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Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

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Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

We're heading up to Bear Head Lake State Park near Ely next weekend. I'm STOKED because I haven't been there since I roughed it 20 years ago in the Boundary Waters! We're going to stop in Duluth for lunch (torn between Gordy's Hi Hat and New Scenic Cafe, right!?) and are looking for any great hikes off the beaten path. We've hiked all the state parks from the cities to Canada on the North Shore, but I'm wondering if there are any (un)hidden gems we should hike this trip? We can either cut straight up from Cloquet (via Virginia or Aurora) or we could drive up to Silver Bay and cut up on Hwy 1. Any thoughts? The only thing I'm seeing is Soudan Underground Mine, but may turn that into a day trip instead.

We're taking a whole day to drive up and hike, in no hurry other than to have have camp set up before dark. Really interested in seeing colors, so I'm leaning towards Hwy 1, but am unfamiliar with the area. Probably don't want to go that route on the way home due to weekend tourist traffic jams. I'd love some expert advice!

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1. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Oberg Loop

Devil's Track Canyon

Pigeon River MIDDLE Falls

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2. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Thanks for your input, DowntownMinneapolis, but I'm looking for hikes in between the areas, north of Duluth or Silver Bay. Oberg Loop is a possibility, but the other 3 are way north of Silver Bay and out of our way.

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3. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Tettegouche park out to Shovel Point

LightHouse shoreline to the nature preserve

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4. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Yep, we've already done all the state parks along the North Shore

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5. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Have you thought about the Mesabi Trail. I have biked parts of it and it is beautiful. Also, might want to check out Giants Ridge. These areas are not north of Duluth but near Virginia, on route to Ely.

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6. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Thanks lovetotraveltami, these look interesting. Can you give me more detail? Any suggestions on which part is more scenic on the Mesabi Trail? We won't cover as much area if we're hiking so would prefer to focus on a certain leg. And where would I access Giant's Ridge? At the resort?

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7. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Interesting article in StarTrib

New trail center now open at state park near Ely: www.startribune.com/local/224199501.html

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8. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

DowntownMinneapolis - we'll be hiking ALL the trails @ BHL, can't wait! On the way up, I think we'll likely hit the new trail at Lake Vermilion State Park. It starts at the Soudan Underground Mine park office. All our fisher friends LOVE Lake Vermilion, we're excited to check out it's first official trail.

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9. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Sweet

I will definitely do those hikes my next North Shore trip.

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10. Re: Any great hikes between Duluth or Silver Bay & Ely?

Not many lakes better for fishing than Vermillion. Report back on the hiking trails, pls!