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“Midwest Gem”

Superior Hiking Trail
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Two Harbors
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Owner description: Over 200 miles of trails from Duluth, Minn., to Canada.
Elk River, Minnesota
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Midwest Gem”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

After several years of hiking the Smoky Mountains I was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem along Minnesota's North Shore. Took a 17 mile backpack trip from Beaver Bay to the mouth of the Baptism River in Tettagouche State Park. The terrain was challenging, beautiful and provided many panoramic views of Lake Superior. There were also many beautiful waterfalls along the, two of them right at csmpsited. There are no fees or permits required so this simplified our trip. Saw a lot of wolf prints and scat and one of our party actually did glimpse a wolf moving through the forest. We will be back to see more of this impressive trail.

Visited June 2014
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English first
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66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“A Top Hiking Trail”
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

There is not enough good that one can say about the Superior Hiking Trail. It is beautiful, rustic, challenging and rewarding. The woods, rivers, streams and views of Lake Superior are all terrific. The trail is very well kept, but it's still a hiking trail through very remote areas of northeastern Minnesota. That is, come prepared! And don't assume cell coverage. We've hiked most of its 300+ miles and it never gets old.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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163 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Northern Most 50”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Just did a 4 day hike on the northern most 53 miles of the SHT. We started at the north end, at the Otter Lake trail head and hiked our way south. The spring of 2014 has been VERY wet and the Swamp River lived up to its name. It was really wet and soggy the first day! Followed moose tracks for the first few miles, but never saw one. We hiked about 19 miles the first day (not recommended) because we wanted to get to a good campsite - got there after dark! Bugs were really bad (bring a head net), but the trail is very well maintained and signage is very good! The SHTA does a great job maintaining and labeling trails. However, don't plan to rely just on their labels! Bring maps, compass and common sense just to be sure. The second day we hiked through Judge C.R. Magney State Park and stopped to view the Devil's Kettle. The 100+ stairs going back up to the parking lot were grueling with a 60lb pack on! We made it to the lake walk for night 2. It was a beautiful night and even though the "beach" is all pebbles and hard to walk on, it is a great section of the SHT = not to be missed. Day 3 brought us through Kadunce SP and over Wildflower Hill to our last campsite at Devil's Track River (west). Both sites on the river are awesome and I might do a day hike to these from the Pincushion trail head. From the river, that trail head is only 2.5 miles away. One hour of easy hike and that ended our long weekend! It was grueling and mostly wet, but it was one heck of a workout (~140,000 steps / 18,000 calories). This is a must do if you consider yourself a MN hiker!

Visited July 2014
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Well marked”
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Hiked a couple of sections of the trail. I was very impressed by how well marked the route is although the area around Elys Peak could do with refreshing. Absolutely beautiful and I felt far removed from the hussle and bustle of city life.

Visited July 2014
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Proctor, Minnesota
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90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Get away from it all!”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I've been on a few different legs of the trail and have really enjoyed getting away from the city. Some spots are pretty easy, but some can be very challenging. Bring a map and a GPS for peace of mind. We came across an area last week that branched off on four different paths. The first two we took were the wrong ones :( Figured it out quickly with the GPS. Many great views along the trail!

Visited July 2014
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