We visit this trail just about every year. One year we hiked from lodging to lodging, but usually we just do day hikes.
The twist this year was to bring two cars. That way we could explore sections of the trail as a series of one-way day hikes. For the first time we got to see the remotest parts of the trail, ending just a mile short of the Canadian border.
The trail starts near Duluth, Minnesota, then twists and turns relative to the North Shore of Lake Superior for 310 miles. It's easy to construct just the right length of hike because it consists of 5 to 10-mile sections that can be reached by car.
I find myself valuing the most basic elements of hiking. Beyond the need to move forward, upright, on trail, my brain is freed to go where it needs to go. The repeating, leafless birch don't overload my vision.
The other day, a magical howling rose above the sound of brittle leaves underfoot: the glorious rising and falling sound of sled dogs, in unison, at a nearby musher's camp.
We don't hike the Superior Trail for the bling, but there are some standout locations. Several times we encountered ponds formed by beaver dams.
|Beginning of another day of hiking|