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 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
WI leads trips to the Superior Hiking Trail but currently has no dates scheduled. 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: Lodging will be in a roomy condo located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Each unit contains fully modern bathrooms. Enjoy the lake 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 in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however, most people pitch in where they can.
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 VACCINATION AND HEALTH PRE-SCREENING: All participants (and our staff) are required to be fully vaccinated (including the booster) at least 2 weeks prior to the trip start date.
In addition, upon your arrival, we will perform a health screening that will include confirming that you have no COVID-19 related symptoms (for example: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat) or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 related symptoms within the last 2 weeks. We will also take each group member’s temperature daily. If COVID-19 related symptoms develop during the trip experience, you are responsible for your quarantine and transportation needs that adhere to CDC guidelines. Please ensure that you have an emergency contact on file that would be able to assist.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: All participants and staff will wear properly fitting masks when social distancing is not possible (i.e. riding in the van, loading/unloading boats, cooking, etc.) or when requested by a WI staff member. As of Jan 15, 2022, KN95s or N95s are required for staff and participants. Cloth masks, buffs, bandanas, and scarves are not accepted face coverings. Thorough hand washing and/or gloves and masks will be worn during meal preparation.Read more »