Duluth

Check out Duluth on the western tip of Lake Superior. Named the best outdoor adventure hub in the northern hemisphere, Duluth is the gateway to one of the most beautiful regions on earth. Right in town, rocky ridges greet the greatest inland sea. You can hike to stunning overlooks, thrill to signs of wolf or warblers, and be back for lunch. Hiking, biking, and ski trails weave through a town rich in cultural and tourist amenities. Let us be your local connection.



Posts from Duluth

Wandering warblers by the waves
July 15, 2013 by Best North Shore

Wandering warblers by the waves

Northeastern Minnesota, with its deep forests and its clean lakes and rivers, is warbler paradise. These little flits of life fill our habitats with their songs and color. It's an honor to help them along their way … read more


Spirit Mountain nordic trails: The same, only better
January 31, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Spirit Mountain nordic trails: The same, only better

The cross country ski trails at Duluth's Spirit Mountain have been an insider's mecca, a system of well-groomed trails in lovely hardwood forest that only a few folks seemed to know about. Those that knew it, loved it. If you didn't know it, well...Over the summer, the Spirit ski trails got a major makeover, both physically and logistically. The trails are no longer managed by the Spirit Mountain ski hill, but are cared for by a partnership between the City of Duluth and the Duluth XC Ski Club (DXC). DXC volunteers took a hard look at the trail system and came … read more


Banff Mountain Film Festival…in Duluth
November 16, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Banff Mountain Film Festival…in Duluth

Take 200 skiers, hikers and climbers out of their funky North Woods cabins. Dress them up in wool and recycled nylon. Send them for a night out at the movies. Pack them all into a high school auditorium and show them films of beautiful wild places and crazy outdoor adventures. That's the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival event in Duluth, and it's happening again this Sunday and Monday, November 18 and 19.  This is a seriously special event for Duluth:Like November snow, it's totally freshThese films are the winners from a festival in Banff Alberta that just wrapped up a few … 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


Tour Duluth 2012: SKI THEM ALL
March 13, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Tour Duluth 2012: SKI THEM ALL

Hans at Chester Bowl, Trail #5, 1:45 PM Tour Duluth is the year-end celebration of Duluth's great cross country ski trails. It's organized by the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, or DXC for short. Duluth has over 80 kilometers of groomed ski trails spread from far west to far east, and including both city trails, a private system, and the University's nature area trail.  Mark at the Magney Ski Trail trailhead. Trail #1, 8:30 AM We were going to SKI THEM ALL. Some people try to ski all 80-plus kilometers in a day. Not me. It was quantity over quality for me. I … read more


The great lake swirl: WAY better late than never
March 6, 2012 by Andrew Slade

The great lake swirl: WAY better late than never

What an amazing day we had on Saturday here in Duluth. The meteorologists got it all wrong in the right way. What started as a forecast of an inch or two of snow overnight turned into the biggest single dump of snow we've had in over a year. Apparently, two air masses ran into each other over the western part of Lake Superior and the resulting lift sucked the moisture out of the open lake water and turned it into snow. Lots of snow. Snow that fell all day. We shoveled three times just for the joy of shoveling. Meteorologists, at … read more


Desperate times, 2011 edition
December 17, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Desperate times, 2011 edition

The winter of 2011-2012 is off to a slow start. Nature has not provided much snow to the North Shore area. I've chronicled desperate times before in this blog, from back in 2008, when we weren't skiing until late December and I biked on the beach and ran screaming down ski trails. I'm grumpy now, wanting to get out on real snow on a real trail. The Duluth Denfeld Hunters Nordic Ski team has been skiing on snow for two weeks now. Thanks to the generosity of Spirit Mountain, the Denfeld team has been able to practice and race on the … read more