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Current Trail Conditions
  • August 24, 2016: The water source for the Crow Creek Valley Campsite north of Two Harbors is dry (there is a small pool of water on the spur trail just south of the campsite). It’s the time of year when some of the small creeks and streams that are the water sources for some of the campsites are getting low. There is still plenty of water along the trail in the lakes, ponds, rivers and larger creeks but you may need to plan your campsite water sources more carefully.
  • August 24, 2016: The trail is generally in good hiking shape. Really bad bugs between Duluth and Two Harbors, no bugs north of Grand Marais in the Devil Track River and Brule River area — examples just to say come prepared for insects — long sleeves and pants, insect repellant, and a headnet. Then it’s a plus if you don’t have to use them! There are been some reports of hornets, both ground hornets and in nests.
  • August 24, 2016: The northern 30 miles of the trail, from Judge Magney State Park to Otter Lake Road is now passable with a walkway cut through the droopy brush – yea!
    •  Jackson Lake Road on the north end of the trail is still covered with low hanging trees across the road. It’s passable but your vehicle may get brushed by tree branches.
    • There is an alternate way to get to the Otter Lake Road Trailhead. Continue straight (North) on Arrowhead Trail (Cook Co Rd 16)for 7 miles past the turnoff to Jackson Lake Road. Turn right (east) on Otter Lake Road and go 4 miles to the Otter Lake road trailhead parking lot on the right).
  • August 24, 2016: BRIDGES OUT ON THE TRAIL: These streams are crossable in normal or low water conditions, but will be impassable in high water in the spring or after a rain event. It is impossible for SHTA to predict when the streams are crossable.
    • North of Two Harbors in the Co Rd 301 to Castle Danger section: The Encampment River Bridge is out permanently. Here are the directions for a 6.8 mile roadwalk around this section:
      • From Co Rd 301 (Fors Rd) trailhead parking lot, take the SHT 0.4 miles until it crosses Co Rd 3 (Hwy 3). Turn left (northeast) and go 4.7 miles to West Castle Danger Road.
      • Turn right (east) and go 1.6 miles to where SHT crosses road. Go left on SHT 0.1 miles to Castle Danger Trailhead parking lot.
    • South of Grand Marais in the section Cascade River State Park to Bally Creek Road (also on the Cascade River Loop), the Trout Creek Bridge on the east side of the Cascade River is out for the foreseeable future. In high water periods use the trail on the west side of the Cascade River.
  • August 24, 2016: When going to the Wild Valley Road Trailhead parking lot south of Jay Cooke State Park, there is road construction on Hwy. 23 right at the turn onto Wild Valley Road and MN DOT has taken down the green sign that says Wild Valley Road. When you turn down the road, you will see some blue blazes or logo signs to know you’re on the right road. The trailhead parking lot is 0.5 miles down the road.
  • August 24, 2016:  A 1.6 mile section of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is closed permanently  from the northern boundary of Gooseberry Falls State Park to Blueberry Hill Road. There is a signed detour on the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail to go around this section.
    • The detour starts at the Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitor Center, crosses on the pedestrian bridge under Hwy. 61 over the Gooseberry River and travels for 2.1 miles on the Gitchi Gami State Trail to the Blueberry Hill Road intersection. This intersection is located at about Highway 61, milepost 41.6 by blue fire number #3486.
    • At that point, there are two options.
      • 1) Cross Highway 61 and walk 1.2 miles north on Blueberry Hill Road, a gravel Lake County forest road, to connect to the SHT and then continue east on the SHT to the Blueberry Hill Campsite, Bread Loaf Ridge, and the Split Rock River Wayside. Absolutely no parking on Blueberry Hill Road!
      • 2) Continue another 2.4 miles on the Gitchi Gami Trail to the Split Rock River Wayside, and use the box culvert underneath the highway to reach the parking lot and the continuation of the SHT.
    • This detour will last until sometime in 2017.
  • August 24, 2016: The Fond du Lac trailhead parking lot in west Duluth is open once again but there is a new 1.1 mile spur trail from the parking lot to the trail. The distance from the Palkie Road Trailhead Parking Lot on the northern boundary of Jay Cooke State Park to Fond du Lac is 8.0 miles. The distance from the Fond du Lac Trailhead Parking lot to 123rd Avenue West Trailhead Parking Lot is 2.4 miles.
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