Day 10 – Superior Hiking Trail 2015


Starting Location: Caribou Highlands Lodge
Destination: Caribou Highlands Lodge
Today’s Miles: 0
Total Trip Miles: 88.8

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock

Rest Day!  BLISS!  I didn’t realize how worn out I was until I sat down yesterday for lunch.  I have been sleeping a lot (2 naps and a LONG nights rest thus far).  Today’s rest day is a much needed and appreciated reprieve.

The break also give me a great opportunity to reflect and share some of Karen’s Favorite Spots on the Superior Hiking Trail thus far.  Following are but a few of treasures I have encountered along the way.

Devil’s Kettle falls is one of the more strenuous hikes showcasing waterfalls along the North Shore. It’s roughly one mile each way and that includes a lot of stairs.  It is also absolutely worth it!  The views are spectacular and more than make up for the heart-pounding, leg-burning effort required to get down and then back up.  Bring water and snacks, take your sweet time and enjoy!

The infamous Lake Walk section of the trail is a grueling 1.5 mile sloug of pain.  While I am not actually recommending you trek across the entire bloody thing, what I strongly suggest is you pop onto the trail at the Northern most point, walk a little ways and take in the awesome power and beauty.

Cascade River State Park offers 18 miles of hiking trails ranging from approximately 1.5 miles to 8 miles round trip.  While admittedly at the time I was drenched through, feeling slightly hypothermic and really didn’t get to completely see or enjoy this area, I definitely feel this gem would be well worth spending some of your time.  Bring your camera!

The 3½-mile hike up 2,301-foot Eagle Mountain is again worth the effort to get there. The path is not easy as it is a root-choked corridor through cedars and spruce. Passing through bogs, partly on boardwalks, it skirts mirrorlike Whale Lake, then picks its way through gantlets of rock up to the top. There, hikers gaze upon a spectacular panorama that includes the North Fork of the Cascade River and Zoo, Shrike and Eagle lakes, set amid waves of greens and yellow.