Feeling Superior: Experience a thru-hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in special series | Star Tribune
A PREVIEW OF OUR SUMMER ADVENTURE

On the Superior Hiking Trail

To call stepping foot on the Superior Hiking Trail a walk in the woods is epic understatement. Because to Minnesota’s far northeast sits a path that is so much a part of the big water it straddles — Lake Superior, whose beginnings read like gripping adventure, full of fire and ice and prehistoric upheaval. The Superior Hiking Trail is equally wild and alive, 310-plus miles of water, rock, forests — and possibility. Writer Melanie Radzicki McManus and photojournalist Brian Peterson set out in early June to take on the trail, hiking south to north and its terminus on the Canadian border. Today, and over the next six weeks, they tell their journey, but, too, the trail’s story: a rich, beautiful amalgam of North Shore wilderness and the people who are part of its fabric.

THE SERIES

PART 1  WATER EVERYWHERE

Baptism on the trail

Hiking in hypothermic conditions from the start wasn’t the vision.
PART 2  HIKING BOOM

Finding their stride

Footpaths like the Superior trail continue to draw more hikers.
PART 3  PEOPLE OF THE TRAIL

When the path calls

Lots of hikers -- and lots of stories of why they set out.
PART 4  SUFFERING AND JOY

Gifts amid the grind

For this storyteller, challenges but also wonder.
PART 5  NATURE EFFECT

Another world

It’s undeniable -- time in the woods changes us for the better.
PART 6  PROTECT AND SERVE

Goodbye embrace

The North Shore trail is worth the attention it gets.

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