Superior Hiking Trail
August 31 - September 7, 2020
Co-Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Wendy Brinson
Type of Trip: Backpacking
Trip Cost/Deposit: $310/$155
Cancellation Date and full payment: June 1, 2020
Wilderness Level: 3
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous - distance of up to 12 miles per day and 1800 elevation change per day
Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment
Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can e steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.
Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum
The Superior Hiking Trails a 310-mile long footpath in northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior for most of its length. On this trip we will complete about 50 miles of the trail. Our first day will be travel as we head to Minnesota. The next morning, we will begin our hike on the Superior Hiking trail part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
We will backpack five days back to the van after being shuttled. Many sections of the trail are very challenging with steep up and downhills, but you will also experience many scenic views of Lake Superior and inland forests. There are many stream crossings including a bridge over High Falls of Baptism River, the highest falls entirely in Minnesota. The Superior hiking trail goes through several forest types on its path up the north shore of Lake Superior so the scenery will change day to day.
Daily Mileage will be no more than 12 miles. Maximum elevation gain will be 1800 feet and the trail is somewhat rocky. This is Bear Country, and a sighting is possible so we will take preventative measures to secure our food.
After backpacking we will stay in a campground and have a day to explore and hike Eagle Mountain. We will start heading home on Sunday and arrive back on Monday, Labor Day.
We will have at least one practice hike to discuss the trip review gear and make sure that everyone is physically ready for the trip.
Everyone will be responsibility for all their own food, although we will hold a workshop if you would like to pre-prepare meals. The trip cost includes transportation in the club van, transportation, and use of club gear.
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All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.
Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee.