The Superior Hiking Trail


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Wilderness can be appreciated only by contrast, and solitude understood only when we have been without it -- Sigurd F. Olson

Last week I took some time off and went by myself to Lake Superior's North Shore to do some hiking, camping, and kayaking. Due to a crazy family schedule we didn't do any vacation this year and I hardly had been out of the City. I've went on numerous bike rides but all with the Twin Cities area, I needed to get out.

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The Highest Point in Minnesota

I just had a little pup tent, minimal supplies, and a reservation at a State Park. On the itinerary was the Superior Hiking Trail, Eagle Mountain (highest point in MN at a whopping 2,300 feet) and tooling around Lake Superior. I've been up and down the North Shore many times usually in State Parks so I was quite familiar with what I wanted to do and see.

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The Lowest Point in Minnesota

My only hiccup was the fact that I packed a little too light - no sleeping bag -- and it got down to 45 degrees one night. I had two thin blankets in my car and wore all my clothes but it was a rough night.

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Very Thankful for this Fire

Kayaking was also on the agenda however I had to make some plan modifications as the lake was too windy my first day up. Fortunately the next day was quite calm and I went on a nice sea kayak tour with 11 other people. One woman from California was with us and had never been to the North Shore and she was just overwhelmed. I think she was a little wacky too as she told me that she thought the area around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet reminded her of San Francisco and that the U of MN campus reminded her of an Ivy League school - neither are quite accurate.

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Lake Superior from a Kayak

The Superior Hiking Trail is gorgeous. Rough sometimes with lots of rocks and I think I would like to cover the whole trail from Duluth to Canada. Not all in one trip but over time, knocking off segments here and there. The Gitchi GummI bike trail is also under construction and one day a person will be able to ride their bike on paved trail from Duluth to Canada as well. Could be fun.

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Cascade River


Good stuff Dean. I've always wanted to go up to the Superior Hiking Trail. Your pictures have convinced me that this will be the year!

Wonderful pics. It inspires me to get off my bum and do some hiking before the weather goes to pot.

Excellent post, free. Swell pix.

Thanks for kudos on pics. I have a bunch more (including the fallen arch at Tettegouche)and if I had any ambition, I would put them on flickr or something like that. But don't hold your breath.

I plan to go back in the winter and do some snow-shoeing along the North Shore too. I promise more pictures then.

I would recommend the israel national trail for a great hiking advanture. I did it with my friends in a few weeks and had an amazing time.
Little expensive and far but if you are looking to "get out of the box" thing to do, this is it.

Thanks for sharing your photos. The Superior Hiking Trail does look great and I will have to check it out when I visit the area.

Fun! I was in the Bay Area for Thanksgiving this year (a few photos on my blog). It's so pretty! I wish we'd had more time to spend in the city, but got stuck in horrific traffic on the Bay Bridge. Should have taken the BART instead. And no freakin earthquakes

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