Superior Hiking

photo: On the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota between Finland Recreation Center and Temperance River State Park; photo by Brittany M Type: Backcountry
Length: 220.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Superior National Forest, Minnesota Hwy 61.
States: Minnesota
Counties: Cook, Lake
Latitude: 46.8657   Longitude: -92.06367

Accessible from numerous trailheads along Minnesota Hwy 61 or secondary roads.


Described as one of the 10 best trails in the US by Backpacker Magazine. Rugged terrain, dozens of great vistas, backcountry/wilderness feel but near a major Hwy and Services.

The Superior Hiking Trail is a non-motorized foot trail, routed principally along the ridge line overlooking the northwest shore (North Shore) of Lake Superior. The trail is characterized by ascents to ridge tops and cliffs, and descents to numerous river and creek valleys, crossed by trail bridges. The trail traverses a variety of terrain and habitat types, including: birch/aspen, pine, fir, and cedar woodlands; grassy clearings; and rocky outcrops. There are panoramic views of Lake Superior, the Sawtooth Mountains, and inland woodlands. The rivers and streams, draining into Lake Superior, showcase waterfalls, rapids, and deep gorges where the rushing water has cut through layers of ancient volcanic bedrock. Steep portions of the trail are accessed by log and stone stairways.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 602
Elevation High Point: 1,829
Year Designated: 1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Terry Eggum
Executive Director
Superior National Forest
P.O. Box 2159
Tofte , MN 55615
(218) 663-8085



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