Instead of running this past weekend I went for a hike along the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). This was my first backpacking adventure in Minnesota. It was far better than I thought. Usually I backpack in California at Yosemite National Park, but this is not something I can do over a weekend. So I found myself in the car at 5:30am on Saturday. A great way to start the weekend with a beautiful sunrise and clear roads on the way to Duluth.
The trail is easily accessible from many spots along the highway. So I had no problem finding a suitable route. The day was overcast and cool, perfect for a long walk. If you plan to do this, or any hike along the SHT, I recommend you get the Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail.
I started from Silver Bay heading east. Numerous campsites exist and the hiking is fairly easy, with only a few areas on rocks or with steep sections. The views were non-existent on my hike out due to low clouds, but the vegetation was interesting and the trail never boring. I camped at Kennedy Camp West, 13.4 miles from the car.
The trail is very well marked, making it easy to follow. I barely needed the map, but recommend you always take one. Along the way I passed the Bean and Bear Lake loop trails. Very popular day hikes with a side trail to Bear Lake. It looked like Bear Lake would be great to swim in, but I didn't take the trail to the lake to explore. I will however consider taking my kids here when they get older. The trail passes into Tettegouche State Park and Baptism High Falls, crossing the Baptism River on a suspension bridge. The bridge uses one cable to keep it up, very cool looking.
The next day was clear with great views. I enjoyed the leisure walk back to the car and felt great. Some pictures from Sunday.