TRIP DETAILS LENGTH +/- 5 miles on the Split Rock River Loop and around Split Rock State Park DIFFICULTY Easy to Moderate: elevation, roots, rocks, bugs at dawn and dusk. DATE August 10, 2019 MAIN FEATURES Panoramic overlooks of Lake Superior, the historic Split Rock Lighthouse and a never ending series of ups and downs through the forests of … Continue reading North Shore S24O (Sub-24 Hour Overnight) | Split Rock
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 50.9 trail miles (potential for several more miles with spurs, overlooks and side trips for ice cream) DIFFICULTY Moderate with a brief flat section along Lake Superior’s Shore. DATE June 5-7, 2019 MAIN FEATURES Panoramic overlooks of Lake Superior, trillium and lady slippers, never ending ups and downs and waterfalls through the stunning city parks and … Continue reading The Blue Map | 51 Miles on the Superior Hiking Trail: Wild Valley Road to Martin Road!
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 57.5 miles from Duluth to Two Harbors DIFFICULTY Challenging: slight elevation, roots, rocks, and epic mud to the shins DATE May 24-27, 2019 MAIN FEATURES rivers, ponds and wetlands, forests in different growth stages and opportunities to learn a bit about logging on North Shore. This trip marks my completion of 4 out of 6 … Continue reading The Brown Map | 57 Miles on the Superior Hiking Trail: Duluth to Two Harbors!
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 53.2 miles Tettegouche State Park to Two Harbors DIFFICULTY Challenging: elevation, roots, rocks, snow and mostly mud DATE May 14-17, 2019 MAIN FEATURES Panoramic overlooks of Lake Superior, inland lakes, and a never ending series of ups and downs through the forests of Minnesota's North Shore. It's about time for a trip report! If you have … Continue reading Hitting the Half Way Mark | 53 miles on the Superior Hiking Trail: Tettegouche to Two Harbors!
Im writing this on a gray Minnesota day, with a belly full of coffee and a Tobie's Cinnamon Roll as big as my head by my side. Since returning from our Superior Hiking Trail 100 Mile Hike, I have been working on slowing down a bit and recalibrating. Don't worry, I have some projects coming … Continue reading Escape to the Woods: Our North Shore Tiny House Adventure!
FUN NEWS! Our Superior hiking Trail adventure is being featured all week as a series on the BSA Instagram page. Volunteering with our son's Boy Scout Troop has provided me with opportunities that have ignited a passion for the outdoors and empowered me to pursue adventure both inside and outside of Scouting activities. I'm grateful … Continue reading Lightweight Backpacking Tips: 5 ways I reduced my pack weight – Including packing list
Guess what came in the mail last Saturday, on National Public Lands Day?! My North Country Trail 100 mile Challenge Patch! The North Country Trail is a footpath that is 4,600 miles(7,400 km) long from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. Thats almost as long as the … Continue reading Hike 52: Our Superior Hiking Trail Route
We've been home for a week! The blisters are healed, toenails looking normal but the knees are still creaking from coming down Carlton Peak. Here's a video of our adventure and some final thoughts below. If you are not subscribed already, stay tuned for an upcoming post about our route, packing list and how … Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail 100 Miler
Last night I decided I was done. We had hiked the 20ish miles between Mystery Mountain And Temperance River State Park in about 8.5 hours minus breaks and had been at camp for about an hour when I told my sister I was out. We were due to head inland the next day and I … Continue reading Day 7: Coming Off the Trail Early
The Trail is characterized by ascents to rock outcroppings and cliffs, and descents into numerous river and creek valleys. Most rivers and streams are crossed by bridges. Overlooks of Lake Superior, the Sawtooth Mountains and inland woodlands, lakes and rivers are abundant. The Trail follows rivers and creeks, often for distances of a mile or … Continue reading Day 6: The Sawtooths! 6 Mountains in 20 Miles
Got up at 5:30 and started working on my feet in the tent with my headlamp poor Bear. They are healing up and feeling much better but I still taped them up good with some of the supplies that John and Megan gave us. We shared the breakfast gift from my coworkers and left camp … Continue reading Day 5: Superior Hiking Trail. Town Day!
Time to switch to the next map! Woke up a few times in the night with a really sore shins. The outer muscle of my lower legs really hurts and had to stretch a lot in the middle of the night. We hope to make it to North Bally tonight I think thats 17 miles … Continue reading Day 4: Devil Track, Pincushion and Skydiver Dude!
Each day I think I will wake up feeling better and stronger, but instead...a new part of my body hurts. This will pass, thankful for ibuprofen. This trail is no joke. Its all up and down with rocks and roots and we welcome the flat stretches when the come. We said farewell to … Continue reading Day 3: Lake Walk and Woods Creek
Got a late start but caught up with our new friends Susan and Ainsley on the trail. Made up time on two road walks but its still going to be hard to get in 18 miles before tonight. Bear got stung by another hornet in the Hovland forest and has the trail name "hornet bait" … Continue reading Day 2: Judge Magney State Park
Hike 52 starts now! We made it! Mom dropped us off at the Northern Terminus and we are excited to hit the trail! Not much time or reception for blogging but a longer post will follow after our trip with details on our route, etc. Yay! The end of the SHT, and the beginning of … Continue reading Day 1-Superior Hiking Trail Thru Hike
Lately I have been doing less writing about the trail and more about skills I've learned as we prepare for our first thru hike. We are counting down the days until we hit the Superior Hiking Trail, so gear and food have been top of mind. Still staying as active as possible but MYOG (making … Continue reading 5 Gear Hacks and How to Lighten Your Load Without Breaking the Bank
The last two weeks have been busy, balancing work, family, making new gear, dehydrating food and a final shakedown on the Superior Hiking Trail with an amazing group of women. I plan to post on our trip prep soon, but am starting with an update on my previous post about Hiker's rash. It's neck and neck … Continue reading Update on Hikers Rash and More Thru Hike Prep
Shakedown hikes and backpacking trips are the best way you can train yourself to become a confident backpacker or day hiker. They provide a low pressure setting for you to practice new skills, learn how to use your gear, plan a hike, and develop the physical fitness required to hike all day with a backpack. -Section … Continue reading Shakedown #1 and Tarptent Saddle 2
Here it is! My first shot at writing a dedicated gear review. I have written quick reviews and recommendations embedded in trip reports that mostly express discovering nifty things or gear I found a good deal on…but wanted to challenge myself to focus on writing a review about ONE piece of gear. So why not … Continue reading Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt
How do you describe the beauty of a place where heaven and earth join seamlessly? Or the mind trap of telling yourself over and over again that this massive body is not the ocean or an endless sea? Or the magnetic-siren-pull of her waters that make you want to jump in and crash like … Continue reading Backpacking and Day Hiking on the North Shore – Part 2: Split Rock, Palisade Head and George Crosby Manitou State Park.