The Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota follows the rocky ridges overlooking Lake Superior for a total of 310 miles of pure adventure. This unique trail takes you through forests of birch, pine, aspen, fir and cedar trees so hikers will enjoy views of boreal forests, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, abundant wildlife and the Sawtooth Mountains. The lowest point in the patch is 602 ft above sea level and the highest point reaches 1,829 ft above sea level. This footpath is intended for hiking only and motorized vehicles, mountain bikes and horses are not allowed on the trail. Many avid hikers use this trail for long-distance hiking and there are 94 fee free campsites available for the attending hikers to use.
There are two primary sections to the Superior Hiking Trail. The Duluth section of the trail is 50 miles long and starts southwest of the city of Duluth at the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. This section is best suited for day hiking and there is only one backcountry campground located near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The other section is called the North Shore section and it is approximately 260 miles long and begins at the Martin Road Trailhead on the northern boundary of the city of Duluth.
The Superior Hiking Trail Association builds, promotes and maintains the trail. It is a Minnesota based non-profit corporation with more than 3,200 members. The association produces a quarterly newsletter called “The Ridgeline” for its members which contains news of the trail, trail volunteer bios and association financial info. The trail was mostly built y crews of people that ere hired from local towns by the Minnesota Conservation Corps.
In December 2000, accolades were offered by “BackPacker Magazine” where they named the Superior Hiking Trail with the “Best Trail/Camp Shelter conditions; the trail with the “Best Signage” in the country and one of the most scenic trails in the nation.
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I went hiking on parts of the Superior hiking trail when it was under development in the 90s. A coworker helped develop the trails. I’ve always admired that.