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Superior Hiking Trail: Sugarloaf Road to CR 6

Take in big views of Lake Superior and Sawmill Valley on this 28.3-mile, two-day hike.

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This section of the Superior Hiking Trail starts off flat, but don’t be fooled—you’ll climb from tannin-laden rivers to big cliff-top views of thick forest, glassy lakes, and Lake Superior. Near mile 5, tackle steeper climbing into bluffs above the Manitou River. At mile 9.6, the trail descends to a well near Benson Lake. Slurp down a cool, clear drink before moving on through hardwood forest to your camp between the Baptism River and Blesner Creek at mile 12.5.
Head up the river the next morning and veer off to visit a series of glassy lakes (listen to the echo of loon calls). Cross the East Branch of the Baptism River at mile 21 and climb into rolling hills above the southern shore. At mile 26, the trail rises into the cliffs of the Section 13 area, where climbers scale the rock faces and eagles hunt above. The trail descends onto CR 6 at mile 28.2.
-Mapped by Steffan Fay

To Trailhead

Start: From Little Marais, take MN 61 northeast 5.8 miles. Turn left on Sugarloaf Rd.; go 1.1 miles to trailhead on left. End: From Finland, go east on CR 6 4.8 miles to trailhead on left. Note: Superior Shuttle serves these trailheads by reservation.

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