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The Superior Hiking Trail

Featured in "1,000 Places to See in U.S. and Canada Before You Die." The rugged natural beauty of Lake Superior and the civilized touches of the Lodges, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts of Minnesota's North Shore bring you one of North America's finest hiking experiences, Lodge to Lodge Hiking along one of the continent's finest trails, the Superior Hiking Trail.

The Superior Hiking Trail is truly one of the continent's finest hiking trails. You find unexpected remoteness and some of the most dramatic scenery you can ever imagine. The Trail winds for 200 miles, high above Lake Superior from Two Harbors to the Canadian border along the ridgeline of the ancient Sawtooth Mountain Range. You can stand atop a high bluff and gaze across 50 miles of Lake Superior. Or you can rest beside rivers cascading though rocky gorges to the lake hundreds of feet below.

Hike through a northern forest of maple, aspen, birch, balsam, ancient cedar and towering pine. Wildlife abounds. You may find signs of deer, moose, wolf and beaver along with a great variety of birds along the trail. The Superior Hiking Trail was built as a cooperative venture between The Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA), the State of Minnesota's DNR, the USFS, Cook and Lake Counties and many private land owners. The ongoing maintenance and remaining construction of the trail is the primary responsibility of membership support to the SHTA.

Trail Map and Lodges

The Experience

Hike all day, then step off the Trail into the comfort and hospitality of a fine North Shore lodge or inn for the night. The next morning you are on the trail again and off to another lodge. There are thirteen lodges, located between Silver Bay and Grand Marais, from which to choose. Each lodge is unique. Accommodations include bed and breakfasts, historic inns, small hotels, resorts and condominiums.

How Does the Program Work?

First night and day: Typically, you arrive at your first accommodation late afternoon and spend the night. Dinner is on your own. Next morning you receive breakfast and pick up your bag trail lunch. After breakfast you drive your vehicle/luggage to the trailhead where you end that days hike; then you are shuttled to the beginning of that trailhead to begin your hike. Upon completion of your hike you drive to your next overnight lodging. NOTE Weekends and holidays require minimum number of two or more nights at an accommodation.

Scheduling a Trip

Take a look at the Hiking Trail maps with descriptions and nearby lodging descriptions. Choose the trail segments within each trail section or lodging you want to hike and also look at the list of packages below. Call 800-322-8327 or email us and our office takes care of the rest. We call the accommodations for availability and set everything up for you. We then email or call you with the proposed itinerary.

Trips may be scheduled for anytime during the hiking season - from May until the end of October. However, we recommend that reservations be made well in advance. Lodging accommodations fill up early, particularly from July through early October.

Note: Rates are subject to change and are based on double occupancy. Single person rates are higher.Extra charges apply, if a shuttle is over 30 miles in length, round trip. Taxes are not included in rates.


Superior Venture Package

3 or 4 Nights Lodging/Breakfast and bag trail lunch

Spend a few days hiking the Superior North Shore through lush forests, past scenic waterfalls, over scenic ridges and along river gorges. After your day's hike, enjoy dinner and then sleep in comfort at a different lodge each night.

Rates:
Midweek:
(Sunday-Thursday)
3 nights: From $385/person
4 nights: From $450/person
Weekend / Holidays: From $165/person/night

Superior Quest Package

5 Nights Lodging/Breakfast and bag trail lunch

An extended hike through a variety of forest, exciting vistas, inland lakes, beaver ponds, rushing rivers, intimate streams and plunging waterfalls. Sample the accommodations and cuisine of five lodges.

Rates:
Midweek:
(Sunday-Thursday)
From $625/person
Weekend / Holiday: From $165/person/night



Superior Challenge Package

7 or more Nights Lodging/Breakfast and bag trail lunch

Climb to high bluffs and gaze across Lake Superior, lunch by waterfalls that cut rock gorges through the Sawtooth Mountains. Spend your nights in the comforts of a North Shore Lodge. All this can be experienced on your Superior Challenge trip.

Rates:
7 nights
(including weekend):
From $1150/person
Each additional night:
(after 7 nights)
From $165/person/night

Custom Trip Package

Create your own Superior Hiking Trail experience

Tailor your Lodge to Lodge Adventure to fit your interests. Hike as many days as you want. Prices on custom Lodge to Lodge trips quoted upon request.

Suggested Routes:
  • Silver Bay/Little Marais-- featuring inland lakes, Mount Trudee, Baptism River and the High Falls.
  • Schroeder/Tofte-- offering magnificent views from Carlton Peak and Oberg Mountain
  • Lutsen-- with an unparalleled view from Moose Mountain and White Sky Rock overlooking Caribou Lake
  • Cascade/Grand Marais— where you can explore the waterfalls and rapids of Cascade River and the highest elevation on the Superior Hiking Trail.