We’ve got the best hiking trails on MN’s North Shore
In a world where “social distancing” is not only part of our vocabulary, but a requirement for health and safety, we’re sharing our favorite hikes off the beaten path. These trails are less populated than many, plus we love them — and we think you will too!
All three hikes are part of our resort-guided hikes this summer. If you decide to venture out on your own and need maps or directions, our Guest Services team is happy to help.
This hike starts at the trailhead on the east side of Cook County 1 and after a quick trek through a coniferous forest it crosses to the West Side of the road. Thick stands of fragrant Balsam/Spruce hug the corridor of the trail for 1 ½ miles until you reach your turn around point at a 40-foot A-frame bridge over beautiful Dyer’s Creek.
Check out one of the larger structures on the Superior Hiking Trail and learn how trail professionals and volunteers labored to install it. You’ll head back along Two Island River, cross over abandoned railroad tracks and return to the trailhead.
The hike is 2.2 miles and rated “intermediate” in difficulty.
Lake Agnes, White Sky Rock
The Agnes Lake trailhead is five miles up the Caribou trail in Lutsen. Park at the Caribou Lake public water access. Expect a steep climb for about .2 miles, after that the trail levels off. The forest is mixed hardwood, with sections of maples and old growth cedars. Once at the lake keep your eye out for beavers and other wildlife. A good turn around point is the second campsite on the west end of the lake.
This trail is 3 miles and rated “moderate to difficult.”
Though the name lacks creativity – it literally is section 13 of the Superior Hiking Trail – we love this down and back hike along the Baptism and Sawmill River Valleys. It’s considered by many through-hikers as one of the most scenic sections of the trail. This hike winds through deciduous forests slowly climbing to a beautiful overlook and is frequented by moose, wolves, and various raptor species. Caution: This hike isn’t for the faint of heart, the terrain is rough and the trail can be muddy. It’s 2.7 miles and rated “difficult,” but the view at the top is well worth the struggle.
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