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Two Harbors to Silver Bay

  • 43.3 Miles of Trail
  • 6 Sections of Trail
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Sections South to North

Trail Alerts

Lake County Road 301 to Castle Danger
  • No bridge on Encampment River in middle of section. A wet water crossing is possible but hikers should be aware that local rain events could make the crossing difficult or impossible.
  • 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.
  • This section closes from October 29 though the end of firearms deer season due to a request from our private landowners.
Gooseberry Falls State Park to Split Rock River Wayside
  • 1.6 mile section permanently closed north of Gooseberry Falls State Park. Hikers must detour around section 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. This detour will likely last until fall of 2017.
  • 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!
  • OR 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.
Split Rock River Loop at Split Rock River Wayside
  • Split Rock River Bridge is CLOSED as of October 18, 2016.

Lake County Road 301 to Castle Danger

Directions

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. Overnight parking okay.

Description
  • Rolling valleys up to pine-studded ridgelines
  • No bridge on Encampment River in middle of section. Stepping stone crossing in low water, not crossable after rain events and spring run-off. Roadwalk around section posted at Trailhead parking lot.
  • Mostly private land in this section, so stay on trail at all times. Absolutely no camping in this section!
Trail Alerts
  • No bridge on Encampment River in middle of section. A wet water crossing is possible but hikers should be aware that local rain events could make the crossing difficult or impossible.
  • 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.
  • This section closes from October 29 though the end of firearms deer season due to a request from our private landowners.

Castle Danger to Gooseberry Falls State Park

Directions

Castle Danger Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 36.6, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 106/Silver Creek Township Rd. 617 (West Castle Danger Rd.) and go 2.4 miles to trailhead parking lot on right. Overnight parking okay.

Description
  • Starts with short but steep climb to ridgeline with views of forests and Lake Superior
  • Mike’s Rock 3 miles in with nice views
  • 4 miles along meandering, scenic Gooseberry River
  • Long spur trail down to towering waterfalls, State Park Visitor Center, and Lake Superior

Gooseberry Falls State Park to Split Rock River Wayside

Directions

Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 38.9, turn right and follow road to day use parking. Overnight parking okay with a state park sticker; check-in with state park staff.

Description
  • Signed major detour 2.5 miles on this section from State Park Visitor Center to Blueberry Hill Road. New trail route to open fall 2016. View a map of the detour.
  • Stunning 1 mile Breadloaf Ridge overlooking Lake Superior
  • Descend through lovely aspen and birch forests toward Split Rock River
Trail Alerts
  • 1.6 mile section permanently closed north of Gooseberry Falls State Park. Hikers must detour around section 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. This detour will likely last until fall of 2017.
  • 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!
  • OR 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.

Split Rock River Loop at Split Rock River Wayside

Directions

Split Rock River Wayside: On Hwy. 61 milepost 43.5 with parking lot on left. No overnight parking.

Description
  • Highlights are cascading waterfalls and towering Split Rocks
  • Trail goes 2.5 miles up one side of the river, crosses bridge, and descends other side for 2.5 miles, leaving river and climbing to high point with views of Lake Superior.
  • At Hwy. 61, SHT crosses highway and goes on paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail to box culvert under Hwy. 61 with access to beautiful sand beach at mouth of river.
Trail Alerts
  • Split Rock River Bridge is CLOSED as of October 18, 2016.

Split Rock River Wayside to Beaver Bay

Directions

Split Rock River Wayside: On Hwy. 61 milepost 43.5 with parking lot on left. No overnight parking.

Alternate parking for this section: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. At Hwy. 61 milepost 49.0, turn right on entrance road. Pass contact station, turn right and follow road to Trail Center parking lot. Follow state park trails 2.3 miles to SHT spur trail going to main SHT. Overnight parking okay with state park sticker; check-in with state park staff.

Description
  • Challenging section with steep ascents and descents and dramatic views both of Lake Superior and inland
  • Trail climbs down a fault line ridge onto the valley floor and climbs out again by large beaver pond to more ridgeline views
  • 6.0 mile Cove Point Loop in middle of section starts and ends at Cove Point Lodge.

Beaver Bay to Silver Bay

Directions

Beaver Bay Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 51.1, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 4 (Lax Lake Rd.) and go 0.8 miles to parking lot on right. Overnight parking okay.

Penn Blvd. Trailhead in Silver Bay: At Hwy 61 milepost 54.3, turn left at stoplight on Outer Drive and go 1.5 miles to Penn Blvd. Continue straight 0.5 miles on Penn Blvd to parking lot on right.

Description
  • SHT shares snowmobile trail for 0.5 miles, then turns right to follow Beaver River
  • Trail climbs to majestic pine forest with rocky outcrops
  • After descending, trail climbs again to more views of inland forests and Lake Superior