TRAIL RUNNING ON THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL
“Our world and much of our lives are automated, rushed and unnatural – running… gives us the ability to connect with ourselves and our history as part of the animal kingdom in a way most people do not get to experience.” – SHTA Volunteer Crew Leader John Storkamp, on running 100 miles along the SHT.
Trail runners love the Superior Hiking Trail. It is challenging, stimulating, and accessible throughout the North Shore. Run just a mile on the SHT, whether it’s in the heart of Duluth or on the sharp-edged ridges high above Lake Superior, you will be, at once, tested and exhilarated.
Photo credit: Fresh Tracks Media (via Superior Trail Races)
“I’ve always loved running, so I figured if I can hike it, I can run it too. The SHT is a perfect playground for a long run. It’s truly magical” – Kevin Langton, in his book “Superior”
If you plan to run the Trail often you may want to purchase the “Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail” or the Superior Hiking Trail Databook. The Guide provides useful mile-by-mile description of the Trail with information about the Trail route as well as scenic features along the way, while the Databook is a pocket-sized companion well-suited to carry with you on Trail. (Don’t run too fast though; you may miss these points of interest.)
Pocket maps of the trail are available as a six-map set. (Maps may be purchased individually only at our Trail Information Center in Two Harbors or at an outdoor retailer near you.) These maps show topography and include an elevation profile to help you plan your route.
- Trailhead signs give basic mileage information including distances to campsites and the next trailhead.
- The entire SHT is marked with blue paint blazes or SHT logo signs. A turn in the Trail is marked by two blue paint blazes, with the higher blaze indicating the direction the trail turns. White paint blazes mark spur trails to and from the main SHT, to overlooks, or spur trails that form a loop where you can start and stop in the same place. (Note that we did not say, “….where you can run in circles.”) If you pay attention to the blazes and signs you should have no difficulty staying on the Trail.
- The Trail goes across over 80 parcels of private land; many of these properties are not marked as private land. Respect private landowners’ rights by staying on the Trail.
If you are organizing or hosting a trail race, please use our Trail Use Notification Form to let us know your plans. Please note a certificate of liability insurance is required. Visit the Large Groups on the SHT page for more information.