Looking for a great trail in Superior National Forest, Minnesota? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Superior National Forest ranging from 0.7 to 6.8 miles and from 616 to 1,968 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
3 days ago

It muddy because it rained heavy the day before. Started at Hwy 58 like others suggested and was glad we did. Hiked 8.2 round trip because we didn't go on to the pincushion parking lot. In about a week the leaves will be breathtaking and the views from the very top are beautiful. Like others have said, make sure to go beyond the first big rock at the top.

I loved this trail. So many beautiful views. Was a bit rocky and muddy, but loved every minute of it.

Pincushion Mountain trialhead to County Road 6 parking (at Forest Road 115).

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

This was a short but moderately difficult trail. Lots a scrambling on rocks and slippery bedrock. Nice view of the lake. My tracking app showed a total in and out distance of .54 miles. It looks like there may have been a loop towards the top that was overgrown? Maybe that accounts for the remaining distance? Nice hike overall.

Loved it! Beautiful views, nice moderate climb, a little muddy in a few areas but nothing of consequence. I would certainly do it again!

hiking
muddy
rocky
12 days ago

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

Very nice short hike. Water sounds for the entire hike. The trail head is not obvious.

hiking
16 days 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
17 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful short trail. Great views.

hiking
17 days ago

I would rate this as easy/moderate. Nice, easy length, great views. Magnetic rock is very unique.

backpacking
20 days 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
22 days ago

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It was an okay trail, what views there are were gorgeous, but overall, it was a very short, very easy trail that was kind of a let down.

Great trail. Started from hwy 58 and went to the atv trail about 2.7 miles and back to 58. No bugs and well marked

hiking
24 days ago

This is a WONDERFUL trail. It is so weird and cool to see the area affected by the 2007 Ham Lake fire and the dead charred trees still standing and surrounded by new growth. Beautiful vistas from the several rocky ridges that you cross. Saw a Moose grazing in the Valley off in the distance. Our GPS said 3.4 ish for the total trip. Not technical at all and very short inclines and declines.

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bugs
rocky
24 days 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
26 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. It's beautiful and the hike itself is moderate, which is accurate. It's a great trail for moose viewing, although we had no luck go around. Highly recommended!

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

This trail is rated as easy. I wouldn't call it easy. It's uphill and rocky all the way. Once you reach the summit the views are great although most of the view it is obfuscated by large trees.

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

Beautiful trail. Great lookout points and stunning views of the lakes. Lots of exposed tree roots, rocks and steep inclines.

hiking
26 days ago

saw a moose around 6:30 pm, right before I got to the platform in the woods. perfect timing! a family of 4 saw it first and had told me it was there. rushed to see it and got it right before it went into the thick woods!

Trail was ok, but there are only a few overlooks to see the river, most of the hike is just deep in the woods with very little to see other than thick trees. We clicked 7.5 miles and did not do the full loop, so be prepared it is a long hike.

For Canadian users , there is an error in the trail info. This is a 10.9 MILE out and back , not kms. Nice varied terrain. Scenic lookouts of the lake and a waterfall at the end.

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rocky
1 month 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.

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