Conditions

Linking people with nature by footpath along Lake Superior's North Shore.

September 18, 2014: In Beaver Bay, Co Rd 4 (Lax Lake Road) from Hyw 61 to the Beaver Bay Trailhead parking lot is closed due to road reconstruction. The Beaver Bay Trailhead parking lot is still open. You can use Co Rd 3 from the south(turn north after Betty's Pies and continue north on Co Rd 3 past the turnoff to the Co Rd 301 Fors Road Trailhead) or on Co Rd 5 from the north in Silver Bay (continue west past the Penn Blvd Trailhead and then turn south on Co Rd 4).
September 16, 2014: The trail is in good hiking condition and there is plenty of water in the streams and ponds. The trail is wet in places from all the rain we've been having. North of Hovland there are some wet areas where beavers have been active recently. Just the slightest touch of fall color here and there -- it's off to a slow start. A good time to be on the trail!
September 16, 2014: We have been having a problem with people hunting on private land on the Superior Hiking Trail. This is in a section of trail that is clearly marked as private land and red signs are clearly posted that no hunting is allowed. Please respect the property rights of private landowners and do not hunt on their private property. You can only hunt from the Superior Hiking Trail on public land. You need to obtain a plat map to locate public land since not all private property is marked.
September 16, 2014: Here are the various hunting seasons in the area of the Superior Hiking Trail (outside of the City of Duluth and state parks). There is very little hunting on or close to the Superior Hiking Trail, but it is legal on PUBLIC LANDS. *** PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO HUNTING ALLOWED ON ANY PRIVATE LANDS AND MANY OF OUR PRIVATE LANDS ARE NOT MARKED. YOU MUST OBTAIN A PLAT MAP TO DO ANY HUNTING ON THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL.*** Bear: 9-1-14 to 10-12-14; Grouse: 9-13-14 to 1-4-15; Small Game: 9-13-14 to 2-28-15; Deer Hunt, Archery: 9-13-14 to 12-31-14; Various Trapping Seasons: 10-18-14 to 3-15-15 (keep your dog on a close leash); Wolf, Firearms: 11-8-14 to 11-23-14; Deer Hunt, Firearms: 11-8-14 to 11-23-14. Much of the SHT is closed during the firearms deer hunt only. The exact locations will be posted closer to the season. More complete information on hunting season can be found on the MN DNR website.
September 16, 2014: DULUTH TRAILHEAD ISSUES: 1) Closure of Palkie Road Trailhead parking lot on north boundary of Jay Cooke State Park on southern end of SHT: Because of land issues between the state park and a private landowner, the Palkie Road Trailhead is not available for parking. This means the distance from the Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center to the next available trailhead parking lot at 123rd Ave West is 11.1 miles; *** 2) Complete closure of the trail at the Skyline Parkway at Highland/Getchell intersection due to the installation of a new bridge on Highland. This will be completely closed with no possibility of hiking through until the end of September. Roadwalk around this closure by using Cody Street, 61st Ave W, 8th Street, and Haines Road. *** 3) There is a new parking lot on 40th Ave West/Haines Road in the section Skyline Parkway at Highland/Getchell to N 24th Ave W. Lovely new parking lot right next to the new box culvert that goes under Haines Road for the Superior Hiking Trail. From I-35, take 40th Ave W Exit #253B and go uphill 1.7 miles to parking lot on right.
August 8, 2014: The Cascade River Wayside is closed for reconstruction and there is no parking there. Other parking options are at the SHT parking lot on the north end of the Cascade River Loop on Co Rd 45 (Pike Lake Road) or inside the state park (state park sticker needed) at the hiker parking lot. From this lot it's only a 0.1 mile hike to the Cascade River and the SHT. The Superior Shuttle will pick up hikers at this parking lot instead of the Cascade River Wayside.
August 1, 2014, BRIDGES OUT ON THE TRAIL: 1) North of Two Harbors in the Co Rd 301 to Castle Danger section: The Encampment River Bridge is out. The section has re-opened and a wet water crossing is possible to wade across the river unless there is high water after a rain event. It is impossible for us to predict when the water will be high. Here are the directions for a 6.8 mile roadwalk around this section: From Co Rd 301 (Fors Rd) trailhead parking lot, take the SHT 0.4 miles until it crosses Co Rd 3 (Hwy 3). Turn left (northeast) and go 4.7 miles to West Castle Danger Road. Turn right (east) and go 1.6 miles to where SHT crosses road. Go left on SHT 0.1 miles to Castle Danger Trailhead parking lot. *** 2) South of Grand Marais in the section Cascade River State Park to Bally Creek Road (also on the Cascade River Loop), the Trout Creek Bridge on the east side of the Cascade River is out for the foreseeable future. The creek is crossable on stepping stones in low water, but will be impassable after a rain event. In that case, use the trail on the west side of the Cascade River. It is impossible for SHTA to predict when the creek is crossable. .
May 11, 2012: Please make sure you camp only at designated campsites. People have been camping illegally on state park and private land! Campsites are required to be shared by parties. There is always room to squeeze another tent in at the site, so be polite. Please use only the main camp fire ring and do not make any additional rings anywhere. The camp fire rings must be dug down to a depth of 18" to get out all roots and they are placed away from trees with overhanging branches.

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