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Superior Hiking Trail from Pincushion Mountain

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Superior National Forest

Superior Hiking Trail from Pincushion Mountain is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Marais, Minnesota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 1,522 ft Route type Out & Back

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Lori Warne
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HikingGreat!

Spectacular! We loved the Superior Hiking Trail from the Pincushion Mountain Trail Head. We hiked from the trail head to the overlook. We were very impressed with the amount of work people have put on to this trail! Thank you and well done!!

David Wein
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Hiking

We spent three nights in Grand Marais so this trail was really close to us. We started at the 58 toad lot. There were no bugs which was great. There were some challenging sections with roots and elevation but certainly manageable. Hiking poles would have been really helpful. Beautiful views and scenery. Highly recommend this hike.

John Harkness
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Mountain biking

This should not be listed as mountain bike trail. No mountain bikes are allowed.

Braeden Mayer
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Hiking

Took everyone else’s recommendations, and I started at the trailhead off of 58—definitely recommend doing it this way. You go uphill on the way up to the pincushion lookout and downhill most of the way back. And like everyone says, you for the most part avoid hiking along a cross-country skiing path, which is a bit weird. Of note, to get to the lookout you have to take a spur trail that’s clearly marked but off of the AllTrails route.

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Ray Rindahl
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Hiking

Lots of sun exposure on wide snowmobile trail. A section goes through a marsh with water on both sides but the trail was dry. Then goes through a stand of Norway pine with recent logging activity

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Suzanne Christopherson
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Hiking

Great trail. Take the hiking club trail.

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Elizabeth K.
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Hiking

Closed

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Kim Fisher
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HikingRocky

I followed the recommendation to begin at hwy 58 and appreciated the tip. Anyone who mentions wide trails is taking about the opposite end. I hiked the 2.4 miles to the bridge and back and didn’t come across any atv trails. There are some steep inclines and rocks and roots along the way, but it’s navigable. The trail is mostly shaded, so a fall hike in the early afternoon was really comfortable! I was trucking it, and made it in about 2 hrs 10 minutes with a short break at the bridge. I’ll hike this again!

Katie Maher
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HikingMuddy

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.

Ruth Wikoff-Jones
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Hiking

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

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Matt Potvin
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Hiking

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

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Andrew Nelson
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Hiking

Hiked this trail today from the highway 58 side to the top of pincushion. Awesome hike! During the day, essentially no bugs and almost no people. Avoid doing it from the pincushion parking lot as the map indicates...it just ads about 2 miles of “blah” hiking on a four wheeler path. If you take it from the highway 58 side it gets beautiful quickly and gets your cardio up. Did it out and back...about 7.4 miles in about 3.25 hours with a stop on the top of pincushion for a snack. Breathtaking beauty...could be the best trail in Minnesota.

Carlie Gallant
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Hiking

As far as hikes go, this is pretty boring. Wide cross country ski trails which are well maintained. But as long as you know beforehand, you shouldn’t be disappointed. I would totally hike this again for the views at the top though. Absolutely breathtaking!

Chuck Grothaus
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Start from the SHT trailhead at highway 58 and do the out and back to Pincushion Mountain. Excellent views of Lake Superior.

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Anne Clarence Cronin
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Hiking

Light rain falling but still safe until the rock climb to the top, hug the left side, as the rock is slippery. Beautiful overlook.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Not bad. Overlook was very pretty with great views, but the trail was a wide cross country ski trail, so it didn't feel real rustic.

Michael Schneider
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Start at Woods Creek, walk along Devils Track, and up to the summit on Pincushion and you will not be disappointed.

Beth Wicklund
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Hiking

The Pincushion Mountain trails are great for skiing, but a little boring for hiking--wide grassy trails. There are great views from the overlook. The trail along the Devil Track River is much more interesting.

Shannon Schulte
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Beautiful!

Michael McKee
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Pincushion Overlook is breathtaking.

Jessica Menden
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Hiking

I'd recommend going straight to Pincushion overlook. We did most of the cross country ski trail, and it gets a bit redundant. The pincushion overlook is amazing though, and the cross country ski trails were great with the dogs, just won't do them as long next time :).

Alexis Carpenter
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Amazing views

Sarah Hulke Zaidi
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Hiking

GORGEOUS! A good part of the trail is also for skiing, so it's well groomed and wide. Views are astounding, and even though it's not far from the main road it seems secluded and peaceful. Loved it!

Addie Geske
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Hiking

Great view! Would love to go biking there next time

Pat Kruse
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A rewarding hike with spectacular views of Lake Superior and the Devil Track River watershed. On a clear day you might see Isle Royal. This is also a fantastic cross country sky area with groomed trails and degrees of difficulty to challenge all levels of skiers.

Jon Lucca
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One of my favorite hikes! Just outside Grand Marais on the Gunflint Trail, lots of loops of varying difficulty, and the Pincushion overlook view is a fantastic payoff where you could spend hours exploring the giant rock dome. Beautiful anytime, especially amazing in fall.

Meg P
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The view is amazing at summit of Pincushion Mtn! One of the best vistas you'll see on the North Shore.

Brandon Mabe
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