Conditions

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

October 20, 2014: Much of the Superior Hiking Trail will be closed during the firearms deer season, November 8th – 23rd. The trail will be closed from: 1) Rossini Road Trailhead west of Two Harbors to Sugarloaf Road south of Schroeder (129 miles); and 2) from the Hovland Lakewalk (Hwy. 61 milepost 123) though Judge Magney State Park to the Arrowhead Trail (Cook Co Rd 16) Trailhead north of Hovland. SHTA closes the trail when there is private land in a section or when a public land managing agency asks us to close the trail. *** Gooseberry, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Tettegouche State Parks will be open to the public on the lake side of Hwy 61 but closed to the public on the inland side. Crosby-Manitou State Park is closed to hunting west of the Manitou River but open on the east side. Temperance River State Park will be open to hunting above the gorge/waterfall areas and west along the Cross River. Cascade River State Park will be open to hunting above the waterfall area and west of the river, including Lookout Mountain. Judge Magney State Park will be open to hunting in all areas except the lake side of Highway 61 and in the campground. *** The rest of the trail, including the trail in state parks unless specifically closed to the public, is open to hiking but SHTA discourages people from hiking on the trail during this two-week period. If you do hike on the trail, you must wear blaze orange as a safety precaution. *** There is no firearms deer hunting in Jay Cooke State Park and the City of Duluth so these are good places to hike.
October 20, 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. More complete information on hunting seasons can be found on the MN DNR website.
October 16, 2014: The Cook County Highway Department (CCHD) has scheduled the replacement of a culvert on CSAH 16 (Arrowhead Trail)(north of Hovland) at Carlson Creek approximately 3.5 miles north of Hwy 61. Work to begin at 9:00 A.M. on Monday, October 20th, 2014. Expect delays of up to 4 hours on Monday and Tuesday. CCHD will provide an avenue for emergency services only.
October 13, 2014: The maple peak is past, but the golds of the birch and aspen on the cliffs along Highway 61 starting north of Two Harbors are simply stunning. Still a wonderful time to be on the trail!
October 13, 2014 -- We've received no hiker reports but the Cook County News Herald reported that a man with a dog on a leash encountered a wolf that charged at them on the Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails just north of Grand Marais. The SHT shares the Pincushion Ski Trails for 2.2 miles. This is extremely unusual behavior for a wolf. Conservation Office advice is to make a loud noise to scare a wolf off.
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 October. 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.
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: 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.
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. .

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