About Superior Hiking

Superior Hiking

To me they’re not hikes…they’re adventures.

My name is Susie and I have a passion for hiking.  When people learn this about me, the first thing they always say is:  “I’d love to get out hiking, but I just don’t know where to go.”  This online trail guide is my attempt to answer that question.

I cover the well known trails, and I try to also include the little known trails that will take you to amazing places you didn’t even know existed right in your own back yard!  I hope as you look through the list of hikes found here that they will encourage you to get out and have an adventure of your own!

Back in 2008 this site started out as an insider’s guide to hiking in the Thunder Bay area.  But so much has happened since then, I’ve moved to Sault Ste. Marie and the scope has expanded to include trails all around Lake Superior.  I have to say that the best thing that has happened as a result of starting this site has been the opportunities I’ve had to meet others who share my passion for the outdoors.

I am so grateful for all of the fantastic opportunities that I never would have had without such great support from the readers of this site!  Your enthusiasm and generosity was unexpected, but is appreciated.  I can’t thank you all enough!

 

Please let me know

  • If this site has inspired you to get out on a hike please post a comment I’d love to hear about your experiences!
  • If there is a trail you would like to see added to the site please let me know via the comment form found on every page.
  • I do hike each of these trails shortly before posting them, so if you have questions or need more information please ask.   There is a comment form located at the end of every post and you are likely not the only one who needs the information.
  • Also, please be sure to share with your fellow hikers any updates regarding the trails  –I can’t possibly keep the trail information current without your help!!

39 Comments

  1. How about the Casque Isles trail? I’ve done the Rossport to Terrace Bay section and its sweet.

  2. Great site you’ve got going! Very informative; excellent resource. Will definitely consult it before travelling in the area! 🙂

  3. I have been looking for a site just like this one for a while now. It seems very hard to find decent local trail information online – please keep it up!

    I am sure you can sell some ad space to keep it going if needed.

  4. Hi Susan,

    I belong to thunder bay hike association.
    I came across your website.
    Is this another hiking group in TB?
    Thanks
    Luigi

  5. Hi Luigi, this isn’t a hiking group. This site is a place to share information about local hiking trails. Thank you for visiting.
    Susan.

  6. thankyou so much for the website. I have been exploring Mt. Mcrae with my little dog, over the past couple of weeks and was looking for more info. Coming across your site has opened my eyes to many more places I have yet to visit. Thank’s again

  7. Neat site–I’ve been hiking the islands in Lake Nipigon for 30 years–still have a few to go.

  8. Hi Karl, tell me more about hiking the islands in Lake Nipigon! Are there any that you would suggest I do? Susan.

  9. The hikes on the Lake Nipigon Islands are all of a difficult nature. It requires a boat to get to them for starters. One of the most memorable for me was I once walked from Ingall Point to Two Mountain Harbour. Thats well over 10 klicks, The trail is well marked but overgrown and full of deadfall. That particular trail is hundreds of years old–it is mentioned many times in the Hudson Bay archives.

    Another is the Piwabic portage between Three Mountain Bay and MacIntyre Bay–good chance of seeing moose on that one.

    Queen Anne Point to the old drive camp at Virgin Falls on the upper Nipigon River is kinda neat also.

    Stop by Jumbo’s Cove sometime and I’ll mark a map out for you. The Lake has been inhabited for thousands of years after all.

  10. Thank you so much for the info! I will take you up on your offer and come by your place with a map! I’ll call first of course. Do you know if the fire tower is still standing on Jackfish Island in Lake Nipigon?

  11. What a great collection of hikes! There are a few here that I haven’t done and look forward to. I just came back from Flett Tunnel this afternoon. I’ve seen it numerous times from the air, but didn’t really know how to get to it. Thanks.

  12. Thanks for your comment Paul! I love it when my website is helpful to people!

  13. Superb Set of hikes, I like how you define difficulty as the category (i’d never haev through of that I’d have said location as all others seem too… nice work susan! 🙂 )

  14. Hi Susan,

    Darrel Makin suggested I contact you. I’m wondering if you would be interested in writing about hikes in The Walleye – TBay’s new arts +culture publication. Let me know what you think. BTW: Love your site! Tiffany, Editor

  15. Thanks Tiffany, I will contact you directly about this.
    Susan

  16. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for doing this for those of us who love to have adventures in the bush but aren’t sure of where they all are! My hubby and I (and our 3 dogs) really appreciate this website.

