Conditions

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

April 17, 2014: Spring melting has started but there is lots to go. Rivers are starting to open up. Gooseberry Falls opened last Friday. Snow depths are still anywhere from 12" to 30". It will likely be mid-May before the trail is dried out enough for hiking. In the north, Jackson Lake Road and Otter Lake Road are not plowed in the winter so until the snow melts you cannot get to the northern end of the trail.
April 17, 2014: The Trout Creek Bridge on the East Side of the Cascade River Loop 1.2 miles north of Highway 61 remains out from the July 18, 2013 rain event. THIS CREEK IS NOT CROSSABLE IN HIGH WATER SO USE THE TRAIL ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CASCADE RIVER. A wet water crossing may be possible in low water conditions,but it is not possible for SHTA to predict conditions. There are no plans to put this bridge back in place until we find a new location.
April 10, 2014: Here are some snow depths on the SHT measured on April 9th out from these trailheads: Castle Danger 25"; Split Rock River Wayside 20"; Caribou River Wayside 24"; Finland Recreation Center 35".
April 9, 2014: THE TRAIL SECTION NORTH OF TWO HARBORS FROM CO. RD. 301 TO CASTLE DANGER REMAINS CLOSED due to the Encampment River Bridge being out. This bridge is on private land with high eroding clay banks and there we do not have permission to cross the river at this time. There is a 6.8 mile roadwalk around the section. Directions and a map are posted on the trailhead parking lot signs. 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.
November 27, 2013: The 0.8 mile SHT spur trail from the top of the Lutsen gondola back to the SHT main trail will now be closed permanently during the ski season. There are now two ski runs on the north side of Moose Mountain that cross the spur trail.
October 13, 2013: THIS IS THE ONLY TRAIL ISSUE REMAINING IN DULUTH FROM THE JUNE 2012 FLOOD *** The trail is now open from the new Palkie Road Trailhead to the 123rd Avenue West trailhead, a distance of 8.1 miles but the two additional trailheads that used to be available in this stretch of trail remain closed -- the Grand Portage Trailhead parking lot is inaccessible due to the loss of Hwy 210 and Fond du Lac is inaccessible due to the spur trail to the main trail being wiped out.
April 2, 2013: NEW! - The new Seventh Edition of the "Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail," published by the Superior Hiking Trail Association in April 2013, is your best source of detailed information about the Superior Hiking Trail. It includes complete trailhead parking information, maps, campsite information, water sources, and a mile-by-mile description of the trail. The SHT starts at Jay Cooke State Park and continues through Duluth for 42 miles(no SHT backcountry campsites in this section). Then the trail is contiguous from the Martin Road Trailhead to the end of trail at Otter Lake Road Trailhead, close to the Canadian border (255 miles of main trail)(93 backcountry campsites, no fees, permits or reservations required). The Guide price is $15.95. ***SHTA also sells a complete set of five pocket maps to the trail for $2.50. These maps are Map A Sucker River to Two Harbors; Map 1 Two Harbors to Tettegouche; Map 2 Tettegouche to Oberg Mt; Map 3 Oberg Mt. to Woods Creek; and Map 4 Woods Creek to Canada.
August 7, 2012: There is a new trailhead parking lot on Lake County Rd 6 (in the Finland, Little Marais area). Instead of the parking lot in a gravel pit, the parking lot is now 0.2 miles west of the gravel pit on Co Rd 6, where the SHT actually crosses Co Rd 6.
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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