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Join a SHTA Guided Hike!

Join SHTA for a guided hike, experience different sections of the trail, and meet others who enjoy the trail!

  • SHTA weekend hikes begin at 10:00 AM rain, snow, or shine (unless otherwise noted).
  • Thanks to Gooseberry Falls State Park for partnering with us again this year to offer weekday hikes!
  • Each hike is led by a member of the Superior Hiking Trail Association! Hike leaders may cancel or change the hike in the event of severe weather. The meeting location will always remain the same.
  • Hikes are free of charge. No need to register.
  • Wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes, bring lunch, water, and insect repellent.
  • Due to past problems, dogs are not allowed on guided hikes.
  • Hikes are rugged and often very challenging. Please assess your own abilities before deciding to participate. It is better to start small than to be overly ambitious about what you can handle. We offer a variety of hike lengths for this purpose.

How the shuttles work:

  • Everyone participates in the group shuttle and everyone always drives their own car.
  • The meeting place is always the end point of the hike.
  • All of the hikers get into half of the cars and those cars go to the starting point of the hike and everyone does the hike.
  • At the end of the hike, those with cars at the end point give people with cars at the start point a ride back to their cars.
Hike Schedule for 2019
Weekday Hikes at Gooseberry Falls State Park

6 Dates, All on Wednesdays starting at 9am: May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9
Fifth Falls Hike, 2 miles
Take a hike to the Fifth Falls. BYOS (bring your own snack) and relax as we listen to the water rush by. Discover the importance of the Gooseberry River watershed. Grab your camera, water bottle and walking stick for this exploration of the Gooseberry River. Wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes for this 2 mile round trip hike. Meet at the theater in the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center, and call Gooseberry Falls at 218 595-7108 or visit the Park’s online Events Calendar for more info.

Directions to Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Visitor Center parking lot.

3 Dates, All on Wednesdays starting at 9am: June 26, August 28, and September 25
Hiking to the Skunk, 4 miles

Hike to where the Skunk Creek joins the Gooseberry River! Discover hidden treasures along the way. Relax at this wonderful junction to enjoy lunch. BYOL (bring your own lunch/snack). Grab your camera, water bottle and walking stick for this exploration of the Gooseberry River. Bring water shoes if you want to explore the river close-up. Wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes for this 4 mile round trip hike. Meet at the art column at the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center, and call Gooseberry Falls at 218 595-7108 or visit the Park’s online Events Calendar for more info.

Directions to Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Visitor Center parking lot.

Winter Hikes

Wednesday, February 13, 10am – 12 pm
Fifth Falls Showshoe Hike, 2 miles

Take a hike of discovery to Fifth Falls for views of ice sculptures, winter tracks and caves. Journey with Gooseberry Falls State Park naturalist Carolyn Rock on the SHT within the park. This hike will cover 2 miles and involve steep hills. Recommended to bring walking sticks or ski poles. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from the park. There are a limited number of adult snowshoes, send stop in at the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center or call (218) 595-7108 to reserve your snowshoes. You can also visit the Park’s online Events Calendar for more info. NOTE: We do need 6 inches of snow on the ground to snowshoe, if there is a lack of snow, a winter walk will occur.

Directions to Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Visitor Center parking lot.

Summer Hikes

Saturday, May 11, 10am
Wild Valley Road to MN/WI Border, 3.8 miles

Hiking is a mother-tested, mother-approved activity – so bring your mom out to start off hiking season with a trek to the start (or is that the end?) of the SHT on Mother’s Day weekend! Join hike leader and longtime SHTA volunteer Steve Coz for this 3.8-mile out-and-back hike to our Trail’s southern terminus. Descend into the Red River Valley, cross the recently-built bridge over the Red River, and climb back out of the valley to our Trail’s terminus, where it meets with the proposed route of the North Country National Scenic Trail at the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. Your mom will love this hike! Meet at Wild Valley Road Trailhead. Note: the Wild Valley Road Trailhead may be closed due to poor road conditions in spring. If so, we’ll announce a different meeting location through our Facebook page (@suphike).

Directions to Wild Valley Road Trailhead: From the south: take I-35 Carlton Exit #235 and go east on Hwy. 210 for 2.4 miles to Carlton. Turn right (south) on Carlton Co. Rd. 1 and go 4.5 miles to Wrenshall, turn left (east) on Carlton Co. Rd. 18 and go 3.1 miles, turn left (north) on Hwy 23 and go 0.3 miles. Turn right (south) on Wild Valley Road and go 0.5 miles to trailhead parking lot on left.

