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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


The man who knew too much
September 27, 2010 by Andrew Slade

The man who knew too much

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. On Sunday, I knew just enough about the North Shore that I made all the wrong moves.This weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends on the North Shore of the entire year. Tourists flock to the shore for the fall colors and for events like the Crossing Borders studio tour. Crowds of hikers head for the fall color favorites like Oberg Mountain or the Lutsen gondola.What about the Slade-Rauschenfels family? Could we join the crowd and enjoy those greatest hits? Naw, I'm the expert. Couldn't I find the best fall color destination … read more


Girl power on the SHT
September 23, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Girl power on the SHT

Leave the techie man-gear and the "I'm ridin' solo" attitude at home. Yesterday it was all about the girls.It was lovely. The valleys inland from Lake Superior are ablaze with autumn color. The sky was crystal blue. Best of all both of my girls were along for the day. Sally had the camera and was in her glory, composing pictures from the trees and leaves and rocks. Chloe was in her glory too, running on the trail, off the trail.We drove the back roads from Beaver Bay to Finland and found glorious flaming maple trees along the way. Then we … read more


It’s FREEZING here!
February 3, 2010 by Andrew Slade

It’s FREEZING here!

It's February on the North Shore. While all the other lakes in Minnesota froze over in December, big deep Lake Superior had stayed open. For one below-zero morning after another, sea smoke rose from the open water.In the last few days, winter cold finally has the lake in its grasp. What was open water two days ago off Duluth is now a vast field of ice. The satellite maps are showing a ring of ice 20 miles wide around the entire coast.The good news is, the ice is beautiful. A few more cold days, and ice anglers will take the … read more


One last woodle walk
November 9, 2009 by Andrew Slade

One last woodle walk

For the last of my 50 North Shore hikes, I almost left the dog at home.Chloe, the psychotic standard poodle, had accompanied me on half of my hikes so far, and she loved every one of them. Since I generally hike in the off-season and in mid-week, I feel okay letting the dog off the leash. Chloe, of course, feels great about being off leash, romping and spinning around.So for old time's sake and because, well, she insisted, she made this last trip.We call Chloe a woodle, because when she gets out in the wild woods she is more wolf … 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


Minnesota’s top dog
September 18, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Minnesota’s top dog

Sure, we all think our pets are the cutest or the most loving of all. But our shaggy poodle, Chloe, was the top dog in Minnesota yesterday. I have proof.We summited Eagle Mountain, at 2301 feet the highest point in Minnesota. And there were no other dogs in sight. For a brief shining moment, Chloe stood on that landmark and...panted.While I'm bragging, let me just point out that Minnesota's high point is higher than Wisconsin's. And Iowa's. And Michigan's. So Chloe was the top dog in the whole Midwest.Woo hoo! Take a victory lap, poodle! … read more


Pincushion Mountain: Through the woods darkly
May 11, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Pincushion Mountain: Through the woods darkly

The poodle and I made it to the top of Pincushion Mountain the other day. The dramatic clarity of the views and the bare rock on top were quite a contrast with the abstract experience of the river below.We hiked up the Devil Track River on the Superior Hiking Trail. The gorge of the Devil Track river is supposedly the deepest in Minnesota. The trail climbs faster than the river bed, so the gorge gets deeper and deeper as we went. It is so deep, in fact, that as the SHT runs along the edge of the gorge, you seldom … read more