This is a long trail, we've only explored small parts on day-trips. There are amazing views, but you have to work for it in most parts. On one hike with our young teens, we went to Bean and Bear Lakes near Silver Bay. This was recommended by a co-lodger for the beauty and proximity. It was very hot up in those hills, we could've brought more water (having Lake Superior nearby is deceiving) almost thought of turning around several times, but kept those thoughts to myself. Steep hills, rocky/rooty. Finally we got to Bean Lake, what a spectacular view! Then we practically stumbled down to Bear Lake for a much needed and deserved swim- no designated beach, but this made the trip. Revived, the teens nearly skipped and chit-chatted their way back to the starting point approx. 3.5 mi. Now these are siblings that seldom really get along. Baffled, my husband and I drug our butts back before dark. Once to the car, a gas station/water was less than 5 mi. I'd recommend allowing enough time, and maybe starting in Silver Bay. I've heard you can park at a ?museum in town and do a lollipop loop from there. Otherwise, the shuttle service at many locations along the SHT to see more of the trail which requires planning ahead.
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