It was a good friend Luke’s birthday, so a group of us went camping up the North Shore on the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). The SHT is 296 miles long going from Duluth to Canada with hike-in campsites and State Parks along the way. The route we planned on hiking is one of the most challenging routes because it gets up to an elevation of 1500 ft. It is one of the most beautiful areas because of the views overlooking the lakes. We hiked the Bean & Bear Lake route, which is a 6.8-mile loop starting in the outskirts of Silver Bay and winding along the cliffs of the two twin lakes.
The adventure started by driving up from the Twin Cities. When we arrived in Duluth we couldn’t resist stopping at Sammy’s Pizza in lakeside for a late night pizza supper! After we devoured our delicious pizza, we figured we best camp out in Duluth for the night because it was dark and we wanted to adventure the SHT in the daylight. With that in mind, we figured beach camping would be cool, so we hiked out to the beach in the dark, set up camp, and enjoyed a night with superior friends on a superior lake.
The next morning we awoke with the sun and packed up. On the road again, we headed up to Silver Bay. We arrived and unpacked in the Penn Blvd. parking lot. After double checking everyone's packs and making sure we had everything, the journey began. We knew we had over-packed but we were okay with that because we were in no rush and the scenery was worth taking a break for and admiring. Along the trail we met a friend named Travis. He had been camping and hiking solo for about a week, and was hiking the SHT all the way to Canada. We invited him to continue on the trail with us, which he did, and camped with us that night. He was awesome!
We made it to our campsite that was located on the East side of Bear Lake right off the SHT. The next two days consisted of jumping off the rope swing, chilling in the hammocks, yoga, making meals, playing Yahtzee, dancing, fishing, and just enjoying the wonders of nature.