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 both a hike leader and a person bringing up the rear (the “sweep”). The hikes all meet at the trailhead where the hike will finish. Then the hikers carpool to the starting trailhead and walk back to their cars.

No need to find your own way on a SHTA guided hike!

The next guided hike on the “SHT” is this Friday, May 4, on a new section of trail deep in the woods between Duluth and Two Harbors. It’s a 5.1-mile hike crossing the Sucker River. At 1:00, meet at the Fox Farm Road Trailhead. Like all SHT guided hikes, this one is FREE.

The trailhead is about 8 miles inland from the Highway 61 expressway. Full driving directions are on the flier for the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s annual meeting.That same flier has information on five other guided hikes coming up this weekend for the annual meeting, all up in the Little Marais and Schroeder area.

Duluth-area hikers should mark their calendars for Saturday, May 12, when there’s another free guided hike on the SHT between Jay Cooke State Park and the Elys Peak area in far western Duluth. Meet at the 123rd Avenue West SHT trailhead. Driving directions to that trailhead are here. It’s a 6.9 mile hike that should be full of spring wildflowers.


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