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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

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


A young girl and an orphan wolf
October 1, 2014 by Gail Trowbridge

A young girl and an orphan wolf

Set in Minnesota’s BWCA, "Summer of the Wolves" tells the story of a troubled girl and her summer helping to raise a young wolf. A young adult novel, it's a great read for all ages. … read more


The perfect North Shore (and Ely) vacation read
July 22, 2014 by Gail Trowbridge

The perfect North Shore (and Ely) vacation read

An evocative cover perfectly represents this story set in a fictitious Iron Range town surrounded by deep lakes and maze-like waterways with hidden islands, steep cliffs, and secret ledges. … read more


On the trail of the Pagami Creek Fire
June 11, 2014 by Sally Rauschenfels

On the trail of the Pagami Creek Fire

We paddled toward the burned southern shore of Lake One in search of the famous Pagami Creek Fire. Three years after the famous fire burned here, we headed out for a day of discovery. … read more


Small-town life (and death) along the North Shore
May 21, 2014 by Gail Trowbridge

Small-town life (and death) along the North Shore

It’s not a stretch to imagine Minnesota’s North Shore as a perfect setting for a mystery novel, but Norwegian writer Vidar Sundstøl takes the genre to a deeper level in "The Land of Dreams." … read more


There will be wildflowers
May 19, 2014 by Andrew Slade

There will be wildflowers

It's fast and unpredictable: that fleeting stretch of season between snowmelt and leaf-out when early spring wildflowers will pop up and seize the sun, turning the forest floor into a carpet of flowers. … read more