On our final day in the Duluth area we decided to do a little hiking. Friends, Terry and LuAnn (Paint Your Landscape), recently drove along the north shore of Lake Superior and told us about the Split Rock River Loop hike north of Two Harbors, MN, about 50 miles from Duluth. Most trails along the north shore of Lake Superior are maintained by a private group called the Superior Hiking Trail Association, headquartered in Two Harbors. So we stopped at the association’s headquarters to get directions (and purchase a couple of shirts to support their efforts) and headed out to the trailhead.
The trail is accessed from a small parking area along Rte. 61. It follows the Split Rock River inland from the lake for about two and a half miles, crosses the river on a small bridge, then returns. The first section of the trail is fairly flat through the forest.
Many sections go steeply up over rises near the river, then back down to the water.
The association has done a great job in creating passage over wet areas along the trail.
The most interesting parts of this hike are the many waterfalls along the trail.
One of us took the opportunity to place her piggies in to test the water temperature. It was a little chilly, but not unbearable.
Near the end of the hike you gain a bit of elevation with a nice view of Lake Superior. While it was sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s, the high humidity made a bit of haze on the lake that blended the water and sky together.
We enjoyed this hike as it is long enough (5 miles) and contains enough elevation changes to give you a work-out and has some great views of beautiful waterfalls.
Tomorrow we depart the Duluth area and head northwest about 150 miles for a visit to Bemidji. Terry and LuAnn are going to meet us there, so it should be a great visit. Also, as most of you know, Bemidji is the curling capital of the U.S! OK, so none of you knew that (neither did we). But one of us is a fan of curling (the other is a fan of watching paint dry) so we will enjoy visiting the curling center.