The North Shore in the summer is notoriously awesome for hikes. Trails of all types abound: toughies, easy-peasies, uphillsies, downhillsies, grassies, rockies, wetties, drysies, crittervilles, root-boots, and other definitely real, totally not made up at all classes of hikes.
Okay, busted. Full disclosure, guys: I don’t know anything about hiking trail classification.
Official Superior hiking trails are a dime a dozen up here. I’ve tried to get out and about on all of them, but you know, it’s tough not to pick favorites.
For example, a guy never forgets his first trail. And for me, that was the Cascade River hike. It’s a heck of a climb, almost completely uphill, but the soothing river sounds and the waterfall glimpses definitely help with the ascent. And what a view!
Then there’s the good ol’ Devil’s Kettle in Judge CR Magney State Park. A bit of a drive up 61 from Lutsen, past Grand Marais, but oh-so worth it. Conquer the “Steps of Doom” and you’ll catch a glimpse of the Kettle itself: a phenomenal split waterfall; where one stream continues down the river to Superior, and the other disappears into a cauldron of rock that nobody can determine where it ends up! Muy Mysterioso!
And if you’re looking for a good trail run, well, look no further than the Kadunce River hike, a well-rounded little trail that I find myself barreling down on a daily basis. Trail Running is great because it’s constantly changing terrain keeps things fresh, plus you feel like a ninja. Or like you’re in a video game. Maybe a ninja video game.
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While these trails will always be go-to favorites and memorable jaunts, I’ve taken to finding unusual hikes. The “Trail Less Hiked” if you will.
It started with river hiking. Find a trail, look to the left, and you’ll usually find a corresponding river riddled with rocks and stepping stones. Sure it takes a little balance, and you might not want to try it if the river is a ragin’, but if you’re not afraid to get a little wet, check out the Devil’s Kettle River. You can go nearly the whole on river rocks alone.
And if you do make that trek, eventually you’ll come across a waterfall. Last summer, I climbed a waterfall after hiking the river. Once you do that, you’ll never go back!
Recently, I discovered SHTA’s Lakewalk.
No, it’s not an ability in Magic: The Gathering.
Right, Mikel, because that’s what everyone was thinking…
But I never even thought of it as a hike possibility before. But I’ve really been digging the Lakewalk lately. Just an amazing trek right along the shore of Superior.
Hopefully, you won’t mind if I bring you along with me–via photos, of course.
The beaches up here are made up of perfectly-tumbled stones, giving the Lakewalk a satisfying, stress-ball-esque feel with every step.
The view is pretty good too, I guess.
I’m big-time into finding functional things in nature (as you might remember from my coaster set). The Lakewalk is a goldmine for furnishing your home with authentic North Shore gear, gadgets, and gimmicks of all kinds. Driftwood is a remarkable substance that hasn’t been utilized properly, in my opinion. Proof? See below!
Kate has discovered that exercising is way more fun on a lone beach, surrounding by nothing but gentle waves, relaxing bird calls, and maybe a pesky boyfriend with a camera.
There are plenty of large rocks that act as weights if you’re looking to add a little oomph to your Lakewalk Workout.
I also discovered agreat workout in which I see a tiny piece of driftwood, try desperately to pull it out of the ground, break a sweat, then dig down into the rocks only to discover it’s basically a giant drifttree.
I regret nothing.
It’s tough to say goodbye to the Lakewalk, but I always know where to find it. I hope you find it too.
Nothing like getting up close and personal with a Great Lake.