Hike the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) during the day and enjoy the comfort of a cozy lodge at night. Explore lush forests with rocky cliffs, serene inland lakes, and thundering waterfalls that empty into Lake Superior. Take in panoramic views from Oberg Mountain as you hike to the best overlooks in northern Minnesota. Enjoy the maple trees at the peak of their fall colors. Relax in the evening at your lodge nestled on the Superior shoreline among the Lutsen Mountains while visiting with new friends. This Superior Hiking Trail lodge-based exploration is a perennial favorite.
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Day 1: Welcome to the Superior National Forest! Settle in and enjoy a warm-up hike in the evening.
Meet at the lodge in the afternoon. Settle into your accommodations and explore the grounds before going on a short hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. Return to the lodge with plenty of time to enjoy dinner and learn about the next days' adventures. Relax around the fireplace, enjoy hot drinks, and get acquainted with your guide.
Day 2: Enjoy the fall colors as you make the 6-mile trek from Britton Peak to Oberg Mountain.
Start the day early with a hearty breakfast and great coffee. Then head off for a day of hiking from Britton Peak to Oberg Mountain. Hike the 5.7-mile trail while taking plenty of time to enjoy the maple trees at the peak of their fall colors. The maple and birch forest gives way to spruce, balsam, and cedar around the beaver pond. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch before finishing the hike and returning to the lodge. Enjoy some personal time and dinner. After dinner, there will be time to star gaze from the deck and enjoy the sounds of the Superior shore.
Day 3: Enjoy the views from the summit of Oberg Mountain before saying farewell to your trip mates.
Head out to hike the 2-mile loop around the summit of Oberg Mountain. Work your way around the summit for different overlooks in all directions, starting with Leveaux Mountain and Lake Superior, then Moose Mountain, and finally inland to Oberg Lake and the rolling crests of inland ridges. This hike is especially beautiful in the fall when the colors of this mountain are at their peak. After finishing the loop, enjoy a final lunch while viewing Lake Superior. Bid farewell to your group and begin the journey home.
Dates & Fees
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: Lodging will be in a combination of lodge rooms and roomy townhomes located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Each unit contains fully modern bathrooms. Enjoy the mountain views from the deck and relax around the cozy fireplace.
MEALS: We’ll enjoy a variety of meals, some at the lodge and others out on the Superior Hiking Trail. Count on hearty breakfasts, picnic trail lunches, and lively dinners, all shared. We’ll enjoy happy hours together at the lodge after the day’s outdoor activities. If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 4 to 12 participants, plus 1-2 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 »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Tofte Ranger Station at 2:00 PM (local time)
End: Tofte Ranger Station at 1:00 PM (local time)
The trip starts south of Grand Marais, MN, at the Tofte Ranger Station at 2:00 PM. The trip ends at 1:00 PM in the same location. Booking a Flight? We recommend flying in to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport or the Duluth International Airport the night before your trip, and flying out of Duluth International Airport no earlier than 6:00 PM or Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport no earlier than 9:00 PM on the last day of the trip.
Do you have any additional health restrictions on trail?
In addition to following CDC guidelines, we work with a team of community and health experts to help guide our safety measures on and off the trail. Find a complete list of steps we are taking to provide you the safest experience here: https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/covid19/
Is this hiking trip wheelchair accessible?
Since hiking over rugged trails is a primary activity of our hiking trips, we do not recommend these trips for persons who use wheelchairs. Several of the hikes and activities are not very accessible for people who use wheelchairs.
Our canoe, kayak, and dogsled trips are generally more accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Water based travel is the great equalizer when it comes to outdoor activities. Fortunately, we have many trips to choose from.
All that said, if you use a wheelchair and are interested in going, please call to discuss the trip with us. We never want to say never!
What is the condition of the trail? Who maintains it?
The condition of the trail is good. The Superior Hiking Trail Association is responsible for maintaining all 310 miles of the trail. They have a crew of volunteers who work throughout the season to keep the trail in tip-top condition.
What section of the trail will we be hiking?
We typically hike a 5-6 mile section of the trail starting at the Britton Peak and ending at Oberg Mountain. We will have a shuttle drop us off at the beginning of the hike and then picking us up at Oberg Mountain to return to the lodge. This route is known for its spectacular overlooks.
How long has the trail been traversed?
The Superior Hiking Trail is relatively new with the first section opening in 1987. Prior to that, only a handful of anglers, hunters, and berry pickers knew the terrain.