Snowshoeing

Winter transforms the North Shore into snowshoe paradise. Winding trails in state parks and along the Superior Hiking Trail become snowy corridors through glorious woods of maple and birch — as well as open fields and dense valleys. As the sport of snowshoeing explodes on the North Shore, we’ll keep you up to date with the trails and the technology of this truly silent sport.



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Best North Shore at the Outdoor Adventure Expo
November 13, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Best North Shore at the Outdoor Adventure Expo

What do you get when you cross a canoe and a snowshoe? The "X" in Expo, that's what. As in the twice-a-year Outdoor Adventure Expo.It's this weekend, November 16-18, on the West Bank near downtown Minneapolis. This is the winter version (hence the snowshoe). There's a summer version every spring (hence the canoe). Every spring and every fall Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis puts on the biggest outdoor show of the season. It's coming up this weekend, and if you're at all interested in exploring the outdoors this winter, you should get there.It's shoulder-to-shoulder fun. Midwest turns all their parking lots … read more


Boot walking: Hike on the snow
February 11, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Boot walking: Hike on the snow

Here's a great way to get out and explore the winter woods. It might only be good for this weekend, so get ready and go!The snow lies deep on the North Shore. But there hasn't been fresh snow for a week or so. With the cold we've had the last few days, now's the perfect time to head out on the snowshoe trails...without snowshoes. The trails have been packed by snowshoers, and the cold has hardened up that packed snow. Walking on top of the snow is just like walking on packed dirt. Stepping just off the trail sends you … read more


Snowshoeing: Back to the Future
February 6, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Snowshoeing: Back to the Future

The best way to truly experience the North Shore in all its wild winter glory is by snowshoe. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and head into the hills. It's slower than skiing, and it's truly a silent sport. Before I discovered the glories of North Shore cross country ski trails, I spent my winter days exploring the area on snowshoes. I'd take a compass bearing to a distant ridgeline and tramp through the deep snow and brush to reach that landmark and feel like I was the first person there in a century. Now the Superior Hiking Trail runs … read more


Learn to snowshoe, North Shore style
January 10, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Learn to snowshoe, North Shore style

It’s the low-tech, low-stress way to explore winter. The best way to get out and really experience the snowy woods is by snowshoe. You can stop and look around and you don’t have to worry about slamming into a tree. The snow lies deep along the North Shore. The purple and deep blue lines along the shore in the map below indicate snow that's two feet deep or more. It's time to get out and explore. But what if you don’t have snowshoes? Lucky us! There are great North Shore snowshoe events, and the snowshoes are provided! It's … read more


Tettegouche in winter
January 27, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Tettegouche in winter

Tettegouche State Park is one of the North Shore's great wilderness destinations. It's a huge park, reaching from the steep cliffs of Shovel Point and Palisade Head back past the rustic cabins at Tettegouche camp all the way to the outskirts of Silver Bay and Finland. On the North Shore in winter, those back hills of Tettegouche get covered in snow, including some massive lake-effect snow dumps. If you like to snowshoe or cross country ski, there are some amazing trails and destinations. If, however, your idea of winter fun is a quick jaunt from the heat of your car, … read more