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.
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.
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;
BLACK WOODS RESTAURANT
195 Co. Hwy. 2
SPIRIT VALLEY LITTLE STATION
231 North Central Ave.
DULUTH PACK STORE
365 Canal Park Dr.
WHOLE FOODS CO-OP
610 E. 4th St.
Dayhiking gear list
Synthetic shorts or pants
Wool hiking socks
Hiking shoes or boots
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
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)
Extra food and snacks
Extra pair of socks (optional)
TP and trowel
PRINT & GO: To download a PDF of this route, go to backpacker.com/printandgo.