Guided Hikes

Join an SHTA Guided Hike in any season!

The 2017 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 sport of hiking!

  • SHTA hikes begin at 10:00 a.m. rain, snow, or shine.
  • Hikes are free of charge and open to the public.
  • Each hike is led by a member of the Superior Hiking Trail Association and many include an orientation and briefing by an area naturalist.
  • Wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes, bring lunch, water, and insect repellent.
  • For snowshoe hikes, beginners are welcome but please know how to put on your snowshoes prior to arrival.
  • Due to past problems, dogs are not allowed on guided hikes except for the designated “Doggie Hike.”
  • 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.

Everyone participates in the group shuttle.

  • 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.
  • Everyone always drives their own car.
Hike Schedule for 2017

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January 14 Snowshoe Hike, 10:00
Brewer Park Loop in Duluth,
3.4 miles
Snowshoe the new SHT Brewer Park Loop. Meet at the Haines Road parking lot. On I-35, take 40th Ave W (Haines Road) Exit #253B, go north (uphill) 1.7 mi. to SHT parking lot on right.

February 25 Snowshoe Hike, 10:00
Gooseberry Loop,
2.2 miles
Snowshoe up the SHT to Fifth Falls Bridge and return via the Gooseberry Snowshoe Trail. Meet at Gooseberry Falls Wayside Parking Lot and look for Hike Leader with SHT Banner. At Hwy 61 mile 38.9, turn right and go 0.2 mi. to Visitor Center parking lot. No state park sticker required.

March 11 Snowshoe Hike, 10:00
Oberg Mountain Trailhead to West Rollins Campsite and Back,
3.2 miles total
Snowshoe along the side of Oberg Mountain to Rollins Creek and an SHT campsite, returning on same route. Option to explore Oberg Mountain on your own after the hike. Meet at Oberg Mountain Trailhead Parking Lot. At Hwy 61 mile 87.5, turn left on Forest Rd 336 (Onion River Road) and go 2.2 mi. to parking lot on left.

May 20 Spring Hike, 10:00
Judge C.R. Magney State Park to Kadunce River Wayside, 10.0 miles
Hike past the Little Brule River to the 1.6-mi. Lakewalk on the shore of Lake Superior. Climb to Blueberry Overlook and enjoy the Kadunce River gorge. Meet at Kadunce River Wayside. At Hwy 61 mile 119, parking lot is on right side of highway.

June 3 National Trails Day Hikes, 10:00
Enjoy treats before we start hiking to celebrate the day!
Both hikes meet at Castle Danger Trailhead Parking Lot. At Hwy 61 mile 36.6, turn left on Lake Co Rd 106/Silver Creek Township Rd 617 and go 2.4 mi. to trailhead parking lot on right.

Long Hike: Gooseberry Falls State Park to Castle Danger, 9.1 miles
Hike along the scenic Gooseberry River for four mi., then enjoy views from Mike’s Rock and Wolf Rock.

Short Hike: Castle Danger Trailhead to Crow Creek Valley Campsite and Back, 2.4 miles total
Take in sweeping lake views from Wolf Rock, continue through pine woods to inland view at optional Crow Valley Overlook Spur Trail. Return via same route.  

June 24 Doggie Hike, 10:00
Fox Farm Road to Rossini Road, 6.4 miles
This hike is dog-friendly! Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome to join hikers on this walk along the West Branch of the Knife River and past several beaver ponds. Meet at Rossini Road Trailhead Parking Lot: At Hwy 61 mile 14.9, turn north (inland) on Homestead Rd. and go 5.75 mi. Turn right (east) on W.Knife River Rd. and go 1.5 mi. Turn left (north) on Culbertson Rd. and go 1.5 mi. Turn right (east) on Two Harbors Rd. and go 0.5 mi. Turn left (north) on Laine Rd. and go 3.5 mi. Turn left on Rossini Rd. and go 1.3 mi to trailhead parking lot on left.

July 22, 10:00
Bally Creek Road to Pincushion Mountain Trailhead, 8.3 miles
Hike by a large beaver pond and pine forest before joining North Shore State Trail for 2.5 mi. Steep descent to ridgeline with views heading into Pincushion. Meet at Pincushion Trailhead Parking Lot: At Hwy 61 mile 110, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 12 (Gunflint Trail) and go 2.0 mi. Turn right on Cook Co. Rd. 53 (Pincushion Drive) and go 0.25 mi. to parking lot.

August 12, 10:00
Temperance River Wayside to Britton Peak, 4.8 miles
Hike along the Temperance River and climb to Carlton Peak to enjoy far-reaching views. Meet at Britton Peak Trailhead Parking Lot. At Hwy 61 mile 82.8, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 2 (Sawbill Trail) and go 2.7 mi. to parking lot on right.

September 23, 10:00
County Road 70 to Arrowhead Trail, 8.5 miles
Watch for moose signs as trail winds through mixed forests to Carlson Pond and Carlson Creek. Meet at Arrowhead Trail Trailhead Parking Lot. At Hwy 61 mile 128.9, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 16 (Arrowhead Trail) and go 3.3 mi. to trailhead parking lot on right.

September 24, 10:00
Camp 20 Road to Judge C.R. Magney State Park, 4.8 miles
Cross Flute Reed River and rocky outcrops. Steep ascents and descents. Hike along the Brule River and pass Devil’s Kettle Falls. Ascend 200 steps on way to trailhead parking lot. Meet at Judge Magney State Park Trailhead Parking Lot. At Hwy 61 mile 123.8, turn left into entrance for park. Continue straight on service road into parking lot. State park day passes available for those who don’t have one.

September 30, 10:00
Martin Road Trailhead to Hartley Nature Center, 3.1 miles
Traverse a wooded ridge above Amity Creek, then enjoy a beautiful hike through Duluth’s Downer Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Option to explore Hartley Nature Center on your own after the hike. Meet at Hartley Nature Center. From I-35, take 21st Ave East Exit #258. Turn left on 21st Ave E and go 0.7 mi. up hill. Turn right on Woodland Ave and go 2.6 mi. Turn left on Hartley Nature Center driveway at sign on left and go to parking lot.

October 7, 10:00
Wild Valley Road to the Minnesota/Wisconsin Border & Back, 4.0 miles total
Explore the newest and final section of the Superior Hiking Trail! Hike through mixed forests and across a tributary of the Red River to the southernmost SHT campsite and the official southern terminus of the SHT! Return on same route. Meet at Wild Valley Road Trailhead Parking Lot. Take I-35 Carlton Exit #235 and go east on Hwy. 210 for 2.4 mi. to Carlton. Turn right (south) on Carlton Co. Rd. 1 and go 4.5 mi. to Wrenshall, turn left (east) on Carlton Co. Rd. 18 and go 3.1 mi., turn left (north) on Hwy 23 and go 0.3 mi. Turn right (south) on Wild Valley Road and go 0.5 mi. to trailhead parking lot on left.