Yesterday was such a nice, warm March Saturday, we had to get out to enjoy it. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that the Superior Hiking Trail spurs along the Cascade River are some of our favorite places to go. They are great trails with some beautiful views (and are quite close to our house!). We hadn’t been out there much this winter, so we headed to the trailhead parking lot off Pike Lake Road to check it out (about 15 minutes from Grand Marais).
It was possibly the fullest I have ever seen the parking lot – 6 cars including our Subaru. As all the tracks were heading downstream (maybe folks were ice climbing yesterday?), we decided to break the trail heading upstream. That trail doesn’t hug the river like the downstream route, but with our dog along, we’d rather have a trail with less people and away from the river. Note: while river skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities up here, we are very cautious when Maya is along as there have been cases of people losing dogs to the river. No, thanks!
We broke the trail as we went and remembered why this route isn’t used so much in the winter – it’s quite steep in spots! With our snowshoes it worked fine, but if you don’t have the built-in ice picks in your snowshoes, I would take the downstream route instead.
One of my favorite parts of this section of trail is the little bridge that goes over a Cascade River tributary. Maya led the way across the bridge, although on the way back we just crossed the frozen stream instead. It’s a sweet spot during all seasons. Last fall we surprised two ladies taking photos from the bridge – thankfully neither dropped their phones in the stream!
While the trail does not hug the river, it does provide some beautiful views of the Cascade Bluffs and the river. This is a fantastic vantage point in the fall, too, to see the bluffs in full fall colors. This time of year doesn’t have the same splashes of color, but the evergreens contrasted against the white snow and ice is quite lovely. And it reminds me that more green is yet to come, once spring makes its annual arrival. Hope you enjoyed some of the beautiful weather and snow this weekend. And if you are in another part of Minnesota or someplace else that doesn’t have snow, come on up! We’ve still got plenty.