Discover the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) along the North Shore of Lake Superior, showcasing waterfalls, rapids, and gorges as it winds through Minnesota’s Northwoods. Base camp at a state park and fall asleep listening to the sounds of the North Shore. Hike along the SHT, taking in nature’s entire spectrum of beauty from admiring high panoramic overlooks of the lake to noticing the smallest lichens that blanket the rugged rocks. Come experience the land that has been shared through story and song for thousands of years.
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Day 1: Begin your trip along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior to your Minnesota State Park where our trip officially begins. Settle into the campsite before embarking on an afternoon hike into the Sawtooth Mountain Range. On day one you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views of Lake Superior! Spend the first night tucked under the tall pines along the shore.
Day 2: Explore the famed Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
Arise for an early breakfast, pack up, and head to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Hike the five-mile Split Rock River Loop, one of the premier day hike loops on the Superior Hiking Trail. Enjoy lunch along the Lake Superior shoreline. Complete the remainder of the hiking loop, climbing a number of beautiful overlooks, some from more than 50 feet above the river! Take in one last view as the river cascades past red rock cliffs draped with conifers before heading back to our campsite.
Day 3: Enjoy the final moments along the Lake Superior shoreline.
After one last breakfast, get the chance to explore any parts of the State Park we may have missed. Bid farewell to the Superior shoreline before packing up belongings and hitting the road after lunch. Just because our trip ends in the early afternoon doesn’t mean you can’t explore the wonderful roadside attractions on the way home! Ask your guide for must see spots along the famed Highway 61 that gets you back to Duluth.
Dates & Fees
Wilderness Inquiry leads trips to the Superior Hiking Trail but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: The Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is characterized by ascents to rock outcroppings and cliffs, and descents into numerous river and creek valleys crossed by attractive and functional bridges. The SHT traverses a rich variety of terrain and habitat types. Much of the trail is easy walking but you will encounter sections with numerous steps and steep grades.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: We will hike 3-6 miles each day with plenty of opportunities for exploration. The group will carry lightweight day packs with their personal items and lunch. No previous experience is needed to complete this trip.
WEATHER: The average temperature on the Superior Hiking Trail in early fall is 63 F degrees and rain is always a possibility. Weather in the area is strongly influenced by Lake Superior and can change suddenly.
ACCOMMODATIONS: At night you will sleep in a comfortable 4-person tent with 3-4 people per a tent (other arrangements can be made). Bathroom facilities are available at Minnesota State Parks.
MEALS: We’ll enjoy a variety of meals out on the Superior Hiking Trail. Count on hearty breakfasts, picnic trail lunches, and lively dinners, all shared. If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 2 to 15 participants, plus 1 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative adventures and people pitch in with camp chores as they are able.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group gear and equipment. You will be assigned the same gear for the duration of your trip, and it will be sanitized between trips. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.
COVID POLICY: We continue to monitor and update our COVID-19 policies. Wilderness Inquiry strongly encourages everyone to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination and take other necessary steps for the health and wellness of all. We ask you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness. We will also continue to follow all guidance and requirements of locations that we travel, keeping in mind some international destinations do require vaccinations and/or negative covid tests. We will update this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: Though not required, some individuals may choose to wear a mask, and we expect all participants to respect this choice. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals who become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during a Wilderness Inquiry experience will be isolated to the best of the group’s ability and are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip.
GROUP EXPECTATIONS: To facilitate a safe and inclusive environment where we can all come together as our true selves, feel supported, and enjoy the outdoors in community, we have developed community agreements that align with Wilderness Inquiry’s core values and brand promise. We ask that you review these before your adventure so you can help Wilderness Inquiry create an inclusive environment for all.
Community Agreements as We Adventure Together
☐ We are safety conscious so everyone can have fun!
☐ We seek to understand each other and celebrate our differences.
☐ We are curious, open-minded, and communicate respectfully.
☐ We are open to trying new things and pushing outside of our comfort zone.
☐ We support each other and collectively contribute to group tasks.Read more »