 

Saturday, June 29, 10am
Cascade River State Park Wayside to Caribou Trail, 11.3 miles

Enjoy a challenging, but beautiful 11.3-mile hike through the Sawtooth Mountains. This section has it all: waterfalls on the Cascade River, big views of the big lake, mature maple forests, and a stunning reward at the end – a big view of Caribou Lake from White Sky Rock. Be sure to pack a lunch and extra water for this long day hike. A word of caution: this hike is not for beginners! Please be prepared for a longer, more difficult trek on the Trail. This hike will be led by longtime SHTA volunteer Stew Carlson. Meet at Caribou Trail Trailhead.

Directions to Caribou Trail Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 92.0, turn left on Cook Co. Rd 4 (Caribou Trail) and go 4.1 miles to Co. Rd. 94. Turn right and take immediate left to trailhead parking lot.

 

Saturday, July 20, 10am
Family-friendly Hike to the Zoo – Highland Street to Kingsbury Creek, 3.2 miles

Here’s a hike for the whole family: bring the kiddos out for an easy-going, 3.2-mile and mostly downhill hike on the SHT in the city of Duluth. Meander through the woods, cross several creeks, and enjoy a few panoramic views of the aerial bridge and St. Louis River valley as you venture towards the Kingsbury Creek trailhead at the Lake Superior Zoo. Bonus: At the end of the hike, you’ll receive half-off admission to the Zoo to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of exotic sights with your family. Meet at Kingsbury Creek Trailhead.

Directions to Kingsbury Creek Trailhead: From the south: take I-35 Cody St. Exit #251A and continue on Cody St. for 0.3 miles. Turn right on N. 63rd Ave. W. and go 0.6 miles. Turn right on Grand Ave. and go 0.7 miles. Turn right on Waseca St. (between 69th Ave. W. and 72nd Ave. W.) and go 0.2 miles to end of street to trailhead parking lot. From the North: Take I-35 Grand Ave./Hwy. 23 Exit #251B and go right 0.8 miles on Grand Ave. to Waseca St. Turn right on Waseca St. and go 0.2 miles to end of street to trailhead parking lot.

 

Saturday, August 3, 10am
Split Rock Wayside to Beaver Bay, 11.3 miles

Our first back-to-back hike of the season kicks off with a big day on the Trail. This 11.3 mile trek takes off from Split Rock Wayside and traverses the Merrill Grade, a historic logging railroad, as you head towards the ridgeline to the north of the famous state park. This hike features shots of Lake Superior and inland forests, long stretches of hiking on table rock, and challenging ascents and descents. A word of caution: this hike is not for beginners! Please be prepared for a longer, more difficult trek on the Trail. Be sure to pack a lunch and extra water for this long day hike. Meet at Beaver Bay Trailhead.

Directions to Beaver Bay Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 51.1, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 4 (Lax Lake Rd.) and go 0.8 miles to parking lot on right.

 

Sunday, August 4, 10am
Beaver Bay to Silver Bay, 4.4 miles

If Day One of our back-to-back hikes wasn’t enough pounding for your boots, stick around and join us for this 4.4-mile journey along the lovely Beaver River and through pine-forested ridges with big views. After the previous day’s voyage, you’ll be accustomed to the up-and-down nature of this beautiful section. If you’re lucky, you might spot the unofficial mascot of the SHT, Birchy the Beaver, on their home turf in Beaver Bay. Meet at Penn Blvd. Trailhead in Silver Bay

Directions to Penn Blvd. Trailhead in Silver Bay: At Hwy 61 milepost 54.3, turn left at stoplight on Outer Drive and go 1.5 miles to Penn Blvd. Continue straight 0.5 miles on Penn Blvd to parking lot on right.

Fall Colors Series Hikes

Saturday, September 28, 10am
Bally Creek to Pincushion Mountain Trailhead, 8.3 miles

If fall colors on the North Shore are what you’re after, this is the hike for you! Join hike leader Stew Carlson on the first of our Fall Colors hikes, an 8.3-mile march through deciduous forests, across big beaver dams, and down into Grand Marais to the Pincushion Mountain trailhead. After this long day hike, we recommend you stop by Voyageur Brewing for a restorative pint or two. Meet at Pincushion Mountain Trailhead.

