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Join an SHTA Guided Hike!

The 2018 SHTA Guided Hike Program offers hiking throughout the year. Join 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).
  • New this year! Weekday hikes begin at 9:00 AM. Thanks to Gooseberry Falls State Park for partnering with us 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 2018
Summer Hikes

Saturday, June 2, National Trails Day, 10:00
Jay Cooke Grand Portage Trailhead to Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center, 6.6 miles
Celebrate National Trails Day and the reopening of the Grand Portage Trailhead! Hike on remote and diverse Jay Cooke State Park trails, including the Gill Creek Trail. State park daypasses will be provided for those who don’t have one. Meet at Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center parking lot and look for hike leader with SHT flag.
Directions to Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center Trailhead: 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, June 23, 10:00
Split Rock Ridge Loop, 4.4 miles

Hike this other Split Rock Loop with fantastic views of Lake Superior and the Split Rock Lighthouse. Meet at Split Rock River Wayside.
Directions to Split Rock River Wayside: On Hwy. 61 milepost 43.5 with parking lot on left.

*Featured Hike* Wednesday, June 27, 2:00pm
“A Tale of Two Bridges”, 2.2 miles

Join Superior Hiking Trail Association executive director Denny Caneff on a hike during which he will spin “A Tale of Two Bridges.” The event is in association with the Voyageur Brewing Company’s “Raise A Pint Night” benefit for the SHTA. Building two bridges? Sounds simple enough. But therein lies the tale: how do you move 4 tons of bridge beams by hand? How do you build a bridge — again, by hand — over a 30-foot deep gorge? And learn how simply getting a hiking trail across a stream is a complex endeavor. This is an easy two-mile hike, out and back. Meet at the SHT spur trail at the Kadunce River Wayside. Be sure to stick around for the event at Voyageur Brewing Company!
Directions to Kadunce River Wayside: On Hwy. 61 milepost 119, just past the Outpost Motel.

Wednesday, July 11, 9:00
Fifth Falls View Hike, 2.2 miles

Make sure to pack a camera for great views along the Gooseberry River. This hike will be led by a Gooseberry Falls State Park naturalist and the route may fluctuate a bit.  Meet inside the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center.
Directions to Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Visitor Center parking lot.

Saturday, July 21, 10:00
Crosby-Manitou State Park to Caribou Falls State Wayside, 8.0 miles

This very challenging hike features the rocky, rugged terrain of the North Shore’s wildest state park. The Manitou River and scenic overlooks are highlights. Not recommended for beginners. Meet at Caribou Falls State Wayside. Note: This hike involves a 30-minute shuttle.
Directions to Caribou Falls State Wayside: At Hwy. 61 milepost 70.5 on left side of highway.

Saturday, August 11, 10:00
Lake County Demonstration Forest to Reeves Road, 11.0 miles
This long but gentle section features the Stewart River and a short spur to Reeves Falls. Meet at Reeves Road.
Directions to Reeves Road Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 26.0 in Two Harbors, turn north on Hwy 2 (Lake Co Rd 2) and go 5.5 miles. Turn left on Reeves Road and take immediate left into trailhead parking lot.

Wednesday, August 22, 9:00
Hiking to the Skunk, around 4.0 miles

Hike to where the Skunk Creek joins the Gooseberry River! Bring water shoes if you want to explore close-up. This hike will be led by a Gooseberry Falls State Park naturalist and the route may fluctuate a bit.  Meet inside the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center.
Directions to Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Visitor Center parking lot.

Fall Color Hikes

Wednesday, September 12  9:00
Up the Old and Down the New, around 3.0 miles
Hike up the former SHT route within Gooseberry Falls State Park and over to a proposed SHT route within the park.  This route may be wet, so bring extra shoes for the drive home! This hike will be led by a Gooseberry Falls State Park naturalist and the route may fluctuate a bit. Meet inside the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center.
Directions to Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Visitor Center parking lot.

Saturday, September 22, 10:00
Cook County Road 14 to Cook County Road 58, 6.8 miles

Hike along Kimball Creek, across rocky terrain to Cliff and Durfee Creeks, and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior from Wildflower Hill. Meet at Cook County Road 58.
Directions to Cook County Road 58 Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 113.8, turn left on Co. Rd. 58 (Lindskog Rd.) and go 0.8 miles to trailhead parking lot on left.

Sunday, September 23, 10:00
Cook County Road 58 to Pincushion Mountain Trailhead, 4.9 miles

Hike on rugged, challenging terrain to Devil Track River, then join with gentle ski trails with an optional spur to Pincushion Mountain summit. 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, September 29, 10:00
Highway 1 to Lake County Road 6, 6.8 miles

This section, often referred to as the “crown jewel” of the SHT, features views of inland lakes and Lake Superior, plus geologic features like the Lemon Squeezer and Sawmill Dome. Meet at Lake County Road 6.
Directions to Lake County Road 6 Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 65.3, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 6 and go 2.3 miles to trailhead parking lot on right.

Saturday, October 6, 10:00
Spirit Mountain Loop, 3.5 miles

This short but challenging new loop in Duluth highlights the beauty of the Spirit Mountain area. Meet at Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet.
Directions to Grand Avenue Chalet: On I-35, take the Cody St exit, (Exit 251A). 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 1.8 miles to Spirit Mountain Chalet on right. Coming from the north: Take Grand Ave /Hwy 23 (Exit 251B) and go approximately 2 miles to Spirit Mountain Chalet on right.

 

Download a description of all Guided Hikes HERE.