Explore the most popular Camping trails in Superior National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
19 days ago

Our hike was a cold morning, which was nice because the mud was mostly frozen. There were multiple mud spots throughout. Also, the plank bridges over water were slightly submerged. This made getting through more challenging. It didn’t stop us, but it may have for others. It is a very rocky trail also which gave the feet a good workout. Hiking/trekking poles and waterproof footwear a must! A beautiful hike!

Had some nice overlooks of Lake Superior and miles of forests, and views of pristine lakes and rivers, but unfortunately we were up to our shins in unavoidable mud right around the halfway point. I would suggest starting at the White Sky trailhead and hiking to Lake Agnes out-and-back, if you're just looking for a slightly moderate day hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
28 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Nice trail for fall, wet and muddy, wear boots :) rocky and footy but a good challenge, nice view of the lakes and rivers at the top

Beautiful trail. The view from the top is well worth the climb.

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
1 month ago

The Snowbank Trail was cleared in September of 2019. This is a beautiful trail that captures the diversity of terrain in the BWCA. The trail is fairly easy to follow as long as you keep an eye out for the cairns in the rocky portions. Vistas at high points along the trail offer stunning views of Snowbank Lake and surrounds. The campsites are well placed to make a number of different trip lengths possible. Be prepared for wet beaver dam crossings - there are quite a few!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great day out on the trail, a little mud some great overlooks.

backpacking
2 months ago

Although I wasn't strictly hiking or backpacking the trail, I wanted to leave a review letting everyone know that there is work going on to better maintain this trail. As of the date of this review, volunteers have maintained the section from Shell to Emerald, and Forest Service staff did quite a few miles of clearing some earlier sections of the trail. Unfortunately, they were doing "triage" clearing, so it will still be overgrown, but you shouldn't get lost. The only section still to be unmaintained for quite a while now is the section from the Emerald Lake portage to I think around Pageant or Heritage Creek. I was just on the trail with volunteers clearing the section between the Shell Lake-Little Shell and Shell Lake-Heritage portages, and we made sure that section would be not need to be maintained for a few years yet. At the end of one work day, we hiked from Shell to Devil's Cascade and found the trail to be pretty clear, just very muddy from all the rain we had gotten. If it's rainy, prepare for the trail to get pretty muddy, as I noticed the tread construction is very old-fashioned without a lot of drainage off-trail. The spur trail from the Shell Lake-Little Lake portage to the campsite on Shell Lake is pretty flooded and overgrown, so if you can plan to camp elsewhere, do. There are some really pretty views from cliffs above lakes along the trail, and Devil's Cascade is really scenic. I really enjoyed my time on this trail and now am hoping to plan to backpack it.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great National Forest wilderness trail. The disclaimers from USDA at the trailhead tell you everything you need to know before you start.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the trail during Labor Day weekend. We sprayed but overall bugs weren't too bad. My 4 year old made it all the way up and half way down with minimal help before insisting on being piggy backed. Not too bad.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Make sure you go past 2 view points and then continue up to official high point plaque.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this trail over 3 nights on Labor Day weekend. It definitely is not for the faint of heart, but if you persevere, you will end up with the most peaceful and breathtaking campsites in the Midwest. From the trailhead to Devil's Cascade, the trail is very overgrown with weeds smacking you constantly at times up to the waist, but is for the most part easy to follow. There are 2 marshy areas in this section where the trail seems to stop and just by trial and error, sharp map usage, and patience, you can figure it out. We bypassed the busy Devil's Cascade and stayed at Pageant Lake the 1st night. It's a beautiful site right on the Lake. It was definitely worth the work to make it there. From there, we went through undergrowth that at times was slapping me in the face (I'm 6'4"), and now we were met with a lot more blowdown which slows you down a good amount, but is still navigable. The trail bottom is still visible though so we pressed on to Emerald Lake. Another amazing campsite with great views and the sounds of wildlife ever present. Still haven't seen another person on the actual trail. Emerald Lake to Shell Lake was probably the hardest part of the trip. At this point it has a combination of being uneven, rocky with roots, blowdown, and undergrowth all at the same time. Again it is still navigable, but it is slow going and patience is required. Even with the blowdown that we seen, it is amazing how much has already been cleared. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE VOLUNTEERS THAT COME OUT TO WORK ON THE TRAIL!! Without you, there is no doubt the trail would be unpassable in no time. Anyways, from Shell Lake back to Devil's Cascade, it is fairly easy going without too many surprises. Overall an amazing trail, but bring a very good map and ideally one that tracks your progress like Avenza on your phone. Don't expect anyone else on the trail other than when the trail intersects a canoe portage, so plan on being on your own which can be good and bad. I would definitely do this trail again, but I might wait until a little later in September or go in early October to see if the undergrowth started to die off.

hiking
private property
2 months ago

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hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

Gets better the farther you go. Mosquitos to be expected but could have been worse! Lots of roots and rocks makes hiking boots recommended.

Overgrown with no views

Varying bike with flats, moderate and steep grades. Only one great view in this short distance, but the trail is pretty dry and wide enough.

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

A more difficult trail, most of it seemed to be either covered with rocks or tree roots. Well worth the view once you get to the top.

It rained this morning which made the trails a little muddy but it was manageable. The trails are fairly rock and a little wet from the rain.

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly easy to moderate trail with a few marsh crossings and lots of scenic views.

hiking
3 months ago

I can see why this trail is rated as hard. The trail is one of the most rugged I have hiked to date, very rocky and full of roots, but still a great hike! There is no signage anywhere but it is relatively easy to find and follow the trail. There are a few forks in the road which I believe mostly just go in and out to the lakes. I did the loop with my dog with one in and out to the lake for a swim and the total round trip for us was just over 14 miles with lots of beautiful lake views!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

We went hiking at this trail after rain the day before. It was better than expected, the trail was cleared and easy to follow. There are spots where we have to walk on planks due to water and small streams flowing, some spots are rocky especially the last 1 mile. We had bug spray and head net on and it was super helpful to keep the bug away. All in all it took us 2.5 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down. The parks has many interesting mushrooms colorful in Brown, Yellow, Orange, Pink and even Polkadot. A must go place for hikers

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