you love a real, living tree for Christmas? Here is a North Shore guide for finding and cutting your own. From the wild to the tame, you'll find the right tree with these directions. … read more


The Duluth Traverse / Hawk Ridge Trail
October 13, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The Duluth Traverse / Hawk Ridge Trail

A new trail has opened along Duluth’s scenic eastern ridgeline. Coursing along the rim of the hills above the Lester Park neighborhood, it's part of the COGGS multi-use Duluth Traverse trail … read more


The amazing Mount Josephine trail
September 3, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The amazing Mount Josephine trail

I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite trails in order to update trail information in my guidebook. Here’s a sneak preview of one of the most dramatic trail views on the North Shore. … read more


The SHT Gooseberry to Split Rock detour route
May 14, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The SHT Gooseberry to Split Rock detour route

There has been a change on the Superior Hiking Trail from Gooseberry State Park to the Split Rock River Wayside. Now, you’ll now walk along the Gitchi Gami State Bike Trail to cover the distance … read more


Hiking the SHT’s Silver Creek near Two Harbors
November 4, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Hiking the SHT’s Silver Creek near Two Harbors

It took me eleven separate days and two full hiking seasons, but I finally finished my hiking challenge: hike 66 miles from my front door in Duluth to Two Harbors on the Superior Hiking Trail. … read more


New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park
October 14, 2014 by Andrew Slade

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park

Nestled in a forest near the beach on scenic and wild Bear Head Lake, the new building is bright and welcoming. Running water, an indoor fireplace and comfort are available before and after your adventures. … read more