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Beautiful views. Easy access. Some inclines to get some work in. Takes about an hour.

Easy, well marked trail with beautiful overlooks of Lake Superior.

Great hike with beautiful views. I think it was a little closer to 7 miles but still great. Once you get to bear lake, you can choose to take a different trail back or you can take the same trail. It is the same distance either way. We chose to do out and back on the same trail. I would recommend bringing a lunch with on this hike if you don’t plan to spend the night. When you factor in taking pictures, lunch and a few short breaks along the way, this hike took us about 5 hours total. If it’s hot out bring lots of water. Overall, this is the coolest hike I have done on the north shore. Would absolutely recommend.

The views were amazing. The lakes are crystal clear. This trail is a high moderate or a low difficult. There are a lot of elevation gain and decent, rocks, and muddy trails.

It was a challenging but it’s worth it! The view of the Manitou River was beautiful.

Beautiful overlook views on this nice wooded trail... Rocky with tree roots and uneven in spots so you have to pay attention to footing... Can’t imagine how gorgeous this would be in the fall...

We repeat - rugged not tough! Worth hiking to the overlook at Bear Lake. You won’t be disappointed. Rocky - wear good shoes. It was dry for us, but other times of the year it looks like a lot of mud. A “can’t miss” in the area for anyone who loves a good trail.

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I really like this hike. Fairly easy hiking, little incline, and tons of nice lookout points.

Lovely trail. It took me about 4.5 hours for a leisurely hike. The Trout Creek bridge is out, but today (June 26, 2018) the creek was dry, so I could walk right across. If it has rained, check http://www.superiorhiking.org for conditions before you go. Edit: after hiking some trails in the Rockies, I’d rate this one as moderate or even easy.

Amazing hike! Beautiful nature walk all the way up to the view of Bean Lake. The view of Bean Lake was SPECTACULAR. Very beautiful, with plenty of spots to stop and take it all in. If you continue to Bear Lake there is a nice spot to check out right on the water, where you could swim if you wanted. There were quite a few muddy spots, like others mentioned but it was doable. We wore tennis shoes, which was fine but you’d have no problem if you are wearing hiking boots. Definitely recommend this hike!

Skip the hike you were thinking about and hit this one instead. Rugged but not tough.

Such a great hike for all ages! It has a views, a fun rugged trail and even the 8yr old, who has a strong disdain for hiking thought it was awesome.

Great hike with amazing views at the end. We went at the beginning of June and when we decided to go all the way down by the waters edge of Bear lake, there were quite a few gardener snakes (like 8-10 in one small area), just a little helpful FYI for anyone who is particularly afraid of snakes.

One of my favorite hikes, it’s best in the fall!

Wonderful hike, great views and and nice little camp by Bear Lake. Been here a few times, winter camp here is extraordinary.

Beautiful run and a beautiful moose to cap off the day at Sonju Lake.

beautiful scenery, forest floor full of flowers. 5/22/18

Modérate hike with wonderful views. Spring sun was wonderful

Incredible view of the lakes! Awesome hike.

Beautiful hike, lots of mushrooms in the fall. Great views!

Got in the fall at sunrise or sunset... beautiful

Amazing views and great way to spend a day or overnight.

We actually did a loop starting with the Humpback Trail then connected with the Manitou River Trail campsite #6 is a great place to stop and have a snack... great rock to rest on...campsite number 10 is perfectly beautiful...the trail is rugged... sometimes it just disappears and you have to bushwhack your own path.. climbing over trees and under or whatever in between...
I think about campsite #12 we took off on the Matt Willis Trail and continued onto the Lake Benson trail around the west side of the lake... once you get to this trail it’s a piece of cake a boardwalk all the way around the lake until you get to the road which takes you back to the parking lot. The trail is moderately hard just because the footing is difficult... ferns cover the path sometimes waist high,(so you can’t always see where your foot is going)ground was pretty moist, slippery uneven rocky trail... otherwise not too difficult... went the end of June we had a perfect weather window... it started raining as we left... we had the place to ourselves

We hiked this section in August from Lutsen down to Temperance River State Park. Our journey included Oberg Mountain and Carleton Peak over 2 days. Great views of Lake Superior from various points along the route. More elevation change along this section than most anywhere else along the SHT.

The terrain is really muddy right now, but the views are phenomenal! May be the best view I've ever seen hiking in MN.

It was beautiful and a nice moderate walking trail. It was quite muddy on some walking trails along the way, but it was well worth it! Peaceful and quiet. Worth the view during fall season!! Must go :)

Easy, enjoyable hike with some great overlooks of North Shore fall color.

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