The Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA) is a non-profit organization that builds, mantains and manages the Superior Hiking Trail. SHTA is a member-based organization with over 3,500 members. Over 300 volunteers help maintain trail sections, campsites, and trailhead parking lots, and work on maintenance projects. SHTA has a office and retail store in Two Harbors, Minnesota located at 731 7th Avenue (Highway 61).
Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail, 7th Edition: Linking people with nature by footpath along Lake Superior's North Shoreby Superior Hiking Trail Association
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The Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail, 7th Edition, details over 300 miles of wilderness footpath on the North Shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. Much of the trail is on the rocky ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, with sweeping vistas of Lake Superior and inland forests, cascading waterfalls and remote lakes. Mile-by-mile descriptions lead the casual hiker or ardent backpacker through hardwood forests of birch and maple, and into boreal forests of spruce, pine and fir -- a region thriving with spectacular wildflowers and diverse wildlife. Whether you have two hours or two weeks, an afternoon or a weekend, this guide will enhance your hiking experience.
The Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail provides detailed information on trailhead parking lots, 93 backcountry campsites located every five to ten miles that require no fees, permits, or reservations, and a description of the trail as you hike along. The Superior Hiking Trail goes to numerous scenic spots including Ely's Peak, Hawk Ridge, Bean and Bear Lakes, Mount Trudee, Baptism High Falls, Egge Lake, Sonju Lake, Manitou River, Caribou Falls, Cross River, Carlton Peak, Britton Peak, Oberg Mountain, Cascade River, and Pincushion Mountain. The trail travels through eight state parks: Jay Cooke State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Tettegouche State Park, Crosby-Manitou State Park, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park, and Judge Magney State Park. Complete trail maps are included in each section of the Guide. In addition, it includes a "how-to" chapter on backpacking the trail and a chart with services in the towns close to the trail. It also includes chapters on wildflowers, birds, geology, and area history.
The Superior Hiking Trail starts south of Duluth, Minnesota, in Jay Cooke State Park, travels through the City of Duluth for 43 miles, and then heads northeast along the North Shore for 255 miles all the way to Canada. Backpacking opportunities with backcountry campsites start at the northern boundary of Duluth. The Guide is written so each section of 5-12 miles can be hiked separately, a longer segment can be hiked, or the entire trail can be thru-hiked.
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