  17. Thank you Nikki!

  18. juststarted looking for new hikes and found your site.very helpful thanks,

  19. Great site Susan – keep up the good work. With your permission I will post a link to it on my visitor website.
    Lois Nuttall

  20. Thanks Lois! A link would be great.

  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this website. So inspiring.

  22. Thank you so much!

  23. Hi Susan – beautiful website and definitely has helped me get out when I’m not sure where to go:)! i do have a question though – i don’t have a car so which are the hikes in biking distance of Port Arthur????
    thanks:)

  24. Hi Bryn, thank you for your comment! I am not sure how far you can bike. But don’t forget you can take your bike on the bus to get across town. Here are a few that come to mind, use the search box on the website to find more info and if they are within your biking distance: Centennial Park, Boulevard Bluffs, Trowbridge, Mills Block, Mission Marsh, MacKenzie Falls, MacKenzie Point, Silver Harbour, Brule Bay Bluffs, Mt McKay, Fox Mountain, Carp River Road…there are so many more in the Norwesters but this list should get you started!

  25. In October I had the pleasure of hiking Tettegouche State Park to Crosby-Manitou State Park State Park ending at Caribou River. This is a highly recommended route. It was said that this segment is one of the most challenging. It varies immensely from easy rolling bluffs to numerous ascents and descents.
    The ledges at Section 13 were so torturous do to the wind that climbers were throwing in the towel refusing to attempt the bluffs. Boy was it windy. Along the way we saw a beautiful lynx.
    I highly recommend this segment of SHT. Be sure to carry water and by all means ensure you have a well-balanced backpack that is “kind to your back contour”.

  26. hello susan,

    my wife and i are moderate hikers and are coming up from the T.O. area on labour day weekend with our dog. any advice on the actual terrain as my dogs feet are always a concern with hikes over 10km.
    Trails are Tee Harbour and talus lake.

    thank you.

    shawn

  27. Hi Shawn, I’m not sure what terrain is a concern for your don’s feet, but….the trails to Tee Harbour and Talus Lake are mostly on old logging roads which are sandy-gravel and rocky in places. Many people bike all or parts of these routes. Helpful?

  28. hello susan, i was wondering if you had anything published about about hiking pukaskwa np. iam going to hike this trail with my dogs in a couple of weeks and i was just wondering if there were any crazy impassable sections (for dogs). i love your hiking site and i think its great to see how you have expanded the trails to share 🙂

  29. I’m sorry Nadine I don’t have information for your hike yet. That route is on my tick list too. I hope to do some Pukaskwa park as soon as I can…but haven’t made it there yet! Good luck on your trip…hopefully you will have some tips for me!
    Susan

  30. Excellent website, glad I found it. Was looking for a new list of hikes, now I’ve found one 🙂

  31. This is great. Very informative. Now I have a reference when I go back up north.

  32. Hi sue : hey where is that railway tunnel ? tom

  33. What a great site … just stumbled upon it and I will definitely check out some of these hikes.

    Thanks for your efforts!

  34. Hi Susan,

    Great website. How much of the Top of the Giant hike can be biked? My girlfriend isn’t a technical mountain biker but would like to bike in as far as reasonably possible. Is there a sensible and recognizable place to leave the bikes?

    Thanks!

  35. People of thunder bay treat this trail badly. Dog run off leash, intimidating others, snow mobiles run up from behind you on the trail, and there is no where to turn for support. It is disgusting how much dog feces is just left along the sides of the trail…. People that live in the city and use the trail have turned it into a country dog run…. Today i saw a bad of dog feces hanging on a high branch, and I have found Tim Horton coffee cups thrown to the side… nothing to be proud of.

  36. Hi Susan,

    Many thanks for the great website. Been on a few hikes and I hope to hit a few more later in the year. I really like those fire tower ones. Just wish I had more time to explore them all. Cheers, Glenn.

  37. Hi Susie, Great site! I love your initiative to share your love of hiking and local knowledge, however, please email me directly regarding a hike you have posted here which is actually on my private property and unfortunately must be removed from your site immediately. Thank you.

  38. Hi Jocelyn, Sorry to hear that one of the hikes is on private property. I do try to avoid that. Please let me know which one, and who the property belongs to, so I can make the changes. Susie.

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