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.

Photographer Brian Peterson, editor Jenni Pinkley
VideoVideo (03:19): Melanie Radzicki McManus, accompanied by photographer Brian Peterson, completed a thru-hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in 20 days. Series preview at star tribune.com/feelingsuperior.


PART 2  July 20

The hiking attraction

Footpaths like the Superior trail continue to draw more hikers.
PART 3  July 27

People of the trail

Lots of hikers -- and lots of stories of why they set out.
PART 4  Aug. 3

Suffering and joy

For this storyteller, challenges but also wonder.
PART 5  Aug. 11

Nature effect

It’s undeniable -- time in the woods changes us for the better.
PART 6  Aug. 17

Serving, protecting

The North Shore trail is worth the attention it gets.


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