Hovland Tower
Jul08

Hovland Tower

Roundtrip: 100 m Difficulty: Easy Location:  Hovland, MN Click Here for Google Map. If you’ve been a reader of this site for a while you will know that I love fire towers.    I would have liked to have seen what it was like when they were in active use. This tower was interesting to me because it was constructed differently than the other towers I have seen.  Some of the other fire towers I’ve posted this far are:  Mt...

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Temperance River Gorge
Dec17

Temperance River Gorge

Round-trip: 1.5 km Difficulty: Easy Location: Schroeder, MN Click Here for Google Map Hike this scenic route along the narrow Temperance River gorge in Temperance River State Park to see the Hidden Falls.  Along the way you will see the many small waterfalls, some interesting potholes, and the shore of Lake Superior. This spur trail meets up with the Superior Hiking Trail that follows the river gorge before climbing to the top of...

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Black Beach
May07

Black Beach

Roundtrip:  4 km Difficulty:  Easy Location:  Silver Bay, MN Click Here for Google Map Black Beach seems like a secret place.  It is located below Silver Bay, MN  on the city access road and there are actually 3 beaches here.  I’m sure it is a very popular spot for locals, but to a tourist it seems like a hidden gem. The beach sand is black and and very soft.  It is located in a small cove that I hear is a good spot for swimming...

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Shovel Point
Apr23

Shovel Point

Roundtrip: 2km Difficulty: Easy Location: Silver Bay, MN Click Here for Google Map. Even though this trail is only 2 km long, you will be surprised how long it takes you to complete it.  Not because it is difficult hiking –but because of all the stopping you’ll be doing to enjoy the views! Tettegouche State Park is a Minnesota state park on the north shore of Lake Superior 150 km south of the Pigeon River border crossing...

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High Falls -USA
Feb12

High Falls -USA

Roundtrip: 2 km Difficulty: Easy Location: Grand Portage, MN Click here for Google Map of trail. The High Falls of the Pigeon River at 36 metres (150 feet) are the highest falls in Minnesota.  We have already seen the High Falls falls from the Canadian side where the view is a little bit better.  The trail to the falls on the American side is slightly shorter with three viewing decks and is wheelchair accessible. The Pigeon River is...

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Artist’s Point
Feb05

Artist’s Point

Roundtrip: 1 km Difficulty: Easy Location: Grand Marais, MN Click here for Google Map “Artist’s Point” is the name of a small peninsula that forms the double harbour in the town of Grand Marais.  This is a must-do whenever you are in Grand Marais — and in my opinion the windier the day the better! Check out the shoreline rocks beneath the break-wall and see if you can find names of visitors dating back to...

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