Waterfalls, moose tracks, the deepest canyon in the state, a string of rivers spilling through multiple state parks, tranquil forests plus endless views of Lake Superior – the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) has it all. At 296-miles, the footpath named as one of “10 Prime Trails That Leave All Others in the Dust” by Backpacker Magazine stretches from Duluth all the way up to the Canadian border.
For some, trekking the Superior Hiking Trail from start to finish is a bucket list dream. But you don’t have to quit your day job to see some of its finest chucks, most of which are located just minutes (by car or our complementary shuttle to trailheads) from Bluefin Bay.
One of the most easily accessible sections of the SHT runs from Temperance River State Park to Britton Peak, with an easy ascent up Carlton Peak. Capping off with incredible views at the top of the peak,
this hike runs approximately 5 miles.
One of the easier sections of the SHT runs from Britton Peak to Oberg Mountain, following an approximately 6-mile rolling, forested path that crisscrosses the popular Sugarbush cross-country trail system.
With scenic overlooks to dense maple forests, the Oberg Mountain to Lutsen section offers a little bit of everything to the adventurous hiker. At 7 miles one way, this hike winds through lush boreal forests and
emerges at the Poplar River gorge, challenging hikers with climbs and descents along the way.
Be sure to stop by Bluefin Bay Guest Services for an area trail map and trail condition information before heading out. Or join one of our many daily guided hiking excursions. Just remember that safe, smart hikers always bring water, pack sunscreen and let others know when and where they’re headed. Happy hiking!