NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL
Superior Hiking Trail
In the transition zone between hardwood and boreal and along ancient volcanic ridges, the rugged and scenic Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is a 310-mile path starting just south of Duluth and following the North Shore of Lake Superior to Canada.
Tips for hiking the 310-mile premier backpacking path in the American midwest.
At Hellacious Overlook, squalls move over Lake Superior then it’s one more high point until the end near Canada.
A beach walk, colossal falls, magical pools and ridge-line views make this penultimate day one of the best.
It’s all mist and drizzle through the mysterious Devil Track past seven creeks to a friend’s warm cabin.
A brilliant sunrise leads to a damp day and a wet plant “carwash” past Grand Marais, field-testing a rain poncho.
It’s rolling terrain through forest past mountains with views, then gorgeous Lake Agnes and Poplar River.
A glorious day past rushing Cross and Temperance Rivers and over the highest point, Carlton Peak.
An exposed Canadian Shield island on Sonju Lake is followed by wild Manitou River and glorious Horseshoe Ridge.
It’s one of the most difficult days from Tettegouche to Section 13 on high cliffs above Gitchee Gumee.
The views are superb of the big lake and glacial Bean and Bear Lakes below basalt cliffs.
The trail begins to feel like it’s arrived on the shore tracing both Gooseberry Falls and wild Split Rock River.
The trail provides like magic on a day filled with birdsong and my first big climbs.