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


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


Why I live in Minnesota, not in Germany
March 19, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Why I live in Minnesota, not in Germany

  Seventeen long years ago, Sally and I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for about seven months.  Germans love to hike, and we had a network trails heading up into the hills above the town. One weekend, we sought a little more adventure, so we headed out of town for the Wolfsschlucht. Germany has so many people and a culture passed down for centuries. Part of that culture includes naming nearly every natural feature that can be distinguished from the surroundings. For example, most hiking trail maps will mark where you can find important trees, and nearly every cliff has a name passed … read more