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Definitely NOT one of America’s Best
October 22, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Definitely NOT one of America’s Best

Just in from the "Why Local News is Best" department is this stunning endorsement by Backpacker Magazine. In their search for the best 100 dayhikes in America, they looked at trails all around Minnesota and found...a road. I picked up a copy of Backpacker at the public library, with a stunning cover photo of a narrow slot canyon and the big headline "America's Best Dayhikes." I had to know: of all the great day hikes on the North Shore, which would the editors of this reputable publication pick? I've been hiking all over the North Shore this year, picking out 50 … read more


I can see for yards and yards
October 14, 2009 by Andrew Slade

I can see for yards and yards

After a gorgeous scenic hike a week or two ago, where I ran into Pete Townsend of The Who and we sang "I can see for miles' (and miles and miles, oh yeah), I took the hound for a hike on another section of the Superior Hiking Trail, a new stretch between Duluth and Two Harbors.I hiked almost four miles in, going east from Rossini Road. The trailhead is about a twenty minute drive north of Highway 61. Excellent driving directions are on the SHTA website.I'm trying to put this nicely. It's a lovely trail, very well built with the … read more


March them up the hill and march them down again
October 4, 2009 by Andrew Slade

March them up the hill and march them down again

I am the Grand Old Duke of York of family fun.For family hikes, it used to be that we could throw the one kid in the backpack and go.When there were two boys and they started to get smart, we didn't even call them hikes, because no one believed that, not even me. We called them "adventures," usually under a mile on a wide park trail with interspersed M&M breaks.Then, as the dudes get a mind of their own, the bargaining began: if we finish this hike we will get an ice cream cone.Now, it's Grand Old Duke Dad and … read more


So pretty you’ll want to hike it twice
September 27, 2009 by Andrew Slade

So pretty you’ll want to hike it twice

Oberg Mountain is a great North Shore hike, especially in fall colors. Sure, it's full of people, but the views are so spectacular and so accessible, you just gotta do it. And maybe you should do it two times in a row.The trail starts from the Onion River Road, from the big trailhead parking lot 2.1 miles up from Highway 61. It's well-marked and easy to follow the whole way. The entire hike is about 2 miles long.The heart of the trail is the 1.3 mile loop around the summit of Oberg. There are seven different overlooks, each one quite … read more


Oh, LeVeaux
September 24, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Oh, LeVeaux

If the North Shore does in fact have "mountains," LeVeaux Mountain is a classic. It rises almost 1000 feet above Lake Superior in the rugged terrain near Lutsen. The Superior Hiking Trail has a great three-mile loop that scampers to the top and takes in great views both inland and out on the vast blue of Lake Superior.LeVeaux is a classic North Shore "sawtooth" mountain. It rises gradually from the shore, but drops off steeply on the back. Put six or eight of these mountains in a row and you get a pattern like the teeth along the edge of … read more


In my father’s footsteps
August 6, 2009 by Andrew Slade

In my father’s footsteps

My father and I hiked from the Caribou Trail to Lutsen on the Superior Hiking Trail on Sunday. Dick has hiked nearly every section of the SHT, so I've asked him about his favorites as I plan what hikes to include in Hiking the North Shore. This was one of his recommendations.It's a great hike and I'm sure it will be in the book. There's no grind up to the ridgeline like on many other sections; the trail starts high, at about 1300', and ends just a bit lower.Dick also was quite clear about which direction to hike: east … read more


Tales of the plump and poisonous
August 3, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Tales of the plump and poisonous

Caution: Sassy, deadly berries aheadThe North Shore is awash in berries right now. The raspberries are ripe, but they hide discreetly under leaves. The blueberries are coming along and should be ready in a week or two.But watch out for the poisonous ones! They're out now, they look terrific, but they'll ruin your day.I hiked from the Caribou Trail to Lutsen yesterday on the Superior Hiking Trail. The woods were awash with these brash and brightly colored berries that demand attention. They were "in my face."The fruits are almost pornographically plump. The colors are nearly artificial against the woodland groundcover. … read more


Carlton Peak: Because it’s there
July 24, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Carlton Peak: Because it’s there

We bagged Carlton Peak this week. In the fog. Why? Asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, George Mallory is supposed to have said, "Because it's there." He did not say, "For the M&Ms on top." Ask each of our four hikers and you'll hear different reasons why they climbed Carlton Peak: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"] Older brother, Hans. Too cool for hiking.[/caption] Older son, just turned 13, "Because my pesky little brother was complaining about it and I had to show him up with Albert." [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400"] Friend Albert, the hiking motivation for older brother, Hans.[/caption] Albert, older son's friend, also age 13, … read more


A very European hike at Lutsen
July 1, 2009 by Andrew Slade

A very European hike at Lutsen

My memories of hiking in Europe include gravity-defying gondola rides, permanently gray skies, and picnics in wildflower meadows featuring beef tongue.Who knew I'd find almost all of those things right here on the North Shore?I did the famous "gondola hike" at Lutsen Mountains yesterday. You take the mountain tram from the very Scandinavian village area of Lutsen up to the top of Moose Mountain, then hike on the SHT about four miles back down to your car. Europeans love gondolas, both the airborne mountain kind and the skinny canal boats in Venice.At the top of the gondola ride is a … read more


Canyoneering the North Shore
June 19, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Canyoneering the North Shore

Thank you, Bryan Hansel, for seizing the day and capturing it on video. This vid show Bryan and a friend descending the Kadunce River up past Grand Marais, with ropes and safety equipment.Kadunce Canyoneering from Bryan Hansel on Vimeo. The streams and canyons of the North Shore are calling out for creative thinking outdoor professionals. If you're looking for a new North Shore adventure experience, get in touch with Bryan through his website. … read more