Superior Hiking Trail

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


Great guided hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail
April 30, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Great guided hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail

Small group of hikers on the Tofte Overlook, Carlton Peak. Have you always wanted to hike the Superior Hiking Trail, but never felt quite ready? Maybe you heard about how difficult it can be, or maybe you heard one of the rare stories of people getting lost on the trail. Fear not! If you can follow driving directions to a trailhead, you can join a guided hike this spring, summer or fall on the Superior Hiking Trail. These guided hikes are a great way to get out on an excellent hiking trail. There is truly safety in numbers, and each hike has … read more


Get ready for fall colors
September 19, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Get ready for fall colors

Fall color tapestry below Sawmill Dome, September 2010 The best time for hiking the North Shore is here. Clear your calendars for some adventurous treks through lovely forests with the best Lake Superior views of the year. Bean Lake in a bowl of fall colors/ Be sure to head for one of the great ridgeline overlooks. On one side, Lake Superior glimmers in a deep dark blue. On the other side, a tapestry of color spreads out beneath you. Some of my favorite fall color overlooks are on Oberg Mountain, Leveaux Mountain, and Sawmill Dome.  The birch trees are already changing at … read more


Best Duluth hikes by bus
September 6, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Best Duluth hikes by bus

Getting to a great North Shore hike can mean as much driving as hiking. It's a pretty good haul up the Onion River Road or all the way to Grand Portage for your outdoor experience.  Not so for hikers in Duluth. Just walk to the corner, hop on the Duluth Transit Authority bus, then ring the dinger for your trailhead bus stop.From downtown Duluth, you can catch the #3 bus going west toward Proctor. 30 minutes and a few quarters for the bus fare later, and you're at the corner of Highland Street and Skyline Drive. It's a rugged nine … read more


On the road with Sam Cook
August 2, 2011 by Andrew Slade

On the road with Sam Cook

Chris Evavold being photographed by Sam Cook at Divide Lake Every two or three years, the phone rings and a familiar voice with just a hint of Kansas in it says, "Hi, Andrew, Sam Cook." Just like the sound of a bell got Pavlov's dogs to salivate, that voice makes me start to stuff my day pack. We're going on an adventure.Sam wanted to do an article about North Shore hiking and our new book, Hiking the North Shore: 50 fabulous day hikes in Minnesota's spectacular Lake Superior region. "Where would you like to go, Andrew?," Sam asked. What a great … read more


Hiking and herring: Celebrate Lake Superior Day
July 14, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Hiking and herring: Celebrate Lake Superior Day

Happy Lake Superior Day! Time to head up the shore for a scenic hike, a dip in the lake, and some good fresh Lake Superior fish.  For about 20 years now, fans of Lake Superior have taken the third Sunday of July as Lake Superior Day to celebrate the world's largest freshwater lake. Fun educational events are scheduled up and down the North Shore. Events are great, but be sure to have your own Superior celebration. Make your own celebration with a Superior hike   Carlton Peak is a challenging, fun hike you can take all the way from the shore of … read more


Go soon to see the "flowers of the day"
May 17, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Go soon to see the "flowers of the day"

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"] Hepatica on the Superior Hiking Trail in western Duluth, 5/15/2011[/caption] The spring ephemerals are blooming in the woods of the North Shore. Ephemeral is a lovely word from the Greek words for "of the day." It means short-lived, and these flowers pack a lot of living into just a very few days.  Along the Superior Hiking Trail, in the Bardon Peak area of western Duluth off Skyline Drive, there is a great two miles of trail leading through the heart of an old-growth northern hardwood forest.  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"] Bloodroot along the Superior Hiking Trail in western Duluth, … read more


First stretch of Superior Hiking Trail open for summer!
April 4, 2011 by Andrew Slade

First stretch of Superior Hiking Trail open for summer!

Although most of the hiking trails of the North Shore are still buried under feet of snow, one stretch of the Superior Hiking Trail is clear and ready for hiking. The Downtown Lakewalk, one of 50 day hikes featured in my new book Hiking the North Shore, is open and mostly dry for walkers along its whole length. From its trailhead at the Marine Museum all the way to Leif Erickson Park the Lakewalk is also the route of the Superior Hiking Trail. For current conditions on the SHT, check the website of the Superior Hiking Trail Association. It's going to … read more


Fog dog: Before the storm
October 26, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Fog dog: Before the storm

The biggest storm of the fall (so far) is rolling through Minnesota today. Before the big blow, I took Chloe out for a spin on the Superior Hiking Trail. Duluth has been decked in in fog since Sunday; as I drove up 40th Avenue West we entered the cloud bank and stayed there for the whole hike.We hiked west from 40th Avenue West along the SHT toward Peace Ridge. The SHT in Duluth runs through four or five long stretches of what I call "dwarf forest." Aspen, oak and maple are growing there, but the soil is so thin and … read more


Best fall colors? Duluth has them now
October 7, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Best fall colors? Duluth has them now

The best North Shore fall colors are now in Duluth. Hit the Superior Hiking Trail west of Spirit Mountain and find lovely maple and white pine woods. The SHT runs through old-growth maple forest for over a mile. About half the leaves have fallen from the trees, carpeting the forest floor.In The Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail, this section is called "Munger Trail at 123rd Ave. W. to Magney Snively Trailhead." It's also on the SHT website.From the Boundary Ave. exit of I-35, head south on Skyline Drive through the Spirit Mountain area, a total of 2.5 miles from … read more