Directions to Pincushion Mountain Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 110.0, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 12 (Gunflint Trail) and go 2.0 miles. Turn right on Cook Co. Rd. 53 (Pincushion Drive) and go 0.25 miles to parking lot. Turn from Gunflint Trail has sign marked “Scenic Overlook.”

 

Saturday, October 5, 10am
Sucker River to Fox Farm, 5 miles

Our Fall Colors series continues with a 5-mile adventure with SHTA volunteer Steve Coz through inland forests, just as they reach peak fall colors. Cross the Sucker River on an A-frame bridge, hike over a large beaver dam, and cross your fingers for a rare moose sighting – there’s plenty of moose sign here.  And who knows – you might even see Birchy the Beaver too. Meet at Fox Farm Road Trailhead.

Directions to Fox Farm Road Trailhead: From Hwy. 61 milepost 14.9, turn north (inland) on Homestead Rd. (Co. Rd. 42) and go 5.75 miles. Turn left (west) on West Knife River Rd. and go 0.5 miles. Turn right (north) on App Rd. and go 1.5 miles to intersection with Two Harbors Rd. on right. App Rd. changes to Fox Farm Rd. at this intersection. Continue straight (north) on Fox Farm Rd. 0.9 miles to trailhead parking lot on left.

 

Saturday, October 12, 10am
Grand Portage Trailhead to Jay Cooke Visitor Center, 6.6 miles

The final weekend of our Fall Colors series features back-to-back-to back fantastic hikes. Join us for the first, a 6.6-mile journey, led by SHTA’s Trail Information Manager Jody Nonnemacher, to explore one of her favorite sections of the SHT. Take off along the historic Grand Portage Trail before climbing up-and-down through maple, oak, and birch forests, which will be in full fall color-mode, on your way to end point at the Visitor Center. Be sure to check out the swinging bridge over the St. Louis River at the end of your hike!  Meet at Jay Cooke Visitor Center.

Note: You are required to have a MN state park parking pass for the Jay Cooke Visitor Center or the Grand Portage Trailhead, if you decide to park there. Please plan to arrive early if you need to purchase a pass. You can also purchase an annual pass at any MN state park.

Directions to Jay Cooke Visitor Center: From I-35, take the Carlton Exit #235 and go right (east) on Hwy. 210 for 5.5 miles to Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center.

 

Saturday, October 12, 7pm
Night Hike: Brewer Park Loop via Haines Road, 3.5 miles

Our first-ever guided night hike on the SHT! Don your headlamp for this short jaunt with Steve Coz from Haines Road up to the wide-open viewpoints on the ridgeline above downtown Duluth in Brewer Park. With clear skies, you’ll be able to catch the full moon too! Head back after taking in the sights or continue on to complete the 3.5 mile loop around the park. Meet at Haines Road Parking Lot.

Directions to Haines Road Parking Lot: On I-35, take 40th Ave. W. (Haines Rd.) Exit #253B, go north (uphill) 1.7 miles to SHT parking lot on right.

 

Sunday, October 13, 10am
Grand Portage Trailhead to Beck’s Road, 6.3 miles

Join hike leader Steve Coz to celebrate the end of our hiking season with our final Fall Colors hike: a 6.3-mile up-and-down adventure through the Mission Creek area. This section includes beautiful hardwood forests, the historic stone bridge over the creek, and a stretch of the SHT that has finally been restored and renewed after the 2012 floods that decimated the area. Celebrate the end of the hiking season with this scenic Fall Color voyage on the SHT! Meet at Beck’s Road Trailhead.

Note: You are required to have a MN state park parking pass if you decide to park at Grand Portage Trailhead. Please plan to arrive early if you need to purchase a pass. You can also purchase an annual pass at any MN state park.

Directions to Beck’s Road Trailhead: From the South: on I-35, take Midway Rd. Exit #246. Go south 4.5 miles on Midway Rd./Beck’s Rd. to Grand Ave./Commonwealth Ave./Hwy. 23. Turn right (south) and follow Hwy. 23 for 3.8 miles to 131st Ave. W. on right. Turn right on 131st Ave. W. and go 0.4 miles passing gate into trailhead parking lot by kiosk. From the North: Take Hwy. 23/Grand Ave. Exit #251B and drive 8.7 miles to Fond du Lac. Turn right on 131st Ave. W. and go 0.4 miles passing gate into trailhead parking lot by kiosk.