Hiking

Minnesota’s best hiking is found on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Here’s what we’ll help you find: eight beautiful state parks with Lake Superior shoreline, views, and waterfalls; the Superior National Forest, home to the BWCA; and the Superior Hiking Trail, consistently rated as one of the top 10 long-distance trails in the country. This is the source for the North Shore trail descriptions, trailhead information, and hiking details that you need.


Hiking the North Shore

50 fabulous day hikes in Minnesota’s spectacular Lake Superior region, 2nd Edition

Minnesota has the greatest lake, the wildest woods, and superior trails. We'll guide you to breathtaking vistas, the best fall colors, and quintessential North Shore experiences.… read more


Posts from Hiking

Duluth to Two Harbors part 4: Prindle to Lismore Road
July 26, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Duluth to Two Harbors part 4: Prindle to Lismore Road

I completed the fourth leg of my hike to Two Harbors. Daphne the poodle and my father, the two of them nearly inseparable the whole way, hiked with me from Prindle Road to Lismore Road on the Superior Hiking Trail. … read more


German lesson: spazieren the North Shore
June 25, 2013 by Best North Shore

German lesson: spazieren the North Shore

I just got back from Germany. There is so much to learn and experience there, with great trails and amazing experiences despite the densely populated country. … read more


We found spring on the Western Waterfront Trail
May 5, 2013 by Best North Shore

We found spring on the Western Waterfront Trail

Sure it's May 5th already. But when I told Sally I wanted to go for a hike this Sunday afternoon, her question was obvious, "Where?" As in, "Are you crazy, everything is snowy, muddy or crowded." … read more


Great fall walking on West Skyline Parkway
October 1, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Great fall walking on West Skyline Parkway

Some of the best fall colors in the North Shore area right now are along Duluth's western Skyline Parkway. Thanks to June's floods, a whole long stretch of that scenic byway is closed to automobiles, making it PERFECT for a stroll through a colorful northern hardwood forest.If you drive Interstate 35 to Exit 249 (Boundary Avenue and Spirit Mountain), follow the signs for Skyline Drive toward Spirit Mountain and continue past Spirit for a total of 2.2 miles from Interstate 35. At that point, the road simply stops at a barricade. Here you can park your car and start walking.  In … read more


Love on the Superior Hiking Trail
September 27, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Love on the Superior Hiking Trail

  "This is one of my favorite sections." Only for a old hiking couple like us could that have been words of love.  When Sally said just that to me this week as we hiked from the Caribou Trail to Lutsen on the Superior Hiking Trail, I felt as warm and gooey as if she'd reached across a fancy restaurant's white linen to hold my hand. She likes it. She really really likes it! I'd wrapped up a virtual present for her and she was delighted with it. We'd already enshrined this hike as one of the "50 fabulous day hikes" in … read more


Climbing Mount Baldy: Through Tettegouche’s back door
September 26, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Climbing Mount Baldy: Through Tettegouche’s back door

Here are three good reasons to hike to Mount Baldy in the heart of the Tettegouche backcountry this weekend: Chances are, you've never hiked to Mount Baldy. The fall colors will be at their peak and the views will be gorgeous. While hundreds of folks circle the top of popular spots like Oberg Mountain, you can have an equally beautiful view and hike all to yourself.  The hikeIt's a 1.4 mile hike to Mount Baldy from the parking lot on Lax Lake Road, making for a 2.8 mile round trip experience. Before you go, download a map of the park here. The first … read more