March 22, 2017
If you have ever taken a business course, you may have heard the term “scalability.” This refers to a business’s ability to grow to handle more business. So a highly scalable business can operate well with a few clients, but can quickly adapt if it were to suddenly get 10,000 more customers.
When it comes to dog walking, the Split Rock Lighthouse is a scalable operation. It can handle your needs when you want to go on a short relaxing excursion with Spike, but can also handle it when you want to go on an epic journey to wear him out for the rest of the day.
Staying at Grand Superior Lodge doesn’t just mean all the amenities of a luxury pet friendly resort, but also access to top-notch trails for outside play. For a short walk, you can go near the visitor center. In this area, there is mostly flat land where you can walk on sidewalks or along the road. The road is lined with trees and you can go into the woods as little or as much as you want, by starting up one of the trails.
Dogs are not allowed right next to the lighthouse or by the historic buildings, but you can catch glimpses of the lighthouse from areas around the visitor center. If you feel like walking a little further, you can both get a great look at the lighthouse from the trail.
You can walk down the Gitchi-Gami Trail on a paved road that is steep in places. Woods will be surrounding you. You can switch onto the trail which goes closest to the water, to reach a couple of spots near the water where you both can look up at that lighthouse upon the tall cliff.
There is a point where you can sit by the water and a fire pit looking out at Ellingson Island and the chain of rocks that lead out to it, partially enclosing a little bay. You can stop here or keep going up the coast to a spot on the shore with increasingly further views of the lighthouse. On some of the beaches dogs aren’t allowed. You will have to look out for the signs.
The effort to reach some of these points is also scalable. To reach the fire pit area, Pebble Beach, or Ellingson Island you can walk the path we mentioned, or you can drive directly instead. You might decide to start the walk by the island and walk back toward the lighthouse. You can keep walking south on the Gitchi-Gami Trail, until you’ve both gotten your fill of scenery and exercise.
While the part of the state park near the water is the most famous, a large part of Split Rock State Park is on the other side of Highway 61. Going here would be the dog-walking equivalent of landing that really big client. Here the terrain is the most rugged and the walks are more challenging.
To reach this section, start up the Split Rock River Loop of the Superior Hiking Trail. You can reach this loop off the Gitchi-Gami Trail, south of the scenic overlook off Highway 61. The trail follows the river up a steep climb through thick forest.
This is where you walk to give you and your best friend a good workout. You can even start with an easier walk on the Gitchi-Gami Trail at first, knowing the park can handle your request for a much more challenging walk at a moment’s notice.