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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Partridge Falls
Jul01

Partridge Falls

Round-trip: 1 km Difficulty: Easy Location:  Grand Portage, MN Click Here for Google Map This is an easy hike to a 50 foot waterfall.  There is lots of history here.  I have been told that the campsite at the top of the falls and the portage have been used at least since voyageur days. From Hwy 61 turn onto Mineral Center Road (County Road 72) and then north on Partridge Falls Road.  Drive to the end of Partridge Falls Road where you...

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Lake Superior Shoreline Loop
Feb18

Lake Superior Shoreline Loop

Round-Trip: 6km Difficulty: Moderate Location: Grand Marais, MN Click Here for Google Map The Lake Superior Shoreline Loop is one of the rare opportunities available –next to the Lakewalk portion of the SHT –to hike for such a long distance along the north shore of Lake Superior. Cascade River State Park has several other great trails.  I have mentioned two so far: the Cascade River Loop and the Lookout Mountain Loop. Park...

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Cascade River Loop
Feb11

Cascade River Loop

Round Trip: 14 km Difficulty: Moderate Location: Grand Marais, MN Click Here for Google Map The Cascade River in the Cascade River State Park flows through a narrow canyon featuring several waterfalls and cascades.  This is a great spot to visit any time of year and it is one of those places that seems to change so much with each season. Doing this entire hike is strenuous due to the number of hills and steep sections –at one...

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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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Jackson Lake Road to Arrowhead Trail
Oct01

Jackson Lake Road to Arrowhead Trail

Distance: 5.1 miles (8.2 km) one way Difficulty: Moderate Location: Hovland, MN Click Here for Map From my perspective coming from the Canadian Border and heading South, this is the second section of the Superior Hiking Trail. The best thing about this section is that half of it follows an open rocky ridge, with nearly continual views of the lake. Drive on Hwy 61 to milepost 128.9 in Hovland, MN and turn north (away from Lake...

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