It was a great hike in the first week of October. Spent 2 nights there. Beautiful reflection during sunrise and sunset. We camped right on the lake. Most part pretty easy to follow the trail. Only a couple spots are a bit confusing. Overall, a great 2-3 day causal hike.
My wife and I enjoyed this very calm trail. You are next to the Kadunce River the entire time. There are nice little spots off of the trail where you can take in a cool view of the cliffs, water, and the fall trees. We even saw a little cave that had a really cool campfire at the mouth.
Did a partial weekend trip up to little shell with 3 hikers, Myselff with good experience, one with quite a few trips, one with minimal backpacking but much canoe experience. Bring a map and compass and know how to use them as this a a relatively primitive trail. Get a good DNR map NOT the printable ones online. Watch for rock cairns and sawn trees. These are the ONLY markers. Comparing this to the SHT, it is much more "out there" meaning you are litterally in the the bush with, at some points, a very tight trail that can be easily lost. With that said it has been my favorite backpacking trail I have done, definately will be back to do the full. Note that the campsite along the first portage is impassable due to the portage being flooded 1/2 through, unless you like wading 4' water/
We hiked this one in July, and were disappointed. Part of the trail was submerged and we couldn't get through the marshy area. The biggest issue, though, was the TICKS. They were horrible! I grew up being outside and have had the normal amount of tick interactions as a child and as an adult on this trip. The trail at Crab Lake was infested. I probably had 30 ticks on me that I just brushed off, and I was finding roaming ticks probably two hours afterwards (and after I'd shaken out my clothes and brushed my hair). I don't think I will ever attempt this trail again. However, my dog enjoyed the water (even with the ticks!) and the owners of the lodge near the trailhead are wonderful!
Check the local postings about this one! There was a windstorm in July, and this trail is not yet fully clear. We hiked as far as we could (probably only about 2 miles in and back round trip) since we were there. This and the other nearby trail are not well groomed--we could tell the the often narrow trail isn't heavily used. We wouldn't recommend it in low light even when clear of the tree debris. We will try again, though, when the downed trees are removed and hopefully augment our review! Gorgeous area.
Wonderful hike! We didn't have much time and so hiked to Dry Falls, enjoying the views along the way. We saw loads of birds, and we enjoyed the trail itself with the moderately challenging terrain and forest setting. My husband actually said that this was his favorite trail in Minnesota!
Well this is a hiking trip I would forget. I was visiting family and came up for my grandma's 90th birthday. Well the day before my dad asked me if i wanted to pick up some high points on the way home. I asked my wife and see agreed. Well i started mapping out everything. So it we left and drove across the state which took 10 hours. when we were an hour from the trail head, we started getting flood warning and thunderstorm warnings on our phones. Also the darkest clouds i had ever seen in my life where above us. It poured rained for 15 minutes straight. It was raining so hard I pulled off the road for the first time. But the rain let up and we continued onward. We managed to get to the trail head at 8 PM. My dad assured us we were fine since it was the middle of the summer and it doesn't get dark in Minnesota until midnight. So my wife and I went down the trail. 30 minutes on the trail the skies opened up. Good thing I came prepared with stuff to keep us dry, and the trail got dark, and i had plenty of flashlights to guide our way in the dark. When climbing the mountain, we were literally hiking up a waterfall. We were pretty much soaked from knee down. When we got up to top it had actually stopped raining. We took our pictures up there and watched the lighting all around us and heard the thunder. We made our way back down, and when we got back onto the trail. It was flooded. parts of the trail was flooded almost up to our waist. but it was mostly knee to ankle deep in most of the flooded sections. We laughed about it,. Finally got back to the trail head around midnight. We didn't get to fully enjoy the scenery, but we made a memory for a lifetime that is for sure.
We did this hike in June, and only the Oberg Mountain section, but the views were absolutely beautiful. The hike has more elevation than most in the area, but we took our time as there are such great views as you round each bend. Very stunning, and not too strenuous. Definitely worth the drive from Duluth.
Personally, this trail felt very claustrophobic to me. The branches and trees force you to stay tight on the trail - you can't even see beyond. The rocks and the roots and the ascent weren't half as bad. The bugs were though! I like my trails to be roomier and this was anything but.
The Trailhead begins after traveling on gravel Onion road for a few miles. After going a short distance on the Superior Hiking Trail, a well marked junction takes you on a moderate climb to more than a half dozen amazing views in all directions as you circumnavigate the mountain. High reward for not a long hike. Several cliff drop off areas. Would definitely do this one again