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Superior Hiking Trail: Bean and Bear Lakes

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Silver Bay, Minnesota

Superior Hiking Trail: Bean and Bear Lakes is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Bay, Minnesota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 997 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

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Forest

Lake

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Muddy

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Reviews (174)
Photos (150)
Recordings (101)
Completed (405)
Zoey Sazama
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Hiking

Great trail. Have done it twice now, once in late September and now July. Might be a little bit nicer of a fall hike since the July heat and sun was really blaring down and made any sort of elevation incline feel much harder. But bring LOTS of water and snacks. I recommend going clockwise on the loop as more elevation changes are in the first part and you can get them done while you still are feeling fresh. Took a very refreshing swim in the lake and had some lunch at the halfway point and felt ready for the last half. Really beautiful hike.

Erin Sullivan
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HikingRocky

Great trail with absolutely amazing views! It was very dry with only 2 or 3 muddy spots, which were easily avoidable. Make sure to bring lots of water and trail snacks, my watch recorded just over 7 miles and it took us 3.5 hours which included multiple stops for pictures/rest breaks etc.

Jessie Helbacka-Peterson
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Beautiful trail spectacular views, nice variety, good elevation for MN. Definitely suggest hiking boots- very rocky terrain with lots of roots. Go just a bit beyond the end of the trail and take a swim in the water here in July- water was the perfect temperature to cool down on a 85 degree & sunny day

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Lacey Lynn
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HikingRocky

Beautiful hiking trail. Took about 4 hours to hike and relax to take photos. Path was dry (maybe 2 muddy spots but had logs over it). Perfect weather (65). Bring a small backpack for snacks and water. I would recommend going in the morning when there is less traffic on the trail. When I started around 9:30 there were very few people present. When I was returning around 12/1 there were a lot of people.

Leah Turnquist
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail and views! All the way to Bear Lake shore & back is 7.5 miles. Totally worth the views & all the greatness, however it’s a total commitment. I feel it deserves to be slightly more than moderate grading. Wear some good shoes! The trail was mostly dry when I went but half way back down it started to rain and it can get slick! Can get steep & at times rocky but the trail is well maintained and you never question that you’re going the right way. Very rewarding hike!

Liz Botz
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HikingMuddyNo shadeScramble

Omg...awesome view!! Bring lots of water and snacks. Around 6.7 miles. Took us 3.5-4 hours with stops to check the overlooks

Benjamin Dean
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HikingMuddyRocky

One of the best trails along the North Shore. Took us about 3.5 hours round trip. Definitely have good shoes, water, snacks. We did the trail going by Elam’s Knob on the way back down which cut down on the total distance/time. View at the top overlooking both lakes is unbeatable!

Brett Berberich
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

My butt hurts.

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Mary Moore
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HikingMuddyRocky

Amazing hike with amazing ladies (and Wally)! A little muddy but good options for hopping through the muddy spots. Not crowded at all on a Monday afternoon. Took a dip in Bear Lake, I would highly recommend this trail! Added a bit more to make it 8 miles.

Tabitha Sue
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

This is absolutely the hardest hike & most rewarding I’ve ever done!!!

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Eric Schafer
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Hiking
Zach Friederich
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Hiking

Little muddy however bear lake access is beautiful

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Rick Bale
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is a great day hike that shows some of the variety on the North Shore. From the parking lot off hwy 5 it's about a tenth of a mile back down the hill to pick up the trailhead on the left, across a ridge and then steeply down into a forest where the trail was very muddy this spring (2020) and last fall for maybe a quarter of a mile. Then things get fun as the trail climbs up to and across a ridge top with spectacular views toward Lake Superior and to the southwest After some ups and downs (rocky but good footing available), and through a beautiful large stand of birch, you climb up to a ridge way, way WAY above Bear and Bean lakes for more great views. Only one small stream for water best in the spring about 2 miles in.

Colton Jones
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Jim Gordon
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Well worth the effort. Views are beautiful. fall 2019 bring appropriate gear for mud

Kate Smeester
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HikingSnow

Hiked to bean and bear lake on January 11th half in boots half in snowshoes although not entirely necessary but recommended. Beautiful hike and would definitely do it again. Only saw two other hikers the entire time. Trail was well marked.

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