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Top 5 Hidden Hikes with a View on the North Shore

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Top 5 Hidden Hikes with a View on the North Shore

Brook Maier

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My list of the top 5 hiking trails along Minnesota's north shore with beautiful views. These places are Great for summer adventurers, dates, family photos, picnics and more.

1. Sugarloaf Cove (Sugarloaf Point) SNA

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 miles
Find this beautiful place just off Highway 61 just south of Schroeder, Minnesota. With a nature center and great view of Lake Superior, this is a nice place to stretch your legs or have a delicious picnic. It is a Minnesota DNR Scientific and Natural Area, but it is taken care of by another organization. Visit their website for more information.
Click here for a map of the trails.

2. Split Rock River Loop at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Difficulty: Moderate (some hills)
Length:  4.5 miles roundtrip
This hike is part of the Superior Hiking Trail and is also located within Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. This loop offers beautiful views, cascading waterfalls, backcountry campsites, and much more. At the end of the trail you'll connect back up with the Gitchi-Gami State Trail to take you back to your car. Check out this map for the highlighted route. Also, don't forget your Minnesota State Parks and Trails park permit, only $25 and good for free entry to all parks for a year!


3. Palisade Head at Tettegouche State Park

 Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
 Length: Less than 1.5 miles
Due to the somewhat hidden entrance to the parking area for this hike, it ends up being a common stop missed by North Shore visitors. The parking area is just south of Tettegouche State Park. Though this hike has a stunning overlook of Lake Superior, it can also make some nervous due to the fact that it has no barriers between you and the cliffs. Keep an eye on the kids and take in the view!
Check out the state park map for more information.

4. Oberg Mountain Loop

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (somewhat of a steep climb to the top and flat on upper trail around mountain)
Length: 2.3 miles roundtrip
Part of the Superior Hiking Trail, Oberg Mountain is well known for it's view during the Fall to capture all the beautiful changing colors. Aside from that, as it stands almost 1,000ft above the lake, it is still a hike worth doing to get a glimpse of Lake Superior's shoreline for as far as the eye can see. The trailhead and parking lot is 5 miles off Highway 61 in Tofte. Click here for more information OR here for a map of the location and hike.

Photo Credit: Byran Hansel

Photo Credit: Byran Hansel

5. Mount Rose Loop Trail in Grand Portage

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (steep climb but has stairs)
Length: 2 miles rountrip
Ever been to the pointy northeastern tip of Minnesota? Well this is as close as you may get and might be one of my personal favorite places. Not only are there a few hidden and scenic hikes here that immerse you in nature, but you can also get a look back in time at the nicely built Grand Portage Heritage/Visitor Center and Historic Depot. Enjoy hiking, picnicking, tours, camping on Lake Superior and events throughout the summer. Pick up a map for the Mount Rose Loop Trail hike that starts in the parking lot of the Visitor Center and other hikes in the area, at the Visitor Center.
*Note: If you're looking for a bit longer of a hike, try Mount Josephine or the Grand Portage Trail, also located in the same area. 

Use this Custom Google Map to help you find each hike and location along Minnesota's North Shore.

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