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Superior Hiking Trail: CR 3 to Kingsbury Creek Loop

Hike past rushing creeks, numerous overlooks, and verdant hills on the Superior Hiking Trail, then bike back on the Munger Trail on this 14.4-mile loop near Duluth.

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Stash your bike at the Superior Hiking Trail’s Kingsbury Creek Trailhead, and then start the hiking portion of this route at the Munger Trailhead just west of Gary, MN. After a brief walk on the paved Munger Trail, head uphill into an oak and pine forest for an 8.5-mile hike along newer sections of the Superior Hiking Trail.

The trail runs along a ridgeline for several miles with grand views of the St. Louis River and beyond before dipping down to follow Stewart, Knowlton, and Kingsbury creeks. At the Kingsbury Creek Trailhead, retrieve your bike, then zigzag .6 mile to the Munger Trail’s northern terminus on 75th Avenue. From here it’s a 5.9-mile ride through a corridor of hardwoods to return to the start.

-Mapped by Steffan Fay

TO TRAILHEAD: Bike: From Duluth, take I-35 S to exit 251B (on left). Merge onto Grand Ave./MN 23 S. In .7 mile, turn right onto Waseca St. Go .2 mile to Kingsbury Creek Trailhead.

Hike: From Kingsbury Creek Trailhead, head east on Waseca St. In 300 feet, turn right onto S. 72nd Ave. W. In .2 mile, turn right onto Grand Ave./MN 23. In 3.9 miles, turn right onto Becks Rd./CR 3. In 1.7 miles, turn right onto N. 123rd Ave. W. Go .2 mile to Munger Trailhead parking on left. 

Plan it

GUIDEBOOK AND MAP Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail: Linking People With Nature by Footpath Along Lake Superior’s North Shore ($16, shta.org); Five Map Set ($3, shta.org)
SEASON Spring has clear, rushing water. Fall is leaf season (peaks in early October) and holds respite from mosquitoes.
PERMIT None
CAMPING Make it an overnighter by hiking into a primitive campsite at Spirit Mountain Campground (spiritmt.com).
CONTACT Superior Hiking Trail Association (218) 834-2700; 
shta.org/Trail/Duluth.php
 
GRUB
BLACK WOODS RESTAURANT 
195 Co. Hwy. 2
Proctor, MN
(218) 628-0628
blackwoods.com
 
GAS
SPIRIT VALLEY LITTLE STATION 
231 North Central Ave.
Duluth, MN
(218) 628-2493
 
GEAR
DULUTH PACK STORE
365 Canal Park Dr.
Duluth, MN
(218) 722-1707
duluthpack.com
 
GROCERIES
WHOLE FOODS CO-OP 
610 E. 4th St.
Duluth, MN
(218) 728-0884 
wholefoods.coop
 
Dayhiking gear list

Wear
Synthetic T-shirt 
Synthetic shorts or pants
Synthetic undies
Wool hiking socks 
Sunglasses
Hiking shoes or boots
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)

Pack
Midweight synthetic or fleece long-sleeve top
Wool or fleece hat 
Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
Map, compass, GPS unit
Water containers and water treatment (drops, tablets, or filter)
First-aid kit 
Extra food and snacks
Firestarting kit
Lighweight gloves
Extra pair of socks (optional)
TP and trowel

PRINT & GO: To download a PDF of this route, go to backpacker.com/printandgo.

To Trailhead

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