Superior Hiking Trail

Randy "Rudi" Hargesheimer

How the 300-Mile-Long Superior Hiking Trail Was Made

As of summer 2013, you can hike the 300 contiguous miles along the Superior Hiking Trail from Jay Cooke State Park west of Duluth all the way to the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead. Creating a trail of that magnitude was no simple walk in the park.



Cheryl Fosdick

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

For 21 years, Duluth designer Cheryl Fosdick has volunteered at Grandma’s Marathon, 13 of those years coordinating security volunteers in Canal Park (a crew that grew from 25 then to 130 this year). more

May 12, 2016 2:35 PM Recreation

One River, Two Islands

Richard Hamilton Smith / Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Two islands – one a sprawling half-mile square and the other barely covering a couple city blocks – reflect evolving attitudes about the St. Louis River and its value to the community. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

Barkie Birkie

James Netz / Courtesy American Birkebeiner

The American Birkebeiner team didn’t start out to organize skijoring races, but the popularity of a demonstration a few years ago spurred them to add the Barkie Birkie. more

Feb 17, 2016 11:38 AM Recreation

Snowsporting Mom & Son Go Global

Tom Buchkoe

The Waara-Thorley family of Marquette is something of a Lake Superior snow dynasty. Frida Waara and her husband, Ron Thorley, raised their two children surrounded by plenty of Upper Peninsula snow. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Recreation

The Lake Is Boss: Returning a Little Wiser from an Apostle Islands Paddle

Benjamin Alva Polley

Quickly I understood this was not like any other water we’d paddled. Miles from shore, if you capsize you can’t just swim to safety. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Superior Challenge

Jared Munch

The Big Lake awes many people with its power and beauty, but it inspires some to test their limits. Meet individuals who set out on the water as a challenge and returned with a better understanding of themselves and our Sweetwater Sea. more

Jul 29, 2015 3:18 PM Recreation

Big Lake Bike Heaven

Courtesy Spirit Mountain

Biking may fall under the “silent sports” umbrella alongside cross-country skiing, running and paddling, but cyclists on our shores are anything but quiet about their love for regional riding. Tour the Big Lake's best trails with us. more

May 29, 2015 9:00 AM Recreation

Get Down to the Water

Felicia Schneiderhan

Public marinas and safe harbors also provide access to the Lake and boat-infused views for those traveling by land. Big or small, downtown or in the middle of nowhere, they can be fascinating even for those without boats. more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Lutsen Mountains

Courtesy Lutsen Mountains

At Lutsen Mountains ski area, the gondola is the place to start for a hiking adventure. more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

Rossport Coastal Trail

Beverley Turpin

The 1.5-kilometre Rossport Coastal Trail starts at the east end of Rossport at Wardrope Park and meanders along the shore of Lake Superior. more

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Recreation

CAMBA Trails

Courtesy Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Links to bike trails, groups and other resources for regional riding, on and off the road. more


Mount Bohemia

Courtesy Mount Bohemia

Near the Keweenaw Peninsula's tip, Mount Bohemia offers skiers and snowboarders ungroomed pitches, cliffs and frozen waterfalls, heaps of dry powder and uncompromising difficulty without the crowds or glitz of big resorts. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

Topping the CopperDog

Adam Johnson / Brockit Inc.

Meet the winning couple who captured a Michigan sled dog title. Bruce and Monica Magnusson own a sled dog kennel that’s home to 59 dogs. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

One Heck of a Ride

Jeremy Kershaw / Courtesy Heck of the North

The Heck of the North starts on a gravel road in Two Harbors, then takes riders to Duluth and back. But exactly where it will zigzag along 110 miles of Minnesota backroads and trails depends on the whims of this bike race’s director. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Recreation

Journey of a Lifetime

Charly Ray

Paddling from Lake Superior to the Canadian plains – everybody does that for their honeymoon trip, right? more

Sep 2, 2014 1:40 PM Recreation


CAMBA Trails

Courtesy Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Links to bike trails, groups and other resources for regional riding, on and off the road.

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