April 30, 2014
If you love to walk or hike, you’ll be a natural at snowshoeing. It’s all the enjoyment of a winter walk without sinking in the snow up to your thighs, and snowshoes are complimentary at the Front Desk!
Stop by, grab a pair and head out to track winter wildlife, tramp through the woods, listen to the sounds of winter in the forest and capture photos of the beauty of winter. Snowshoeing is a great mental retreat and a great workout. Hike at your own pace, breaking trail or follow a pre-set trail. Note – snowshoe etiquette says no ‘shoeing over cross-country ski trails as it ruins the tracks / trail.
Wolf Rock on the Superior Hiking Trail
One of our favorite summer hikes converts to a favorite snowshoe trail. It’s close, it’s short and it has a fabulous overlook. A short drive north on West Castle Danger Road, across from Grand Superior Lodge, brings you to the SHT trailhead. Try the half-mile hike to the east and Wolf Rock. You continue further on the trail, which ultimately runs 8.5-miles to Gooseberry Falls State Park or return to the parking area and try the short, steep half-mile hike to the west to the Crow Creek valley overlook.
Sonju Trail, Two Harbors
Two Harbors Lighthouse at Waterfront
Park near the lighthouse and follow this easy trail along the lake shore into the park woodlands and over to Burlington Bay. Return the same route. Best mid-winter when we have lots of shoreline snow.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Once you’re comfortable on snowshoes, head to Gooseberry and tackle both designated snowshoe loops (4 miles total). Depart from the visitor center and take the boreal forest loop over the river, traversing the woods north of Lake Superior. Return to the center for a break and warm yourself at the fireplace in the lobby, then head north on the riverside trail. Here you explore the wintry side of Gooseberry River as you hike up the west side, cross at the Fifth Falls and ‘shoe back down the east side. Very nice!
Split Rock River Wayside
Stop at the Split Rock River wayside area and head up the spur trail on the east side of the river to a charming little frozen waterfall and turn around views of Lake Superior. The more adventurous can also hike the river bottoms. At Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, you can break trail through the park, just avoid groomed ski trails.
Tettegouche State Park
We suggest snowshoeing the trail north from the Visitor Center to the Cascades of the Baptism River. You can continue north to the High Falls and return, or make it a big winter hike, by hiking up the Superior Hiking Trail and ambling through the uplands forest. Another option is to park at the north entrance and ‘shoe around the lakes including an explore of the historic Tettegouche Camp.
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