Explore the most popular Kid Friendly 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
4 months ago

The trail was fine, there was no moose though. There is a super cool car in the woods though!

Simple. Easy. Lots of up hill. Very natural and the river sounds and views are beautiful. Bring your camera.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike with some nice views over the lake. The number of hikers can be high on weekends.

hiking
6 months ago

Great quick hike. Wonderful views of Hungry Jack Lake and Bearskin Lake. In winter, snow makes the steep steps pretty difficult. (Psst, there's a couple bars of Canadian cell coverage at the start of the loop section, at the sign.)

hiking
6 months ago

Well worth it, and don't forget your camera. The elevation increases are short in duration, so it's not as exhausting as I thought it would be. The trail is in good shape, though rocky and rugged at points. In summer, pay attention to the weather. There's no cell service here, and if it starts storming you've got a long way back. In winter, the trail was surprisingly shoveled for the first part, and then turned into well-worn tracks from others. This is my favorite trail on the Gunflint. The end of the trail continues as the Border Route Trail, which I didn't do, but it appeared to be very overgrown.

Awesome trail with great views! Will definitely do again!

hiking
7 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike and found it easy, rather than moderate, and I would not consider myself in great physical shape. Took my 15 yo daughter and I about 1.5 hours, primarily because we picked (and ate!) blueberries at the beginning part of the trail. The trail can be unprotected and open at points, as well as rocky, lots of roots in spots to navigate for footing. Trail can be narrow through the woods but beautiful sweeping views on the way to the rock. Bring a magnet! I enjoyed the solitude too, as there were not many people to share trail with. You don’t need a map to do it but if continuing on the BRT, get one!

nature trips
7 months ago

I wouldn’t call this a hike but a pleasant walk to a nature observation deck overlooking a marshy area and small lake where - if you’re timing is good - you might see a moose. We didn’t see any but our timing wasn’t the best as it was mid afternoon. I’d suggest closer to sunrise/sunset.

I would rate moderate....but loved the hike and view

Parking is across road from trailhead. Entrance had gorgeous wildflowers in July. beginning of trail is easy and maintained with chipped wood. great views of the river. Further up trail is steep with views of the ravine and several falls. Some sections are moderate. We went as far as the bridge. leas than 1 mile. Connects to Superior trail. lots of fun.

The Forest Service marker calls this Northern Light Lake overlook trail. good parking at the trail head. The trail is well maintained and lightly used. We are 67 but experienced hikers and would rate this hard but worth the trek. Some rocks and roots but trail is clear. there are several spots with views of the Northern Lights lake and nearby lakes.
Nice hike. The only negative was the sound of traffic on Gunflint Trail, this time if year as people head in to BWCA.

This trail is very short and about 27 miles down the Gunflint Trail but totally worth it if you have the time. Beautiful views and to make the time getting to it worth it plan a little picnic for the top. Great flat rocks to sit on. It’s a bit of an up with the stairs so keep that in mind but pretty accessible otherwise.

A beautiful well groomed trail and amazing scenery. Worked well for adults and kids ages 2-5.

hiking
Monday, January 22, 2018

Nice walk only one tree across trail just before rock

hiking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This was an awesome hike for winter, if you walked inside the actual gorge. The river is mostly frozen over and provides a completely different kind of hike. It wasn’t a hard hike, but wasn’t for the faint of heart as sometimes as you could see the water flowing under the ice. Wearing ice cleats helped a lot too.

hiking
Friday, November 24, 2017

One of my favorite trails along the gunflint trail. Pretty steep and rocky, but great views at top. Really quick and painless trail.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

I love this trail! the terrain changes alot and I love the rolling hills surrounding you. the rock is a lot bigger than I thought too!! beautiful during the fall!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

It's a short hike but it's so beautiful! we went in the fall which made it that much more breathtaking!

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This was an easy hike to a viewing stand overlooking a small lake. No Moose.

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nice views.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Easy and beautiful. I need to bring my Chacos next time, definitely wished I could have hiked in the gorge/river.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Short steep hike. Worth it for the views at the top

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice trail, with some cool areas around the river.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

So beautiful so see Minnesota's "Stonehenge". Blueberries EVERYWHERE!!!!! Trail is quite rugged - takes about an hour to get from road to rock.

Nice quick hike for families with kids. Not many river views, but can always hear water, which is nice. Well maintained trail.

Great Hike, went with my family ages ranged from 3-57 all really enjoyed it. Make sure you take the little offshoot trails down to the river they are awesome!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Saw a pink lady slipper, and other wild flowers. The monolithic magnetic rock does indeed mess with a compass needle. Nice views along the way too. Good family hike!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great view! Time to arrive at aunset. Easy short trail with steps to the top.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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.

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