Guided Hikes

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.
  • New this year! Weekday hikes begin at 9:00 AM. Weekday hikes will be announced soon!
  • 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.
  • 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
Snowshoe Hikes

For snowshoe hikes, beginners are welcome but please know how to put on your snowshoes prior to arrival.

Saturday, January 6, 10:00
Normanna Trailhead to Heron Pond Campsite & Back, 3.6 miles roundtrip

Snowshoe through forests and past scenic beaver ponds to Heron Pond Campsite. Return via same route. Meet at Normanna Road Trailhead.
Directions to Normanna Road Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 7.9, turn north (left) on Lakewood Rd. (Co. Rd. 692) and go 7.5 miles to Pioneer Rd. (Co. Rd. 40). Turn west (left) and go 1.5 miles to French River Rd. (Co. Rd. 38). Turn north and go 1.0 miles to intersection of French River Rd. and Normanna Rd. (Co. Rd. 38). Continue straight ahead on driveway to parking lot of North Shore State Trail/Superior Hiking Trail.

Saturday, February 17, 10:00
Lake County Road 301/Fors Road to Silver Creek Campsite & Back, 2.2 miles roundtrip

Snowshoe to scenic Silver Creek and return via same route. Option to snowshoe on your own past Silver Creek Campsite. Meet at Lake County Road 301, also called Fors Road.
Directions to County Road 301 Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 28.5, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 3 and go 2.0 miles. Turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 301 (Fors Rd.) and go 0.3 miles to parking lot on left.

Saturday, March 10, 10:00
Oberg Mountain Loop, 2.4 miles

Snowshoe up Oberg Mountain for dramatic views of Lake Superior and inland peaks. Meet at Oberg Mountain Parking Lot on Onion River Road.
Directions to Oberg Mountain Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 87.5, turn left on Forest Rd. 336 (Onion River Rd.) and go 2.2 miles to parking lot on left side of road.

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.

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.


Fall Color Hikes

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
Lake County Road 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.

New this year! Weekday hikes will be announced soon!